Pine Street Inn Triage Clinician, FRI-MON, 9AM-7:30PM, 19-248 in Boston, Massachusetts
Triage Clinician, FRI-MON, 9AM-7:30PM, 19-248
Department: OPHP - Front Door Triage
Office: 444 Harrison Avenue
Location: Boston, MA
Position Type: Direct Care
Hours/Shift: Morning - First Shift
Employee Type:: Regular Full-time
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SCHEDULE: 40 hours, Friday-Monday, 9AM-730PM, four (4) day work week, may include nights, early mornings, and weekends as needed, no on-call duties.
This position will include both work-from-home, telehealth, on-site administrative work, and on-site and community-based client-facing work.
The Triage Clinician will work within Pine Street Inn-s (PSI) Triage Program to assess new guests at the Front Door of the Shelter System and immediately begin working with guests to quickly identify their needs and resources in order to determine a housing pathway. The Triage Clinician will work alongside the Triage Specialists to provide consultation, Crisis Intervention and offer therapeutic support for guests during the assessment process and during their time in the Triage Program. The Triage Clinician will play a vital role in working with individuals whose mental illness, substance use, or trauma history present additional barriers to their housing. The Triage Clinician will conduct bio-psych-social assessments and provide immediate referral services. Each guest will have varying support needs. The Triage Clinician will work with guests to develop a Safe Placement and Stability plan with a goal for diverting individuals to appropriate community placements and resources. These services could include, but are not limited to, safety planning, connection to medication resources, assisting a guest in accessing detox or recovery services and other stabilization services as needed. Once the Triage Clinician and the guest have established a Safe Placement and stability plan, the Triage Clinician will participate in warm hand offs to internal and external providers for continued work toward permanent housing.
The Triage Clinician will also take a proactive, leadership role in diverting from shelter whenever appropriate and will work with community providers of health and behavioral health services to coordinate care plans which do not rely on emergency shelter when other more appropriate medical and behavioral health services should be explored and utilized. The Triage Clinician will work with local hospitals and care facilities to educate on the appropriate use of our shelters and will provide advocacy for clients. The Clinician will work to coordinate appropriate discharge plans for guests who are reentering the community from incarceration with a clear focus on upstream services which avoid unnecessary reliance on emergency shelter. The Triage Clinician will work within a best practice framework of Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care and, whenever possible, will provide support toward family reunification and mitigating barriers to securing alternative options for safe housing.
The Shelter Clinician will work closely with the Triage Specialists, Triage Supervisor, MATCH team, Shelter Director(s) and other providers such as BHCHP nursing staff, DMH HOT team, BEST team, etc.
Working in conjunction with Pine Street Inn-s Program Evaluation department, the Clinician will be responsible for producing data and up-date guest ETO files on a regular basis and enter Efforts to Outcomes. The Triage Clinician will also assist the Director in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports. The Triage Clinician is responsible for documenting their work with clients in both written and electronic formats.
Master-s Degree in Social Work or related field
Ability to obtain LICSW or LMHC
Minimum of three (3) years direct care experience providing clinical services, including assessment and referral, crisis intervention and stabilization, individual and group treatment to adults with mental illness and addictive disorders
Knowledge, understanding and application of Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care and Stage of Care work
Knowledge of and strong commitment to harm reduction philosophy, principles and practices
Knowledge of Crisis Intervention and stabilization
Awareness of and commitment to self-care strategies, practices and support
Ability to consult about psychiatric issues with professional and non-professional staff
Strong computer skills including familiarity with management information systems or database programs
Ability to respond quickly to crisis
Ability to access public transportation
Ability to access different building locations and program sites
Ability to sit for long periods of time and use computer calculator, fax, copier and other office equipment
Strong professional, organization and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to engage very vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals and the people who care for them
Positive and supportive attitude, including the ability to see, elicit, acknowledge and appreciate the strengths, intentions, skills, wisdom, values, commitments and resilience of direct-care staff
Empathy, creativity and compassion in holding the complexities of the many and competing needs, demands and expectations that direct-care staff face in their work
Excellent self-care and personal modeling of active self-care practice
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