The primary care behavioral health consultant (BHC) provides behavioral health services within a multidisciplinary primary care medical team. The BHC works with the other health care providers at their clinic to identify and manage patients with mental health, substance use, and health behavior concerns. Activities include the provision of evidence-based behavioral interventions, real-time consultation  with providers, and brief behavioral health assessments. The BHC works in partnership with other team members to increase patient access to behavioral health and substance abuse services and achieve Neighborcare’s Mission, Guiding Principles and Goals.

This position is 32-40 hours per week supporting the 45th Street Clinic. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide high quality, culturally-sensitive health services that are in line with organizational productivity expectations
  • Provide brief behavioral health assessment and intervention services for patients across the lifespan (children, adolescents, and adults) who present with a broad range of psychopathology, substance misuse, and health compromising behaviors contributing to chronic medical conditions
  • Provide services in a manner consistent with the Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultant Model of integration, including same day access, team-based care, and a flexible, population-based approach to care
  • Provide care to a subset of patients using strategies from the Collaborative Care integration approach, including the use of a panel management database and consultation with a psychiatric provider
  • Provide screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) to reduce the unhealthy use of alcohol and other substances Maintain a balance in daily schedule of same-day access to BH services, and a caseload of scheduled followup patients
  • Support PCPs and consulting psychiatric providers with regard to psychiatric medications, including basic patient education and helping to monitor adherence, side effects and effectiveness
  • Work with the primary care team to refer patients to community mental health centers when appropriate, and support patients during transition
  • Facilitate time-limited behavioral therapy groups, including psycho-education and skill-building
  • Maintain patient electronic medical charts in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures, including appropriate use of Disclosure/Consent forms, documentation completed within 72 hours of visit, and accurate use of CPT coding
  • Attend meetings as directed by supervisors
  • Work in cooperation with other behavioral health staff, including peer consultation and information sharing
  • Work with clinic reception and other support staff to maximize patient access to behavioral health services
  • Coordinate care with staff at community mental health centers to facilitate exchange of information on services and shared patients

Key Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Actively promotes team-based care within multidisciplinary medical teams including comfort in communicating with medical colleagues about clinical care
  • Demonstrates excellent working knowledge of a wide range of behavioral health conditions across the lifespan and clinical spectrum
  • Demonstrates skill in assessing and intervening on patients with complex presentations, including those with comorbid medical and psychiatric symptoms
  • Ability to utilize brief behavioral health assessments to form diagnostic impressions and develop initial care plans
  • Ability to provide evidence-based treatments for behavioral health concerns in a brief format (e.g., 30 minute sessions and shorter courses of therapy)
  • Ability to provide behavioral interventions to promote improved physical health and healthy management of chronic medical conditions
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of substance use disorders and ability to provide brief screening and evidence-based behavioral interventions for them
  • Demonstrates expertise in using contemporary, validated assessment instruments for behavioral health conditions that are appropriate to the primary care setting
  • Demonstrates experience in or willingness to become proficient in the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model of managing substance use disorders
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of psycho-pharmacology
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with persons of varied racial, educational and socio-economic backgrounds as well as individuals with disabilities
  • Ability to utilize interpretation services to provide care to non-English speaking patients
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with patients, families, co-workers and community resources
  • Knowledge of and ability to maintain professional standards and follow the treatment policies and procedures of Neighborcare and of state, local and federal regulators
  • Knowledge of and skill in the use of computers with the ability to learn and use required software programs, including clinical documentation in an electronic health record program
  • Maintains all necessary credentials per agency and licensing requirements

Preferred skills, knowledge and abilities

  • Experience in providing behavioral health services in a medical setting
  • Experience in assessment and behavioral intervention with a wide range of psychological and medical conditions across the lifespan (Children to Adolescents to Adults and Geriatric patients).
  • Experience in assessment and brief behavioral interventions for substance use disorders

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Required: graduate degree (doctoral or masters) in a clinical mental health field
  • Preferred: experience providing behavioral health care in a team- based medical setting
  • Required: a full, active, and unrestricted mental health license in Washington State and are able to independently bill for services. License types accepted are Psychologist or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • 2+ years of relevant experience 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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