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Because our world and our business are evolving so quickly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our hiring process may take a bit longer than we’d like. Please be patient with us and know that we look forward to connecting with you about our current openings.

Northwestern Mental Health Center is one of the leading behavioral health organizations in Minnesota — a responsibility we are proud to uphold. Founded in 1962 to meet the expanding needs of our communities, we have assembled an ever-growing team and vast resources. Yet what matters equally is the size of our heart. Our ambitions. And our potential to do bigger things.

We want to add people to our team who have a passion and purpose to live out our mission in the behavioral health setting. Members of our team enjoy a collaborative environment, competitive employee benefits packages, support to learn and grow, and an opportunity to do meaningful work and empower individuals who trust us with their care.

Current Openings

General Information
  • Job Title: Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
  • Location: Crookston, MN
  • Employee Type: Exempt
  • Minimum Experience: 7 years
  • Required Degree: 4 Year Degree
  • Manage Others: Yes
Description

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer will facilitate transformative change within the clinical practice of NWMHC. The CCTO will develop a practice transformation process and tools aimed at building NWMHC’s overall capacity for ongoing and sustainable change to a high-performing, integrated, team-based practice.

You will be a dynamic leader and will focus on the client experience, position the organization to be viable and competitive in the changing world of health care. The goal of the position is to assist our clinical practice to succeed in data-driven population health management, improved access, and continuity of care, strong client engagement, coordination of care, and care management.

Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, health care administration, organizational leadership, or other relevant academic discipline and
  • 7+ years of experience in healthcare, preferably in a mental health or primary care clinic setting, or any combination of education and experience providing the types and levels of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other attributes required of the role.
  • Proficient understanding of tools that are fundamental to the success and operations of a practice, including knowledge and techniques of how to effectively facilitate clinician-led, team-based, coordinated, and holistic care.
  • Thorough understanding of value-based care, alternative payment models, and the role of clinician management in directing care and delivering value within the healthcare ecosystem.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in driving organization and systemic change focusing on practice optimization and quality improvement opportunities surrounding people, process, and technology.
  • Experience in interpreting analytic reports on cost, quality, and utilization, and developing and implementing strategies and tactics for improvement.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong communication and problem-solving skills with the capacity to anticipate and identify needs from the practice.
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Friendly and passionate about helping NWMHC’s clinicians sustain a trauma-informed, client-centered practice in the future context of health care.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable under the agency’s automobile insurance policy.
  • Must be free from substance use problems for a period of no less than 2 years.
  • Must pass criminal background study through DHS NetStudy 2.0.
Summary
  • Provides diagnostic and treatment services to support clients in achieving their recovery goals in the following ways:
  • Champions quality and promotes clinical effectiveness throughout the agency.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership to set and implement a culture of excellence in the delivery of clinical services and fosters clinical leadership and engagement necessary for care redesign across the system.
  • Provides oversight of care transformation consensus development including knowledge management initiatives throughout the care continuum.
  • Contributes to goal- and measure setting, to monitor and evaluate success within various payment models with a particular focus on moving toward value-based care.
  • Effectively utilizes inquiry-based approaches to create organizational and practice improvement and to elicit meaningful information foundational to initiate and drive change within the practice.
  • Leads team in working with practices in mapping and redesigning of workflows and processes toward the goal of improving cost, quality and client satisfaction outcomes.
  • Assess and collects data and outcomes that support practice redesign efforts in the performance of process reviews.
  • Provides training, technical assistance, and consultative guidance to the practice.
  • Drives the cross-pollination of best practices/best approaches and collaboration among the programs.
  • Interprets and presents analytic reports on cost, quality, utilization, and client experience to support the practice in the development and implementation of strategies and tactics to transform the practice’s outcomes and results.
  • Accountable for introduction and education on the value and use of reporting tools, registries, and delivery of reports into the practice management approach.
  • Build and maintain relationships with the practice leadership actively involved in transformation efforts.
  • Works with Administrative Departments to create a practice management structure that supports the transformed practice.
  • Identifies challenges and barriers that may prevent the practice from achieving desired outcomes and facilitates results-driven, solution-focused discussion ultimately bridging NWMHC’s business objectives with the practice operations.
Position Supervises

Clinical Directors and Managers

General Information
  • Job Title: Community Clinical Trainee | Adult, Youth & Family Services
  • Location: Central and East Polk County
  • Employee Type: Exempt
  • Minimum Experience: 2 Years
  • Required Degree: 4 Year Degree
  • Manage Others: No
  • Travel: 50%
Description

As a Community Clinical Trainee for our Adult Services/Youth & Families, you will work in collaboration with early childhood staff and families to improve their ability to prevent, identify, treat and reduce the impact of mental health problems among children prenatal to age 17. You will work in cooperation with community child care providers and other disciplines to provide infant and early childhood mental health consultation to improve the capacity of providers and families to support social and emotional development.

