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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 1, (PART TIME/DAYS) Req #:199398Department:PSYCH ICU SVCS - 5MBJob Location Detail:HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER Posting Date:05/03/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:$17.45 - $22.59 HOURLY Union Position:YesShift:First Shift As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.

The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. click here.

Challenge. Collaboration. Compassion. Become part of our team and join our mission to make life healthier for everyone in our community.

Harborview Medical Center has multiple outstanding opportunities for an MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 1 positions part time hourly Temporary day shift.


  • Performs basis physical care and other tasks delegated by supervisor or Charge RN
  • Assists in maintaining safe, therapeutic milieu
  • Contributes to ongoing psychosocial patient assessments
  • Uses clinical expertise when initiating patient care plans with interdisciplinary team and implements plan of care
  • Deescalates potentially dangerous situations and promotes stability on unit, maintains patient/staff safety and manages aggressive patient behavior.
  • Leads therapeutic individual and group sessions
  • Determine when immediate intervention is needed and provides direction in emergencies
  • Determines when further evaluation is required in order to involuntarily detain a patient
  • Coordinated patient transfer to the emergency department when necessary and provides the emergency department team with documentation to evaluate if involuntary detention is warranted
  • Participates in the training of staff, students, and volunteers in the unit
  • May provide direction or assign tasks to other staff
  • Recognizes and communicates abnormal findings to nursing and case management team
  • Recognizes and communicates observations related to effects and side effects of medications and signs of substance intoxication, withdrawal, and over-sedation
  • Adheres to HMC policies related to documenting all aspects of care
  • Provides patient/family education regarding patient disposition
  • Incorporates discharge planning into patient care
  • Communicates with providers, authorities and others for patients’ continued care including the emergency department
  • Documents using the computerized medical record
  • Stocks and organizes all areas of medical respite
  • Performs other duties as required


    Bachelor's Degree; AND one year as a Mental Health Specialist I, or equivalent; experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Passion for working with a homeless population
  • Experience with harm reduction

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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