UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 1

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8705 (WFSE HMC)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

Mental Health Specialists provide prescribed treatment to in-patients on mental health units.

BASIC FUNCTION

Provide prescribed in-patient mental health treatment, data collection and treatment planning as part of an inter-disciplinary treatment team.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under direct supervision of the Registered Nurse in charge; provide prescribed mental health treatment in an in-patient setting.

TYPICAL WORK

Act as co-therapist with members of the inter-disciplinary team to develop treatment and discharge plans;

Provide individual counseling regarding reality testing and the problem-solving of current life situation;

Participate in group therapy and family conferences;

Assist with obtaining psycho-social history from patients, family, referral sources and community agencies;

Observe, assess and assist with physical restraint and seclusion procedures; maintain patient safety and provide physical care to patients;

Document patients physical, mental and behavioral status;

Monitor and report patient response to psychotropic medications;

Consult with mental health agencies as required regarding treatment;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified

Associate of Arts Degree; AND two years of experience in a mental health setting. Experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

New Class: 10-12-73
Revise Title & Class: 1-21-83
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05