Clinician Associate

Job Number 55997
Posted 7/9/2018
Account Acadia Hospital
Department Pediatric Inpatient
Location Acadia Hospital, ME 04402
Schedule Regular Full-time
Shift Day
Hours 8-4:30
Job Details Job Summary:

The Clinical Associate is an integral member of the interdisciplinary team and works under the direction of the Senior Psychiatric Clinician. The Clinical Associate is responsible for the delivery of care coordination to patients, individually or in-groups across the life span connecting patients to valuable outpatient resources in hopes of reducing recidivism. The CA functions for patients as the discharge planner, supportive counselor, and educator and performs case management activities. Additionally the Associate uses critical thinking skills to assess and advocate for patients; families in order to develop an individualized treatment and aftercare plan. The plan identifies desired outcomes and the strategies and resources to be used in attaining the outcomes. The CA will meet on a scheduled basis for individual and/or group clinical supervision to identify progress toward goals and to ensure continuous competence of duties outlined below. Annual performance review will document professional goals. In addition to the job-related competencies listed below, the employee must possess the core competencies of self-management, reflective practice, collaboration, systems thinking, initiative, and flexibility. Perform any duties and/or responsibilities assigned by manager or Supervisor for which qualified.


Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:

Reviews and adheres to clinical policies yearly.

Completes yearly updates in MOAB, ICare,

Develops discharge plan consistent with MTP and TPU

Completes discharges within proper time frame and covers appropriate elements.

Coordinate team/family meetings as needed.

Develops, maintains, and shares with colleagues community resources while connecting clients with these resources.

Serves as a community liaison among all internal and external providers.

Has a comprehensive understanding of service cost and budgetary parameters consistent with the community resources being sought for a patient.

Effectively identifies client crisis situations.

Keeps current all consents, releases, and care plans ( MTP, TPU).

Guarantees the confidentiality of all information accessed regarding clients care.

Maintains a professional manner when making professional contacts and inquiries on behalf of Acadia Hospital and the clients it serves.

Assists patient with completion of all entitlement applications, including but not limited to social security disability, SSI BRAP, shelter plus care, and residential etc.

Represents Acadia in a friendly and courteous manner.

Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas: (con't)

Ensures that all work assigned is completed in an accurate, professional and timely manner,

Collaborates with workers effectively.

Informs co-workers and supervisor of scheduling changes and coverage needs as needed.

Follows all procedures and timeframes for opening up new cases

Presents cases in a concise and accurate manner- both verbally and in writing.

Reacts well to immediate client needs including activating resources and/or providing de-escalation

Seeks supervision and risk management support as needed.

Ensures all signatures are current.

Has working understanding of diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health disorders.

Pertinent data is collected from multiple sources using developmentally and culturally appropriate assessment techniques

Assessments of needs and resources including; informal support systems, family members, friends, educational systems, organizational membership, social role functioning, environmental issues, i.e. economic situation, employment status, relevant cultural/religious factors and basic needs.

Gather and assess patients' needs and resources.

Educates patient and family about utilizing appropriate referrals and resources

Maintains and abides by ethical standards set forth by the facility and state licensure.

Consistently makes contact with patients/guardian post discharge.

Intervenes at the system level to support existing case management services and to expand the supply of and improve access to needed services.

Promotes clinical understanding of patient through participation at daily report.

Assist in maintaining a work environment free from recognized hazards that create a risk or injury to employees, patients or visitors and that all accidents and incidents are reported by employees and properly investigated. When appropriate, assist with the return of all workers with work related injuries and illnesses to gainful employment.

Professional Requirements:

Maintains patient confidentiality at all times. Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner in the community. Maintains regulatory requirements, including Joint Commission, Federal and State. Complies with all organizational policies regarding EMHS's Code of Conduct and ethical business practices.

Regulatory Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree Human Services or related field, LSW or LSW eligible, MHRT/C strongly preferred. For every 2 years of experience one year of education may be substituted if an individual has the MHRT/C. Ability to be flexible and exercise independent judgment. Demonstrates collegial and multi-disciplinary relationships along the treatment continuum. Experience in hospital-based clinical treatment services preferred. Age based competency in children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics and disability based competency for chemical dependency required. Completes Healthstream Mandatory Education on a yearly basis. Attends all mandatory safety related education programs. Follows safety procedures to prevent injury to self and others. Carries assigned keys and wears hospital ID badge at all times. Refrains from the abuse of chemicals.


Critical thinking, excellent time management and organization, cognitive flexibility, prioritize, multitask, computer skills (word, excel, database, outlook).

Language Skills:

Must possess good oral and written communication skills in the English language.

Physical Demands/Environment:

Visual acuity, color vision, hearing acuity, and tactile sensation are necessary to respond to patient response and requests. Has the ability to read and speak English, to communicate and document information. Possess the manual dexterity and a degree of body strength and flexibility to respond to aggressive patient behavior. Has the ability to reach and stretch intermittently. Time may be spent sitting at a computer, collaborating with other healthcare team members. Standing and walking comprises some of the workday.

Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.