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Berkshire Health Systems Psych Ed Clinician I in Pittsfield, Massachusetts


  • The Psychiatric ED Screener is a mental health worker whose primary function is to triage, assess and provide disposition for patients that arrive in the ED seeking a mental health crisis intervention voluntarily, or via sec 12 A. The Psychiatric ED Screener works in concert with the ED medical staff, Brien Center crisis team, Psychiatry Residents and Attending on-call Psychiatrists as well as inpatient psychiatry and inpatient substance abuse (McGee Unit) staff, Security, and local/regional law enforcement personnel. S/he functions as an integral member of this interdisciplinary team. S/he provides emergency suicide risk assessments to potentially volatile patients, collects pertinent collateral information from families and other support networks via in-person or telephone interview and through appropriate review of the EMR. The Psychiatric ED Screener will be knowledgeable about utilizing the DSM-5 in order to appropriately diagnose mental illnesses. S/he will develop effective, working psychosocial formulations and consult with the attending on-call psychiatrist who will then order the safest possible disposition for the patient. The Psychiatric ED Screener will effectively and efficiently coordinate the on-call psychiatrist's disposition plan and professionally document it in the medical record.

  • POSITION QUALIFICATIONS (Minimum qualifications are required unless stated otherwise.)

  • Experience:

  • 1-3 years' experience administering crisis assessments in BH care or similar setting.

  • Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's Degree in social work, counseling or psychology required.

  • Master's Degree in social work, counseling or psychology preferred.

  • License, Certification & Registration:

  • CRISIS INT - Crisis intervention (MOAB) training required within 1 month of hire.

  • Independent licensure as an LICSW or LMHC preferred.

  • Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team is essential.

  • Proven ability in developing biopsychosocial case formulations is required.

  • Experience in dealing with MCO's and their role in the admission process is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality patient care and effectively utilize clinical supervision is required.

  • Must be a good role model for patients.

  • Qualified candidates must demonstrate evidence of clinical and personal growth.

  • Floating to assist inpatient units during low/no volume periods in the Psych ED area is expected.