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Assistant Director of Emergency Services (Intake Department)

Garfield Park Chicago Part-Time
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Are you looking for the next step in your career?

Do you enjoy mentoring staff to help them reach their full potential? 

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment?

If so, the Assistant Director of Emergency Services position at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital may be the perfect fit for you!  We are seeking a dynamic leader to support our Emergency Services Department.

A Career with Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital Offers…

  • A rewarding career improving the lives of youth
  • Resources of a large health system (UHS, Inc.)
  • An engaged leadership team
  • A commitment to patient safety
  • Career advancement and mobility
  • Competitive compensation & benefits packages
  • And much more!

About Us….

Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital is dedicated to providing behavioral health and psychiatric support to children and teens ages 3 to 17. Quality behavioral health is our passion. Improving the lives is our reward. We are working to improve lives and transform the delivery of healthcare.

Job Summary:

Assists Director of Emergency Services in oversight of daily activities within the department. Monitors data entry and assists in educating other clinicians within the department. Responds to clinical inquiry calls from families or referring professionals and completes level of care assessments. Crisis assessments include the ability to assess current risk factors (suicidal, homicidal, psychosis, self-injurious, substance abuse…), family dynamics, health screen, treatment history, medications, etc.). Provides appropriate clinical triage. Ensures prompt response to patient and referral needs, provides supervision to staff, assures appropriateness of risk assessments, crisis interventions and referrals to level of care. Knowledgeable and able to explain Hospital programs and services. Understands basic growth and development needs, specific to the age and population served.  Oversees the admission process including appropriateness of the admission, completion of all required admission paperwork, pre-certifications and coordination of care with the Physician. Provides accurate and complete information to Hospital Administration and physicians regarding admissions, referrals, discharges etc. Trains other staff in admission process, policies and procedures. Assures compliance with all applicable mental health laws, codes, rules and regulations. Maintains all data/records regarding the intake and admission process and follows all policies/procedures related to release of information and confidentiality.  Obtains, organizes and has current information regarding discharges, bed availability, admission times, level of care assessments, etc. Has a strong understanding of the department computer systems. Completes and distributes corporate reports, completed staffing schedules and maintains forms and documents. Assists Director of Emergency Services with 24/7 responsibility for the department, including, but not limited to being on call. This is the equivalent of an Emergency Room environment, it is fast paced and requires the ability to multitask and handle highly stressful situations.

Job Requirements

Education: Masters Degree Required in Social Work, Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Experience: Two years of psychiatric, specifically in an intake department, is required. Able to work in a fast-paced setting.

License/Certification: Licensure or eligibility for clinical licensure (LCPC, LCSW) preferred in the State of Illinois.

Shift: 3pm-11:30pm

Knowledge/Skillset: Thorough understanding of the DSM-V criteria, psychotropic medications, and assessment skills with the ability to develop quick and strong clinical rapport.   Working knowledge of Illinois Confidentiality Act, Illinois Mental Health Code, EMTALA and ILPA process.  Must posses a detailed understanding of psychiatric criteria for various levels of care and insurance/benefit verifications.  Have the ability to provide de-escalation techniques and crisis stabilization. Must be able to utilize CBT, Trauma Informed Care and Crisis Intervention effectively. Must be able to work cooperatively with other hospital staff and community agencies. Good organization skills, attentive to detail, thorough, as well as excellent oral and written clinical communication skills.

Language: Bilingual in both Spanish and English preferred


Skills required

Registered Nurse
Health Care
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (Acls)
Licensed Vocational Nurses
Intensive Care Unit
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Welcome to Garfield Park Hospital and thank you for entrusting us with the care of your loved one! At Garfield Park Hospital, we tirelessly pursue the provision of exceptional care & customer service and welcome your input and recommendations regarding your experience with us. This information is a pivotal part of our effort to continuously improve upon the experience of our patients, family members and stakeholders who work with us in the community.

At Garfield Park Hospital we provide a spectrum of behavioral health services including; emergency assessment, inpatient psychiatric treatment and (in the near future) partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents. Our team of psychiatrists, medical physicians, psychologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, recreational therapists and mental health specialists are highly trained, very experienced, and committed to providing exceptional care for your family member. We also recognize the vital role of involving family in the treatment process and will involve you as part of the treatment team regarding planning and follow up care.

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