This position is part of a mobile medication assisted therapy (MAT) unit funded by the State of Colorado to provide mental health and co-occurring substance use services to consumers in the rural areas of Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson counties. Position will provide psychiatric and brief medical nursing services, monitor in-home induction and other medication services and will collaborate with the MAT team (clinician, peer specialist and Psychiatrist) to coordinate care. This position will serve adults and adolescents aged 15 and older within the identified communities; additional subpopulations to be served include homeless/transient individuals. This position will screen and assess individuals for potential physical conditions impacting mental health and substance use of consumers. The ideal candidate will have knowledge regarding harm reduction including supportive services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.
Work hours: 4-10 hour shifts
- In addition to the primary role in treating and caring for consumers, responsibilities also include educating consumers and the public about a variety of medical conditions related to substance use such as HIV, TB and Hepatitis C as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their consumers.
- Perform routine medical procedures (vitals, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, temperature, blood alcohol levels, drug testing, pregnancy testing and administering injections).
- Collaborate with local public health departments in the effort to prevent harm from substance use, including needle distribution/recovery. Individual will distribute sterile needles and other harm reduction supplies, recover used needles and other supplies, and provide information and containers for their safe disposal. Assist in the coordination of HIV, TB, Hepatitis and other infectious disease screening and referral for testing to the local health departments
- Collaborate with the telehealth psychiatrist and other Jefferson Center programs.
- Engage child and adult consumers and their families in the treatment process and goal-setting.
- Identify risk factors including lethality for suicide, homicidal and/or grave disability. Work constructively with consumers and the MAT team to reach agreed upon outcomes, and coordinate care with internal and external providers. As appropriate, complete involuntary mental health holds (27-65) according to Center protocol.
- Demonstrates knowledge and skills to develop therapeutic alliance with consumers and to work effectively and with cultural competence with consumers from diverse backgrounds.
- Coordinate prescription and PAP refills; respond to all refill requests within 3 business days.
- Review and order labs, notify prescriber of any abnormal labs requiring immediate attention.
- Assist prescribers in tracking and meeting timeframes for annual labs and AIMs
- Ensure compliance with OBH, Signal and OSHA regulations.
- Coordinate medication processing and applications with PAP office.
- Order/stock and reconcile the medication cabinets and order medical supplies for the mobile unit as needed.
- Provide consumers with (MAT) and other medication education.
- Monitor consumers for side effects of meds, including AIMS testing or any medical condition that may affect their mental illness.
- Monitor and review consumers’ charts for medication/medical issues with appropriate follow-up.
- Coordination of care with consumers’ prescribers, including documentation of medical medications & dosing, physical diagnoses, monitoring of potential medication interactions with MAT and/or psychiatric medications, and referrals as indicated.
- Ensure Medicaid eligibility and submit prior authorizations to consumers’ insurance in a timely fashion; address medication changes with prescribers as needed.
- Attend mandatory in-services, compliance with individualized training plan if required.
- Participate in supervision by coming prepared with an agenda. Report high risk/problem cases, and utilize a problem solving approach as well as feedback. Attend supervision at times and intervals agreed upon with supervisor.
- Exhibit enthusiasm, courtesy, adaptability, flexibility, and spirit of cooperation in the work environment.
- Foster a supportive and compassionate environment to care for consumers and their families
- Maintain effective interpersonal relations with consumers, peers, subordinates, upper management, visitors and the general public.
- Effectively respond to client/consumer needs and problems, initiates and maintains positive interactions, timely response to phone calls, email and other requests.
- Cooperate with other community agencies, as appropriate, and in agreement with supervisor. Volunteer to work on Center committees and/or task forces.
- Have an understanding of how trauma impacts the lives of the people being served, so that every interaction is consistent with the recovery process and reduces the possibility of retraumatization.
- Participate in the Center’s training/educational programs designed to enhance knowledge about Trauma Informed Care, the impact of trauma and trauma recovery.
- Ensure that delivery practices are guided by the principles of trauma informed care and the principles of addiction treatment.
- Provide back-up and/or after hour on-call services for clinical emergencies as needed with MAT team and mountain Center offices.
- Able to drive the Mobile MAT VAN/RV to designated rural towns/cities to provide services.
Note: Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
- AARN, BSRN, MSRN or LPN from an accredited university with two or more years of experience and/or training in a behavioral health setting.
- Candidate must have a good understanding of substance use disorders and medicated assisted therapy and their side effects.
- Candidate must have developed awareness of various medical conditions, medication interactions or side effects that may affect the health or psychological functioning of a consumer.
- Applicant must have basic computer skills such as e-mail, electronic health record documentation, electronic prescribing and electronic laboratory interface.