Common Ground
  • 07-Mar-2019 (EST)
  • Oakland Crisis Intervention and Recovery Team (OCIRT)
  • Pontiac, MI, USA
  • 20.93 -25.74
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Generous paid time off


Provides crisis intervention and support to individuals/families who are experiencing a mental health, substance abuse, and/or family crisis.  Works closely with crisis safety-net providers, CMH/provider network, area emergency departments, and the access system. Assists people/families in accessing community or CMH resources and services. Promotes and participates in activities that enhance recovery and family resiliency.



  • Briefly assess crisis situation and person/family's needs
  • Actively engage person/family experiencing a crisis in order to avoid negative outcomes
  • Provide support and assist people/families in building trust and rapport
  • Utilize recovery principles while comforting people in crisis:  Hope, Choice, Empowerment, Recovery environment, Meaning and Purpose
  • Develop understanding and management of wellness and triggers
  • Provide active crisis intervention that is welcoming, trauma-informed, brief, and solution-focused to adults/children presenting with emergent or urgent need
  • Join with person/family to create a comprehensive crisis plan and safety plan following Person/Family Center Planning principles that utilizes the individual's strengths, natural supports and community resources; and that supports crisis mitigation in the least restrictive environment
  • Arrange or provides transportation to a safe place as needed
  • Educate and assist significant others and family members with the petitioning process
  • Encourage consumers to be actively involved with planning and treatment
  • Assist people with gaining crisis based coping skills and recovery tools
  • Assists with fulfilling basic needs such as food, clothing, arrange for shelter, etc. as needed
  • Explore and link person/family with natural and community supports
  • Provide referrals, arranges for psychiatric evaluations, facilitates authorization for hospitalization if unable to successfully divert, and inter- and intra-agency services
  • Assist with linking adults/children with substance use issues to the appropriate substance abuse service
  • Facilitates a respite plan for individuals who are homeless or who do not feel safe in their home environment
  • Facilitate transition to appropriate aftercare services and assists with implementation of individual recovery plans and coordination of natural supports
  • Collaborate with other providers, the criminal justice system, including CMH, Mental Health Court, and Adult Drug Court staff to ensure that eligible individuals who are released or diverted from jail are successfully linked to the most appropriate level of care
  • Acts as an advocate for the needs and rights of every person/family including with service providers and community agents
  • Provide first aid and emergency procedures, as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Genesee only - Make referrals and provides authorization for services.
  • Genesee only - Make level of care assessments for crisis services for identified CMH recipients and recommend level of care determination for crisis services.
  • Complete mobile emergency assessment and recommend level of care for private/public insurance under contract with Common Ground.





  • Masters Degree in Human Service field
  • Professional licensure in the State of Michigan
  • 1+ year experience in treating or working with disabilities
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record
  • Certification of one of the following:
    • CAADC          Certified Advanced Addiction Drug Counselor
    • CAC-R            Certified Addiction Counselor IC&RC Reciprocal
    • CCDP              Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional
    • CCDP-D         Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomat
  • Experience providing crisis intervention services
  • Experience with broad range of age groups and disabilities, including children
  • Experience with persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder
  • Standard met for Child Mental Health Professional



  • Ability to apply trauma informed principles and values with knowledge, decisions, and treatment of all people served.
  • Expertise with all populations or engages supervisor and/or co-workers to utilize their expertise with a specific population
  • Ability to relate to a diverse population which includes a variety of age, sex, economic and educational background
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking/decision making skills.
  • Able to work with a multi-disciplinary team successfully
  • Knowledge of current behavioral management and de-escalation techniques
  • Ability to deal with volatile situations in a safe, calm, and caring manner
  • Knowledge of and ability to use basic intervention skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel, Outlook



  • All Limited License Bachelor Social Workers (LLBSW), Limited License Master Social Workers (LLMSW), Limited License Professional Counselors (LLPC), and Temporary Limited License Psychologists (TLLP) must receive their permanent license (LBSW, LMSW, LPC, LLP) within 5 years from the issue date of the original limited/temporary license as published in the State of Michigan LARA system in order to continue their employment
  • All electronic or hard copy documents are complete, accurate, and signed prior to end of shift
  • Attitude and actions are aligned with the organizational mission and values
  • Promotes a team environment
  • Focuses on the strengths and needs of the person/families served
  • The work environment may subject staff to behavioral and medical problems that could be physically hazardous
  • Some local travel may be required
  • Works in a recovery oriented and supportive environment framework
  • Complete Service Activity Logs in accordance with departmental standards
  • Adhere to established Quality Improvement Indicators
  • Participate in training and orientation of new staff and interns
  • Adheres to Common Ground policy on confidentiality
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