Under the direct supervision of the Behavioral Health Director, the Behavioral Health Counselor provides behavioral and mental health services to include brief intervention counseling, referrals to higher levels of care and follow up services to patients. Is responsible to work independently, managing a diverse and sometimes difficult caseload; does related work as required.
MAJOR JOB FUNCTIONS:
Provide comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of behavioral health clients.
Provide effective treatment planning and assisting clients in successfully achieving goals.
Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions.
Actively participate in meetings that support the integrated health care model to provide comprehensive care for clients.
Assist in the detection of “at risk” patients and development of plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.
Assist 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.
Provide assessment, consultation, and brief intervention for psychological/psychiatric problems and/or disorders.
Teach patients, families, and staff care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques.
Monitor the site’s behavioral health program, identifying problems related to patient services and making recommendations for improvement.
Other duties as assigned.
Program Development and Maintenance:
Develops and maintains liaison relationships with community resources as able, specifically other behavioral health and substance abuse agencies. Works to establish collaborative services and to lessen duplication of care.
In conjunction with other staff, maintains standardized current community resource directory.
Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of special projects and/or pilot programs.
Interprets Center behavioral health policies and procedures to providers, institutions, agencies, recipients, and other concerned individuals.
Establishes and maintains necessary records and files. Drafts correspondence in the course of official duties.
Collects, records, and analyzes significant program-related data; develops monthly statistical and programmatic reports.
Serves as a full member of the HJAHC clinical staff team.
Participates fully in Behavioral Health departmental meetings and other agency meetings as warranted.
Participates in professional and related meetings, conferences, and continuing education training as available; prepares reports as requested.
Keeps appraised of developing areas of behavioral health and provides colleagues with updates as appropriate.
Assists in behavioral health departmental tasks, including programmatic and infrastructure design, implementation, and evaluation.
Learns and implements various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the Center or its related units.
Education/Experience: Masters Degree in Social Work or PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software.
Certificates and Licenses: Licensed in the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Psychologist.
PREREQUISITES FOR THE JOB:
Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions.
Ability to work through brief patient contacts as well as to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions.
Should be comfortable with the pace of primary care, working with an interdisciplinary team, and have strong communication skills.
Good knowledge of psycho-pharmacology.
Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected chronic conditions.
Additional Salary Information: We also participate in the HRSA loan repayment program; comprehensive medical/dental/vision benefits are funded mostly by employer
Internal Number: 002
About HENRY J. AUSTIN HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc. (HJAHC) is located in Trenton, New Jersey. Established in 1969 as Trenton's Neighborhood Health Center, HJAHC was incorporated in 1986 as a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) entity. The mission of Henry J. Austin Health Center is to provide quality, community-based, affordable, accessible primary health care services in a culturally sensitive manner with respect and dignity. Increasing access and decreasing barriers to quality care are the mainstays of HJAHC.
Henry J. Austin Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHC is a federal designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that is assigned to private non-profit or public health care organizations that serve predominantly uninsured or medically underserved populations. FQHCs are located in or serving a federally designated Medically Underserved Area/Population.
Henry J. Austin Health Center is also a FTCA Deemed Facility. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), once deemed, centers are not liable for any settlements or judgments that are made. The Federal government assumes responsibility for these ...costs. Deemed health center program grantees are immune from medical malpractice lawsuits resulting from the performance of medical, surgical, dental, or related functions within the approved scope of project.
HJAHC is the largest non-hospital based ambulatory care provider in the city. Primary health care services include: adult medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, HIV treatment, dental care, podiatry, and ophthalmology. Additional services are nutrition, social service, substance abuse assessment and intervention, behavioral health, translation services, transportation, and an onsite pharmacy. Most forms of health insurance including Medicare and Medicaid are accepted and there is a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. Henry J. Austin Health Center provides care to approximately 19,000 individuals annually generating more than 61,000 visits from four locations.