Youth Emergency Room Enhancement (ERE) Outreach Therapist in Wentzville, MO at Compass Health

Date Posted: 4/16/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description




Under general direction of the Youth ERE Coordinator / Team Leader and internal Department Manager, Youth ERE Outreach Therapist provides intensive outreach and engagement to youth and their caregivers, usually in crisis response to a youth who is experiencing mental health or substance abuse symptoms.  The Youth ERE Outreach Therapist provides Interventions mostly in home and the community, but can include an office setting.  Interventions will include individual therapy to youth who have a Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) or other qualifying diagnosis as defined by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and their families. The Youth ERE Outreach Therapist acts as the team member for the Youth ERE Outreach Team, providing clinical input for all persons assigned to the Youth ERE project caseload. The Youth ERE Outreach Therapist builds and maintains positive partnerships with hospitals, community mental health providers, and substance use treatment providers in order to effectively coordinate care to improve the overall well-being of persons served.   



  • Identify persons served and facilitate referral for treatment services; complete an Assessment of Strengths and Needs on each new referral. 
  • Contribute to the assessment across the generational spectrum within the youth’s household and participate in the outreach team meetings to develop the most appropriate service options for the family. 
  • As needed, provides back-up support to respond to the Youth ERE initial referrals.  
  • Develop recovery oriented care plans that address behavioral health, medical, and social barriers for persons served.  The plans will focus on linkage to / engagement with ongoing treatment for youth clients and caregivers served, addressing issues identified in plan.  There will be an emphasis on crisis response and stabilization to engage with ongoing services. 
  • Provide individual therapy to youth with identified behavioral problems and functional deficits. 
  • Provide family therapy sessions. 
  • Assist persons served in identifying appropriate resources, matching the resources with identified needs, and in prioritizing attempts to access these resources. 
  • Assist persons served in developing ongoing community support system. 
  • Coordinate correspondence with other agencies to obtain and provide clinical records of person served as needed. 
  • Collaborate with other ERE team members and staff at the agency to which the child will be linked for services to support family wellbeing. 
  • Educate persons served on mental health and substance use issues as appropriate. 
  • Complete all documentation required in an accurate and timely manner. 
  • Participate in Quality Assurance chart reviews and make corrections as needed. 
  • Complete training requirements as outlined by agency policy and directed by the Youth ERE Coordinator. 
  • All other duties assigned by supervisor 
  • Provide back-up for the Youth ERE Coordinator regarding outreach and assessment for project eligibility for individuals referred to the project.   
  • Collaborate closely with the Adult ERE staff. 
  • Participate in weekly Youth ERE Outreach Team meetings to strategize about cases, as well as ongoing training opportunities in project procedures, outreach/engagement techniques, and clinical interventions.  
  • Engage persons served across care settings. Conduct outreach efforts and provide case management back up for other Youth ERE Outreach team members as needed. 
  • Maintain electronic medical records, compile reports, and complete other program documentation in a timely manner.  


Job Requirements



  • Master’s Degree in social services field (i.e. Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or Psychiatric Nursing), Licensure preferred (or with provisional license or licensure-eligible). 
  • Minimum of 3 years experience providing services to youth with severe emotional disturbance, including providing therapy.   Strong preference for prior training in trauma focused interventions. 
  • CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration certifications. Valid driver’s license and insurance. 
  • Knowledge of the Eastern Region Mental Health Network, community resources, entitlement programs, and the DSM-5. 
  • Strong leadership, communication and customer service skills. 
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills and sound clinical judgment. 
  • Strong verbal, written, computer, and interpersonal skills.  
  • Commitment to Service Excellence 
  • Commitment to Personal Excellence 
  • Team Oriented and Values Diversity 



The Youth ERE Outreach Therapist receives supervision from the Youth ERE Coordinator / Team Leader, Places for People Strategic Projects Manager, Behavioral Health Network.