Posted on: September 15, 2021
Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of
people - our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed
to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable
patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented,
compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is
empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to
practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to
"Always Do The Right Thing!"
Our Discharge Planner coordinates, conducts and implements
discharge planning for patients at the facility. Maintains
effective communication with facility staff and community resources
as well as maintain accountability for services provided.
- Bachelor's degree in social work or closely related field from
an accredited college or university
- Previous experience in developing successful transition plans
involving community resources for persons with mental illness
- Experience in social work case management in a mental health
agency for mentally ill population, a must
- Current CPR certification
- Any other certifications (such as First Aid) required by
- Responsible for discharge planning for patients receiving
mental health services, particularly patients diagnosed with a
Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Mental Retardation
(MR), or patients with a serious medical illness, in accordance
with the policy and procedures.
- Responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with
community agencies providing services to persons with mental
illness or serious medical conditions.
- Facilitate applications of eligibility for SSDI, SSI, or other
available forms of financial assistance, as well as resumption of
benefits for patients awaiting release from the Facility.
- Maintain effective working relationships with Facility Staff,
Institutional Parole Officer, and appropriate parole, mental health
and medical staff.
- Responsible to abide by security regulations, including limits
of confidentiality of patient information requirements of the
- Discharge planning for patients receiving mental health
services or who are seriously medically ill. Types of activities
may include but are not limited to:
- Initiate contact with patients who are identified as in need of
community mental health care or who are seriously medically ill no
later than 120 days prior to release or as soon as is
- Identify release-planning needs of patients receiving mental
health services, or with serious medical illness.
- Provision of a Life Skills Program to include individual and
group activities designed to enhance patient's coping skills and
support upon release.
- Coordinate medication and medical needs upon release, including
potential residential placement.
- Assist patient in making appointment with mental health
agencies for continuation of services.
- Communicating with agencies serving those receiving mental
health services to develop options for residential placements,
including nursing home placements if needed for the serious
- Communicate and maintain positive working relationship with
appropriate Unit Team Staff, Institutional Parole Officers or other
facility staff also assigned to release planning activities.
- Document services provided to the patient in the health record,
including contacts with community providers or parole staff after
patient's release from custody.
- If required by contract, maintain tracking logs of any
follow-up contacts provided after patient's release from
- Attend mental health treatment team meetings or medical
utilization management meetings to enhance release planning
activities and maintain a team approach. Participate in staff
meetings and in-service training as provided for Mental Health
Services. Attend community based meetings relevant to release
planning as directed by the Mental Health Coordinator, Clinical
Supervisor or Mental Health Director. Compliance with employee
standards of the Facility. Compliance including but is not limited
to, the maintaining of a professional working environment and
personal appearance consistent with professional responsibility,
development of positive working relationships, and timely
notification of supervisory personnel of absences from the
- Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.
- Must be able to apply principles of critical thinking to a
variety of practical and emergent situations and accurately follow
standardized procedures that may call for deviations.
- Must be able to apply sound judgment beyond a specific set of
instructions and apply knowledge to different factual
- Must be alert at all times; pay close attention to
- Must be able to work under stress on a regular or continuous
- Post orders, if applicable, per site contract.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer
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