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Designated Crisis Responder - On Call/STT

King County

Salary: $36 - $45.63 hourly

Location: Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Seattle

Job Type: Short term temporary, part time, standard weekly hours vary

Division: Department of Community & Human Services

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 an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions.

Work Schedule/Conditions: The On Call/Short Term Temporary (STT) staff typically work 9.5 hour shifts. 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.
  • Complete required legal forms and written documentation of investigation activities.
  • 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; 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 the ICS 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 ICS, 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 388-877-0500. Must maintain a Washington State Department of Health license or registration in good standing.
  • Must be able to pass initial and all subsequent King County Jail clearance.
  • 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 mental illness
  • Demonstrated crisis intervention skills.
  • Ability to pass a pre employment/post offer Washington State Background Check
  • Ability to pass a pre employment/post offer physical examination including lifting up to 35 lbs. and/or ability to climb stairs.
  • Desired: Background in chemical dependency or addiction assessments and knowledge of available services.

Updated 8/25/2018

Clinical Supervisor 2

Grant County

Status: Full Time

Pay Band: 15

Grant Integrated Services seeking a Clinical Supervisor 2 to join our team in Eastern Washington. Grant County offers a very generous benefits package. For information and to apply, please visit our website at to learn more about us and to apply for the position.

The Clinical Supervisor 2 provides, direction, clinical and administrative supervision of assigned staff to assure the provision of quality, efficient and ethical services, assuring individualized quality behavioral health services which contribute to the well-being of citizens of Grant County with mental illnesses. This position may provide crisis intervention, individual and/or group treatment services to individuals with emotional, behavioral and other mental disorders as needed.

The Clinical Supervisor 2 position combines the multiple roles of staff supervision, direct service support and contributing to the development, implementation of service delivery to clients and work under the oversight and guidance of the Behavioral Health Manager. This position will be required to work various hours/days of the week and is expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following examples of duties and accountabilities illustrate the general range of tasks assigned to the position but are not intended to define the limits of required duties. Other essential duties may be assigned consistent with the general scope of the position. Employee must comply with all County and department policies, procedures, WAC’s/RCW’s, Contracts or other regulatory bodies.

  1. Provides clinical and administrative supervision to assigned staff which may include training, coaching and/or mentoring staff in the following areas: WAC’s/RCW’s, Agency and County policies and procedures, Competencies, Functional Assessments, and Positive Behavior Supports, in order to assure provision of quality, efficient and ethical services.
  2. Ensuring that services are delivered that best meets the needs of individuals and families.
  3. Ensuring appropriate service levels to clients.
  4. Provides performance review and coaching and conducts disciplinary actions as indicated.
  5. Monitors competency levels of staff for service coding, billing requirements, and other direct service standards as established by the Agency, to ensure appropriateness and accuracy.
  6. Works closely with assigned manager and other managers and staff in the implementation and adherence of the standards set forth in both quality improvement and utilization management systems.
  7. Ensures that the organizational direction is implemented within the team.
  8. Develops strong working relationships with Community Inpatient Facilities, State Hospitals, Jails and Emergency Room Departments.
  9. Provides and oversees treatment services to identified caseload, addressing the individual’s life domains and incorporating them into a written treatment plan, and assuring treatment is commensurate with clinician’s education and licensure/Educational Scope.
  10. Works collaboratively with all teams and departments regarding client care, intervention and crisis planning.
  11. Assures that all documentation and records meet Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Revised Codes of Washington (RCW), Contracts, and all other applicable Agency requirements.
  12. Maintains a working understanding of Least Restrictive Alternatives (LRA) and have the ability to address the needs and rights of those individuals released in Grant County on LRA’s.
  13. Develops and maintains strong working relationships with the community, medical, DSHS, and other county agencies, as appropriate, to ensure continuity of care for individuals served in Grant County.
  14. Assures services are provided which support the individual’s rights and are compatible with the particular culture and primary language of the individual.
  15. Provide education on behavioral health issues to the community, increasing awareness and reducing stigma.
  16. Actively participates in training and other meetings, whether in or out of office, as requested.

Education, Experience, and Licensing

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Any combination of education and experience may be substituted as long as it provides the desired skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or other behavioral health related field, or a Registered Nurse Minimum of three (3) years of related experience in the direct treatment of individuals and families with Persistent and Serious Mental Illness and emotional/behavioral disorders;
  • Demonstrated strong assessment , crisis intervention, risk, suicidal, diagnostic and counseling skills;
  • Knowledge of Joel’s Law, Volk Decision, Involuntary Treatment Act and Parent Initiated Treatment.
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership/managerial and communication skills;
  • Ability to respond appropriately to inappropriate or aggressive behaviors with least restrictive interventions; and
  • Must meet the definition of a Designated Mental Health Professional and/or Designated Crisis Responder as outlined in current WAC’s and RCW’s.


