Licensed Mental Health Professional – LMHP

The Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMHP) is part of a multi-disciplinary team rendering care and services to persons receiving addiction treatment. The LMHP conducts assessments of persons who are seeking services, and provides a multi-axis diagnosis or diagnostic impression as part of the assessment report. S/he identifies needs and goals for the person in the assessment process and indicates the most appropriate level of care for the person. The LMHP may also provide direct service to consumers, crisis assistance, and/or refer consumers for appropriate mental health services. All services are provided in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Mental Health. Work is performed under the administrative supervision of the Program Manager and reviewed through direct observation, reports, and staff conferences.

Work may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

1. Remains alert during working hours; attends work as scheduled, and complies with attendance policies.
2. Conducts intake diagnostic assessments for referred clients and documents findings.
3. Attends periodic meetings with designated team members to assist in the development of the individual’s rehabilitation plan, as appropriate and Cosigns plan.
4. May provide direct services, including individual counseling, group counseling, group education, family education/therapy.
5. Makes referrals for necessary services.
6. Responds appropriately to consumer crisis, including as applicable, making arrangements for 96 hour holds.
7. Develops and maintains effective communication and professional, cooperative working relationships with state officials, staff members, stakeholders, and public.
8. Maintains the confidentiality of consumer information.
9. Adheres to established ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and continuing professional development.
10. Serves as professional representative of the agency in appearance, demeanor knowledge and application of that knowledge and in work attitudes and work habits.
11. Performs other related work, as assigned.


  • Considerable knowledge of individual differences, such as personality theory, human development, and abnormal psychology
  • Thorough knowledge of diagnostic criteria and application of the DSM IV-R
  • Knowledge of community resources used in the provision of services
  • Knowledge of State regulatory requirements as it relates to practice of social work and substance abuse
  • Skill in resolving conflicts and negotiating with others
  • Ability to collect and analyze information in making diagnostic decisions concerning a consumer’s treatment
  • Ability to act decisively when necessary to protect consumers; to make judgments about crisis and carry out appropriate course of action
  • Ability to establish a professional and therapeutic rapport with consumers; to assist, and exercise tact, patience, respect and understanding of others
  • Ability to recognize symptoms of substance abuse and to elicit information from individuals necessary for therapeutic interventions
  • Ability to work effectively with persons from diverse cultures and backgrounds and to respect individual differences
  • Ability to work harmoniously and professionally with employees, consumers, consumer families, guardians, public agencies, and the general public
  • Ability to maintain organized consumer records in accordance with certification requirements
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
  • Ability to recognize potential ethical problems and address in ethical manner
  • Ability to plan and organize working time effectively
  • Ability to work with autonomy or with minimum direction

The following education and experience qualifications are the minimum requirements used to admit or reject applicants for consideration.

  • A physician, psychologist, clinical social worker, professional counselor, or nurse practitioner licensed under Missouri state law, acting within the scope of practice for their discipline-AND-
  • Has at least one year of full time equivalent experience in the treatment or rehabilitation of substance abuse.

No candidate may be considered for employment who is, or has been for the past two (2) years under the supervision of Federal, State, County or Municipal Corrections Department nor have any pending felony or misdemeanor charges other than minor traffic charges.

Driving may be required for this position. The successful candidate must have and remain in possession of a valid current driver’s license, automobile insurance, and be insurable under the agency’s motor vehicle insurance policy.
All candidates for employment must meet the established minimum qualifications for employment as identified by the applicable regulatory agencies.

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