The Mental Health Professional is an Other Licensed Practitioner (OLP). A non-physician licensed behavioral health practitioner able to practice independently, who must perform services within the practitioner’s scope of practice. The services provided are expected to more effectively engage children, youth and families/caregivers who may have difficulty engaging in traditional clinic-based settings. The clinical services provided are intended to help prevent the progression of behavioral health needs through early identification and intervention and may be provided to children/youth in need of assessment for whom behavioral health conditions have not yet been diagnosed, including but not limited to children ages 0-5.
Duties & Responsibilities:
-The Licensed Mental Health professional (OLP NP-LBHP) will be an vital member within an interdisciplinary team.
-Responsibility will include providing a mental health diagnosis for child/youth
-Provide services with the intension to treat, correct, or ameliorate a delay or problem in developmental functioning and healthy relationships for children/youth.
-Ensure that service delivery is in a trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner.
-Conduct a Licensed Evaluation (Comprehensive Assessment) to identify a child/youth individual’s behavioral strengths and weaknesses, problems and service needs,
-Responsibility includes the identification of services and practices medically necessary to meet the child/youth’s behavioral health needs, which may include other children and family treatment and support services (CFTSS)
-Provide Psychotherapy (Counseling) utilizing therapeutic communication and interaction for alleviating symptoms or functional limitations associated with a child/youths diagnosed behavioral health disorder,
-Provide counseling to reverse or changing maladaptive patterns of behavior, encouraging personal growth and development, and supporting the child/youth’s capacity to achieve age–appropriate developmental milestones.
-Responsible for Crisis Intervention Activities if the child-youth experiences psychiatric, behavioral or situational distress in which the OLP NP-LBHP will be contacted as the treatment provider, to provide the necessary interventions in crisis circumstances, such as crisis triage by phone, crisis off site in person, or crisis complex care follow up.
Other Licensed Mental Health Professional non-physician licensed behavioral health practitioners (“NP-LBPHP’s”). NP-LBPHP’s must be one of the following:
• Licensed Psychoanalysts
• Licensed Clinical Social Workers
• Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
• Licensed Mental Health Counselors
• Licensed Masters Social Workers when under the supervision of licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs),
or Licensed psychologists.
-Minimum 3 years experience working with children in foster care and/ or mental health.