Behavioral Health Specialist LCSW


Mercy Hospital


Pool/Per Diem


8 hour (day/evening)

per diem


Job Summary:

Under the clinical supervision of the Director of the Behavioral Health Psychiatric Consult Service and the administrative supervision of the VP of Mission Effectiveness, the Behavioral Health Social Worker Inpatient and Emergency Dept. is available for requests from the Emergency Department and the medical/surgical units of Mercy Hospital to assess the emotional, social and environmental needs of adolescent through geriatric patients and families The incumbent provides psychiatric and/or chemical dependency assessments, counseling, information, community resource referrals, and arrangements for continuing care and/or coordinated discharge planning.  The social worker is responsible for negotiating / advocating for the most appropriate / least restrictive services for the patient. Serves as an expert about, and as a liaison to, community resource programs and coordinates services between area providers.  The Social Worker models a multidisciplinary approach to providing quality patient care and routinely involves Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioners, Mercy Psychiatrists, Acadia psychiatrists and all pertinent internal and external providers in developing treatment and discharge plans.  The incumbent performs duties and tasks in accordance with performance standards established for the job.  The incumbent is responsible for participation in and completion of all patient safety initiatives appropriate to the position.  In addition, the incumbent conducts all job responsibilities according to the Mission and Values of Mercy Hospital.



Position requires licensure as an independent practitioner by the State of Maine Board of Social Work Registration. Master's degree education together with licensure by the State of Maine Board of Social Work Registration as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) required.  A minimum of two (2) years experience is required in a healthcare related field with a demonstrated knowledge of community resources and skill in assisting people to make major decisions while acutely or chronically ill.  Institutional experience is desired.  Hospital experience is preferred.  Excellent interpersonal skills are required as the incumbent interacts with a variety of patients, families and hospital caregivers and agencies exterior to the hospital.  While operating within the multidisciplinary team, must have the judgement and initiative to act as a catalyst in the planning for on-going patient and family care needs.  Must have a high level of analytical and problem solving skills to assess and evaluate patient condition and to resolve psychosocial issues of varied levels of complexity.  Must be highly accountable for the accurate and timely assessment of patient care needs, for maintaining the continuity of care coverage and for highly confidential patient information.

Equal Opportunity Employment

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.