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Discharge Planner -- Evaluation and Treatment Center

Tacoma, WA 98402

Industry: Operations/Administrative Job Number: 65718

Position Summary:

This position works directly with participants in our Evaluation &Treatment Center to identify supportive discharge planning needs for individual participants and help to remove barriers to a supportive discharge plan. This position will focus on integrating participants into programs that provide housing, medical, behavioral health, chemical dependency, education, employment and housing.

The Discharge Planner will work and collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, family/friends of participants and outside agencies for the benefit of the participants. External contacts may include providers at other organizations, court personnel, employers, DSHS, hospital staff, law enforcement, pharmacy personnel, and others that the MDC participants feel are important to their recovery. Conversations often include information of a confidential nature, so care must be taken to prevent inappropriate disclosure of MDC guest treatment information.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Meet with participants and begin discharge planning upon admission to the E&T, to build rapport and identify needs, ensuring guest voice.
  • Work closely with the guest and other team members (i.e. MHPs, CPC, MHTs, Nursing, ARNP, etc.) to coordinate services for guests upon discharge.
  • Perform housing searches for participants based on their needs and what they qualify for, and help to remove barriers.
  • Identify and develop rapport with community providers and internal MDC programs to help secure available client resources.
  • Advocate for housing and other needed services for participants upon discharge.
  • Create a Resource Bank to identify all services available for participants.
  • Keep a working list of low income/subsidized apartments and housing available.
  • Maintain relationships with clean/sober transitional housing and MDC participants (post-discharge) to help participants with any barriers they may be experiencing within the first month of discharge
  • Connect and support participants with getting screened through Access Point 4 Housing
  • Help create and send packets to potential RTF placements, clean and sober, Access Point 4 Housing, etc.).
  • Meet with representatives from these programs to help facilitate the assessment process.
  • Provide education to community partners on the needs of our participants.
  • Educate MDC staff on admittance requirements of community partners.
  • Help participants sign up for benefits such as SSI, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.
  • Obtain Releases of Information as needed.
  • Respond to ROIs and record requests from outside community providers who will be providing treatment to participants post-discharge.
  • BA degree in psychology, business, social work, urban planning or in a closely allied field of study or a two (2) year degree and five (5) years progressively responsible experience in Human Services developing partnerships and community organizing.
  • Must be knowledgeable of issues experienced by adults with serious and persistent mental illness.
  • Must be knowledgeable of issues that confront those affected by low income housing and homelessness.
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel. Willingness to learn and use Electronic Health Records.
  • Must possess a Washington State Driver’ s License or be able to obtain prior to employment and have dependable personal transportation with current insurance.
  • Must pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must be eligible to obtain an Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration
  • Knowledge of real estate or related background preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • BA degree in psychology, business, social work, urban planning or in a closely allied field of study or a two (2) year degree and five (5) years progressively responsible experience in Human Services developing partnerships and community organizing.
  • Must be knowledgeable of issues experienced by adults with serious and persistent mental illness.
  • Must be knowledgeable of issues that confront those affected by low income housing and homelessness.
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel. Willingness to learn and use Electronic Health Records.
  • Must possess a Washington State Driver’ s License or be able to obtain prior to employment and have dependable personal transportation with current insurance.
  • Must pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must be eligible to obtain an Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration.
  • Knowledge of real estate or related background preferred.

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