Job Description for Emergency Mental Health Intake Worker

Position Announcement
Position Information
Job Title:
Emergency Mental Health Intake Worker
Full Time
Wage and Salary:
$29.93 - $38.50/ hour
Application review will begin:
May 9, 2024
Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled
Job Description:

Emergency Mental Health Intake Worker
Explore. Thrive. Belong.
Jefferson County is the Heart of the Heartland. We offer the best of Wisconsin living with safe, family oriented, vibrant business and civic communities surrounded by picturesque farmland. Jefferson County is proud of our small-town living options and easy access to major urban centers.

The Behavioral Health Division of Jefferson County Human Services provides mental health and substance-use services from birth to adulthood for all residents of the County.   The primary focus of this division is to provide evidence-based treatment that is recovery oriented, trauma informed, and person centered.   

The purpose of this position is to provide assessment, response planning, crisis planning, linkage and follow up services, and connection to services to child and/or adult clients including, but not limited to, persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities, mental illness, alcohol, and other substance use along with anyone in Jefferson County experiencing a mental health crisis.


You will be successful in this role by completing the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Works as a crisis team member with Jefferson County Human Services Crisis Team, collaborating with law enforcement, hospital staff, schools, families, and various other community agencies.
  • Performs crisis risk assessments, Emergency Mental Health Services, elder abuse investigations and guardianships, adult protective placements, and placement assessments.
  • Develops and implements crisis plans, response plans, protective plans, and safety plans. 
  • Interviews and assesses individuals experiencing crisis situations.  Consults with natural supports as needed.  
  • Prepares reports that are compliant with federal, state, and administrative laws, policies, and procedures. 
  • Collects data regularly and provides data to assist with an annual report for human services; provides State and Federal reports for services, performance reports, and an annual report.


  • Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, Social Work, or closely relate field.
  • Valid driver’s license, Emergency Mental Health, Juvenile Court Intake Worker and Motivational Interviewing training.
  • Extensive training provided in:  Motivational Interviewing; Trauma Informed Care; Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Suicide Assessment. 
  • If not already trained, training provided for Juvenile intake worker.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Master’s degree and/or two years’ experience with a Licensed Social Worker. 
  • Substance Abuse Counseling licenses or equivalent training.
  • Trauma informed care training.

Wage & Benefits
We pay $29.93 – 38.50/ hour based on candidate’s successful experience and qualification.
Jefferson County offers an excellent, comprehensive benefits package.

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Benefit Highlights
*2 weeks paid vacation* Health insurance*
*Health insurance Opt Out Plan*
*Dental & Vision insurance*Life insurance*
*Wisconsin Retirement System*
*Health Savings Account *
*Deferred Compensation Program*
*Group Life insurance *

Employees at Jefferson County Value
Competitive Pay*Excellent Benefits*
*Great Coworkers*Flexibility*
*Advancement & Opportunity*Family Feel*

For a full job description and link to apply online, please visit the County’s web site at

Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer