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Healthy Start Group Health Consultant ( Consulting Services )

County of Alameda - Public Health Department - Family Health Services San Leandro ,CA
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Job Description
STATEMENT OF WORK A.INTENT It is the intent of these specifications, terms and conditions to describe the Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Services being requested by the Maternal, Paternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MPCAH) unit of the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). The County intends to award a three-year contract (with option to renew for two (2) years) to the one (1) selected most responsible bidder. B.SCOPE The MPCAH unit of the ACPHD is soliciting 1 clinician who will provide therapy interventions to a caseload of 12-20 African American female clients with perinatal mood disorders including perinatal depression, postpartum blues, anxiety symptoms, perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), perinatal trauma histories, postpartum psychosis and other depressive disorders. The clinician will provide stabilization efforts, referral resources, consultation to referring program staff regarding client’s progress, provide clients with weekly therapy and counseling to address presenting concerns. The clinician will work as a part of the MPCAH unit’s Mental Wellness Team in accepting referrals from the team manager and Starting Out Strong Home Visiting System of Care staff in the ACPHD. Depression and anxiety screening will be completed upon referral along with therapy interventions, case notation, treatment planning, consultation feedback, client advocacy and referral linkages for clients for moderate to long-term interventions. The clinician will be members of the Blue Skies Mental Wellness Team and will follow standards and protocols established by the Mental Wellness Team in clinical services. The California Black Infant Health (BIH) team will include leading monthly BIH case conferences, attending weekly BIH staff meetings, and participating in certain BIH sessions where mental health issues are discussed to raise awareness, answer questions, address concerns and accept referrals for clinical interventions. C.BACKGROUND The MPCAH program, located in the Family Health Services (FHS) Division, is a recipient of a Healthy Start (HS) initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health program since 1991. The HS program provides grants to high-risk communities with high infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average and high rates of other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g. low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality). HS works to improve health outcomes throughout pregnancy, and to reduce the disparity in health status between general population and individuals who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups. In additional to and with the HS program, the Black Infant Health (BIH) program is intended to address the problem of poor birth outcomes and health disparities that affect African American women and their babies. BIH aims to improve health among African American mothers and their infants by empowering them to make healthy choices for themselves, their families and their communities. The BIH program uses a group-based approach with complementary participant-centered case management to help pregnant and parenting women develop life skills, set and attain health goals, learn strategies for managing stress, and build social support. Each BIH participant attends weekly group sessions (10 prenatal and 10 postpartum) along with working with BIH staff to set personal goals, to connect with other community, to link social services to meet their needs, and to develop a long-term Life Plan for continuation of progress after BIH. The second mental health clinician will support HS and BIH participants. D.BIDDER QUALIFICATIONS BIDDER Minimum Qualifications Bidder shall be regularly and continuously engaged in the business of providing Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Services for at least three (3) years. Bidder shall possess a Master’s degree in public health, social work, social science, marriage and family therapy, licensed professional counseling, psychology, counseling or a related field from an accredited college or university. Licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Licensed Professional Counseling or Doctor of Psychology with the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. Bidder shall possess all permits, licenses and professional credentials necessary to perform services as specified under this RFP. E.SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS Bidders shall demonstrate at least three (3) years of strong experience working with the African American Communities in Urban settings providing group and individual counseling, professional development, program management, team building and consultation support. Bidders shall possess: Clinical expertise in the field of Maternal, Child Health (MCH) and/or early childhood mental health serving the African American community as a service provider. Experience in working with African American parents and children. Bidders shall provide: Crisis intervention as needed; stabilizes clients in crisis including interventions during sessions and arranges for referrals, hospitalization and coordinated treatment if required. Clinical support by interviewing clients and conducts initial and on-going psychosocial strength based, non-stigmatizing assessment style, and periodic depression and anxiety screenings. Conduct individual counseling to support client’s perinatal mood disorders and symptoms Psycho-education on behavioral health care symptoms and the role of medication management in alleviating such symptoms, diagnosis illness and dual recovery/co-occurring disorders, as needed. Facilitate monthly case conferences. Bidders shall conduct counseling/therapy to caseload of 12-20 perinatal/postpartum clients referred by home visiting case managers and Primary Health Network’s (PHN). Bidders shall develop initial and on-going treatment plans on assigned clients to identify and pursue necessary resources to implement support for clients as needed. Bidders shall participate: In Monthly case review team meetings, bi-monthly reflective supervision meetings, monthly MPCAH-all staff meetings and other meetings as assigned. Select group sessions which raises mental health topics and weekly staff meetings, Blue Skies Mental Wellness meetings Bidders shall follow details and standards as set by MPCAH Blue Skies Mental Wellness Team. Bidders shall collaborate with other departments and agencies related to client best treatment planning efforts. Bidders shall maintain: Psycho-social and symptom histories on assigned clients for referral purposes and monitoring clients progress during treatment supports. All case records in accordance with Quality Assurance standards of Alameda County Public Health Department and Mental Wellness Team. Prepare reports, case summaries, correspondences and other written materials; upon request Complete Healthy Start Data Collection Tools for each client served; upon request Document in HealthySoft, ECChange, and/or Efforts to Outcomes; upon request Bidders shall demonstrate the ability to: Accept case referrals in timely manner and engage contact and relationship building approaches to service delivery. Work effectively with families/clients with complex histories of trauma. Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, community resources and organizations. Work with teams of Clinicians, Case Managers, PHN’s and other specialist from Multi-disciplinary programs in the ACPHD. Engage with difficult to reach clients and work beyond apparent client barriers to provide prevention/treatment support. Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Offer non-stigmatizing, open, integral and culturally relevant counseling support. Bidders shall demonstrate the awareness of: Socio-economic factors and socio-inequities impacting African American families, birth outcomes, parenting and mental health. Dyadic parenting therapy techniques and keeping the baby at the center of therapeutic work. Attachment theory. Bidders shall possess the knowledge of: Historical impact of trauma and Post Traumatic slave syndrome. Impact of PTSD on African American Communities. Baseline computer applications related to work task and keep case file organized and update on case progression. Employment Type: Part Time Years Experience: 3 - 5 years Salary: 85.00 Hourly Bonus/Commission: No

County of Alameda - Public Health Department - Family Health Services


San Leandro, CA
94577 USA