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Psychiatric Svcs Specialist - Madison State Hospital

Date Posted:  Nov 1, 2019
Requisition ID:  1844

Madison, IN, US, 47250

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Hiring Salary:  

The annual minimum starting salary for this position is $ 33,748.00.


The Psychiatric Services Specialist provides advanced psychiatric social work providing administrative, consultative and supervisory functions at a state operated facility.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Coordination of providing new staff unit training, education and inservicing to ensure all unit staff are informed of hospital policy/procedure changes or changes within the unit, organizing team meetings, requesting and compiling various assessments/surveys/data when required, identifying and addressing patient/unit needs, coordination of campus-wide group participation.
  • Provide therapeutic interventions and case management.
  • Required to complete Psychosocial Assessment within 10 business days of admission using information from the patient, past medical records, family members, staff reports, and self observations.
  • Informing the patient of their Patient Rights and obtaining authorizations to release information; obtaining signatures and sending ROI's where needed to request additional health records.
  • Serves as a Case Coordinator that is responsible for: developing individualized treatment plans and interventions that are age appropriate, developmentally and/or disability appropriate, and based on multi-disciplinary assessments and team input; completing the Collaborative Education Assessment at admission and annually.  Enrolls case coordinated patients into campus groups, completes COD and Transitions program referrals.
  • Maintains a therapeutic alliance with the patient and family/caregivers and provides individual and family counseling as needed.
  • Works as liaison with patient, family/guardian, treatment team, and/or community mental health center liaisons.
  • Corresponds with guardian/HCR regarding abuse allegations, per hospital and unit policy; maintains regular communication exchange with patient gatekeepers and documents as necessary.
  • Provides direct care in social services to the patient including securing benefits such as Social Security Disability Benefits and Medicaid/Medicare, advocating for patient and contacting outside community agencies as needed.
  • Develops and facilitates psycho-educational groups on the unit and campus-wide and may include evening, weekend and holidays as required. 
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and timely progress notes, completion of forms, gathering of statistics, administering surveys, completing assessments, and other documentation of data; complete all administrative duties as assigned
  • Serves on committees as assigned to represent and advocate for the best interest of the patient.
  • Actively participates in clinical supervision, pursues outside educational opportunities to increase knowledge base and skills to facilitate the provision of state of the art treatment for the patients.
  • Completes mandatory inservice trainings.
  • Can initiate and participate in therapeutic interventions by using principles of de-escalation, re-direction and approved Bridge Building techniques for prevention and management of behavior.
  • Assists in transporting patients to placements and trial visits as indicated.
  • Other related duties as assigned by clinical supervisor.
  • Facilitate/co-facilitate Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups; attend DBT trainings as necessary to better facilitate groups and use DBT effectively.
  • Create and manage the Social Services Department Policy and Procedure Manual (other assigned portion).
  • Actively engages in supervisory duties and clincial instruction with staff in Psychiatric Social Services Specialist III positions.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Preferred Experience:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required (major in counseling and guidance; rehabilitation counseling; psychiatric nursing; psychology; criminology; social work); plus two (2) years work experience in a psychiatric; group; medical; children’s; family or correctional setting providing regular counseling and consultation. OR Possession of a valid license as a social worker issued by the Health Professions Bureau; plus two (2) years work experience in a psychiatric; group; medical; children’s; family or correctional setting providing regular counseling and consultation.
  • Thorough knowledge of community social service agencies.
  • Ability to supervise and plan the coordination of social service programs with other related agencies.
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of psychiatric social work including social adjustment and rehabilitation, mental illness, personality development, casework, group counseling work and community placement.
  • Thorough knowledge of laws, rules, regulations and guidelines for the care, treatment and rights of the mentally ill.
  • Working knowledge of role of other treatment disciplines and ability to effectively coordinate interdisciplinary approach to treatment.
  • Working knowledge of administrative and personnel techniques as related to the effective supervision and direction of programs.
  • Ability to assume responsibility of agency-wide social services programs in absence of director.
  • Ability to analyze program needs and effectiveness and to formulate plans for change to more adequately carry out mission of department.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.



Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Secondary Market: Seymour