While working with the Adult Services Team you will have direct contact with clients and is responsible for delivering specific psychiatric rehabilitative services, including case management and skills building to adult clients with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness or Serious Mental Illness. Services to clients will primarily be individuals within the clients’ homes and/or the community as well as in a group format.  

As a Clinical Trainee, you will provide mental health training, social-emotional assessments and referrals, staff support, and provision of appropriate consultation services. You will also support the program’s overall goals and objectives; represents NWMHC and the mental health profession in a positive and professional manner.

Requirements
Qualified applicants must possess a willingness to learn and apply research-based practices and work well in a team-oriented environment.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, counseling, psychology or related field.
  • Current, unencumbered MN License in Social Work, License in Professional Counseling or License in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Trained in DC:0-5 
  • Understanding of typical child development
  • Desire to work with Early Childhood age and families
  • Ability to serve Head Starts in classrooms 
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable under agency’s automobile insurance policy
  • Access to personal vehicle, and the ability and willingness to use the vehicle in carrying out position responsibilities, including travel within the service area and to other areas for workshops or as part of job duties.  May require extended periods in car for work-related duties, so physical ability to do so is a job requirement.
  • Must be free from substance use problems for a period of no less than 2 years.
  • Must pass criminal background study through DHS NetStudy 2.0
Summary

Provides diagnostic and treatment services to support clients in achieving their recovery goals in the following ways:

  1. Provide diagnostic assessments as needed to serve individuals, families, and children.
  2. Develops and updates appropriate client-centered treatment plans.
  3. Provide direct treatment services, including individual, marital, emergency, family, group therapy, and other direct treatment services as needed. 
  4. Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning.
  5. Provides effective and efficient management of caseload including the appropriate discharging of open, inactive cases.
  6. Facilitates referrals to appropriate internal and/or external resources where indicated.
  7. Provide community consultation to allied service providers as needed for integration with agency services, treatment activities, and with other community programs serving the client. 
  8. Provide community education and prevention services to other agencies and the community as requested and possible. 

Supports the quality assurance goals of the agency and minimizes potential risk in the following ways:

  1. Documents in the medical records according to the requirements of regulatory agencies.
  2. Meets time deadlines for the management of clinical documentation, scheduling, submission of time sheets, expense vouchers, etc.
  3. Appropriately handles confidential data which if disclosed might have significant internal and/or external effect.
  4. Maintains licensure in good standing including compliance with training and education requirements; ethical standards of the profession; and providing services in compliance with license.
  5. Participates in Supervision and takes measures to make any improvements needed to meet the performance expectations of the position.
General Information
  • Job Title: Community Clinical Trainee | Adult, Youth & Family Services
  • Location:Marshall, Kittson & Pennington counties
  • Employee Type: Exempt
  • Minimum Experience: 2 Years
  • Required Degree: 4 Year Degree
  • Manage Others: No
  • Travel: 50%
Description

As a Community Clinical Trainee for our Youth & Families, you will work in collaboration with early childhood staff and families to improve their ability to prevent, identify, treat and reduce the impact of mental health problems among children prenatal to age 17.

You will work in cooperation with community child care providers and other disciplines to provide infant and early childhood mental health consultation to improve the capacity of providers and families to support social and emotional development.

As a Clinical Trainee, you will provide mental health training, social-emotional assessments and referrals, staff support, and provision of appropriate consultation services. You will also support the program’s overall goals and objectives; represents NWMHC and the mental health profession in a positive and professional manner.

We will also provide training and development in Early Childhood!!

Requirements
Qualified applicants must possess a willingness to learn and apply research-based practices and work well in a team-oriented environment.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, counseling, psychology or related field.
  • Current, unencumbered MN License in Social Work, License in Professional Counseling or License in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Trained in DC:0-5 
  • Understanding of typical child development
  • Desire to work with Early Childhood age and families
  • Ability to serve Head Starts in classrooms 
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable under agency’s automobile insurance policy
  • Access to personal vehicle, and the ability and willingness to use the vehicle in carrying out position responsibilities, including travel within the service area and to other areas for workshops or as part of job duties.  May require extended periods in car for work-related duties, so physical ability to do so is a job requirement.
  • Must be free from substance use problems for a period of no less than 2 years.
  • Must pass criminal background study through DHS NetStudy 2.0
Summary

