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Mt Vernon - 1100 S 2nd Street, Mt Vernon, Skagit County, WA

Salary: $21.42 - $39.56/hour DOE

Job Type: On-Call (hours vary based on need)

Division: 20000 – Emergency Services, Skagit County

Compass Health is currently looking for a Temporary DCR / Court Liaison for our Emergency Services program in Skagit County! The DCR provides crisis intervention mental health services to persons of all ages experiencing acute behavioral health issues and when appropriate evaluates for an involuntary detention. These services will be provided primarily in community settings to individuals who are in crisis or for whom a crisis episode is deemed to be imminent. This position will also provide support and back-up to team members as needed.


  • MA/MS/MSW Degree in a Behavioral Science related field.
  • Current Washington State Licensure or equivalent in Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, or Mental Health Counseling preferred.
  • Qualifies as a Mental Health Professional (MHP) as defined by WAC.
  • Experience in medical, mental health or social services field preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Evidence-Based Practices, or interest and ability to learn.
  • Individuals who do not already hold a license or associate license through the Washington State Department of Health must submit Agency Affiliated Counselor application upon hire and be approved by the DOH.
  • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination within 10 days of hire.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License required including vehicle and appropriate insurance, if applicable.
  • Ability to attend the DCR Academy by the time of the first annual review required.
  • Familiarity with RCW 71.05 and 71.34 preferred.
  • Ability to formulate an individual treatment plan and apply appropriate rehabilitation and treatment modalities.
  • Ability to relate effectively with patients, agency staff, other community programs, and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently without daily onsite supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals with complex needs and multi-system involvement.
  • Ability to maintain a positive, solution-focused demeanor when responding to conflicts or problems.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to multitask within a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Strong computer proficiency, including keyboarding skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to utilize an electronic medical record for collaborative clinical documentation.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment criminal background check.

About Us

Compass Health is the region’s largest private, non-profit organization providing mental health and substance use services in Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom counties of Western Washington. We provide quality creative services to children, families and adults in a variety of outpatient, residential and inpatient settings. We have been serving our clients and our communities for over 110 years, though our commitment to care doesn’t stop with our clients as we take pride in offering our employees the opportunity to work in a culture that promotes learning, growth, and advancement. We maintain a focus on employee satisfaction and work/life balance, which includes competitive compensation and benefits programs. Please visit our website for more information:

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Listed 1/7/2019


Designated Crisis Responder/Involuntary Commitment Specialist

Seattle, King County, WA

Address:King County Administration Bldg., 500 4th Ave. Rm. 553, Seattle, King County, WA 98104

Salary: $37.17 - $47.12 Hourly

The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, self-reliant and connected to community.


The responsibilities of the Involuntary Commitment Specialist (ICS)/Designated Crisis Responder includes investigating cases of adults and juveniles believed to have behavioral health disorders and to be a danger to themselves, others, property and/or who are gravely disabled. Incumbents determine whether these persons should be involuntarily committed for treatment under RCW 71.05 and RCW 71.34 and coordinate cases through the legal system. The ICS team provides investigation services for involuntary detention on a 24-hour-a-day basis and must be able to meet with and interview patients in a variety of physical locations with difficult access, such as apartments on upper floors with no elevator service, alleys, parks, homeless camps and under bridges. Incumbents must also be able to anticipate and respond to threats by potentially hostile or violent patients.

Crisis and Commitment Services unit's mission is to provide quality care, and to protect public safety while maintaining individual rights by attempting to resolve the crisis in the least restrictive manner.

WHO MAY APPLY: The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for these positions must submit a complete online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: The part time positions typically work three 9.5 hour shifts per week (0.7125 FTE). The full time positions typically work four 9.5 hour shifts per week (0.95 FTE). On call /per diem positions fill in for vacations and sick leave. Successful candidates must be available to testify at ITA court and attend staff meetings and/or mandatory trainings on scheduled days off. These positions are eligible for overtime (nonexempt) with supervisory pre-approval. Candidates must be willing to work in environments which may cause exposure to communicable diseases.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by SEIU Local 925.

RECRUITER: Susan Churchill:

Job Duties

  • Work collaboratively with community partners (i.e. hospital, evaluation and treatment facility, law enforcement, court, families, witnesses, etc.) to assist in evaluation and disposition plan for patients;
  • Make a legal decision as to whether an individual meets the statutorily requirements to be taken into custody and involuntarily hospitalized under RCW 71.05 and 71.34;
  • Determine nature and level of crisis, provide crisis intervention, assess credibility of witnesses, coordinate with law enforcement and treatment agencies, and determine if statutory requirements are met;
  • Ensure proper preparation and filing of legal papers, prepare declarations, serve subpoenas and notice of hearings, consult with King County Prosecuting Attorney and public defender, testify in court if needed. If the DCR testimony is necessary to proceed in court hearing, may be required to be available to the court on scheduled time off;
  • Maintain all aspects of case file in a timely manner and communicate with colleagues to ensure efficiency and completeness of record;
  • Advocate for patients to obtain appropriate treatment and continuity of care. Provide assistance in finding less-restrictive alternatives to involuntary detention;
  • Educate patients' families, service agencies and the community regarding clinical issues, legal issues and treatment alternatives;
  • Participate in training new colleagues in the field, when so assigned, as mutually agreed to by supervisor and training employee;
  • Provide shadowing opportunities for community partners approved by management to shadow the DCR, as long as it does not impede with safety;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Must meet and maintain the definition of a Mental Health Professional as defined in WAC 246-341-0515. Must maintain a Washington State Department of Health credential that satisfies the definition of MHP in good standing.
  • Must be able to pass initial and all subsequent King County Jail clearances;
  • Be physically able to safely enter and rapidly exit residences throughout King County;
  • Proficiency using MS Word, Outlook, and the Internet with the ability to learn electronic record systems;
  • Participate in annual safety training and all required trainings;
  • Maintain a valid, unencumbered Washington State Driver's License;
  • Knowledge of RCW 71.05 and RCW 71.34 and related WACs and the legal process of detention and commitment;
  • Knowledge of social services network and programs/resources offering alternatives to involuntary detention;
  • Knowledge and experience in direct treatment of people living with behavioral health disorders;
  • Demonstrated crisis intervention skills.
  • Must pass a post offer/pre hire physical.

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 37.5 hrs/week

Department: DCHS - Community & Human Services

Job Number: 2019SC10347

Closing: 8/7/2019 11:59 PM Pacific


On-Call DCR

Kitsap County

Shift: Various Shifts

Salary: $30/hr. plus shift differentials

Kitsap Mental Health Services is hiring on-call Designated Crisis Responders. Duties will include assuring the continuity of emergency mental health services to the residents and visitors of Kitsap County, as per the provision of state and BHO mandated crisis services, and DCR duties. This position requires a Master's level degree in counseling/social sciences and two years of postgraduate, documented, supervised clinical experience with the chronically mentally ill or emotionally disturbed consumers preferred. For more information or to apply, please click here.