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Behavioral Health Consultant

Company: Memorial Health System
Location: Springfield
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Job Description:

Operates within the Memorial Behavioral Health and Memorial Health System mission, vision, strategic priorities and goals. Provides diagnostic and therapeutic outpatient services to adult and/or pediatric patients within primary or specialty care settings in accordance with the integrated behavioral health care model. Maintains effective communication with behavioral health consultant and clinic treatment team members through documentation, rounding, and consultation regarding patient and program needs. Education:

  • Graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or social work.Licensure/Certification/Registry:
    • LCPC or LCSW required.
    • Valid Driver's License, reliable transportation, clean driving record, and proof of automobile insurance.Experience:
      • 3 years' experience in direct patient behavioral health care services.Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
        • Must have excellent organizational, writing, problem solving skills and assertiveness.
        • Must have keyboarding and computer skills, as required by position.
        • Must pass fingerprint background check and drug screen.
        • Completes patient psychosocial assessments including evaluation of behavioral health, physical health, and social health.
        • Consults with patient and care provider regarding treatment options and preferences, coordinate initiation of treatment plan, and complete referrals to other behavioral health services and/or community resources as necessary.
        • Provides evidence-based, brief, and structured behavioral health interventions appropriate to patient needs.
        • Complete Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), General Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), and other standardized screening tools as required at each patient contact to track patient improvement, or lack thereof, and adjust interventions as needed.
        • Monitors patient closely for changes in severity of symptoms and medication side effects. Educate patients about medications, side effects, and benefits of treatment adherence.
        • Participates in regular caseload supervision with treatment team, focusing on patients improving adequately (e.g., less than 50% reduction in symptoms after 8-12 weeks in treatment).
        • Documents all encounters according to Center of Medicare and Medicaid requirements and program/clinic policies and procedures.
        • Collects necessary information for the purpose of billing and fee collection to complete encounters.
        • Communicates patient strengths, diagnosis, behavioral health treatment needs, and symptom improvement on a regular basis with clinic provider and other care providers.
        • Manages service termination process, discharge planning, and collaborative development of behavioral health relapse prevention plan to enhance patients' ability to retain treatment changes and/or use other available support services.
        • Maintains professional licensure and complete agency mandatory education requirements by specified deadlines.
        • Engages in supervision, development of professional goals, staff meetings, and in-services.
        • Participates in ongoing agency meetings, committees and special projects to enhance professional expertise.
        • Performs other related work as required or requested.

Keywords: Memorial Health System, Springfield , Behavioral Health Consultant, Healthcare , Springfield, Illinois

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