Behavioral Health Consultant II
Company: Memorial Health
Posted on: June 25, 2022
Provides diagnostic and therapeutic outpatient services to adults
and/or children within Primary Medical Care locations. Plans,
organizes, and provides psychotherapeutic services to patients
whose level of functioning indicates they can benefit from brief
Employee will adhere to the Memorial Health (MH) Code of Conduct,
the MH Ethics and Corporate Compliance Plan, MBH policies and
procedures, as well as performance standards established by the
governing board/administration and accrediting bodies.
- Minimum Master's in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling
required, preferably in social services field
- Minimum age of 21Licensure/Certification/Registry:
- LCPC, LCSW, or LMFT licensure requiredExperience:
- Two years previous experience with SMI/SED population
- Verifiable history of providing quality care to patients as
indicated by references or demonstrated by internal work
- Must have computer and keyboarding skills required by
- Must have valid IL driver's license, reliable transportation,
and proof of automobile insurance
- Must pass background checks and drug screen
- Must be comfortable documenting within electronic health
Direct Clinical Services
- Conduct assessments of patient, including completion of the
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) depression scale and General
Anxiety Screening (GAD-7).
- Develop initial comprehensive assessment data including patient
presenting problems, mental status, relevant psychiatric, medical
and developmental histories to make decisions regarding diagnosis
(per DSM-V), treatment objectives and ongoing treatment plans
and/or to provide information and make appropriate referrals to
other treatment resources in the community.
- Provide 25 hours of billable services per week to
- Consult with patient and primary care provider about treatment
options and preferences; coordinate initiation of treatment
- Monitor patient closely for changes in severity of symptoms and
medication side effects. Educate patients about medication and side
effects as needed. Encourage treatment adherence.
- Use behavioral activation techniques with patient as an adjunct
to other treatments.
- Provide evidence-based, brief structured psychotherapy
- Participate 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).
- Coordinate communication between patient and primary care
physician and consulting psychiatrist; provide recommendations for
change in treatment plan.
- Document all encounters according to policies and
- Implement crisis or pre-crisis intervention procedures with
potentially suicidal, homicidal, or severely disabled patients.
Where appropriate referrals will be made to consulting
psychiatrists or inpatient psychiatric facilities to prevent
- Interview collateral contacts, previous and current treatment
professionals, and significant others, to further establish a
database for assessment and ongoing treatment plan as needed.
- Clarify priority problems, goals for change, and session limits
according to agency policy to assist patients in developing
appropriate expectations for treatment in relationship to the
agency. Use a variety of psychotherapeutic treatment approaches and
interventions to change targeted behaviors and stabilize adaptive
behaviors with individuals, couples and families.
- Manage the termination process and discharge planning to
enhance patients' abilities to retain treatment changes and/or use
other available support services.
- May organize, plan and participate in therapy groups for
patients and/or their families, as assigned.
Patient Information System
- Establish appropriate professional files, including:
comprehensive assessments, progress notes, treatment objectives and
plans, previous treatment records, patients' consent to current
treatment and for exchange of information.
- Complete required administrative forms. Collect necessary
information for billing and fee collection for both community
mental health and private pay patients.
- Provide necessary patient information to other agencies or
health care providers to coordinate services to identified
- May prepare necessary documents/reports for DCFS as needed.
Training Activities/Professional Growth
- Supervisor and employee mutually identify professional goals
that will enhance job related skills.
- Participate in ongoing agency meetings, committees and special
projects to enhance professional expertise.
- Complete mandatory education requirements by specified
- Participate in required staff meetings and in-services to keep
abreast of agency policy and administrative procedures, meet
requirements for continuing education, and upgrade professional
- Engage in appropriate team work functions (such as mutual
support, clarification of office responsibilities and procedures)
according to best professional judgment and agency policy to
provide a professional working environment and effective service
- Develop cooperative relationships outside the agency with
family, physicians, public officials or interested agencies to
provide for the development of mental health services in the
- Demonstrate through initiative and apparent effort involvement
in clinical supervision.
- Communicate directly with supervisor for clarification of
administrative policy, program evaluation to promote a professional
working environment and effective service delivery system.
- Adhere to MHS/MBH Behavioral Standards
Other Job Responsibilities
- Ability to accommodate evening/weekend hours.
- Perform other duties as required by agency needs.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative
summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by
incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform
tasks other than those specifically presented in this
Keywords: Memorial Health, Springfield , Behavioral Health Consultant II, Professions , Springfield, Illinois
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