Job Description

Job Title: Evaluator Clinician II
Job ID: 717694
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday-Friday, daylight hours
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: CABS
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Perform assigned tasks, assume responsibilities delegated by Senior personnel and participate as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, in various aspects of patent care with an emphasis on therapeutic activities conducted with assigned individuals and groups.

  • Active participation and ongoing maintenance of quality management activities; development of standards from problem identification.
  • Assist in the staff coverage of all shifts up to and including mandating of staff.
  • While in the all center, ability to operate with a high level of efficacy interacting with the clinical computer programs.
  • Ability to conduct brief, efficient telephone screening using standardized, semi-structured interviews while assessing the severity of psychiatric illness/lethality in the patient requesting services.
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities to staff; provide direct, honest, tactful feedback.
  • Ability to evaluate presenting symptomatology for the purpose of determining the appropriateness of referrals to clinical research programs, outpatient open treatment programs (and scheduling the appropriate appointment times) specialty clinics, referral to admission coordinators for inpatient admissions, and emergency services for evaluation.
  • Ability to trace phone calls for patient related distress call; assess lethality; accurately and efficiently initiate 302 / involuntary proceedings as needed.
  • Assist with the direction and the coordination of specific tasks during crisis situations.
  • Assure continuity of care through liaison with other programs and agencies.
  • Compare and present a quality improvement project.
  • Complete evaluation audit forms on peers, attending, and trainees.
  • Complete the assessment as a joint effort as dictated by the charge person.
  • Complete the patient/family assessments referred to the emergency services for presentation to the attending psychiatrist.
  • Completion of audio/visual tapes for supervision /training purposes.
  • Consistently notify all treatment team members of patient visits to emergency services.
  • Consistently provide information/updates patients in the waiting area.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize the DSM; develop provisional diagnoses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inclusion criteria for current research programs and open treatment programs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of insurance programs; obtain authorizations as needed; demonstrate knowledge of registration/financial issues/concerns.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of mental health law; obtains appropriate consent or commitment authorization as needed.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research protocols through appropriate patient referrals.
  • Demonstrate the standards for documentation completed all required paperwork.
  • Develop a specialized area of expertise and serves as a trainer to other professional within this specialized area.
  • Develop emergency/ongoing management plans for patients who frequent the service regularly.
  • Document all patient, professional and agency telephone contacts for entry into the information tracking system.
  • Efficacy in learned competency skills as designated by the Program Manager, i.e., vital signs.
  • Excellent skills in telephone triage, intake and crisis intervention.
  • Facilitate monthly clinician meetings.
  • Function as liaison with community agencies and organizations for facilitate patient/family care and provide information and referrals to lay persons, external agencies, and professionals and regional treatment centers when working both in telephone triage and emergency services.
  • Give feedback to program manager on evaluations for clinician I
  • Hold mentoring sessions for clinician I.
  • Identify and begin initial disposition plans including inpatient admission, referral to outpatient services/research protocols, community mental health centers, etc.
  • Implementation of therapeutic measures, i.e., restrictive observations, restraints, etc.
  • Inform Shift Coordinator /Nurse Manager of pertinent issues, solutions, re-evaluation.
  • Maintain annual Staff Development recertification.
  • Maintain census flow; demonstrates appropriate bed assignment.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients.
  • Perform admission coordination duties as assigned.
  • Prioritize patients according to needs; anticipates changes in patients' condition and implement treatment measures in the charge role.
  • Provide all care to assigned patients; provide helpful support/assistance to other staff.
  • Provide staff assistance in the completion of patient assignments.
  • Provides accurate, timely information to CO-workers, physicians, outside agencies, etc. with a professional, courteous manner/attitude.
  • Response to psychiatric and medical emergencies as a team member.
  • Serve as a preceptor for less senior staff.
  • Serve on a hospital committee with an attendance of at least 85%.
  • Work with the emergency services attending for clinical issues/questions as needed.


  • Master's degree in human services or a related field required.  
  • One (1) year psych experience required. 
  • Participation in at least 4 non-mandatory in-services/year.  
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Relevant evaluation experience with diverse psychiatric populations.
  • Physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent mentally ill patients as necessary, including lifting, supporting, running towards or away from areas where problems are occurring and pushing and pulling equipment such as wheel chairs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of available community resources. 
  • May in the course of their job duties be in rooms where medications are stored. No contact with medications is allowed.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $18.24 to $30.32

Union Position: No

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