Crisis Intervention Team Specialist
Job Code: CITSPEC - 114
Revision Date: Feb. 09, 2022
$18.43 - $30.14 Hourly
$1,474.40 - $2,411.20 Biweekly
$38,326.00 - $62,698.00 Annually
We are an agency committed to innovative behavioral health services in trauma-informed care that promote healing and recovery to instill a sense of empowerment and foster a lifelong sense of resilience.
The position of CIT Specialist is a Crisis Intervention Team assignment where you will be partnered with a police officer assigned from the El Paso Police Department, a Deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, or an officer with the Socorro Police Department that will respond to mental health crisis calls throughout the community and will offer crisis intervention, stabilization, and assessment services while in the field. This unit is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Work involves developing short-term contact with clients, client families, and service providers for medical, social, educational, and related service needs.
This class works independently, under limited supervision, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.
Duties and Responsibilities
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Requires a Bachelor's Degree in a behavioral science related (psychology, sociology, social work) field from an accredited college or university supplemented by two (2) years of progressive clinical services, crisis intervention services, crisis counseling, field casework; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Experience with trauma-informed services; cognitive behavioral therapies, including DBT; and motivational therapies including the use of incentives, preferred.
Required Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of trauma-informed theories, principals, and practices (includes multi-faceted understanding of concepts such as community trauma, intergenerational and historical trauma, parallel processes, and universal precautions), preferred.
This is field work where EHN staff will be assigned with a police officer. While in the field there may be physical demands that are beyond what is required in a typical office environment. While in the field you may be required to respond physically in the following manner: rapid physical response to protect oneself, strenuous physical exertion resulting from an altercation or exigent circumstance, running and or sprinting, assuming a bodily defensive posture, and the need to exercise PMAB response measures.
While performing the office duties required of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands and fingers to handle or feel. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25-35 pounds and may manually push/pull a dolly. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to operate a vehicle
Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)
CIT specialist must accept and acknowledge that this is a work environment usually reserved for police officers that presents a higher risk for physical bodily harm, mental anguish, and in rare or extreme cases death. While in the field extreme physical exertion, personal defense response, and physical efforts involving the prevention and management of aggressive behavior all are real factors in performing your field duties.
CIT specialists will be expected to work out on different shift rotations and accept shift changes at minimum on a quarterly basis which may encompass morning, day, evening, and graveyard shift hours. Equipment Used: Computer terminal/data processing software to include case management software; various computer peripheral equipment as required; use of general office equipment as necessary. Work environment also includes visits to the client's residence or respective location in the community.
Special Certifications and Licenses
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
Emergence Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires Emergence Health Network to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.
Other Job Characteristics
Note: This Class Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Emergence Health Network and an employee and is subject to change by the Emergence Health Network as its needs change.