The Behavioral Health Specialist is responsible for coordinating and supporting mental health care within the clinic and coordinating referrals to other services outside the clinic. May provide evidence based treatments or work with other mental health providers when such treatment required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Supports and coordinates mental health care with the patient's primary care provider (PCP) and, when appropriate, other mental health providers.
Serves as the lead contact to screen and assess patients in the primary care clinic for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Provides education for patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Monitors patient in person, by telephone and virtually, for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications. Supports psychotropic medication management prescribed by PCPs, focusing on treatment adherence, side effects and other complications and effectiveness of treatment.
Provides brief interventions using evidence based techniques such as Behavioral Activation, Problem Solving Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, or other treatments appropriate for primary care settings.
Participates in regularly scheduled caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant, and communicates resulting treatment recommendations to the patient's PCP. Consultations will focus on new patients or those that are not improving as expected.
Communicates patient needs and treatment recommendations regularly through participation in PCP team huddles. Facilitates patient engagement and follow-up in care. Documents and tracks patient progress, treatment recommendations, follow up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Facilitates treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the PCP and the psychiatric consultant. Utilizes a person in environment approach and facilitates appropriate referrals outside of the clinic. Completes relapse prevention plan with patients who are in remission.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Ability to collaborate effectively in a team setting. Ability to maintain effective and professional relationships with patient and other members of the care team.
Strong communication skills.
Ability to effectively engage patients in a therapeutic relationship. Ability to work with patients by telephone or in person.
Experience screening for common mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Experience with assessment, to include utilizing standardized instruments, and treatment planning for common mental health disorders.
Working knowledge of differential diagnosis of common mental health and/or chronic diseases. Working knowledge of evidence based psychosocial treatments for common mental health disorders.
Proficient in teaching and applying brief, structured intervention techniques (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation) Basic knowledge of psychopharmacology for common mental health disorders that is within appropriate scope of practice for type of provider filling role.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following - Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits - 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% - Tuition Reimbursement - PTO accrual beginning Day 1 Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
- EDUCATION - Masters'
- EXPERIENCE - 1 Year of Experience
- CERTIFICATION/LICENSE/REGISTRATION - Lic Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Lic Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT), Lic Masters Social Worker (LMSW), Lic Professional Counselor (LPC): Must have one of the following: LCSW - Lic Clinical Social Worker LMFT - Lic Marriage Family Therapist LPC - Lic Professional Counselor LMSW - Licensed Masters Social Worker.
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!