Johns Hopkins University CO- Clinical Social Worker in Columbia, Maryland

Range: MC

Level: 4

Salary: $43,871-$60,402

Status: Full Time, 37.5 hrs/wk

School: School of Medicine

Departmnet: Psychiatry

Location: JH at Howard County Hospital

Location City: Columbia

General Description


The clinical social worker provides services and continuity of care to clients/patients seen in the Howard County General Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Department. Performs Psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and completes Substance Abuse Evaluations. Works with multi-disciplinary team in the Psychiatry Department to provide quality psychiatric service. Is knowledgeable of Mental Health Resources in Maryland and proficient in formulating and implementing treatment and disposition plans. Documents all clinical activity in accordance with Johns Hopkins, and State of Maryland regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs psychiatric assessment, formulates diagnosis and in consultation with referring physician recommends and completes appropriate disposition. Provide psychotherapy to outpatients with a variety of psychiatric conditions. Generate bills for services provided in accordance with Johns Hopkins Clinical Practice Association Guidelines.

  • Reviews chart, obtains all insurance authorizations necessary before providing service to patient. Contacts necessary insurance providers’ and obtains authorizations needed to complete disposition and documents on chart. Interview patient and performs psychosocial assessment, mental status examination and past psychiatric history.

  • Contacts family or any collateral informants necessary to provide information necessary to complete an assessment. Formulates an appropriate treatment/disposition plan for patient. Develops knowledge base of Mental Health Service System necessary to makes the most appropriate clinical disposition.

  • Effectively troubleshoots all systems when problems arise in effecting a clinically necessary disposition. Assures that all appropriate documentation is complete according to standards to carry out treatment/disposition plan. Completes all contacts necessary to arrange for appropriate disposition of case and independently resolves problems with complicated dispositions. Attends all Staff meetings and administrative meetings as assigned.

  • DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES-Emergency Department (Periodic Rotation to ED may be required):

  • Performs psychiatric assessment, formulates diagnosis and in consultation with referring physician recommends and completes appropriate disposition. Discusses case with Attending Physician to determine if the patient has been cleared medically and to determine why a consult is requested. Responds in timely manner to request from Emergency Department Physician for psychiatric consultation. Provides requesting physician with results of assessment and disposition plan. Is aware of time constraints of patient flow in the emergency department and paces work accordingly; and consistently evaluates all patients during shift.

  • Provides appropriate sign out, either verbally or in writing, on clinical and disposition status of patients to next shift staff member.Works as a Team Member with all members of the Evening/ Weekend Emergency consultation team. Develops and maintains collegial working relationship with all ED Staff.

  • Documentation:

  • Provides documentation of all clinical and nonclinical activities. Maintains client files in appropriate manner and complies with Johns Hopkins accepted recordkeeping practices. Charts are above 85% complete at chart reviews. Knows and can implement all State of Maryland /Insurance/ and Federal mandated documentation. documents clinical assessment of all clients evaluated on the JHH Standard PES. Evaluation form. Assessment information on PES has 95% completion rate. Documents all activities according to standards.


Master’s degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or an equivalent organization approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Licensure as an LCSW-C required and must maintain license throughout duration of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

Two or more years’ experience, emergency room or outpatient experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.