Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Therapist
Job Code: THER - 123
Revision Date: Jan 10, 2021
$28.59 - $46.65 Hourly
$2,287.20 - $3,732.00 Biweekly
$59,457.00 - $97,025.00 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 Therapist
will assist a police officer, assigned from the El Paso Independent School
District (EPISD) Police Department, by responding to mental health crisis calls
within the District and will offer crisis intervention, stabilization, and
assessment services while in the field.
This unit is operational five days out of the week from 8:00 a.m. to 7
p.m. and may be required to work Saturdays for follow-up. Work involves
developing short-term contact with children, adolescents, their families,
School District Staff to include Principals, Counselors, teachers, service
providers for medical, social, educational, and related service needs. Required
to respond to any school shooting in the districts, assist with debriefing
staff and students after a completed suicide or death of a student or District
staff. The position works under general
supervision, under police guidance and protection, and with moderate to higher
latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment while operating in
the field. The position will also serve
as part of the clinical support component within the unit. The position works
under general supervision, under police guidance and protection, and with
moderate to higher latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment
while operating in the field.
This class works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.
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.
- While partnered with a mental
health response police officer from the El Paso Police Department under
the general supervision of the Crisis Intervention Team Director and
Program Managers, they will respond to mental health community crisis
calls and provide on- and off-site face-to-face, emergency screening
assessments and rapid crisis intervention and crisis management to
individuals experiencing a behavioral or emotional crisis with the
potential for life threatening behavior and/or acute psychiatric crisis.
- The CIT unit will deploy into
the community for offsite assessments as indicated by team management
(30-minute response time).
- Staffs all screenings with
Administrator on Duty, the clinician, and or Practitioner on call to
provide the most appropriate disposition based on the client's individual
needs, using least restrictive environment to stabilize the
- Communicates disposition to the
manager on shift and the Crisis Hotline for on and offsite
- Will assist mental health
response police officer in transporting consumers to service facilities
- Links consumer to immediate
crisis stabilization and intervention services under the Crisis &
Emergency Services division when required.
- Provides client tailored
community referrals and linkage to assist the client in meeting individual
needs and psychosocial requirements, to include psychiatric needs.
- If inpatient stabilization is
needed, provides ongoing coordination with psychiatric facilities
- Documents any service delivery,
intervention conducted, communication with others to include outside
agency personnel with rationale for intervention, date, time, name of
person spoken to, and purpose.
- Serves as clinical support for
the unit when onsite crisis counseling, and other modes of therapy are
required during the crisis stabilization process. Reviews clinical
documentation for quality, completeness, and timeliness
- This position requires
flexibility for work scheduling purposes and requires on-going cross
training that involves changes in police or clinical operating procedures
to effectively accomplish position duties and meet performance outcomes
- Acquires and maintains
credentialing requirements at all times.
- Complies with all additional
unit trainings as designated by unit and center management
- Exemplifies teamwork through
good communication, cooperation, respect and dignity towards clients,
co-workers, collaborating agency staff, outside agency personnel, and EHN
- Performs other duties as
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or possession of any
equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides
the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities supplemented by two (2) years of
experience in a combination of clinical services, crisis intervention services,
crisis counseling or field caseworker.
with trauma-informed services; cognitive behavioral therapies, including Dialectical
Behavioral Therapy (DBT); and motivational therapies including the use of
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.
Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.
Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)
- Involves routine and frequent
- Bright/dim light; Dusts and pollen.
- Extreme heat and/or cold; Wet or humid
- Extreme noise levels, Animals/wildlife.
- Vibration; Fumes and/or noxious odors.
- Traffic; Moving machinery.
- Toxic/caustic chemicals; Explosives; Violence.
- Other extreme hazards not listed above.
Special Certifications and Licenses
- Requires valid and active Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate (LPC-A), Licensed Master Social
Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate
- Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed
Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Must possess and maintain a valid state Driver's
License with an acceptable driving record.
- Must be able to pass a TB,
criminal background and drug screen.
- Employee must be able to pass
an extensive and detailed background investigation to be hired for CIT
through the El Paso Police Department.
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
- Staffing requirements, including criteria that staff have diverse disciplinary backgrounds, have necessary State required license and accreditation, and are culturally and linguistically trained to serve the needs of the clinic's patient population.
- Credentialed, certified, and licensed professionals with adequate training in person-centered, family centered, trauma informed, culturally-competent and recovery-oriented care.
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.