Provides diagnostic and treatment services to support clients in achieving their recovery goals in the following ways:

  1. Provide diagnostic assessments as needed to serve individuals, families, and children.
  2. Develops and updates appropriate client-centered treatment plans.
  3. Provide direct treatment services, including individual, marital, emergency, family, group therapy, and other direct treatment services as needed. 
  4. Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning.
  5. Provides effective and efficient management of caseload including the appropriate discharging of open, inactive cases.
  6. Facilitates referrals to appropriate internal and/or external resources where indicated.
  7. Provide community consultation to allied service providers as needed for integration with agency services, treatment activities, and with other community programs serving the client. 
  8. Provide community education and prevention services to other agencies and the community as requested and possible. 

Supports the quality assurance goals of the agency and minimizes potential risk in the following ways:

  1. Documents in the medical records according to the requirements of regulatory agencies.
  2. Meets time deadlines for the management of clinical documentation, scheduling, submission of time sheets, expense vouchers, etc.
  3. Appropriately handles confidential data which if disclosed might have significant internal and/or external effect.
  4. Maintains licensure in good standing including compliance with training and education requirements; ethical standards of the profession; and providing services in compliance with license.
  5. Participates in Supervision and takes measures to make any improvements needed to meet the performance expectations of the position.
General Information
  • Job Title: Community Mental Health Practitioner | Youth & Family Services
  • Location: Mahnomen and Norman County
  • Employee Type: Exempt
  • Required Degree: 4 Year Degree
  • Manage Others: No
  • Travel: 50%
Description

Our Agency is actively looking for a Full-Time Community Mental Health Professional- Youth & Families for Mahnomen and Norman County. The Community Mental Health Professional has clinical responsibility for the ongoing treatment of clients who are experiencing mental health issues. The position provides diagnostic assessment, formulates individual treatment plans in conjunction with the client and other individuals as indicated. The position also formulates diagnoses and completes treatment plan updates as evidenced through clinical chart review. 

Requirements

ESSENTIAL:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, counseling, psychology or related field.
  • Current, unencumbered MN License in Social Work, License in Professional Counseling or License in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Two years of work experience or structured clinical practice in a supervised environment providing services to mentally ill persons. 
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable under agency’s automobile insurance policy
  • Access to personal vehicle, and the ability and willingness to use the vehicle in carrying out position responsibilities, including travel within the service area and to other areas for workshops or as part of job duties.  May require extended periods in car for work-related duties, so physical ability to do so is a job requirement.
  • Must be free from substance use problems for a period of no less than 2 years.
  • Must pass criminal background study through DHS NetStudy 2.0
Summary

Provides diagnostic and treatment services to support clients in achieving their recovery goals in the following ways:

  1. Provide diagnostic assessments as needed to serve individuals, families, and children.
  2. Develops and updates appropriate client centered treatment plans.
  3. Provide direct treatment services, including individual, marital, emergency, family, group therapy, and other direct treatment services as needed. 
  4. Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning.
  5. Provides effective and efficient management of caseload including the appropriate discharging of open, inactive cases.
  6. Facilitates referrals to appropriate internal and/or external resources where indicated.
  7. Provide community consultation to allied service providers as needed for integration with agency services, treatment activities, and with other community programs serving the client. 
  8. Provide community education and prevention services to other agencies and the community as requested and possible. 
  9. Keeps current with trends and developments related to essential job competencies.
  10. Participates in program development and rapid cycle change improvement activities as requested and possible.
  11. Reviews and coordinates with the team on decisions involving transfers/level-of-care changes. Implements appropriate role in plan of action.
  12. Provide other services as may be consistent with the role of a Mental Health Professional and as requested by the Chief Executive Officer and/or the Chief Clinical Officer.

Supports the quality assurance goals of the agency and minimizes potential risk in the following ways:

  1. Documents in the medical records according to the requirements of regulatory agencies.
  2. Meets time deadlines for the management of clinical documentation, scheduling, submission of time sheets, expense vouchers, etc.
  3. Appropriately handles confidential data which if disclosed might have significant internal and/or external effect.
  4. Maintains licensure in good standing including compliance with training and education requirements; ethical standards of the profession; and providing services in compliance with license.
  5. Participates in Supervision and takes measures to make any improvements needed to meet the performance expectations of the position.

