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Mental Health Services

Tacoma, Washington, United States
October 19, 2016

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To assist clients with the removal of barriers to success; to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. To collaborate with private, community and government agencies as clients and their families seek access to appropriate resources in an effort to facilitate lives lived with autonomy, dignity and respect.


Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

2004-2007 Eastern Washington University. Everett, WA

Master of Social Work Internships: Compass Health Emergency Services; Compass Health Psycho-Educational Therapeutic Groups, including Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Depression and Anxiety and PTSD, Grief and Loss, Distorted Thinking; Compass Health Clinician, Adult Extended Care-older adult focus.

2001-2003 University of Washington. Bothell, WA

Bachelor of Arts/Human Rights Minor

Focus: Society, Ethics and Human Behavior

2011 DBHR/DSHS Tacoma, WA

Geriatric Mental Health Specialist


November 2014-Current. Paid experience. 40 hours/week. Compass Health. Marysville, WA

Compass Health Supervisor - PASRR/Outpatient Program

Responsible for all aspects of federally governed PASRR Program for Compass Health to include initial program organization, hiring, training and supervising field evaluators/ monitor and track all incoming PASRR Level I requests.

Conduct PASRR psychosocial assessments with clients residing in nursing facilities and hospitals who have mental health needs such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia. Coordinate and consult with SNF/hospital staff/psychiatrists/physicians/families to discuss client concerns/needs. Complete detailed psychosocial evaluation/assessment and make recommendations in accordance with psychiatric and PASRR Quality Assurance protocols.

Coordination with hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties to include education/trainings on PASRR process; triage client appropriateness for ongoing mental health/specialized services.

Attend quarterly DSHS Webinar for the purposes of form revisions, including round table discussions regarding updates to the PASRR process.

In addition to PASRR duties: supervision of Marysville Compass Health Outpatient Clinic in the absence of site Manager to include clinical support/consultation and supervision for staff; client problem and crisis management/conducting clinical assessments of incoming clients providing direct mental health services to older adult clients: both in the clinic and outreach to skilled nursing facilities/supervision of all aspects of clinic scheduling/ supervision of MSW Interns.

Using Social Work Best Practices to collaborate with clients in the development of Crisis Plan/ Strength-Based Treatment Plans with identifiable, measurable goals.

Trainings: Supervisor Training/Death and Dying/ DSM5/Cultural Competency/ Counseling LGBTQ clients

August 2011- November 2014. Paid experience. 40 hours/week. Compass Health. Marysville, WA

Clinician II - Adult Extended Program and Expanded Community Services for Older Adults

Contracted by Department of Social and Human Services/Home and Community Services to provide specialized direct, support services to adults living with chronic/acute mental illnesses as they discharge from state/local hospitals/rehab to community adult family homes and nursing facilities.

Psychosocial and risk assessments; diagnosis; behavior/crisis and treatment planning with client/family and care staff; client-centered treatment/DBT and CBT counseling; supportive counseling with providers and families; end of life/palliative support/PTSD and Trauma support/ weekly/monthly case consultation with DSHS/HCS/prescribers/care staff/supervisor and care team. Compilation of agency/state paperwork as appropriate to include: Less Restrictive Alternative/special population consult/interpreter services/facilitation of client progress/barriers to success/behavior contracts/assessment of client need for intervention and/or community services.

Referral, coordination and collaboration with community services such as: The Brain Injury Alliance, Senior Centers, Physicians, Veteran’s Association, Chemical Dependency, Rehabilitation Facilities, Crisis Services, Hospitals, Guardians, Hospice, Office of Ombuds, DMHP and Adult Protective Services.

Facilitate Art Therapy Groups at Adult Family Homes.

Provided Behavioral Intervention/Mental Health and Dementia Training for medical staff at Adult Family Homes and Hospitals/Police Departments.

Trainings: Law and Ethics/Diagnostics/Suicide Prevention and Assessment/ValidationTherapy/Psychopharmacology/Supervisor Training/Older Adult Mental Health Trainings; Alzheimer’s Training.

April 2010 - July 2011. Paid experience. 40-50 hours/week. Walgreen’s Home Health. Mt. Vernon, WA

Home Health Care Medical Social Worker

Provide Professional Social Work services to clients as they transition from hospital or rehabilitation back to their communities and homes. Collaborate with clients, families, physicians and other health and community professionals to help facilitate current and long term planning.

Provide psychosocial and safety assessments, assistance, counseling and referrals as appropriate. Work and consult as a interdisciplinary team member with the goal of assisting clients heal from medical/physical/psychological trauma and the coordination of client care. Determine need for ongoing social work intervention and assistance.

Computer facilitated clinical documentation and client scheduling.

Weekly interdisciplinary meetings; monthly staff meetings; in-service trainings; client staffing with insurance companies and government agencies; facilitate meetings with patients, their families and caregivers.

Obtain physician’s orders for continued care.

November 2007 - July 2009. Paid experience. 40 hours/week. Volunteer’s of America. Everett, WA

Utilization Management Specialist

Facilitate the utiliztion of psychiatric inpatient services to Medicaid children and adults. Use of clinical judgement and experience to assess medical necessity to justify initial and continuing inpatient services.

Provide referrals and coordinate services with community providers.

Initiate case review/consultation/team meetings for all Medicaid patients who highly utilize inpatient services.

Coordinate with hospitals to minimize length of stay and discharge planning for patients funded through Medicaid.

