Patient Discharge Clinician (LPC or LICSW)

  • 1338 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The McClendon Center, founded in 1980, is a certified community-based service provider operating under the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health.  As a leading not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC, the McClendon Center provides outpatient behavioral rehabilitation to the mentally ill by fostering creativity, promoting friendship, instilling independence, and providing an outlet for emotional growth and greater participation in the community.    Accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the McClendon Center operates two programs: Day Program Services and the Core Services Agency (CSA).

McClendon Center operates programs in two locations, a day program near Metro Center and an outpatient service clinic in the NOMA section of DC. The Center has revenues of approximately $9 million, with contracts from the Department of Behavioral Health, three Managed Medicaid Organizations, and grants from various foundations.

McClendon Center is a respected and highly rated agency in the District of Columbia, having received the highest rating on the Department of Behavioral Health’s provider scorecard three out of the last five years. The Center is also the only independent mental health agency in the District to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Job Description

The Patient Discharge Clinician is a Licensed Mental Health Professional who will assist the Director of PDC in providing clinical guidance to the Patient Discharge Coordination Outreach team for patients being discharged from a psychiatric inpatient unit (PIU) to ensure a smooth and seamless transition back to the community. They will help manage complex psychiatric cases by ensuring care coordination is occurring, completing 7 and 30-day post discharge assessments and keeping track of all discharges from the hospitals. The goal of the program is to reduce inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations for patients who are high utilizers of inpatient care by setting up preventative long term care support in the community.


* Manage complex psychiatric crisis cases by coordinating care with PDC team members, various external providers, medical and hospital staff to ensure a successful reintegration back to the community.

* Will ensure that consumers receive seamless transitional care onto long term treatment teams by ensuring that discharge treatment plan is met by team interventions.

* Identify consumers with high priorities and ensure that staff accommodates frequent outreach and intervention as needed.

* Track discharge dates of all inpatient members and ensure that a 7-day and 30-day post-assessment is scheduled.

* Respond to team notifications of discharge dates by meeting with patients to complete a post-discharge assessment within 7 days and 30 days of discharge.

* Will submit all clinical documentation within a 1 business day of service date.

* Complete enrollment and data entry of clients into the electronic medical record and other programs as directed by the Clinical Manager upon being notified of a client’s admission.

* Ensure the proper notification of the client’s hospitalization to all required parties and inform care partners.

* Travel to inpatient units within required timeframe to engage with clients.

* Obtain signed release forms and other required documentation from clients and coordinate appropriate follow-up care with the client’s outpatient providers.

* Conduct brief psychosocial intake, entering and scanning notes/documents into the electronic medical record.

* Enter any diagnostic information obtained from the inpatient unit into the client’s medical record, attaching any required notes and supporting documentation regarding the diagnosis.

* Liaison with clients’ outpatient providers, communicating all relevant information relating to the admission and discharge to the client.

* Maintain daily telephonic contact with the inpatient unit, visiting the unit as assigned by the Clinical Manager.

* Meet with clients on the unit prior to discharge and obtain copies of discharge paperwork.

* Observe clients pre and post-discharge, communicate with the inpatient treatment team, obtain updated medication lists, and firm discharge dates, where appropriate.

* Complete discharge document(s) and all required reports, uploading them into the client’s electronic medical record.

* Notify the outpatient provider of the discharge and secure the earliest possible appointment for the client to be seen by an outpatient psychiatrist.

* Transport clients to fill prescriptions, review reasons for taking medication and provide transportation to clients’ place of residence.

* Record prescribed medication into clients’ medical record, as required.

* Collaborate with clients’ outpatient provider(s) to meet any needs or concerns identified by the client.

* Meet with PDC Director for regular supervision and update PDC Director on client’s status post-discharge from an inpatient unit.

* May perform other duties as assigned.


* Licensed in the District of Columbia as LICSW or LPC.
• Two (2) to four (4) years of relevant experience.
• Experience with hospital discharges and community integration preferred.
• Experience working in a psychiatric setting in a hospital or clinic highly desired.
• Valid Drivers' License
• Possession of a working vehicle at all times with minimum insurance coverage as required by state law.

Additional Information

Starting salary is commensurate with experience: $60,000 - $65,000 plus, 

•    Professional support and career development.
•    A package of comprehensive benefits including health and wellness, four weeks of combined sick and vacation leave, 403(b) retirement contributions, and life insurance… just to name a few.
•   The latest technology and work tools including a laptop and iPhone.

At the McClendon Center, you will find powerful resources for career-long success. If you are ready for a new challenge in your professional career, submit your cover letter and resume online. Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Physical Demands: The position requires moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping and standing for periods of time.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

McClendon Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

No phone calls, please. Note: McClendon Center is not accepting resumes or referrals from agencies. If you are a recruiter, search firm, or employment agency, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if McClendon Center hires the candidate.