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University of Utah Health Hospital Crisis Response Worker in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

A Hospital Crisis Response Worker, working in hospital based crisis setting as part of the Utah Statewide crisis response system, will assess individuals experiencing a self-defined crisis situation, leading to appropriate crisis stabilization and making appropriate referrals. A Crisis Worker may perform screening and triage, psycho-social support, and connection to appropriate resources. Services also include collaboration with local mental health authorities in the state of Utah.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our five hospitals and eleven clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.


  • Actively engage, and make psychological contact, quickly establishing non-judgmental, understanding, and respectful relationship.

  • Understand and define problems utilizing open ended questions on the what, how, when, where, who continuum to obtain a clear picture of the situation.

  • Utilize closed ended questions that obtain information specific to the safety of the individual. This may include suicide prompt questions.

  • Assess life-threatening situations, including risk of suicide and/or homicide, evaluate safety, acuity/danger and determine medically necessary services.

  • Mobilize community resources in an efficient and effective manner, and make plans to alleviate the immediate threat/risk.

  • Record keeping and policy implementation (e.g. recording essential notes in succinct form within the same work shift so they are useful to the next worker).

  • Use of the consultative process, e.g. knowing who to call under what conditions.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to type at least 30 WPM.

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and a willingness to go above and beyond to meet the needs of the customer.

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communications.

  • Demonstrated computer literacy, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and high productivity in stressful or difficult situations.

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast paced environment.

  • Ability to report to work on time and avoid unnecessary absenteeism.

  • Demonstrated cultural/diversity awareness.

  • Knowledge of basic suicidology, including suicide assessment of desire, intent, capability, and buffers.

  • Intervention strategies including active engagement, active rescue, and collaboration, emphasize safety and prevention.

  • Knowledge of voluntary and involuntary hospitalization criteria and procedures.


Qualifications Required Candidates must meet at least one of the following:

  • (a) Licensed under Utah Department of Professional Licensing for any health or behavioral health license;

  • (b) Bachelor’s degree in a human service related field;

  • (c) Certified as a Certified Peer Support Specialist for a minimum of one year;

  • (d) Certified as Case Managers for a minimum of one year; or

  • (e) Certified as Family Resource Facilitator for a minimum of one year.

  • Complete State Crisis Worker Certification within 6 months of hire.

Licenses Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • One year customer service experience.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves moderately intensive work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects such as medical equipment, or patients while providing care in a psychiatric setting.

  • Workers in the position may be exposed to infection diseases.

Physical Requirements

Listening, Speaking

Multi-lingual Candidates Welcomed

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EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 61678

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Night

Work Schedule Thursday-Saturday 1900-0700

Location Name Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI)

Workplace Set Up On-site


State UT


Category Social Services