Coordinate and facilitate access with allied systems for multi-need patients. Comply with all charting and coding procedures as required by regulatory agencies, such as Medicaid, NSMHA, HCFA, HIPPAA and Volunteers of America. Initiate consults with staff psychiatrists for the purpose of collaboration regarding client acuity and expected benefit of psychiatric inpatient hospitalization. Weekly staff and supervisory meetings for the purpose of support, feedback and clinical discussion regarding client files.

Monthly meeting with NSMHA and Director of Psychiatry to provide overview of troublesome cases and to facilitate round table discussion for best practices, ethical standards and concerns, diagnosis, presenting symptoms and pharmacological treatments.

September 2007 - November 2007. Paid experience. 40 hours/week. Volunteer’s of America. Everett, WA

ACCESS Clinician

Process incoming calls from consumers through the Agency ACCESS. Determine client eligibility using screening and decision protocol. Collect clinical, financial and demographic information. Match caller to the appropriate agency for ongoing, outpatient mental health services.

Handle crisis calls and follow protocol for coordinating with Crisis Response System. Handle calls efficiently with a triage focus and clear boundaries. Operate within all legal requirements of applicable state and federal laws including confidentiality.

November 2005 - May 2007. Paid experience. 40 hours/week. Compass Health. Everett, WA

Clinician I - Adult Extended Care

Provide supportive counseling, case management and cognitive/behavioral psychodynamic group and individual education to clients and their families who are living with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. In additional to individuals and families, responsible for accepting older adult referrals to the team.

Provided outreach to hospitals, private residences and Adult Family Homes.

Educate and collaborate with clients and their families regarding their illness, teach symptom management skills and encourage self advocacy. Develop safety plans and conduct lethality assessments. Assure basic client needs by working collaboratively with inter and intra agency team members and collateral supports including housing, payee ship, psychiatric services, crisis services, physicians and other health care professionals, DSHS, Social Security, employment, transportation, chemical dependency and other involved services.

Maintain clinical records in keeping with Agency, County and State guidelines. Develop service/treatment plans to include: using measurable outcomes and creating goals in collaboration with clients and their families.

Make necessary referrals and advocate with client when appropriate. Seek appropriate consultation for minority populations and access language translators when necessary. Monitor client behavior to avoid crises. Notify appropriate professionals of client status; coordinate with service providers to ensure client safety. Evaluate treatment efficacy and revise treatment plan on a regular basis.

2005 - 2005 Washington Vocational Services. Mountlake Terrace, WA

Job Coach

Educate and assist participants with wardrobe and all other employment issues. Maintain case notes, time sheets, data sheets, billing records and reports. Analyze job tasks to determine appropriate training strategies that may include task accommodations. Collaborate with employers in the community to provide on-site orientation and tasks training to ensure job proficiency and social integration into the work culture.

Maintain on-going support to participants and employers to evaluate and troubleshoot issues that may arise. Consult with referring counselor, developmentally disable participants and supervisors to review written materials, determine training strategies and assess participant’s employment needs.

January 2004 - October 2005. Paid experience. 40 hours/week. Center For Battered Women. Everett, WA

Transitional Housing Case Manager

Screen and place battered women and their children from crisis shelter into confidential transitional housing units in the community. Strength based principles utilized to create individualized family service plan including identification of existing barriers to self-sufficiency, setting housing and income goals and developing a personal action plan. Provide information and life skills education. Maintain positive relationships with housing complex staff and residents.

Make referrals to appropriate providers and resources. Utilize Language Bank or coordinate with translator when necessary. Meet with families on a regular basis to discuss, assess and assist in the removal of barrier to services. Maintain accurate and ongoing documentation in individual family files and on reports following contract requirements, agency and department policies and procedures.

Domestic Violence Support Group Facilitator: provide support group facilitation and structure to confidential group discussion including state-mandated and drug and alcohol involved clients.

Domestic Violence Outreach Educator: provide outreach to Snohomish County High Schools for the purpose of educating students regarding domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, sexual assault and date rape.

June 2003 - January 2004. Paid experience. 40 hours/week. Center For Battered Women. Everett, WA

Domestic Violence Advocate

Multitask as a Community Crisis Line Advocate and Advocate for confidential shelter residents.

24-hour Crisis Line: support caller and determine shelter appropriateness by assessing callers’ needs and current level of danger. safety planning and counseling and referrals to community services as needed. Provide advocacy and supportive counseling for shelter client and their children. Client intakes, screening and exit interviews. Individual, client centered-counseling. Support client focus on maintaining healthy personal boundaries, identifying goals and educating residents on domestic violence and the impact it may have on the lives of their children. Management of shelter disputes and assisting clients as they learn healthy problem solving and coping skills.


Training for WA State Approved Clinical Supervisor

Weekly Supervision with Geriatric Mental Health Supervisor.

Geriatric Mental Health Specialist: 2011

Obtained professional license: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work -2014


Conferences, Trainings and Workshops: domestic violence; poverty; cultural awareness/competence; Reality Therapy; suicide prevention; depression; dementia; consumer rights; HIPAA; Integrated Crisis Response; GLBT/Gender Counseling Training.

March 2009: Washington Academy: Intensive week-long workshop on the foundations of case management for adults with co-occurring mental and substance disorders with emphasis on unifying themes of recovery and culturally competent/appropriate services.


SOCIAL WORKER INDEPENDENT CLINICAL LICENSE: LW 60400204/date of issuance 9/26/14/State of Washington

Blood Bourne Pathogens Training - American Red Cross

First Aid/CPR. - American Red Cross

Member: University of Washington Alumni Association


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