State of WashingtonVancouver 98684
Full Time +

Collaborate with an interdisciplinary treatment (IDT) team as a core treatment team member in treatment planning, problem-solving, discharge planning, and other treatment issues.

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Dshs Bha Psychiatric Social Worker

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), 800 NE 136th Ave #110, Vancouver, WA 98684, United States Apply before 10/8/2023 11:59


Maple Lane Forensic Recovery Program (MLFRP) refers to The Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) Residential Treatment Facility (RTF), Maple Lane Forensic Recovery Program (MLFRP). The program provides behavioral health care for up to 30 residents who are adjudicated as not guilty by reason of insanity and courted ordered to inpatient treatment. MLFRP’s mission is to promote recovery, resilience, and rehabilitation for those residents leading to successful community transition.
As the Psychiatric Social Worker 3, you will provide the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques within the framework of the recovery model with residents who have a serious and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. You will be a key member of an interdisciplinary treatment team and represent social work interests for treatment plans, patient conceptualizations, assist with treatment goal-oriented community outings, extensive release planning, and systems issues related to community transitions.

 Some of what you'll do

  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary treatment (IDT) team as a core treatment team member in treatment planning, problem-solving, discharge planning, and other treatment issues.
  • Complete comprehensive psychosocial assessments for all assigned residents, per departmental guidelines.
  • Function as the primary IDT contact person with families. Behavioral Health Organization liaisons and community providers.
  • Complete referrals for resources as needed (financial, residential, substance use disorder treatment, etc.).
  • Complete conditions for Less Restrictive Alternative court orders and court
  • Provide court testimony when requested for ITA hearings/trials, discharge planning, etc., when requested/subpoenaed.
  • Complete necessary documentation per treatment center procedures and guidelines.
  • Represent the social work department on assigned committees and workgroups.
  • Provide individual and group therapy and psychoeducation.

 We are looking for professionals who demonstrate:
  • Experience working knowledge of group behavior and dynamics.
  • Experience in intervening and de-escalating crisis/dangerous situations.
  • Knowledge of all hospital, state, and federal regulatory standards, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of mental illness and recovery principles.
  • Experience demonstrating the principals of universal precautions and infection control practices.
  • Ability to work with difficult or angry residents in a therapeutic, non-threatening manner.
  • Ability to work as a team member and to resolve personal conflicts in a calm, non-threatening manner.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with management, peers, residents, and the public as required to carry out
  • Knowledge regarding psychotropic medications.
 Who should apply?

  • Professionals with a Master's degree in social work and 2 years of experience working as a social worker in an inpatient or outpatient mental health setting.
To Apply—
  1. Completed Application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission toTransform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
Questions? Please reach out to  and reference job number 09338.