Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
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Mental Health Specialist
at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Under supervision, the Mental Health Specialist performs work involving the recovery, support and advocacy for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
Essential Duties and responsibilities:
- De-escalates crisis situations using non-restrictive techniques
- Provides support to individuals, advocates and assesses problems and establishes a recovery focused environment within the individual’s home, group living or community.
- Establishes and maintains confidential files and records and may be responsible for tracking and reporting on various statistics and demographics.
- Identifies emergencies and responds appropriately
- Works as part of a community treatment team, including internal and external stakeholders
- May facilitate supports groups with an emphasis on recovery and strength based techniques
- Transports and escort clients to meetings, services, appointments and other activities
- Attends staff meetings and participates in training activities as required
- Participates in community advocacy for individuals with mental illness
- Assists with medication administration to ensure compliance with prescribed dosages and time-frames.
Working for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan includes:
- Mileage reimbursement
- Paid Time Off
- Service Awards and Recognition
- Ability to Contribute to 403B
- Employee Assistance Program
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- A High School Diploma or GED Equivalency is required for the position.
- Related experience or credits toward a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in social work, human services, psychology or similar major is required.
- One year of work experience in crisis or mental health preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
The incumbent of this position must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.
TRAVEL: Ability to travel on day trips as required up to 25-50%, depending on specific role
LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.