Designated Crisis Responder

Snohomish County Human Services Department   Everett, WA   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on October 31, 2023
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Salary $92,430.12 - $112,292.40 Annually

Location Everett, WA

Job Type Full-Time

Job Number 2023-01518

Department Human Services

Division Human Services Mental Health

Opening Date 10/30/2023

Closing Date Continuous


Join our Snohomish County Human Services Team!

Snohomish County Human Services is seeking two qualified individuals to join our dynamic crisis team. It is our mission to provide excellent behavioral health crisis services to all citizens in Snohomish County, including involuntary behavioral health treatment if needed. We strive to provide the most appropriate services in a timely manner, consider all less restrictive and safe options, and see ourselves as advocates while protecting the safety of the community and the individual we are evaluating. 

About You:
You have a deep desire to help people on a very difficult day in their life. You enjoy new challenges and never knowing what your workday brings. You enjoy working independently on a supportive team and don’t need an 8-5 schedule. You are interested in the law and in safeguarding individual rights while assuring the safety of the community and the individual you are working with.
Position Purpose:
Evaluate individuals of all ages who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis and determine what services meet their needs. Arrange for voluntary and involuntary hospitalization as needed.

Human Services Department mission is to help all persons meet their basic needs and develop their potential by providing timely, effective human services and building community.  

The Human Services Department includes 300 diverse, friendly and dedicated employees who benefit from outstanding benefits and competitive wages.  Employees are appreciated and have the opportunity to make a real difference in our community.  Snohomish County is thriving and is a great place to live, work, pay, and raise a family.  We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a life-long career at Snohomish County.

Snohomish County Human Services strives to be an equitable and trauma-informed department. Our department believes every interaction, procedure, and policy provides an opportunity to build a pathway toward a more resilient and restorative Snohomish County.


To conduct investigations for involuntary mental health and substance use treatment under RCW 71.05 and RCW 71.34.

Job Duties

  1. Conducts investigations and evaluations of individuals for involuntary commitment and detains individuals when legal criteria are met and commitment is appropriate.
  2. Assesses behavioral health emergencies and provides crisis intervention for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis in the community.
  3. Works collaboratively with behavioral health agencies, psychiatrists, emergency departments, inpatient units, residential facilities and other referral sources to assure the best outcome for each individual in need of behavioral health services.
  4. Coordinates and facilitates arrangements necessary for the holding of probable cause hearings for patients hospitalized in our county in need of continued involuntary treatment; provides court testimony concerning patient's need for further involuntary treatment.
  5. Performs ongoing community regarding involuntary treatment.
  6. Contacts appropriate hospitals for admissions, provides screening information and arranges for transport as needed.
  7. Participates in the ITA Court process and provides relevant information to prosecuting attorneys and others authorized through the judicial process.
  8. Maintains necessary records and files as well as statistical information on all program activities.
  9. Performs related duties as required. 

Minimum Qualifications


A master's degree in social work, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing or related field; PLUS, two (2) years of experience in the direct treatment of mentally ill clients; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities. PLUS, a valid and current license as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Must pass job related tests.


A valid State of Washington Driver's License is required for employment.

Due to a potential conflict of interest any secondary employment within the behavioral health field needs to be approved by the employer.

Additional Information


Knowledge of:
  • abnormal human behavior, symptomatology and treatment modalities of behavioral disorders
  • counseling techniques and methods
  • available community resources
  • legal parameters and procedures concerning commitments
Ability to:
  • respond effectively in crisis situations
  • relate to severely disturbed and/or difficult persons in order to determine appropriate behavioral health services
  • gather and analyze pertinent data
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff of state and local  hospitals, staff and officials of community organizations, associates and the general public
  • diagnose behavioral disorders and determine need for mental health or substance use disorder services
  • maintain detailed records and prepare clear, concise written reports
  • maintain confidentiality and work within HIPAA parameters

Employees report to the Involuntary Treatment Supervisor or other administrative superior as assigned. Employees work independently on specific assignments which are completed in accordance with established guidelines, practices and regulations. Work is reviewed through meetings, status reports and results obtained.

The majority of the work involves site visits to residences, hospitals, mental health agencies and detention facilities. Some work is performed in the usual office environment. The employee may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays to provide 24 hour a day, 7 day coverage.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
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