Behavioral Health Clinician- Child Crisis Hospital Team

Location US-AZ-Mesa
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# Positions
Behavioral Health/Social Work


The Behavioral Health Clinician provides direct therapy and case management services, including intake and assessment, to clients and families.  This position will analyze, identify, and address the causes of crisis situations, providing temporary in- home support to the children and families while facilitating a smooth transition of care to the responsible clinical home for ongoing support and intervention.  These services will be provided to children and families who present at any hospital in Maricopa County in crisis where the children do not meet the criteria for hospital admission but require further intervention.  The Clinician will provide brief therapy facilitation, discharge planning, and coordination with other agencies as well.





  • Provides behavioral analysis to determine precipitating events leading to the current crisis and to help the family identify viable interventions that would effectively address and ameliorate the crisis.Collaborates with the family to determine behavioral health needs and develop services tailored to increase the child's success at home, school and in the community. Crisis clinicians will be on call to meet with each individual to conduct an in-depth, comprehensive assessment of his or her current problems, psychiatric history, substance abuse history, medical history and family issues.  Provides clinical services such as direct therapy, case management services, intakes and assessments that foster solution/strengths based orientation. Assist in addressing the client and family’s ongoing needs.  Uses clinical best practices to engage formal and informal resources for the client including the transition, discharge and aftercare plans of behavioral health services. Demonstrates a positive, strengths based attitude of teamwork and shared leadership.
  • Performs the duties of a Clinical Liaison, developing programs directed at expanding the continuum of services in collaboration with clinical team members. Acquaints the agency with community trends and identify gaps in specific services as indicated by consumer's needs. Prepares required reports, inclusive of incident reports, CPS referrals, QI/QM activities, performance audits, and compilation of meeting minutes.
  • Provides coordination of behavioral health services with other agencies, such as Child Protective Services, Probation and Parole Departments, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Arizona Long Term Care, schools and other providers.  Participates in assigned JFCS and job related committees (BH Matrix; Training; Substance Abuse; Utilization Management; Safety, MIS/Nextgen Computer, and Risk Management)
  • Works effectively within the Arizona Recovery Model as outlined by the 12 principles including: Accessible services, Best practices, Collaboration with families, Collaboration with others, Connection to natural supports, Functional outcomes, Independence, Most appropriate setting, Respect for the child and/or family's unique cultural heritage, services tailored to the family, stability, and timeliness.
  • Works with special projects and committees to better meet the client’s needs. Identifies, prioritize and records the family vision and goals via the Behavioral Health Service Plan, Safety Plan, and all other related clinical documentation


  • Master's degree from an accredited school in the field of social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology, or related behavioral health field 
  • Behavioral Health License required
  • Independent licensure preferred
  • Minimum of two years work experience in behavioral health field, post Master’s
  • Skilled in risk assessments and crisis intervention required
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred


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