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Mental Health Specialist I/II- Adolescent/Children


This is a Contract position in Las Vegas, NV posted December 4, 2022.

Responsibilities: Evening Shift Mental Health Specialist (MHS) OpportunityNorth Star Behavioral Health is one of Alaska’s premier mental health facilities offering hope and healing for children, teens and adults who struggle with psychiatric or substance abuse issues.

We also offer military-specific care to first responders, service members, veterans and dependents at the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital.

We provide an environment that puts patient care first through excellent care, comfort, and security to the patients and families we treat, at their most vulnerable times.

When you work at North Star Behavioral Health, you are never alone, as you are part of a large network of peers and leaders that routinely exchange ideas and review current topics within the industry.

With us, you have the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance in your career through robust continuing education opportunities and career advancement with UHS.

The Mental Health Specialist is a key member of the Northstar Behavioral Health Team who is responsible for providing direct care to patients with psychiatric disorders ensuring the safety and well being of patients by supporting the maintenance of therapeutic milieu.

MHS I JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIESHelps identify patients’ problems, needs, and strengths.Ensures that interventions are based on familiarity with patient history, assessment, and treatment plans.Observes patients for changes that require immediate intervention and take appropriate action; continually assess behaviors that indicate changes in the patient behavior; adheres to guidelines for patients on special status i.e.

suicide, sexual, assaultive behavior, or AWOL precautions.Assists patients in following community rules and guidelines and in forming positive peer relationships.Communicates with patients and families in a manner which projects empathy, helpfulness, and desire to positively impact patient’s treatment.Maintains patient, program, department and related documentations ensuring that documentation is timely, accurate and legible.Maintains a safe, orderly, and therapeutic physical environment for patients.

MHS II JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIESTakes a proactive and productive role in problem solving and program development in unit meeting, and in informal and formal work groups.Helps identify patients’ problems, needs, and strengths; provides verbal input into the development of treatment plan goals and interventions.Communicates regularly with the Nurse/Nurse Mgr regarding patient care concerns and carries out corrective actionsCommunicates with patients and families in a manner which projects empathy, helpfulness and desire to positively impact patient’s treatment.Provides accurate information on shift-to-shift report and remains on the unit while incoming shift is in report.Maintains patient, program, department and related documentations ensuring that documentation is timely, accurate and legible.Understands and implements appropriate action to avoid power struggles with patients; works as an effective team member to establish a milieu which minimizes the occurrence of aggressive behavior.Maintains a safe, orderly, and therapeutic physical environment for patients.$5,000 Sign-on bonus Available Qualifications: EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: MHS I: High School Diploma required.

0-4 years experience in the mental health field.

Or, currently enrolled in degree program in the areas of Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, etc.

Must be at least 21 years old.

MHS II: Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, human services or related field preferred; or 4 years of experience in a mental health role; or combination of education and experience totaling a minimum of 4 years.

Must be at least 21 years old.

BENEFITS HIGHLIGHTSChallenging & Rewarding Work EnvironmentCompetitive Compensation & Generous Paid Time OffExcellent Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Drug Plans401(K) with Company Match & Discounted Stock PlanSoFi Student Loan Refinancing ProgramCareer Development Opportunities within UHS and its 300 SubsidiariesTuition Assistance One of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc.

has built an impressive record of achievement and performance.

Growing steadily since its inception into an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, annual revenues exceeding $11 billion in 2019.

In 2020, UHS was again recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune on Fortune 500; and recognized in Forbes ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.

Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has over 90,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities, 42 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network, and various related services located in 37 US states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

If you would like to learn more about the Mental Health Specialist (MHS) position before applying, please contact Samantha Cathey by email at EEO StatementAll UHS subsidiaries are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates.

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