Community Mental Health Outreach Nurse (RN) – COAT


Job Title: Community Mental Health Outreach Nurse (RN) – COAT
Days Off : TBD
Pay Range : $70,537 – $77,878 annually
Shift: Office Day
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan
The RN is a member of the COAT (Community Outreach & Advocacy Team) multi-disciplinary team responsible for providing outreach, engagement and intensive case management services to adults. The model incorporates a modified assertive community treatment (ACT) approach with caseloads of 1:20 with companion-based services to ensure people are identified and assessed, supported and accompanied to any services or appointments that are indicated. The team will consist of behavioral health staff, a psychiatric prescriber, all of whom will provide services with an intensive outreach and client-centered approach. This position is involved in all aspects of referral, outreach and engagement, intensive case management services, as well as coordination with other providers to assure successful transition of consumers to on-going care. Services will be provided in Seattle and King County areas. Many services will be provided on the streets, in shelters and other service centers as assigned. This position requires a high degree of coordination and collaboration with other DESC programs as well as outside agencies. The COAT RN works primarily with clients in need of psychiatric and other medical attention, providing medication coordination/management, client education, health assessment and related services. Work is done under the supervision of the Medical Director.
Outreach, Case Management & Social Support:
  • Participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team providing some components of outreach and on-going case management services to eligible clients and potential clients.
  • Assess clients for range of health care needs and facilitate linkage and on-going connection to relevant urgent, primary and specialty health services.
  • Advocate for clients’ access to community resources and services, especially primary health care services, ensuring that clients’ needs are met and rights maintained; consult and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of care.
  • Participate in the planning, organizing and facilitating of group psycho-educational treatment services for consumers served by the mental health program.
  • Coordinate services closely with mental health program supervisors, case management staff, substance use disorder treatment staff and other DESC staff.
  • Provide outreach to clients at various community sites providing homelessness services.
Medication Services:
  • Under the guidance and direction of the Medical Director/Psychiatrist, coordinate medical aspects of medication services for clients.
  • Provide individualized medication management services and education as needed.
  • Provide specialized training and consultation to other staff members on medical issues relating to clients and their care.
  • Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program meetings and in-service trainings; participate in clinical reviews and case conferences as requested.
  • Comply with relevant professional regulations, the agency’s clinical accountability policies and procedures; maintain current and complete clinical records; participate in quality assurance reviews.
  • Comply with applicable program research and evaluation procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Registered Nurse, licensed in the State of Washington.
  • Interest or experience in working with homeless, mentally ill and/or substance abusing population desired.
  • Knowledge of psychiatric medications, side effects and methods of administration.
  • Interest or experience in working with clients who are difficult to engage and maintain in traditional mental health programs.
  • Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behavior.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.
DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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