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LCSW/Behavioral Health Consultant

Peninsula Community Health Services Soldotna, AK
  • Posted: November 13, 2019
  • Full-Time

REPORTS TO: Director of Behavioral HealthWORK WEEK: 40 hours per week, or as needed to complete the dutiesWAGE CLASSIFICATION: Exempt ? ProfessionalOSHA RISK CLASSIFICATION: Medium
SUMMARY POSITION STATEMENTThe LCSW/Behavioral Health Consultant, as part of the primary care treatment team, identifies, triages and manages patients with medical and psychiatric problems within the primary care setting. In addition, the LCSW will provide skill training through psycho-education and patient education strategies and will develop specific behavioral change plans for patients and protocols for target populations.

  • Formulate behavioral health interventions appropriate to a primary care setting and assist with implementation and monitoring of treatment plans.
  • Assist primary health care providers in recognizing and treating mental disorders and psychosocial problems.
  • Work as team with providers to coordinate care for patients.
  • Assess the clinical status of patients referred by primary care providers through brief consultative contacts.
  • Work with primary care team to triage patients and provide referrals to specialty care behavioral health as appropriate.
  • Assist in the detection of ?at risk? patients and development of plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.
  • Assist in preventing relapse or morbidity in conditions that tend to recur over time.
  • Teach patients, families, and staff care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques.
  • Provide targeted assessments and evaluations, including diagnostic impressions and the utilization of screening tools.
  • Provide timely and succinct feedback regarding consultation findings and recommendations.
  • As a Health Coach, provide immediate high-quality behavioral health services to new and existing patients in the medical clinic through coordination with medical providers using modalities such as motivational interviewing folloiwng an "always available, always interruptible" workflow.
  • Provide training and guidance to primary care and speciality providers about the Health Coach role. When appropriate, coordinate and provide additional behavioral healthcare to patients after initial hand-off from primary care provider.
  • Consistent attendance and punctuality is required and expected to work the hours set by PCHS and/or the schedule set by supervisor.
  • Expected to complete required trainings such as CPR, Mandt, Mental Health First Aid and any others deemed necessary for this position.
  • Assumes an active role on the primary care team
  • Analyze population data to identify high leverage interventions within patient panels.
  • Assist in facilitating coordination of care
  • Assist in development and implementation of a plan of care to attain optimal patient function
  • Effectively utilize electronic health record (EHR) to document nursing activity and manage patient population
  • Works effectively and cooperatively with other members of Care Team
  • Participates in Care Team training and learning activities
  • Conduct groups in subjects related to physical and emotional health.
  • Apply computer techniques to support EMR patient record entries.
  • Serve as a member of site committees as requested.
  • Attend and participate in meetings and activities as required.
  • Understands and supports the concept of the Chronic Care Model.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Follow federal, state and local legal guidelines.
  • Follow license criteria.
  • Maintain HIPAA compliance.
Education: Masters of Social Work from an accredited graduate school of social work.License: Maintain a current, active license with the State of Alaska as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.Experience: Must possess specialized experience which involves using psychological assessments, formulating diagnosis or treatment recommendations and providing counseling services to patients.
Job Requirements:
  • Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions.
  • Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions.
  • High level of comfort in working with primary care medical providers using a consultative style.
  • Ability to work through brief patient contacts, including via telephone and teleconferencing.
  • Good knowledge of psycho-pharmacology.
  • Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected mental and behavioral conditions.
  • Ability to design effective psycho-education curricula and lead effective psycho-education classes.
  • Ability to train and teach effective behavioral health interventions and the primary behavioral health model to medical practitioners and other behavioral health providers.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team, interfacing with patients, primary care providers, consulting psychiatrist and mental health specialists, as well as with administrative and support staff.
  • Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
  • Ability to effectively represent PCHS?s interests in the community and maintain effective working relationship among co-workers, public, private, and professional groups.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention, brief and long term therapy processes.
  • Knowledge of medical terms, abbreviations, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis and demonstrates this knowledge verbally and in writing.
  • Will be held to productivity standards set by Supervisor and/or CMO.
  • Expected to read and respond timely to emails through Outlook.
  • Must be computer literate, proficient with Microsoft Office products and type a minimum of 45 words per minute.
  • Pass a State-required background plus a pre-hire drug screen.
  • Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to assess patients as well as to record, prepare and communicate in writing, in person and by phone.
  • Occasional bending, stooping, lifting, and stretching.
  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer, telephone, and medical equipment.
  • An individual in this position may be exposed to communicable diseases and other diseases common to health settings, Bloodborne pathogens, and physical hazards (e.g. needle sticks, etc.).
  • Treat all co-workers and patients with dignity and respect.
  • Project a professional manner and image.
  • Adhere to ethical principles.
  • Communicate professionally & effectively ? focus on cooperation and win/win outcomes
  • Serve as Community Liaison.
  • Abide by the policies and procedures outlined by PCHS including the Employee Manual.
  • Follow and enforce the mission of PCHS.
  • Report any safety and/or health concerns to management as they become apparent.
  • Expected to bring your best work and attitude to PCHS.
  • Expected to handle complaints and grievances professionally, adhering to the employee manual and to uphold employee core values.
  • Works closely with health care provider colleagues and core medical team.
  • Receives direct supervision from Director of Behavioral Health.
  • Participate as a member of the health care team.

I understand that the employer follows an "at will employment" policy, in that I or the employer may terminate my employment at any time, for any reason consistent with applicable state or federal law. I understand that this application is not a contract of employment. I understand that federal law prohibits the employment of unauthorized aliens; all persons hired must submit satisfactory proof of employment authorization and identity; failure to submit such proof will result in denial of employment. I understand this application will be active for a period of one year; after that time, if I wish to be considered for employment

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