Supports a positive work environment with the goal of delivering client-centered, team-based care in the following ways:

  1. Attends work regularly and notifying appropriate individuals when leaves are necessary.
  2. Uses work time effectively.
  3. Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.
  4. Works cooperatively with Supervisor, members of the NWMHC team and with community stakeholders.
General Information
  • Job Title: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Location: Crookston, MN
  • Employee Type: Exempt
  • Required Degree: 4 Year Degree
  • Manage Others: No
Description

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the PMHNP-C is responsible for providing advance practice nursing services to patients of the Northwestern Mental Health Center as part of an overall service program. The PMHNP-C is responsible for working collaboratively with members of the psychiatric services team as well as with the clinical team to deliver patient-centered mental health care to clients served.

The CNP provides all services in compliance with the requirements of the Minnesota Board of Nursing; Rule 29; Rule 47; generally accepted psychiatric nursing standards; the policies and procedures of the NWMHC as well as other regulatory and payer standards.

Requirements

ESSENTIAL:

  • Certified/licensed by the Minnesota Board of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Practitioner with prescribing privileges.
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota.
  • Meets Rule 47, Rule 29, Medicare and Health Plan Requirements for mental health professionals.
  • Holds both a current DEA # and National Provider Identifier #.
  • Buprenorphine waivered practitioner or willing to obtain 
  • Two to five years demonstrated treatment skills in psychiatric nursing, including medication management and prescription.
  • Personal maturity of high degree and ability to consult and relate diplomatically to staff, the public, health care professionals, and patients.
  • Demonstrated commitment to team-based, collaborative, patient-centered care.
  • Valid driver’s license

PREFERRED:

  1. Five years or more experience in psychiatric nursing at the CNP level.
  2. Experience working in a community-based behavioral/chemical health care setting.
  3. Bilingual in one of the languages pertinent to the NWMHC service area (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Ojibway, American Sign Language.)
Summary

Coordination of AP Nursing Services

  1. Works with nursing team to ensure continuity of psychiatric nursing services with other services provided
  2. Assists staff to extend their fund of knowledge in medication management to better serve patients
  3. Provides education/training to internal/external allied community caregivers to better access psychiatry services and to improve coordination and effectiveness of service delivery.
  4. Works with the psychiatric services team on continuous quality improvement in the department.

Direct Services

  1. Provides an initial advanced practice nursing evaluation of new patients seen for psychiatry services at the Center, using generally accepted protocols.
  2. Provide current/updated psychiatric nursing evaluations/diagnostic assessments as needed for referred patients.
  3. Provides medication management and related medical supports as needed for effective patient care management as part of an overall plan of care.
  4. Where indicated, assume primary responsibility for the overall conduct and treatment for assigned cases.
  5. Request, review, and monitor lab work as needed for medical management, including services needed for Clozapine supported patients, patients on lithium, etc
  6. Follows general standards for patient care scheduling as follows:
    1. Psychiatric Nursing Evaluation                               1 hour (generally not to exceed 4/day)
    2. Medication Review                                                    20 minutes
    3. Medication Review (group home residents)         30 minutes
    4. Medication Review (crisis/complicated)               30 minutes         

Clinical Consultation and Supervision

  1. Provides routine consultation to staff of the Center regarding the medical needs of patients, current and planned treatment, etc.
  2. Attends treatment meetings as needed for treatment planning, providing treatment recommendations, and coordinating medical/psychiatry services.
  3. Provides psychiatric nursing consultation to area social services and health care personnel as needed for treatment planning; and/or as needed to affect hospitalization; and/or for crisis intervention etc. Consulting privileges will be requested from Riverview Healthcare Association as necessary for patient care management.

Systems Development

  1. Works with the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Clinical Officer regarding policies and procedures related to the provision of psychiatric nursing services.
  2. Works with the CEO and the CCO in the development and roll-out of new models of care/new modes of service delivery to be implemented by the agency (example: ACT) involving psychiatry.

Here are a few of the ways we’re achieving our goals:

  • By developing academic alliances with other respected institutions, including the University of North Dakota School of Medicine
  • By earning important credentials and accreditations
  • By making a real investment in employee development
  • And by building upon our reputation for excellence on the regional level, with the goal of realizing national prominence

Be part of a team that is providing unparalleled care and has unlimited potential to effect positive change. Discover a career at Northwestern Mental Health Center, and share with us a higher purpose: to enhance the model of modern healthcare for every patient and professional—not just those who walk through our doors.


Applicants are encouraged to explore the job openings listed above and apply by following the appropriate link. Applicants may also apply by submitting our agency application, cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references. We begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the positions are filled. For questions, to request a position description, or to apply contact:

Northwestern Mental Health Center
ATTN: Breanna Case, Human Resources
P.O. Box 603 | Crookston, MN 56716
218-289-6982 | [email protected]

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Northwestern Mental Health Center is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.