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Behavioral Health Crisis Clinician, Fairbanks, AK

Organization: Tanana Chiefs Conference
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Date Job Posted: February 23, 2023
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The Tanana Chiefs Conference provides world class health services to Alaska Natives and American Indians, as well as many non-beneficiaries, in 42 villages across the river systems of the Interior. This 235,000 square mile region is the home of the Tanana Chiefs Conference and is a paradise for those who love outdoor activities. If you are looking for a challenge and want to have a positive impact on the health and wellness of Alaska Natives and American Indians then this is the position for you. The Tanana Chiefs Conference provides a wide array of services in multiple facilities with our main location being the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center--an award winning cultural super clinic located in Fairbanks--Interior Alaska's urban hub. The Fairbanks based clinic is itself a hub that serves the larger mission of supporting health and wellness to Indian Health Service beneficiaries including an Ambulatory Surgery Center, Ophthalmology, Audiology, Urgent Care, Hematology/Oncology Services, Dental Clinic, Imaging and a host of other services.

Job Summary: Job incumbent provides quality mental health and substance abuse services to youth, adults and families including mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, assessments, prevention, outreach, aftercare, referral, and involuntary commitments. Job incumbent will be located at Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center and will travel to villages to assist with training and crisis response on a regular basis.

Adhere to the TCC Ch'eghwtsen' model of service and guiding principle which requires providing timely and effective service along with the ability to interact with others in a way that inspires trust and demonstrates respect, compassion and empathy.

Essential Functions

Essential Functions: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbent(s).

Representative Duties: Under the general supervision of the Clinical Supervisor Outpatient Services, job incumbent will be assigned from the following representative duties:

  1. Provide crisis intervention services on a full-time basis, responding to children, adolescents, adults, and elders.
  2. Conduct risk assessments and provide immediate interventions as appropriate. Collaborate with Behavioral Health Consultants, Behavioral Health Aides, and other clinicians to facilitate ongoing services if necessary.
  3. Be able to provide individual, couple, family and group therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and elders with Mental Health, Substance Abuse or Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues.
  4. Provide Comprehensive Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessments using DSM-5 and ASAM-3rd Edition Criteria.
  5. Assists case managers to facilitate follow up services following involuntary commitments to suicidal/homicidal patients.
  6. Travels to villages in TCC region to respond to crisis situations and to assist TCC Division of Wellness & Prevention.
  7. Develop a treatment plan with special consideration to cross-cultural and dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse) concerns. Ensures appropriate implementation of treatment plan.
  8. Provide transitional counseling following primary Mental Health, Substance Abuse or Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment.
  9. Provide Prevention and Education services to children, adolescents, adults and elders regarding Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Wellness.
  10. Provide and receives appropriate referrals to and from other agencies and resources.
  11. Provide culturally appropriate modes of service (i.e. Talking Circles, and Subsistence Activities) as appropriate.
  12. Complete Administrative and Clinical Documentation in a timely manner in order to maintain program compliance within the guidelines established by Tanana Chiefs Conference, Indian Health Services, the State, Medicaid, CARF, and other regulatory agencies.
  13. Provide ongoing outreach services to communities served.
  14. Provide consultation to clinical staff, medical professionals, schools, university, tribal court, and probation and court system as necessary to ensure quality services. Networks with area professionals to maintain communication systems for follow-up and referral.
  15. Facilitates Title 47 Mental Health or Substance Abuse Emergency Detention or Involuntary Commitment Procedures.
  16. Maintain regular contact with Tribal Administrators and other tribal representatives.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master's Degree from an accredited university in Psychology, Counseling, Child Guidance or Community Mental Health; or Marriage and Family Therapy with an active license to practice marital and family therapy.
  2. Licensure required. Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, etc.
  3. Must be certified or have the ability to be certified within one year of hire as a Chemical Dependency Counselor I or Master Addictions Counselor.
  4. Two years substance abuse work experience and/or must be familiar with the dynamics of substance abuse and addiction, recovery and relapse prevention.
  5. Experience working in Rural Alaska villages preferred.
  6. Must pass background check pursuant to federal Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act requirements.
  7. Must pass background check pursuant to Alaska DHSS and federal Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act requirements.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience with adult, child, and adolescent service provision; specialized testing/evaluation; DSM-5 diagnosis; severely emotionally disturbed children; chronic mental illness; dual diagnosis and integrated treatment for substance abuse and mental illness; treatment planning; treatment coordination; crisis intervention; consultation; routine charting; Medicaid regulations; and professional reports. Familiarity with Fairbanks area, Interior Regional, and statewide mental health services and substance abuse treatment providers.
  2. Cross-cultural treatment skills and knowledge of Alaska Native cultures and traditions preferred. Familiarity with the culture and needs of individuals of Alaska Native descent.
  3. Strong computer skills using electronic health records and scheduling systems, and Microsoft Office applications.
  4. Strong verbal communication, analytical and interpersonal skills required.
  5. Must have initiative and prioritizing skills.
  6. Must work as part of a team providing quality care.
  7. Knowledge and ability to adhere to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42 CFR Part 2 confidentiality regulations.


Physical demands: Village travel is required to meet clinical need. May be exposed to certain conditions, conditions include but are not limited to: travel by small aircraft, vehicle, lack of running water, poor heat, sleeping on floors, and exposed to adverse weather conditions. Job incumbent must be able to physical travel by air and vehicle. Must be able to push, pull, lift and carry up to 40 pounds in support of equipment and supplies. Must be able to work in a busy and sometimes stressful environment.


Summation: Job incumbent will benefit from using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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