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Court Evaluator

Job Details

Job ID: 90408
Location: Seattle, WA
Entity: Behavioral Health -Navos
Category: Social Work
Specialty: Behavioral Health
Department: Admin BHS
Employment Type: Full-Time Regular
Primary Shift: Day
Work Schedule: Day shift
About the Company
The mission of Navos is to improve the quality of life of people vulnerable to mental illness by providing a broad continuum of trauma informed care with a focus on recovery and resilience. Navos responds to the needs of people with mental illness in King County. Services are targeted to those who live at or near poverty, often as a result of their mental illness. Navos is committed to embracing equity and inclusiveness in everything we do. Our efforts are intentional, deliberate, and a fundamental part of the everyday expectation for working at Navos.

About the Position
The Court Evaluator works in collaboration with physicians and nursing staff to perform clinical assessments and evaluations of patients admitted on a civil commitment system-wide for involuntary detention to a psychiatric facility. The Court Evaluator provides testimony and writes petitions recommending Restrictive Treatment for patients admitted on: initial detention orders and revocations of restrictive orders in compliance with the King County Superior Court rules.

Position Functions & Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Evaluates patients to establish whether there is a presence of mental disorder and a danger to self, others, property or grave disability to adequately care for health and safety needs.
- Reviews available past and current records
- Interviews patient and reviews the medications prescribed and assesses the patient’s level of cooperation in taking the medications
- Reviews any diagnostic procedures or lab work performed and discusses with the physician
- Collaborates with physicians, social work and nursing staff who have been caring for the patient and familiar with the treatment team’s recommendation

• Collaborates with the King County Deputy Prosecutors regarding court strategies and testimony
- Reviews decisions to dismiss or convert cases to Less Restrictive Orders prior to the hearing.

• Completes required legal forms and written documentation of investigation activities

• Presents testimony on:
- all relevant chart entries in past and current medical records and relevant aspects of patient’s history
- the patient’s course of treatment during the initial detention period that supports recommendation for further treatment
- consideration that was given to less restrictive options and rationale for the necessity of more restrictive treatment
- consideration of voluntary hospitalization and rationale for the necessity for continued involuntary status

• Supports a system-wide understanding of trauma prevalence, impact and trauma informed care.
• Fosters healing, hopeful, honest and trusting relationships for consumers and employees.
• Values consumer voice, choice and self advocacy.
• Promotes a safe, calm and secure environment with supportive care and client-focused services that are trauma specific and promote recovery and wellness.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Position Requirements
Education & Experience

• Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or Nursing required.
• Licensed as a psychologist, advanced registered nurse practitioner, independent clinical social worker or mental health care counselor in the State of Washington.
• Five (5) years recent experience working with acutely ill psychiatric patients specifically involving evaluation of psychiatric safety, level of function, psychiatric diagnoses and medications.
• Professional interest and commitment to working with the mentally ill and in development of care systems for the mentally ill.
• Able to interact with patients with sensitivity, tact, and respect; as well as firmness, when necessary.
• National Provider Identifier (NPI) or ability to obtain before your first day of employment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Expertise with the Washington Involuntary Treatment Act (RCW 71.05)
• Knowledge of and experience with chemical dependency or addiction assessments and available services
• Ability to work varied shifts, in a high stress environment
• Ability to quickly interview, assess and mediate conflict while maintaining calmness during highly volatile situations
• Skilled in eliciting patient cooperation and in defusing hostile/violent behavior
• Ability to multi-task and stay organized
• Ability to be flexible and quickly change direction when needed
• Ability to testify coherently in Involuntary Treatment Court as an expert witness
• Ability to tolerate a high level of scrutiny of work product
• Must be detail oriented
• Ability to act as a team player as well as work independently
• Strong verbal and written communication skills including the ability to make presentations to diverse audiences and compose clear, concise clinical file notes and documentation
• Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders
• Knowledge of and skill in the use of personal computer and related software and system
• Skill in time management and ability to meet deadlines
• Ability to willingly accept responsibility
• Ability to set priorities and use good judgment

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Requirements & Disclosure of Risks
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves. The employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs, and the lack of personal care. The employee must be ready to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations.
Patient care delivery involves lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting, and stooping requiring upper and lower body strength. Lifting up to 50 lbs. may be required without assistance. Must be able to manipulate small tools.

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Additional Information:
Values Based Behaviors Respect: Seek first to understand Integrity: Do the right thing Stewardship: Live lean Excellence: Be your best/Act for safety’s sake Collaboration: Team up Kindness: Create warmth and comfort Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Navos believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit our employees nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the company.

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