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Mental Health Manager

Columbus, GA
November 02, 2019

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Lorena Thomas, MS, LPC

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Columbus, Georgia 31909




****- **** **** ********** ****** City, Alabama

Master of Science Counseling & Psychology: Community Counseling Date Conferred 05/05

License Professional Counselor, LPC010769

1991-1997 Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, Georgia

Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice Date Conferred 06/97

Professional Employment History

June 2015-Present The Bradley Center Case Manager Therapist Columbus, Ga

oProvides and coordinates the provision of case management, psychosocial assessments, diagnostic impression, referral and recommendation for placement, treatment planning, education, discharge and aftercare planning and all counseling services necessary to identified clients.

oProvide services for children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients in appropriate individual, group, marital, family and/or multi-family sessions with the understanding that the clients come from all walks of life including the criminal justice system.

o Work with clients in all phases of treatment, i.e. intensive outpatient, partial hospital and inpatient and aftercare. Work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team and clients internal and external to the organization.

oDevelops an ongoing working relationship with community and Mental Health Providers and Nursing Home and other long term care facilities. Participates in quality improvement. Working knowledge of utilization management and insurance requirements commercial and state programs such as Medicaid/Medicare, completing DMA 6 for nursing home care and Level I and II prior authorizations. Knowledge of Post discharge resources.

July 2013-June 2014 St. Francis Hospital- ER-Bradley Center Intake Coordinator

oAssessed patients and provided diagnostic impressions to the on call Psychiatrist for possible inpatient admission of patients

oVerified insurance and initiated Prior authorization prior to admission to hospital

oDocumented and organized initial intake assessment and corresponding referral information

October 2012-July 2013 GA-DBHDD WCGRH Columbus, GA Team Facilitator-Promotion

oManaged the development and implementation of interdisciplinary Individual Recovery Plans for persons with developmental and/or mental health disabilities and forensic status

oConducted staff training and staff meetings on essential elements of individualized recovery care planning and team standards; managed patient review schedules to ensure all patient cases are managed according to policy guidelines and consistent with quality standards

August 2007- October 2012 WCGRH-Community Integration Home Upatoi, GA Social Service Provider II

oInterviewed and assessed new forensic mental health clients as a member of the assessment team to develop treatment plan.

oReported each client’s behavior and progress toward stated objectives of the treatment plan; Applied for the applicants’ Social Security Disability Benefits and/or SSI Benefits; Monitored and addressed Individual Treatment Plan deficits

oCounseled and advised clients on behavior modification, relapse prevention, conflict resolution and other areas of mental and emotional health

Acted a Team Leader/Manger in her absence, supervising 15 direct care staff and 12 patients in separate facilities, interviewed potential employees as part of the hiring process; assisted in writing policies & procedures for male and female group homes.

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