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Discharge Planner

Job Code:  242825
Facility: Del Amo Hospital
Region: Western
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: 
Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree 
Category: Allied Health
FTE: 048
Position Summary:
Welcome and thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with Del Amo Behavioral Health Systems of Southern California!
Del Amo Behavioral Health System provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral health treatment for children, adolescents and adults in the South Bay area of Los Angeles in Southern California. Led by clinicians recognized for their expertise in mental illness, Del Amo Behavioral Health System provides a peaceful setting for those seeking treatment for mental health, detoxification, sexual addiction, eating disorders, and trauma-related issues. To learn more about our programs and services, please visit our website at
We currently have positions available for a Discharger Planner at Del Amo Hospital. Del Amo Hospital is a 166-bed behavioral health facility that is located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.  
Del Amo Hospital provides a full spectrum of quality mental health care that includes: assessments and referrals, crisis intervention, adolescent and adult services, as well as specialty programs.   Del Amo has distinguished itself through a wide range of programs that are individually tailored to each client’s individual needs. Del Amo's commitment to service excellence extends to all with whom we come into contact. We are committed to ensure our patients receive the optimal level of care that will be most beneficial to their recovery. Through the capabilities of our professional team continuously improving our systems and processes, we strive to be the premiere provider of mental health services. Del Amo Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services.
The Discharge Planner is responsible for making collateral contacts and arranging discharge plans/linkage with aftercare services. Additional responsibilities include the provision of clinical services to psychiatric inpatient and outpatient patients and their families, completion of safety interventions and individualized aftercare plans including family sessions. The Discharge Planner serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team and attends appropriate clinical treatment team meetings on behalf of patients and their families.
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
     Coordinates individualized discharge plan for the patient with assistance from the treatment team.
     Coordinates with Utilization Review for aftercare appointment information and is familiar with Utilization Review process.
     Coordinates with Social Work Staff in compiling accurate referral source, contact database and previous treatment providers.
     Attends Treatment Team meetings on units as directed by Supervisor.
     Works collaboratively with the physicians, nurses and social workers and other team members to influence timely and smooth discharge with appropriate care and positive outcomes; presents alternative option and services as needed.
     Maintain statistical report of services provided; submits to supervisor as requested and/or the Director of Quality Assurance 
     Ensures that the discharge documentation (i.e. Discharge Checklist, Safety Plan, Aftercare form) is complete prior to patient discharge.
     Consistently refers patients to appropriate community agencies.
     Demonstrates ability to conduct family and community interventions appropriately.
     As requested, assists patients and families in understanding, accepting and following medical recommendations

Education: Graduate from an accredited program in health or behavioral health such as a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology and/or a Psychiatric Technician program preferred.

Experience: Previous clinical experience in psychiatric setting preferred.

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