Job Summary: Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division (BHD) provides community and hospital-based services for people who are experiencing significant, potentially life changing, and/or 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. These positions are master’s level and licensed clinicians (training license or fully licensed).
BHD is currently hiring Behavioral Health Emergency Services Clinicians (BHESCs) for all three areas. The following positions are available with the:
Crisis Mobile Teams – two types. Children’s (18 and under) Mobile Crisis is a mental health crisis team licensed by the State of Wisconsin which serves Milwaukee County youth. This team responds to a wide range of needs in homes, schools, and throughout the community, wherever children and families need help to reduce a crisis, solve a problem, or assess a need. The Adult (over 18) Mobile Crisis team provides comprehensive clinical support to individual’s residing at the Crisis Stabilization Houses as wells as for those placed on the BHD Observation Unit. Both types of BHESC positions can consist of the following assignments: 1. Answering calls on Crisis Line from individuals experiencing a crisis and in Immediate need of services and support. 2. Assessing, crisis counseling, consulting, de-escalation/stabilization support in community and/or in a hospital setting.
Team Connect - This position works closely following up with adults who were seen in the BHD psychiatric crisis services department or discharged from the inpatient units. Within this area is also a Team Connect – You Matter position which provides follow up services and supports to persons 18 years and older who have been revived by Narcan due to an overdose. Both positions work in collaboration with Certified Peer Specialists.
Access Clinic – Outreach Community Health Center and Sixteenth Street Health Center locations. This position provides behavioral health services (assessment, response planning, referral to services, follow up and outreach) to clients referred from the Behavioral Health Division’s Internal Crisis Service and to uninsured individuals who walk into the Access Clinic.
Authorized to work in the United States; Wisconsin residency established within six (6) months of hire date
Valid state of Wisconsin driver’s license is required or able to obtain within six (6) months of hire date
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