Behavioral Health Specialist Licsw

Valley Medical Center Renton , WA 98055

Posted 2 months ago

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the organization.

POSITION TITLE: Behavioral Health Specialist LICSW

JOB OVERVIEW: The Behavioral Health Specialist is responsible for providing evaluation,

consultation, care management and short-term psychotherapy services for

patients referred to the BHIP (Behavioral Health Integration Program). Services

are provided in the primary care setting.

ROLE: Refer to Clinical Partner job description.

ASSIGNMENT AREA: Primary Care Clinics, as assigned.

HOURS OF WORK: Typically Monday Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or as needed to support department needs.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Psychiatry and Counseling Manager

PREREQUISITES:

  • State of Washington Licensure in LICSW, LMHC or LMFT required.

  • Post graduate experience in providing MH services to adult population.

  • Experienced in use of electronic health record (EHR) preferred

  • Ability to communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to write legibly, spell correctly, and use accepted grammar.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to assess the psychological and social needs of patients, as well as to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of plans which address them.

  • Knowledge of the DSM 5 and how-to diagnosis MH disorders

  • Demonstrates expertise in providing short-term psychotherapy services to an adult population

  • Effective communication skills including conflict management skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member.

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with the interdisciplinary team of care providers to coordinate care for patients.

  • Sensitivity to coordinate care for patients from a variety of ethnic, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds and with varied mental health needs.

  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access them effectively and efficiently.

  • Knowledge of the healthcare financial environment, reimbursement, and levels of care preferred

  • Ability to work independently without close supervision.

  • Ability to function in a setting with a wide variety of duties and numerous interruptions.

  • Ability to set priorities among multiple demands; produce accurate work, and meet deadlines.

  • Neat and well-groomed appearance.

  • Experience with Epic preferred.

UNIQUE PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS, ENVIRONMENT, AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

See Generic Job Description/Clinical Partner

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Generic Job Functions: See Generic Job Description/Clinical Partner

  • B. Unique Job Functions:

  • Complete assessment and plan appropriate to the patient's physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and developmental state.

  • Meets monthly with Psychiatry and Counseling Manager for supervision.

  • Track patient follow up and clinical outcomes in registry.

  • Facilitate referrals for services outside the primary care clinic as appropriate.

  • Participates in improvement projects to aid BHIP.

  • Works in collaboration with the BHIP psychiatrist.

  • Keeps Manager at Psychiatry and Counseling Clinic informed of potential or actual problems in a timely manner.

  • Monitors patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

  • Supports psychotropic medication management prescribed by PCPs.

  • Provide brief interventions using evidenced based techniques such as Behavioral Activation, Problem-Solving Treatment, Motivational Interviewing or other appropriate treatment modalities.

  • Provide accurate information to patients, physicians, staff and community as requested in a timely fashion.

  • Take responsibility for personal professional development to maintain and increase competency and support the education of patients and staff:

  • Maintain licensure/registration/certification

  • Participate in ongoing education relevant to role

  • Provide guidance to staff for dealing with difficult patient situations when appropriate

  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information and medical records.

  • Collect and report statistics as requested.

  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of cost containment for the department.

  • Provide suggestions regarding performance improvement opportunities to BHIP Psychiatrist and Psychiatry and Counseling Manager.

  • Attends meetings as assigned.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Revised 2/17

Grade: 25

FLSA: E

Cost Center: 7383

#CB

Job Qualifications:

PREREQUISITES:

  • State of Washington Licensure in LICSW, LMHC or LMFT required.

  • Post graduate experience in providing MH services to adult population.

  • Experienced in use of electronic health record (EHR) preferred

  • Ability to communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to write legibly, spell correctly, and use accepted grammar.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to assess the psychological and social needs of patients, as well as to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of plans which address them.

  • Knowledge of the DSM 5 and how-to diagnosis MH disorders

  • Demonstrates expertise in providing short-term psychotherapy services to an adult population

  • Effective communication skills including conflict management skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member.

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with the interdisciplinary team of care providers to coordinate care for patients.

  • Sensitivity to coordinate care for patients from a variety of ethnic, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds and with varied mental health needs.

  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access them effectively and efficiently.

  • Knowledge of the healthcare financial environment, reimbursement, and levels of care preferred

  • Ability to work independently without close supervision.

  • Ability to function in a setting with a wide variety of duties and numerous interruptions.

  • Ability to set priorities among multiple demands; produce accurate work, and meet deadlines.

  • Neat and well-groomed appearance.

  • Experience with Epic preferred.

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