Behavioral Health Consultant
Title: Behavioral Health Consultant
Reports to: Director of Behavioral Health
Salary Range: Based on Experience
Work Hours:1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week
Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center (SCHC) is a 501(c)3 Federally Qualified Health Center located in the Shawnee Neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. SCHC seeks to transform community health by sharing the love of Christ in word and deed, to facilitate community development and wholistic healthcare through the empowerment of the residents in the community.
The Behavioral Health Consultant will be a member of the patient care team and provide behavioral health consultation to children, adolescents, adults and families in order to improve psychosocial functioning and address substance use issues. This position will be the embedded with the clinical team to provide assessment and brief intervention and provide efficient, patient-centered programs and processes to meet the mental health and substance use disorder needs of SCHC patients.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides comprehensive assessment, consultation, and brief intervention, or triage as appropriate, for psychological/psychiatric disorders
- Provides Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) services to address substance use disorders
- Connect patients with additional behavioral health or substance abuse services as needed.
- Inform the care team treatment plans, ensuring they are effective, integrated, patient centered, and goal directed
- Evaluates crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions
- Assists in detecting “at risk” patients and develop plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration
- Actively participates in multidisciplinary team meetings that support SCHC’s integrated health care model to provide comprehensive care for patients
- Assists the primary care team in developing care management processes such as the use of guidelines, disease management techniques, case management and patient education to improve self-management of chronic disease
- Collaborates and coordinates with SCHC Patient Engagement and Outreach staff to provide enabling services and patient education to address social determinants of health
- Teaches patients, families, and staff care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques
- Documents patient care in the Electronic Health Record consistent with SCHC established protocols
- Strong alignment with SCHC Mission and demonstrates behaviors aligned with SCHC Statement of Faith and Core Values
- Other duties as necessary to ensure successful attainment of SCHC goals and objectives
- Master’s Degree in Social Work or PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy or related field required.
- LCSW, CSW or applicable certification preferred.
- A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience, preferably in a healthcare setting.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Adaptable to new situations and comfortable with a flexible, fast-paced work environment.
- Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidenced-based treatments appropriate to a medical setting (e.g.: CBT, ACT, MI, etc.)
- Ability to work through brief patient contacts as well as to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of behavioral health conditions.
- Excellent communications skills with patients and other staff.
- Good knowledge of psychopharmacology and medication assisted treatment (MAT).
- Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of chronic conditions related to mental health and substance use.
- Demonstrated leadership ability, initiative and resourcefulness.
- The applicant must be self-motivated with strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Work is performed in SCHC clinics, office environment and community
- Work may be stressful at times. Interaction with others is constant and interruptive. Contact may involve dealing with sick persons.
- Requires full range of body motion including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing and walking for extended periods of time. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighting up to 30 pounds. Requires normal visual acuity and hearing
- Requires working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours
- Local travel may be required to attend meetings or visit other SCHC clinics
- Out-of-town travel may be necessary for conferences and other learning opportunities