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Transitional Care Specialist

Date Posted:  May 8, 2022
Requisition ID:  296602

Richmond, IN, US, 47374


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Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Richmond State Hospital:

Richmond State Hospital is about the people we serve and the community relationships we have developed dating back to 1890. Richmond State Hospital is a public behavioral health facility operated by the state of Indiana and one of six state psychiatric hospitals within the Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction. As part of a newly integrated system of state psychiatric hospitals, we serve consumers across the state as the Eastern Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Services.


Nestled in northwestern Richmond, our beautiful campus provides a quiet and peaceful environment. We provide psychiatric and co-occurring treatment to all adults regardless of race, religion, sex, gender identification, age, handicap, national origin and ability to pay for services. We are proud of our heritage and committed to continuing our tradition of service.


Richmond State Hospital offers individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, chaplain services, family therapy and education, group psycho-education, rehabilitation therapies, and patient employment opportunities. Unit-based programming is augmented with campus-wide specialty groups. RSH has been a state leader in evidenced-based medication prescribing to both reduce the risks associated with polypharmacy and optimize clinical outcomes. The hospital clinical and medical leadership collaborate with the unit treatment teams to provide the most contemporary and comprehensive care possible.


Salary Information:

Starting pay for this position is $25,766.00 annually but may be compensable with experience.


About the Job:

The Transitional Care Specialist directs assigned mentally ill (MI) clients in daily transitional care programs within a state operated facility. The Specialist assesses client progress and documents program implementation and client behavior while in programs. This role has authority to make changes and modifications as necessary and has active participation in the decision to transition client to appropriate placement outside the institution.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Provides motivational techniques, counsels, teaches and demonstrates daily living skills as prescribed in the individual treatment plan;
  • Teaches clients to plan for leisure time activities;
  • Conducts ongoing assessments of clients’ training needs to meet treatment plan objective for transitional living;
  • Conducts leisure/recreational/vocational and daily living programs;
  • Advises clients regarding appropriate social behavior;
  • Provides a safe environment for client that will be conducive to learning and promotes self-esteem and self-sufficiency;
  • Coordinates client activities under the direction of a professional by adapting prescribed treatment plan to individual client needs;
  • Observes, records and reports the conditions and changes in the behavior of individuals which may affect the health and safety of the individual or others including staff;
  • Develops clients’ community living skills through activities such as daily living skills exercises (grocery shopping, accessing public transportation, locating community providers, etc.);
  • Maintains clients’ money and distributes as appropriate to individual treatment program (e.g. to teach budgeting skills);
  • Assists in carrying out occupational therapy/recreational therapy programs to maximize individual’s capacity for independent living;
  • Performs routine clerical functions to include: scheduling, ordering supplies, filing of progress notes and answering ward/unit telephone;
  • Obtains drugs from pharmacy and administers and charts medicine under the direction of Registered Nurse;
  • Assists in managing aggressive behavior of clients;
  • Performs basic first aid in case of patient injury such as applying antiseptic, bandages or utilizing CPR techniques and Heimlich maneuver as necessary;
  • Transports clients to various activities and appointments (on and off grounds);

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.  

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Specialized knowledge of, and ability to follow, various teaching, therapeutic and treatment techniques;
  • Specialized knowledge of the principles and methods needed to ensure therapeutic rehabilitation programs;
  • Specialized knowledge of needs of mentally ill client groups;
  • Practical knowledge of teaching techniques such as motivation, progress assessment, charting and behavior modification procedures with the ability to apply these skills as required;
  • Ability to obtain proper certification for the administration of medications and working knowledge of common reactions of medications and necessary precautions to be taken;
  • Ability to perform CPR, First Aid and aggressive behavior techniques;
  • Ability to operate routine medical equipment;
  • Ability to complete required documentation in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle in the State of Indiana;
  • Ability to maintain and distribute client trust accounts;
  • Ability to recognize behaviors in clients or others and take appropriate action;
  • Working knowledge of existing mental health provider systems.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the 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 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Richmond Indiana