Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

Reports To: Manager of Behavioral Health Services

Salary: $50,000 per annum

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Hours: 40 hours per week

Language: English

Education: Master’s Degree

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Manager of Behavioral Health Services, it provides clinical assessment, crisis intervention services, treatment planning, and direct clinical intervention to children and their families experiencing acute and chronic emotional and behavioral disorders. The QMHP will provide these services in a variety of settings, primarily within the home or community.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides pre-admission psychiatric hospital screening, crisis intervention, facilitates hospitalization, monitors psychiatrically hospitalized children, and provides discharge, linkage, and aftercare recommendations.
  • Performs comprehensive mental health assessments for children and adolescents referred for crisis or non-crisis mental health services. This includes the ability to develop and successfully provide a diagnostic assessment consistent with all Axis of the Diagnostic and statistical Manual (S\DSM-III-R), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9), or their successors.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive clinical treatment plan for all and youth referred consistent with agency procedure, licensing standards, and standards of professional practice. Assure that all services are provided in accord with standards of informed consent, maintenance of client rights, and standards of confidentiality.
  • Oversees and direct service implementation included in the treatment plan, therapy services, counseling rehabilitative services, case management, linkage, service crisis intervention and progress assessment.
  • Provides clinical supervision of mental health services provided by Mental Health Professionals.
  • Prepares and oversees case presentation for clinical review at specified points of service, including initial assessments, treatment planning review, treatment staffing reviews and case closure.
  • Performs individual and family therapy as identified in the treatment plan at a level of professional competence commensurate with established protocols.
  • Ensures that all clients are linked with appropriate treatment, educational, social, recreational, and medical resources during and prior to completion of service.
  • Maintains current knowledge regarding services to children, adolescents, and families. Participates in agency in-service training as well as self and supervisor directed advanced skill-training. Maintains and adheres to current rules and regulations pertaining to services delivered by the Illinois Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities as well as Department of Children & Family Services, including the Abuse and Neglect Report Act (ANCRA).
  • Performs after-hours and on-call responsibilities relative to the needs of the client and program unit.
  • Participates at an advanced level with colleagues, agency consultants, intra and inter-agency service coordination, and community-planning and advocacy on behalf of clients.
  • Participates in client-centered social and recreational activities that enhance the well-being of the client. Included is the transportation of clients in agency or personal vehicles pursuant to these activities.
  • Documents service provision consistent with the treatment plan and assures that all identified services are provided.
  • Performs other duties commensurate with the responsibilities outlined herein.
  • Maintains current and accurate documentation of client scheduling, itineraries, travel, service statistics and billing.


  • This position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in the following programs or a related field: Counseling and Guidance, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Vocational Counseling, Psychology, Pastoral Counseling, Family Therapy.
  • In addition, the individual must have successfully completed a practicum and or internship which includes a minimum of 1,000 hours, or has one year of clinical experience under a Qualified Mental Health Professional
  • The position requires the use of a personal auto, valid driver’s license, and Motor Vehicle report acceptable to the agency’s broker and verification of insurance coverage.
  • Demonstrate the experiences, beliefs, attitude and awareness that indicate cultural sensitivity to the client population served.
  • Ability to partner with clients individually, in family, to help them mobilize resources and their inner capacity to address problems they face.
  • Ability to coordinate effectively with other team members, other Agency resources and outside services in addressing client needs.

Mental / Physical Demands:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Environmental Conditions:

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Duties are performed in a typical office environment.
  • No unusual or adverse working conditions exist.
Job Category: Health
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Chicago USA

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