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Remote California Regional Mental Health Specialist (Northern California)

Company: Wellpath
Location: San Diego
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Job Description:

Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of people - our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented, compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to "Always Do The Right Thing!"


The RMHS assumes a consultant role within the field operations organization, meaning they provide guidance, direction and support of Mental Health programs as assigned by the RDMH. The RMHS will have a primary focus on supporting the needs of the RMHD and supporting and training mental health staff within the assigned region. Under the direction of the RMHD, the RMHS may also be responsible for providing diagnostic evaluations and therapy counseling using applied psychotherapy of a non-medical nature to persons served in compliance with all applicable licensure standards in the state from the appropriate state licensing board and federal rules and regulations.

Additional Details

Must be licensed and Reside in California and willing to travel over 50% - 75% per month. This remote position supports the Northern California Regional Mental Health Director for Local Jails and Detention Centers with Wellpath. Independently Licensed as a Mental Health Professional e.g. LCSW, LMFT, LPC, PhD, PsyD in the State of California.



  • Master's degree in psychology, social work or behavioral science field.
  • Trained and licensed to practice independently as a Mental Health Professional e.g. LCSW, LMFT, LPC, PhD, PsyD

  • Minimum 2 years professional experience in correctional healthcare. Experience in a Mental Health supervisory role at the site level is strongly preferred
  • Multi-site support experience preferred

  • Licensed to practice psychology, counseling or social work in the State by the appropriate state licensing board
  • Licensing in all states within the assigned region is required for the incumbent
  • Current (and must maintain) CPR certification

  1. The RMHS works closely with sites that may be experiencing poor patient outcomes, non-adherence to policy/procedure and any other poor performance metrics and keeps the RDMH abreast of such issues.
  2. The RMHS may assume the role of an MHC/MHP at the site level if there is an immediate need.
  3. May assist with start-ups.
  4. Monitor standards of care for the persons served using evidenced-based practices at each facility
  5. Ensure all staff are adequately trained/onboarded to meet the requirements of their positions
  6. Provide mental health training to the staff at designated locations.
  7. Under the direction of the RDMH, provides clinical support and supervision for staff through case consultations and debriefings including critical incident debriefings.
  8. Provide in-service trainings to staff to raise their level of understanding of mental illness and to create viable options for mental health programming within their facility
  9. Triages and conducts intakes, evaluations and/or assessments.
  10. Ensures staff are trained to make recommendations based on clinical findings
  11. Identifies and conducts essential treatment services when clinically indicated.
  12. Recommends and provides treatment plans.
  13. Assists staff with initiating involuntary hospitalization for those need to be transferred to outside facilities and generates appropriate paperwork.
  14. Ensures that staff are assessing for suicidal ideation, provide suicide prevention intervention and management of suicidal and high-risk persons.
  15. Ensure staff conduct daily rounds and evaluations to assess the treatment needs of persons served.
  16. Ensure staff conduct daily sick call, evaluate patients, obtain medication history, verify current medication consult with Healthcare prescribers/psychiatrist to continue psychotropic medications, and discuss conditions falling outside protocol perimeters
  17. Ensure staff are recommending medication evaluations to the prescriber and assisting in the management of medications, including identifying side effects
  18. May provide discharge planning services and ensures on site staff perform discharge planning services.
  19. Ensures on site staff are prepared to respond to and provides crisis intervention in psychiatric emergencies.
  20. Attends regular treatment team meetings and provides guidance for local teams as needed.
  21. Participates in CQI and/or QA studies and group sessions.
  22. Works effectively with all staff including operations, security, healthcare and administrative staff
  23. Provide on-call services as needed
  24. Provides staff training in relevant mental health issues, crisis intervention and related topics.
  25. Document all patient encounters, providing written summaries of history, diagnosis and treatment course.
  26. Provides services in compliance with Facility and Company Safety and Mental Health Policies and Procedures
  27. May assist the RDMH in the interview process, orientation and training of staff. Completing performance evaluations, peer reviews, psychological autopsy reports, and performance improvement plans
  28. Perform other duties as assigned.

Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer

Keywords: Wellpath, San Diego , Remote California Regional Mental Health Specialist (Northern California), Other , San Diego, California

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