Position Opening: Children's Crisis Response Practitioner

Program: Children’s Crisis Response
Hours: 40 hours per week, 4pm-12am, Monday – Friday
Reports to: Children’s Crisis Response Supervisor
Salary range: $34,000 – $38,000
Close date: position will remain open until filled


The Children’s Crisis Response Practitioner is a member of a team responsible for providing in-home crisis intervention services to youth and their families that may be experiencing crisis or conflict, runaway situations, and/or mental health challenges. Team members are also responsible for coordinating emergency shelter placements with Ramsey County and several other community organizations.


Program Responsibilities:

  • Provide crisis counseling to youth and families by phone during scheduled hours and initiate in-home crisis counseling and support when needed.
  • Work in teams of two to provide in-home mobile crisis intervention to youth and families who are experiencing a mental health crisis or interpersonal conflict, including a runaway or child protection issues. Services provided include assessment, de-escalation, crisis planning, stabilization, transportation, referral, and follow-up.
  • With shelter placements, assess youth in person to determine appropriate placement needs and work with families to find alternative placement options when possible.
  • In collaboration with the youth and family, develop a crisis plan that includes immediate, measurable goals as well as resources for longer-term services.
  • Transport youth ages 0-21 years old.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with community resources, including but not limited to coordination with local law enforcement, Ramsey County Crisis Workers and Child Protection, Juvenile Corrections, local hospitals and other non-profit agencies.
  • Work with program manager to develop strategies and action plan for accomplishing outreach goals to increase visibility and utilization of the service throughout Ramsey County.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Respond to all communication from clients, coworkers, or colleagues in a timely, responsive and professional manner. This includes voicemail, email, and program specific communication as designated (cell-phone, etc.)
  • Maintain daily schedule as set by manager, notifying manager and agency front desk of any changes in schedule or anticipated availability.
  • Present a professional and positive image of our organization by maintaining dress and personal standards that are consistent with the audience or client group you will be working with on any given day or situation.
  • Maintain individual client records, and statistical information according to agency standards and specific program protocol.
  • Develop and maintain competency with basic computer programs and computerized data information system required to complete all functions and expectations of the organization.
  • Participate in individual supervision and group consultation. Attend monthly all-staff meeting.
  • Maintain and enhance your ability and skills by keeping current with pertinent research and program related literature, attending workshops and seminars, and taking advantage of work related opportunities for learning on the job.
  • Other tasks, committee assignments and/or special projects as assigned by supervisor/management team.


Must be qualified in one of the following ways:

  • Master’s or other graduate degree in one of the behavioral sciences or related fields.


  • Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science or related field and 2,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of mental illness or children with emotional disturbances.


  • At least 6,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of mental health services to recipients with mental illness.


  • Able to relate to youth and families from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate well to a wide range of people.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Possession of current and valid Minnesota Driver's License.


Direct resumes and cover letters to humanresources@spys.org
or St. Paul Youth Services, 2100 Wilson Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55119

St. Paul Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Candidates representing communities of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.