Title: Behavioral Health Clinician / Consultant (BHC)
License Required: LPC, LMFT. or LCSW
Position Type: Full-Time (4 to 5 days per week, 8am-5pm with eligibility for full benefits package) OR Part Time (three days per week, 8am-4:30pm)
Seeking a dynamic, flexible, and skilled behavioral health provider to join the care team in a unique and integrated practice of primary care, behavioral health, health coaching, and more.
I. Purpose of Position
Contributes to the mission of the practice by serving as the behavioral health team member/clinician responsible for providing direct behavioral and mental health services. Services are provided for the patient population within an integrated care model and include: psycho-social assessment; traditional therapy visits; EAP counseling visits; brief, consultation-based interventions; team based support for patients being treated for opioid use disorder, and collecting sufficient data to make appropriate referrals when needed. Clinician will provide consultation to patients and providers on a variety of issues and participate in the collaborative development of the patient treatment plan. Clinician will adhere to the core competencies of the BHC as outlined by Connectus Health.
II. Essential Job Functions/Duties
- Provides an integrated behavioral health service consisting of targeted assessment and evaluation, triage, brief intervention, referral, and acute crisis management.
- Delivers consultative services in a responsive, succinct, efficient, ethical and professional manner.
- Maintains patient confidentiality as expected by ethical standards.
- Additionally, offers Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services as outlined by clinic partners
- Creates and provides monthly Behavioral Health focused Lunch and Learns for patients; additionally offers educational and training topics to team members as needed
- Adheres to the applicable ethical, therapeutic, and legal standards, which govern service delivery, as well as policies, procedures and laws, which apply to the organization as appropriate
- Utilizes effective triaging and referral methods to refer patients to resources and specialty mental health care when appropriate
- Maintains thorough clinical documentation in the patient’s electronic medical record for integrated treatment planning and follow-up regarding clinical and work-life services.
- Completes assessments with patients expressing various issues e.g. substance abuse, mental health, and psychosocial concerns that may be impacting functioning and quality of life.
- Performs telephone consultation to patients as necessary, including initial assessment/intake, crisis intervention, education and referral, and brief intervention.
- Completes timely follow-up calls to patients where necessary.
- Provides on-going consultation services for a sub-set of patients who require on-going monitoring and follow up
- Provides timely and succinct consultation to the provider regarding consultation findings and professional recommendations.
- Performs and assists care team with delivery of a variety of screenings (PHQ-9, GAD-7, CAGE-AID)
- Assists the primary care team with responding to positive screens (PHQ-9, GAD-7, CAGE-AID, etc.) through clinical assessment, intervention, and referral to specialty care when appropriate
- Formulates and delivers behavioral health interventions appropriate to the primary care setting, and assists with the development and implementation of integrated treatment plans
- Works with ancillary providers (internal and, where appropriate, external), clinical staff, etc., both formally (in-services, consultation) and informally (hallway conversations) to further the goals of the individual educational and/or treatment plans.
- Applies knowledge of and experience with a broad repertoire of psychotherapeutic skills from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
- Maintains the role of a generalist and demonstrates ability to address the needs of all clinic patients
- Demonstrated ability to work in a preventative, “readiness to change”, and strengths-based model.
- Performs job duties as a member of the primary care team
- Develops educational, training materials and conducts sessions or disseminates information.
- Makes meaningful improvement to services, program, and processes and/or organizational effectiveness that creates new value for patients and employees.
- Assists with monitoring the quality of care being delivered.
- Utilizes past clinical experience and strong diagnostic skills in complicated mental health and substance abuse conditions to appropriately assess and triage.
- Independently develop, coordinate and facilitate employee presentations and psycho-educational classes
III. Additional Job Functions/Duties
· Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
· Trouble shoot concerns and issues for all staff.
IV. Education, Experience and Credentialing
- Minimum of a master’s in behavioral health field including; social work, counseling or psychology.
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Psychologist
- Any/all licenses in good standing with the State of TN Health Professional Boards
- Two years’ experience working in a clinical setting, especially in an integrated model of care
- Provided EAP services
- Trained in social, systems and familial aspects of psychological and medical conditions.
- Trained in substance abuse identification and treatment.
- Experience working in non-traditional mental or behavioral health setting
- Knowledge of the integrated primary care and behavioral health consultant model
- Understanding of the relationship between medical and psychological aspects of health and disease
- Basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy
· No supervision responsibilities
· Reports to Clinical Director
· Must be able to work independently and prioritize with minimal direction.
VI. Personal Qualifications
· Must be reliable and dependable with attendance.
· Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
· Ability to maintain confidentiality.
· Appropriate attire according to company policy.
· Attentive to safety and security issues
· Demonstrates cultural competence with patients and staff.
· Open to continuous learning to build effectiveness.
· Uses clear verbal and written communication
VII. Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Sitting, standing, walking for much of the day
· Manual dexterity
· Lifting up to 30 pounds (may exceed this amount at times in emergency patient situations)
· Bending and reaching