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Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinician - SIGN ON BONUS $7,500!

Position Type:  Full-Time, Hourly 

Department:  Behavioral Health Division (Watertown Plank Division)

Compensation Range:  $24.71 - $35.83 per hr
Closing Date:  Posting will remain open on a continuous basis until all positions are filled

The Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinician (BHESC) position is a member of the Crisis Mobile Team which provides services for children’s, adults, and families. This is a master’s level and licensed clinician (training license or fully licensed) who provides comprehensive assessment, de-escalation/stabilization, and linkage to resources for individuals experiencing a mental health or co-occurring mental health/substance use crisis. The BHESC position consists of the following assignments:

  1. Answering calls on the Crisis Line from individuals experiencing a crisis and in immediate needs of services and support

  2. Community or hospital based assessments, crisis counseling, and consultation

  3. Comprehensive clinical support to individual’s residing at the Crisis Stabilization Houses (adult team only)

  4. Assessment and discharge planning for individuals placed on the Observation Unit (adult team only)

  5. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Community and hospital based services are provided for people who are experiencing significant, potentially life changing, crisis situations where the clinician is required to quickly develop rapport, thoroughly assess the individual’s mental health and substance use needs, provide recommendations regarding emergency detentions and placement, assist in stabilizing the crisis, and connect the individual to community based resources. A high level of clinical skills, independent decision making, ability to work under pressure, and knowledge of the community is imperative.

*Sign on bonus paid out over the first year of employment. First half paid after successful completion of six month probationary period from date of hire. Second half paid out at one-year anniversary. Current Milwaukee County employees are not eligible for new hire sign on bonus.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A valid state of Wisconsin driver’s license is required
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or a closely related field required
  • Valid Wisconsin State licensure, free of limitations, is REQUIRED in one of the following: 
    • Advanced Practice Social Workers (APSW)

    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or (LPC-IT)

    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or (LMFT-IT)

  • Three (3) or more years of practical work experience in crisis services
  • Availability to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays is required. Schedule is completed 2 months in advance with the flexibility to amend shifts as needed.
  • Able and willing to travel, within community, up to 50% of work time

M. Otero


Special Instructions: This original examination is open to qualified residents of the United States. Appointee must establish Wisconsin State residency within six (6) months of appointment. In accordance with Rule III Section 12 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of criteria deemed appropriate by the Director of Human Resources to rank applicants on the eligible list for this position.

Milwaukee County offers a comprehensive blend of benefits designed to make your life better both inside and outside of the workplace. Milwaukee County conducts criminal background checks and pre-employment drug testing.

Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.