Posting: Evaluation and Admissions/Short-Term Outpatient Therapist - Monroe Community Mental Health Authority

July 29, 2022

DEPARTMENT:  Adult Services MI/DD

APPROVED BY:  Program Director

REPORTS TO:  Program Supervisor



The primary purpose of this position is being responsible for crisis service, initial screenings, SUD screenings, coordinate intake appointments for persons meeting the medical necessity for services through the Monroe Community Mental Health Authority (MCMHA) with the Access Department and to provide short-term outpatient therapy to those individuals attending Monroe County Community College.  The primary goal is to provide short term therapy, such as Brief Solution Focused Therapy, to youth/adults determined to have mild to moderate symptoms that would normally not be served by MCMHA and who experience psycho‑social problems which impede adequate functioning in one or more of the following areas: school, work, community, family, interpersonal relationships.  The Outpatient Therapist is responsible for delivery of direct and indirect service units consistent with qualitative and quantitative performance goals and standards established for short term outpatient services.

Note:  This is a grant funded position that is currently funded for one year only. 

Duties and Competencies


  1. Demonstrates ability to identify severity of illness by assessing symptom acuity, functional abilities, and risk factors.
  2. Demonstrates ability to assess substance abuse/dependence.
  3. Assesses psychiatric symptomatology and risk of harm to self or others.
  4. Develops treatment plans to address psychiatric conditions and/or substance abuse/dependence, as well as co-occurring disorders.
  5. Utilizes various treatment modalities to select the best method of treatment for client and symptoms.
  6. Completes an accurate 5-Axis diagnosis based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV).
  7. Develops an evaluation of what is causing a crisis situation and develop a plan of safety, which includes alternative resources to hospitalization.
  8. Utilizes knowledge of Duty to Warn, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Elder Abuse reporting laws

Job responsibilities for short term treatment assigned consumers, include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Screens all incoming calls, providing crisis service for adults, , provides face-to-face screenings consistent with authority standards, schedules admission BPS with access , or makes referrals to outside agencies or service providers. 
  2. Develop a Person-Centered Plan (PCP) for registered mild to moderate consumers assigned to the caseload based on short term treatment, admission, length of stay, discharge and follow up standards.
  3. Complete initial assessments and all related documentation within the 14-day agency standard.
  4. Monitor implementation of the Person-Centered Plan for each assigned consumer.  This includes: Monitor each consumer’s progress relative to the PCP and length of stay authorization.  Complete status reviews, discharge summaries and required outcome assessments. 
  5. Coordinate services between all involved Authority personnel and other agencies as defined by the established Person-Centered Plan.
  6. Maintain complete and detailed case records and service activity documentation consistent with, Authority procedures and requirements. 
  7. To summarize caseload needs assessment and provide summary to the Program Director at regularly scheduled supervision meetings.

Performs other related duties as assigned

  1. Maintains individual credentials and participates in education and training necessary to maintain current competency(s) in skill areas essential for implementing job duties and responsibilities.
  2. Enhances agency staff’s understanding of management services and pharmacy policies and procedures.
  3. Follows oral and written direction completing tasks as assigned by due dates.
  4. Maintains working knowledge of software applications used in performance of daily duties.

Corporate Compliance Responsibilities:

  1. Complies with and maintains competence in, Joint Commission and CMHA standards, policies, procedures, and requirements of all applicable funding sources.
  2. Complies with MCMHA Board policies, standards and procedures related to Recipient Rights.
  3. Maintain competence in HIPAA and other regulatory requirements.
  4. Understands and adheres to MCMHA's compliance standards as they appear in MCMHA’s, Management of Information, Recipient Rights, Performance Improvement, Administration, Human Resources, Environment and Provision of Care Policies.
  5. Interacts appropriately with managers and peers.  Performs required duties with an awareness of impact upon the Authority structure.  
  6. Works as a team player within the entire Authority Structure.
  7. Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and MCMHA regulations, laws, and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the occupant of the position.  The statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed must be representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Training and Licensing Credentials:

Master’s degree in social work or psychology with current Michigan licensure or certification as a LMSW, LLP or LPC.  Experience in clinical assessment and providing short‑term outpatient therapy to emotionally impaired youth/adults using individual, group and family modalities preferred. 

Other Competencies and Abilities:

Ability to work in a complex, detail-oriented, deadline structured, busy organization. The following physical and mental abilities are required:  frequent lifting or carrying up to 15 pounds, must be able to hear, frequent sitting/standing/walking, ability to communicated effectively in person and/or phone, the ability to read, analyze and interpret information, ability to write correspondence and procedures, ability to maintain records, ability to remain impartial during investigative procedures, ability to solve practical problems, ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, ability to influence others. Demonstrated proficiency in MS Outlook, Word and such other applications if/when required. Ability to be trained and successfully complete other computer training as required. Valid driver’s license, proof of current automobile insurance and driving record determined by the Authority’s insurance carrier to be eligible for coverage if required as part of positions duties.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Sarah Maniaci

HR Specialist

1001 S. Raisinville Road,

Monroe, MI 48161

Phone: 734-384-0391



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