  1. Two years supervisory experience of both clinical and administration.
  2. Two years’ experience in crisis intervention.
  3. A full range of clinical knowledge including treatment of children, adults, couples and families.
  4. Mental Health Specialist (see WAC and RCW) specific to children, geriatric, developmental disability and ethnic minority.
  5. Substance Use Disorder Knowledge
  6. Knowledge of County and Agency policies and procedures.
  7. Washington State Licensure in Mental Health, Social Work, or Marriage and Family Therapy
  8. Knowledge of County and Agency policies and procedures

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License: Must have a safe reliable vehicle with proof of automobile insurance
  • Background Check: Must have an acceptable background report, at time of hire and every three years afterward
  • Driving Abstract: Must have an acceptable driving report
  • Washington State Licensure, or Agency Affiliated Counselor Credential; Must maintain an active credential with the State of Washington.

Physical Abilities / Working Conditions

The physical abilities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, write, hear, speak and lift up to 50 lbs. of unequal weight. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision, peripheral, depth perception. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands (several times per shift)

  • Typing on keyboard
  • Operation of office equipment, including, but not limited to phone, copy machine, fax machine, computer
  • Operation of a car
  • Personal safety exposure risk: HIGH
    HIGH-Tasks that involve exposure to potentially verbally and physically aggressive individuals and/or environments
  • Exposure Risk Rating: 3
    (Universal Precaution Category)
    3-Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissue

Updated 8/25/2018

Designated Crisis Responder

Kitsap County

Salary: DOE

Kitsap Mental Health Services is hiring two full-time 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.

Updated 04/03/2018.

On-Call DCR

Kitsap County

Shift: Various Shifts

Salary: $30/hr. plus shift differentials

Kitsap Mental Health Services is hiring an on-call Designated Crisis Responder. 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.

Updated 04/03/18.


DCR- Full time

Penninsula Behavioral Health

Job Summary
POSITION TITLE: Designated Crisis Responder
SALARY: $60,000/per year
REPORTS TO: Supervisor of Crisis Intervention Services
JOB PURPOSE: Responds to crisis/emergency situations. Provides mobile crisis intervention, clinical assessments, and stabilization services to adults, children, and families. Provides involuntary treatment services according to RCW 71.05 and 71.34 (Involuntary Treatment Act).

Provides mobile crisis intervention and stabilization services.
Provides crisis case management and brief therapy.
Performs ITA investigations, evaluations, and associated DCR tasks, including the monitoring and petitioning for LRA's.
Provides Screening and triage services by telephone and face-to-face.
Develops individualized safety plans and treatment recommendations to ensure client and community safety.
Provides support to other agency clinicians in the form of consultation and assistance with joint outreach.
Facilitates authorization and extensions for hospitalization.
Performs other mental health evaluations including intake evaluations, school requested evaluations, jail requested evaluations, court-ordered evaluations, etc.
Maintains familiarity with and handles client information in accordance with Federal Regulations (42 CFR, Part 2), the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 71.05.390 and RCW 71.24), and other applicable laws pertaining to confidentiality of client and staff information.
Maintains physical security of confidential materials and assigned Agency property.

Demonstrates proficiency in the utilization of the Center's electronic medical record system.
Provides information and education to the community regarding mental illness and involuntary commitment laws.
Maintains professional competency through a program of professional development and in-service training.
Maintains timely and accurate documentation in accordance with Washington State law, SBHO guidelines, and current best practices.
Provides report to team members following 24-hour shifts.
Reviews Crisis Alerts regularly
Attends Staff Meetings on a regularly scheduled basis.
Attends Performance Improvement Meetings on a regularly scheduled basis
Consistently maintains a high standard of professional conduct in interpersonal relationships with clients, staff, and other community professionals.
Performs other tasks as assigned by Supervisor.

Completes all clinical documentation by the end of the shift day per the Department's policy.
Documents LRA Monitoring contact monthly per BHO Contract.
DCR responds to requests for service within 2 hours per BHO Contract.
Qualifications and Skills

Education: Masters Degree or further advanced degree in counseling or one of the social sciences, BSN in nursing.
Licensure: Meets qualifications to be a Mental Health Professional in the state of Washington. Qualifies as an Agency Affiliated Counselor or be licensed in the State of Washington by the Department of Health as a Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist or BSN/RN.
Experience: At least two years post master's or post-licensure experience in the direct treatment of mentally ill or emotionally disturbed persons. Valid Washington State Driver's license and availability of a vehicle is required.

Experience: Two (2) years experience providing crisis intervention services.

Knowledge of RCW 71.05 and RCW 71.34, as well as clinical principles and practices.
Knowledge of the Center's documentation requirements for clinical records.
Knowledge of the Center's administrative policies and procedures.
Ability to interact in a professional manner with clients, public, nd staff.
Ability to meet DCR eligibility requirements of Chapter 388-865 WAC.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to identify and resolve problems effectively
Ability to plan and prioritize work and meet the Center's performance, quality assurance and productivity standards.

Peninsula Behavioral Health offers a wide variety of benefits for full-time employees, which includes; medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, retirement plans, life insurance, voluntary long-term disability, paid vacation and sick leave, etc.
(Equal Opportunity Employer)
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.
Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Job requirements may be subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED - 2 Full-time positions available
Please forward your resume to:
Amanda Hill, Human Resources Specialist
Peninsula Behavioral Health
 Updated 4/03/18