Mental Health Screening Specialist

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Background: In the U.S.; IRC provides assistance to refugees resettling here through 27 offices operating in 16 states. IRC resettles approximately 11,000 refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship. The IRC in Salt Lake City opened it office in 1994, and provides resettlement services through extended case management to 600 newly arrived refugees for up to 24-months as well as over twenty different programs to educate and empower hundreds more refugees and other new Americans in Utah.

Job Overview: Under the direction of the Mental Health Program Coordinator, the Mental Health Screening Specialist will be responsible for coordination, facilitation, follow-up resource coordination and data entry for mental health screens of newly arrived refugees resettled by IRC SLC. This individual will work with the MH Program Coordinator to ensure that refugee clients receiving mental health screens receive appropriate support and follow-up in reference to screening outcomes. This position will need to have a vehicle available, and feel comfortable with meeting clients on or off-site, including in their homes. The MH Specialist will also utilize existing clinical skills to identify the best means of support for screened clients, and support access to treatment.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Coordinates, adapts and maintains financial education programs and services.

• Coordinate screening with newly arrived refugees between one and 12 months post-arrival as needed and identified by the Mental Health Program.

• Administer the Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15) and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to newly arrived refugees alongside appropriate interpretation services for identified IRC clients.

• Enter complete screening data into RHOS system that interfaces with the Utah Department of Health on a monthly basis.

• Communicate follow-up needs and referrals to individual treatment to Mental Health Program Coordinator, and assist with follow-up support for clients identified in need of extra support.

• Comply with all policies and protocols of the agency.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Minimum 1+ years of work experience in mental health; preferably with diverse/refugee population.

• Undergraduate degree in mental health related field, Psychology or Social Work strongly preferred.

• Familiarity with the local mental health care system and refugee resettlement process.

• Fluency in written and spoken English.

• Demonstrated ability to work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment.

• Strong computer skill with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook).

• Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively.

• Commitment to the mission of IRC.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

This vacancy is archived.

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