Posted: 11/18/2016

Description: The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) at Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) is part of the primary care team of professionals who provides behavioral health consultation to children, adolescents, and adults in order to promote wellness and improve psycho-social functioning. Click here for more information about [AnythingPopup id=”11″]


Duties include:

  • Provide comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of behavioral health patients in order to determine a working diagnosis and appropriate level of care through utilization of evidence-based practices
  • Provide treatment recommendations and assist patients in achieving limited behavioral change goals
  • Assist patients in making lifestyle changes (i.e., smoking cessation, weight loss)
  • Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions
  • Actively participate in meetings that support the integrated healthcare model to provide comprehensive services for patients
  • Assist in the detection of “at risk” patients and development of plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration
  • Assist the primary care team in developing care management processes, such as the use of guidelines, disease management techniques, and patient education to improve self-management of chronic disease
  • Be an active partner in the clinic’s behavioral health program, identifying problems related to patient services and making recommendations for improvement
  • Provide a variety of psychoeducational group therapies
  • Educate patients, and staff members regarding behavioral and medical care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques

Requirements: A Doctoral degree in psychology from a qualified graduate program. Licensed to practice as a psychologist (LSCSW) in Kansas, or be license eligible by way of reciprocity within 30 days of hire date (post-doctoral residents also acceptable).  At least three years of experience assessing psychiatric disorders and a clear understanding of the medications used to treat such disorders.  Knowledge and experience related to the interaction between physical and psychological diagnoses and appropriate evidence-based interventions. Bilingual (Spanish) is not required, but a bonus.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for mental health conditions
  • Working knowledge of the diagnostic criteria used in the DSM-V
  • Ability to provide effective care by way of brief patient contacts, as well as efficient and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions
  • Knowledge of crisis management and intervention skills
  • Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of various physical and behavioral health conditions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to demonstrate social and cultural sensitivity appropriate to ethnically and economically diverse patient population
  • Ability to provide psychoeducation to patients and primary care staff
  • Comfortable with the fast-paced environment of primary care
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Commitment to expanding access to care for the underserved
  • Experience and comfort with use of electronic medical records

Contact: Please email resume to Dr. Maria Santiago-Padin, Behavioral Health Director, at or contact by phone at 913-648-2266