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Drug Court Therapist at Kitsap Mental Health Services

Posted in Health Care 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Bremerton, Washington

Job Description:

KMHS is Kitsap’s nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults. On WA’s beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment. Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations. The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences. KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility


To provide therapy and care coordination services for adults who are part of Drug Court, Family Dependency Drug Court and Veterans Court and in collaboration with Kitsap County.

To improve the operations of KMHS in support of its stated mission. To provide the highest level of customer service to internal and external customers.


  • Provide effective and efficient clinical services using best practice standards to adults who are participating in drug court program.

  • Provide mental health and co-occurring disorder treatment services including outreach as clinically indicated to clients, their parents/guardians, and families.

  • Provide direct services for clients at risk for and with co-occurring disorders utilizing recommended Co-Occurring Disorder treatment practices. Services may include individual therapy, group therapy, psycho-educational workshops, skill-building groups, family counseling, and crisis intervention.

  • Provide linkages to KMHS service providers as appropriate and help the client maintain linkages through their drug court experience.

  • Utilize motivational interviewing, stages of change theory, family and system focused interventions, stage-wise treatment strategies to intervene and motivate clients.

  • Conduct mental health assessments to aid in treatment planning, utilizing clinically appropriate instruments.

  • Provide mental health and co-occurring disorder consultation and training for Drug Court staff to assist in integration of mental health and substance use services within the court system.

  • Work collaboratively with internal and external partners including: social service agencies, the court system, Crisis Response Team, Adult Inpatient Unit, KMHS medical providers, the medical community, Kitsap Recovery Center, and other treatment providers to assist clients in their recovery process and to ensure the continuity and quality of care.

  • Function as a supportive member of the various court teams and participate constructively in problem solving and clinical decision making.

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of psychotropic medications and their side effects and contraindications with drugs of abuse and report any relevant observations to medical personnel.

  • Monitor assigned clients for compliance with treatment related court-ordered requirements and substance related mandates. Follow all WACs and RCWs required of mandated clients. Provide appropriate legal documents and monthly reports as required.

  • Perform random UDSs and tests for alcohol use as clinically indicated.

  • Pursue professional growth and development by seeking out learning opportunities and integrating new learning into daily work practice. Maintain working knowledge of Evidence Based Practices, current Co-Occurring Disorder treatment recommendations and trends in community mental health, including health care reform.

  • Complete and maintain all required appropriate clinical and administrative records in a timely manner.

  • Provide crisis intervention services when necessary.

RESPONSIBLE TO: AOP Services Director

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in psychology, social services, or a related field required; Ph.D. candidate and/or licensed MHP preferred. Minimum of two years’ experience working with clients with mental illness required. Prefer experience in Co-Occurring Disorders treatment, individual and group therapy, vocational services, treatment courts, and substance abuse treatment. Possess and maintain valid driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation.

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to stand, sit, use hands and fingers, and talk or listen. Ability to safely operate an automobile.