Clinical Specialist BH ARC PRN

HCA Mckinney , TX 75071

Posted 6 months ago

Behavioral Health Intake Specialist

Medical City Healthcare

PRN (As Needed)

Position Summary:

The Intake Specialist coordinates the pre-admission assessment process and provides clinical assessments for potential patients. Also, assists with community education around clinical issues and participates with community events such as meetings related to access. The Intake Specialist responds to all calls for information, response of patients, and inquiries about services offered and assists callers with accessing the most appropriate level of service and service provider to meet the needs of the patient.

Job Functions:

  • Responsible for clinical assessment of patients presenting to the facility for care to determine the appropriate services needed. The assessment will be documented appropriately in the record and all coordinating communication will be documented in accordance with facility policy and procedures.

  • Responds to calls for TeleMental Health assessments in the emergency department within 15 minutes and initiates the requested assessment as soon as possible and no later than 60 minutes from the initial request. Implements a backup procedure when the 60 minute time frame cannot be met due to heavy volume.

  • The Intake Specialist will respond to all calls for psychiatry services responding appropriately to the identified needs of the caller and patient. Patient calls will be prioritized based on the level of need of the patient. Ensures EMTALA compliance at all times and reports any concerns to the Director immediately.

  • Coordinates communication related to all assessment and admission activities, insures rapid throughput for the emergency department, requests additional resources when needed based on volume, and works with the medical staff to move patients to disposition quickly.

  • Responsible to document all calls coming in regardless the outcome in the approved format. Any staff member providing intake services will document all calls according to established procedures.

  • For patients who are discharged, the Intake Specialist provides at least 3 appropriate in-network options and develops a discharge safety plan with the patient when indicated using the approved discharge safety form. For patients in need of inpatient services the Intake Specialist will coordinate admission or placement as indicated.

  • Works collaboratively with Behavioral Health Physician & Provider Relations (PPR) team to provide data, assure accurate response data management, and includes PPR team members in team meetings as needed.

Job Duites (include but are not limited to):

  • Completes assessments in a timely manner 90 minutes or less on average

o Chart review 15-20 minutes

o Clinical interview 20-30 minutes

o Documentation 20-30 minutes

  • Provides input, suggestions and support appropriately.

  • Able to assess and reassess needs of patients.

  • Provides on and off site clinical assessments via telebehavioral health for potential patients to the program.

  • Works collaboratively with hospital departments to assist managing behavioral health assessment needs.

  • Provides ongoing education to patients and families as needed.

  • Provides resources and support for patients before, during and after treatment.

  • Coordinates and participates with appropriate interested parties and physicians through the patient response inquiry, admission, treatment and discharge process.

  • Models and trains other behavioral health team members on managing and tracking inquiry calls.

  • Tracks and reports on all key indicators related to calls, assessment, admissions.

  • Ensures patient rights and confidentiality are maintained.

  • Provides input, suggestions and support appropriately.

  • Participates as an active member of the multidisciplinary team.

  • Completes additional duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field and holds a professional licensure as an independent mental health professional; or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Master's preferred, with experience as outlined below.


  • Prefer 1-3 years' experience in a behavioral healthcare setting performing clinical assessments or in a clinical treatment setting for non-nurses.
  • RNs require a minimum of 3-5 years' experience in an inpatient setting and prefer a demonstrated ability to complete crisis assessments.


  • Licensed to perform clinical assessments to determine level of care needs and to diagnose according to the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is required.

  • Must hold and maintain current licensure as a mental health professional, such as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or RN license (RN requires at least 3 years in an applicable mental health environment.


  • Posses a thorough knowledge of current behavioral health concepts, principles and methods of treatment.

  • Possess good communication skills verbal and written.

  • Possess good organization skills and be able to act on multiple tasks.

  • Demonstrates ability to prioritize.

  • Ability to follow established policy and procedures when performing job functions.

  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment.

  • Interacts and communicates with others in a way that promotes a positive and cooperative work environment.

  • Ability to channel concerns appropriately.


  • Position requires ability to lift up to 25lbs.

  • Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight.

  • Work is performed in clinical and business environments.

  • Work may be stressful at times.

About Medical City Healthcare:

Medical City Healthcare is one of the region's largest, most comprehensive health care providers and includes 14 hospitals, 7 off-campus emergency rooms, more than 50 ambulatory sites, more than 7,000 active physicians and 15,000 employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

As part of HCA (NYSE: HCA), we lead the industry in putting patients first. Our physicians, staff and hospital leaders are committed to offering patients and their families hope and healing through quality care and advanced technology. To that end, we work every day to ensure an environment where our physicians provide strength, expertise and experience, and our partners are entrusted to act with absolute integrity.

Medical City Healthcare is committed to providing excellent care that is convenient and accessible. Our focus on patient safety and quality is grounded in evidence-based medicine and is delivering better outcomes for our patients every day. As part of our continuous quality improvements, Medical City Healthcare benchmarks our rankings in emergency department wait times, door-to-balloon times and key service line indicators as reported by CMS.

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