Requisition Number: HOPEH-MHPRF-H-07-2020-02
Job Title: Mental Health Professional
City: Bethlehem
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 2
Salary Range: $15.50

Mental Health Professional

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Description/Job Summary

Under the authority of the Program Director and the supervision of the Assistant Director 75%of you time will be spent answering the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  The 25% of your shift as a Mental Health Professional will be dedicated to assuring that all operating procedures and regulations are followed. The employee is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for consumers and staff, and to establish and maintain a therapeutic milieu for the clinical benefit of the consumers and those who care for or about the consumers. This care is to be provided while in the residence by providing both supportive crisis counseling and assistance with negotiating the activities of daily living. Mental Health Professionals\Crisis Workers gather necessary information, explore presenting problems, work to alleviate the immediate crisis, and provide linkage to additional services for on-going treatment. Mental Health Professionals\Crisis Workers provide crisis counseling to adults in the residence who exhibit acute problems of disturbed thought, behavior, mood, or social relationships.  All workers are expected to follow all applicable guidelines regarding confidentiality of consumer information, including the Mental Health Procedure Act, HIPAA, and RHD policy. 


75%of the time employee will be answering National Suicide Prevention Lifeline calls and completing the Columbia suicide severity rating scale and assessing for eminent risk for suicide. The 25% of the time will be dedicated to working on shift, some the duties entail but are not limited to:

  1. Answer Suicide Life Line Calls
  2. Assess for imminent risk for suicide
  3. Collect data for Suicide Life Line Calls
  4. Document Life Line Call outcomes
  5. Complete Life Line Trainings
  6. Provide resources to the life line callers
  7. Refer life line callers to crisis services for follow-up
  8. Work with emergency services for Life Line Callers requiring rescue
  9. Provide phone support for Life Line Callers expressing concerns with stressors
  10. Conduct psycho-educational, skills training, and supportive crisis counseling in the residence, in order to assist consumers with improving their abilities to cope with the stresses of daily living.

  11. Observe all scheduled and as needed (PRN) medication observations (see Med. Obs. Training and Policy) and assist as directed by Residential Nurse; i.e.: blood pressure, pulse, temperature, etc.

  12. Complete counting and documenting of controlled substances and ensure that medications are kept locked and accounted for within the parameters of the medical policies and procedures.

  13. Accurately document all interactions with consumers and/or collaterals in the Hope House Database using DAP format and specific contact times by the end of the scheduled shift.

  14. Follow any instructions from the previous shift for special consumer needs or contacts.

  15. Perform insurance verification via the EVS system for all consumers to ensure no change in funding or to update the funding source in the Hope House Database.

  16. Provide referral and other case management services as assigned and as appropriate.

  17. Exhibit professional behavior treating consumers and co-workers with dignity and respect.

  18. Assist consumers with Hope House daily activities including, but not limited to, early waking, daily planning, meal preparation and clean up, adherence to the daily program schedule and other areas of daily living.

  19. Facilitate the residential referral process, medication documentation, intakes, treatment plans, shift and contact notes and accurately document in the Hope House database.

  20. Facilitate transportation for consumers to needed appointments within the scope of treatment.

Required Experience

Mental Health Professional (MHP): Under Proposed Rulemaking; TITLE 55.Public Welfare regulations, Chapter 5240.31.Staff Requirements: to qualify as an MHP under this chapter, an individual shall have at least one of the following:

1.    Master's Degree with 3 years of direct mental health experience.

2.     Bachelor's Degree with 5 years of mental health direct care experience, 2 of which shall include supervisory experience.

3.     Assessing with suicidality preferred

Required Education

  • Mental Health Professional (MHP): Under Proposed Rulemaking; TITLE55.Public Welfare regulations, Chapter 5240.31.Staff Requirements: to qualify as an MHP under this chapter, an individual shall have at least one of the following:

1.    A master’s degree “in social work, psychology, rehabilitation, activity therapy, counseling, education or related fields

2.    A bachelor’s degree in sociology, social work, psychology, gerontology, anthropology, political science, history, criminal justice, theology, counseling, education or related field.

3.    A bachelor’s degree in nursing and 3 years of mental health direct care experience.

4.    A registered nurse license, certified in psychology or psychiatry.

The MH provides support and programmatic oversight (supervision) not related to the role of a manager/supervisor. However, the essential tasks of the position apply equally to both the Crisis Worker (CW) and the Mental Health Professional (MHP).

Required Qualifications

The Mental Health Professional or Crisis Worker shall be person with an interest in and understanding of individuals with mental illness and experience working with this population. He or she will be a mature individual with sound judgment who represents an appropriate resource for consumers and collaterals. He or she shall be flexible enough to respond to crisis situations, work collaboratively as a team, and take responsibility when decisions have to be made. He or she must have the ability and experience to make independent decisions when consultation with supervisory staff is not possible.

The Mental Health Professional or Crisis Worker must meet or exceed qualifications for the established position as per Pennsylvania State Regulations Title 55 Public Welfare, Part VII Mental Health Manual, Subpart Nonresidential agencies/ Facilities/ Services, Chapter 5240 Crisis Intervention Services, Section 5240.31 Staff Requirements, most recent revised addition dated 09.15.2014 or the most recent dated update. The Mental Health Professional or Crisis Worker must have a valid driver’s license and reliable means of transportation, and provide a negative FBI fingerprint, child abuse, and criminal background clearance.

Program Summary

Hope House provides short-term residential services for adults in psychiatric crisis. We offer a safe and supportive environment for people who need a place to stay until they stabilize and can safely return to the community. Our maximum capacity is eight individuals. The average length of stay is one week. Trained staff members are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days year. Our dedicated staff of Bachelor's and Master's level professionals is focused on assisting consumers in resolving their immediate crisis and mobilizing support systems in the community for ongoing treatment and support. Hope House is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is primarily funded through contracts with Magellan Behavioral Health, Northampton County MH/MR and Lehigh County MH/MR. 

Hope House, RHD is an equal opportunity employer and conducts its hiring practices in accordance with all applicable Federal, State, and local civil rights laws and regulatory requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.


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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.