Summary of Position
The Integrated Behavioral Health Therapist (IBHT) serves patients as an integral member of our rural health care clinical team. IBHT will serve as the hub of an integrated behavioral health care model to support Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), overall behavioral health services and lifestyle management to support patient-centered care in a clinical setting at CDP. IBHT will connect patients with resources through a referral process and maintain links between CDP and referred services to aid in a collaborative approach to care. Qualified candidates should have a Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or related Behavioral Health Sciences field and have earned one of the following degrees: Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health (LPC-MH), Certified Social Worker-Private or Independent Practice (CSW-PIP) or Licensed Psychologist.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Assists with initiation and monitoring on MAT/behavioral health patients through collaboration with care team members
2. Communicates with MAT/behavioral health patients to maintain engagement and compliance
3. Tracks and provides data for MAT/behavioral health program activity
4. Participates in MAT/behavioral health team consultation meetings for care plan reviews
5. Assists with MAT/behavioral health program development, policies and best practices
6. Coordinates and assists in educational trainings to care team and employees to promote cohesion and continued integration with the behavioral health program
7. Provides services and support to providers and patients as needed
8. Completes screenings and assessments and provides guidance based on results
9. Provides patient education about common mental and substance abuse disorders and available treatment options
10. Coordinates services/resources, including mental health and chemical health services
11. Maintains releases to coordinate care for patients throughout their referred treatment process
The IBHT has a solid understanding of human behavior; will be familiar with legal issues, ethical issues, insurance regulations and protocols for proper referral or application for various programs related to behavioral health. Must also be knowledgeable in medical care and emergency services and typical operations of ambulatory care centers. Must be comfortable providing coverage across all potential age populations and patients with co-morbid medical conditions. Must also possess skills that promote excellence in communication, flexibility, team-based care and decision making.
The IBHT conducts behavioral health services by providing diagnostic assessment, onsite crisis assessment and intervention, determining need for ongoing care according to level of clinical ability, medical and psychosocial complexity. The IBHT is competent in multiple counseling modalities (ranging from very brief to long-term), making appropriate referrals, and providing educational services across the continuum of care. The IBHT follows up with referrals to specialty care and ensures those patients are receiving appropriate behavioral health management. Serves as the primary team consultant to promote understanding of the relationship between health and psychological/behavioral factors and promote this understanding to patients, families, other team members and the community. Takes active leadership in universal health screening for behavioral and chemical health conditions that negatively impact overall health and wellness and works collaboratively with other team members to ensure quality delivery of care. Provides education and training to staff regarding management of behavioral emergency situations and current behavioral health information and how this interacts with overall health. Delivers empirically validated, short-term behavioral health care services (assessment, consultation, diagnosis, and treatment) to ambulatory primary care patients via both traditional face-to-face visits and innovative care delivery models such as telehealth when necessary. Works closely with other care team members to address psychosocial and cultural elements of health and disease pertinent to the patient's ability to manage their acute and chronic conditions and appreciates other factors that influence health care (developmental, economic, familial, religious, etc.) and wellness. Assists the team in effectively managing populations of patients, tracking and quality associated with innovative integrated care models, and implementing the highest standards of behavioral health care. Systemically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of behavioral health care and actively participates in quality improvement activities. Documents in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner to promote safe, reliable patient centered care. Participates in a population health management approach to health care by thinking broadly and innovatively and leveraging multiple resources to assist with direct care of patients with both medical and co-morbid behavioral conditions.
1. Fosters a culture of service excellence which anticipates and responds to the needs of our customers
2. Performs job duties and responsibilities in a manner that reflects the highest ethical and professional standards
3. Maintains compliance with mandatory training initiatives, competencies, and licensure requirements
4. Complies with all CDP and departmental programs, policies and procedures (i.e. administrative, HR, financial, clinical, quality, and safety)
5. Ensures and protects the confidentiality of sensitive information
6. Complies with all federal, state, and local standards and laws regulating the provision of professional services (licensure and scope of practice)
7. Attends any mandatory training(s) or meeting(s) as required on a consistent regular basis
1. Communication Proficiency
2. Collaboration Skills
4. Organizational Skills
5. Presentation Skills
6. Team Orientated
7. Technical Capacity
8. Time Management
9. Self-Driven & Motivated
Education & Experience Requirements:
Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or related Behavioral Health Sciences required; graduation from an accredited school preferred.
License must be in good standing in state(s) of practice.
In South Dakota, must have one of the following:
Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health (LPC-MH)
Certified Social Worker-Private or Independent Practice (CSW-PIP)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of healthcare management principles, practices and procedures. Ability to interpret established policies into operating procedures. Knowledge and experience with utilization of evidence-based practices. Ability to coordinate effectively various functions and activities for maximum cooperation and efficiency. Ability to lead initiatives to promote best practice approaches. Ability to work well both independently and as a team with healthcare colleagues. Ability to develop processes for optimal patient care coordination approaches through integration of both internal and external services. Knowledge and experience in working with co-occurring populations (chronic health conditions, mental health and substance use). Ability to make routine decisions and determine proper action based on experience within the limits of policy and procedures. Ability to research and analyze various types of data information. Strong administrative skills including personal computer skills (Microsoft Office software). Ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages and economic backgrounds in a culturally competent and sensitive manner.
Ability to communicate effectively, using verbal and written communication skills in multiple relationships with a variety of cultural and social backgrounds. Ability to recognize, anticipate, and respond to the needs of all patients in a caring, respectful, and courteous manner. Utilizes communication skills effectively when interacting with appropriate verbal or written documentation to other health care providers. Interacts professionally with all constituencies. Consistently be a positive representative of CDP in the hospital and throughout the communities in which we serve.
Must be able to read and write English. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policies and technical procedures. Ability to write and correspond with team members.
The work environment is a clinic setting with moderate noise level consistent with the use of computers, printers and light traffic. Incumbent may be expected to alternate between sitting, standing, and ambulating within and between departments. Required to frequently use a keyboard.
Standing, sitting, walking, bending, pushing, and lifting up to 35 pounds.