Psychiatric Hospital Discharge Planner (BSW or RN)

$2,000 Sign On Bonus after 90 days of employment!

NeMCMHA is a certified HRSA Loan Repayment site — you may qualify for up to $50,000 in loan forgiveness with a 2-year commitment.

FULL-TIME | SALARY: $20.17 - $34.34/hr

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What is a Hospital Discharge Planner?

Hospital Discharge Planners work closely with other members of the ACCESS team that are responsible to ensure the continuity of care for individuals while inpatient and after they discharge from an inpatient psychiatric or crisis residential unit. They attend meetings when scheduled at Pointe East, and maintain close contact with social workers from other hospitals to assist with appropriate discharge planning. They are able to assess an individual to determine what the best course of treatment will be post discharge and assist them in getting connected to the right resources.


Do I need a license in order to apply? Yes. State registration as a Registered Nurse or LBSW is required. LLBSW will be considered.


This posting takes place on-site. Due to the nature of the work, remote employment is currently unavailable for this position.



  • Nursing Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized or accredited institution, with course work in mental health related areas.
  • Possess State Registration as a Registered Nurse, LBSW (or be able to acquire within a reasonable period of time i.e. LLBSW will be eligible for an LBSW).


  • One or more years of relevant mental health crisis intervention/stabilization experience.
  • Lived experience with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorders valued.


  • Ability to adequately participate in psychiatric emergency triage with emphasis on problem resolution, crisis stabilization, and utilization of “brief therapy” interventions.
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written are required).
  • Possess state registration/licensing consistent with qualifications and education.
  • Functional computer literacy is required.
  • Provides psychiatric emergency services and crisis response and stabilization (CRS) that will include: triage, crisis intervention and stabilization, referral and/or short term brief therapy for all individuals of mental health services.
  • Will be assigned to work with individuals who display more severe symptoms of serious and persistent mental illness/serious and emotional disturbances.
  • Staff work within a team framework, and demonstrate willingness to work with others.
  • Attend and participate in hospital care plan meetings to assist with discharge planning.
  • Correctly triage, assess and report to agency psychiatrist and other team members the individual’s mental health status and planned course of action.
  • Staff will develop and complete assessments, pre-plans and Individual Plans of Service, consistent with person centered planning guidelines as mandated in the Case Recording Guidelines established by the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority (NeMCMHA).
  • Follow up care for individuals who are discharged from psychiatric hospitals until they are fully integrated with services from NeMCMHA, and outreach to those individuals who were screened but did not meet criteria for authorization for hospitalization.
  • Monitor court ordered treatment plans for individuals not established with NeMCMHA.
  • Will be an active member of the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Team.


Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority is a CARF accredited behavioral health organization located in Alpena, Michigan on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. We service Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties with the purpose to provide comprehensive services and supports that enable people to live and work independently.

Our goal is to offer employees the best of both worlds: a positive and exciting work environment with a healthy and balanced home life. Our region offers a peaceful up north living with year round recreational opportunities.


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Generous leave time package
  • Qualify for loan forgiveness
  • Long-term & short-term disability
  • Social Security Opt-Out
  • And more!