Psychiatric Liaison

SCL Health
Grand Junction, CO
Post Date:
November 18, 2022
Job Status:






You bring your body, mind, heart and spirit to your work as a Psychiatric Liaison / Clinical Social Worker.




Your compassion is tangible: patients feel it in the hand they hold. Families feel it in your prayers. Colleagues feel it in your support.




You know when to move quickly. When to sit quietly. When to laugh loudly.




Youre great at what you do, but you want to be part of something even greater. Because you believe that while individuals can be strong, the right team is invincible.








St. Marys Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that focuses on person-centered care. Our 346-bed regional medical center is in Grand Junction, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our mission is to bring health and hope to the poor, the vulnerable, our communities and each other.




Benefits are one of the ways we encourage health for you and your family. Our generous package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. But health is more than a well-working body: it encompasses body, mind and social well-being. To that end, weve launched a Healthy Living program to address your holistic health. Healthy Living includes financial incentives, digital tools, tobacco cessation, classes, counseling and paid time off. We also offer financial wellness tools and retirement planning.








Together well align mission and careers, values and workplace. Well honor each others dignity and surpass the standards we set. Well encourage joy, demand safety and take pride in our integrity.




Well laugh at each others jokes (even the bad ones). Well hello and high five. Well celebrate milestones and acknowledge the value of spirituality in healing.




Were proud of what we know, which includes how much there is to learn.




Your day.




As a Psychiatric Liaison / Clinical Social Worker you need to know how to:



  • Provides mental health and substance abuse assessment, crisis evaluation, screening and referral of treatment for both ED patients and inpatients.
  • Makes appropriate treatment recommendations individually and in coordination with consulting psychiatrist and/or physician as applicable.
  • Performs comprehensive psychosocial assessments with emphasis on patient and family coping skills, safety concerns, financial status, and communication skills.
  • Has earned a Masters degree in Social Work and is currently licensed in the State of Colorado to practice as a Social Worker.
  • Documents initial assessment and ongoing daily progress notes in medical records.
  • Seeks psychiatric placement both locally and out of county for any medically cleared psychiatric patient to decrease length of stay and ensure appropriate care. Coordinates discharge/treatment plan with medical and interdisciplinary staff related to psychiatric admission needs for timely discharge.
  • Initiates appropriate legal paperwork under Colorado regulations and ensures legal paperwork initiated by non-PET staff is completed adequately while providing education to staff in these matters as well.
  • Coordinates with Mesa County Court on appropriate and legal filing of necessary paperwork for legal holds.
  • Serves as a liaison for community mental health and substance abuse providers, law enforcement, EMS, county attorney, DHS, and other agencies as appropriate.
  • Participates in trainings for ongoing developments in substance abuse and psychiatric care to ensure ongoing competency in the psychiatric field.
  • Communicate and collaborate with medical, interdisciplinary team staff, patient / family, insurance agencies, and social agencies to provide a quality discharge plan to appropriate, safe level of care related to their psychiatric needs.
  • Participates with on-call needs for DCP/UR while in house and DCP/UR is unavailable.
  • Provides guidance, direction, and interpretation of legal statutes related to psychiatry or legal implications in this area impacting the organization.
  • Represents the organization in community and outside collaborative meetings related to the psychiatric population. Maintains involvement with these agencies to ensure improvement in systems and coordination of care.
  • Provides education to professional staff and students from accredited colleges and universities.



Your experience.




We hire people, not resumes. But we also expect excellence, which is why we require:



  • Masters Degree or equivalent, required       
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a comparable setting, required       
  • Current Colorado LCSW or LPC required    



Your next move.




Now that you know more about being a Psychiatric Liaison / Clinical Social Worker on our team we hope youll join us. At SCL Health youll reaffirm every day how much you love this work, and why you were called to it in the first place.


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