Reporting to the Medical Director and/or their designee, the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) position is a Licensed Mental Health Provider (LMHP) who is licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C), or a Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D serving as a Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) working in a primary care setting for the PCMH. This BHC position requires a skilled clinician with experience in psychiatric diagnostic triage, trauma treatment, emotional disturbance, and chronic, severe psychopathology. Experience working with adults and children is preferred.
Contacts and interactions vary and may involve multiple constituencies such as direct interaction with THC’s executive management, community organizers, the general public, THC’s patients, physicians, colleagues, assigned staff, vendors, contractors and consultants for the purpose of providing and exchanging information.
Provides mental health education and counsels patients to enhance psychological and physical health of the patients while promoting behavioral change.
Performs brief bio-psycho-social diagnostic assessments and mental status exams.
Provides quality intake/diagnostic assessment when requested by the Primary Care Provider (PCP). Provides brief (20-30 minute) targeted, short term (2-3 sessions), behavioral health assessments, and brief interventions.
Makes referrals to CESH specialty mental health or other community mental health or substance abuse agencies as needed
Performs “warm handoffs” from the BHC to the specialty therapists in CESH if warranted. Visits are generally 45-60 minutes for the standard intakes and diagnostic assessments.
Applies evidence-based interventions and treatments to patients with general behavioral/mental health problems and co-occurring somatic medical concerns.
Acquires a small caseload of ongoing patients in the mental health setting that are acquired through patient request or provider/staff referral.
Demonstrates understanding of diagnostic evaluation methods, mental status exams, and use of the current DSM.
Responds to the patients’ clinical needs using differential diagnosis and treatment approaches. Provide crisis intervention services when required.
Develops treatment plans with patients that are individualized to each patient’s needs.
Develops and maintains working relationships with community resources which may be utilized to maintain, support and enhance the functioning of CESH patients.
Provides referrals to community agencies as needed and maintain communication for treatment planning purposes. Includes these community resources in the treatment plan.
Works collaboratively with other agencies on behalf of clients and/or the agency.
Participates in the interdisciplinary treatment team and consults the PCP as indicated.
Maintains communication with PCP through duration of treatment.
Follows up with patients in subsequent medical visits until transition of care has been completed or the patient has withdrawn from or rejected services.
Maintains clinical documentation in EMR as required by Total Health Care and completes all required documentation for insurance and established clinic policies and procedures.
Participates in regularly scheduled clinical supervision.
Complies with clinical productivity standards as established by Program Director and the Clinical Director.
Develops and participates in evidenced based treatment through group/family/couples therapy, health promotion programs, and brief targeted interventions in the triage setting.
Participates in departmental or agency meetings as required by supervisor.
Maintains a tracking database for patients seen and the outcome of service delivery.
Initiates discharge plans as needed and coordinate the transfer of patient care to appropriate provider, if required.
Obtains and maintains appropriate training and continuing education as mandated by Total Health Care and discipline licensing agency.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education, Training & Experience Required
A Licensed Mental Health Provider licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C), Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D), a Master in Psychology degree with a license as a Licensed Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCPC or LCMFT)
An LGSW degree and license or LGPC degree and license will be accepted for the LMHP position if the candidate had internships in a community mental health clinic or has had 1 year post graduate experience providing therapy to an underserved population in a community mental health clinic. Minimum of 5 years providing therapy services to inner city patients with trauma histories, including diagnostic assessment experience, triage interview experience, and experience working with dually diagnosed population.
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About Total Health Care
Our Mission: Total Health Care, Inc. is dedicated to providing Accessible, Affordable Healthcare with Dignity, Respect, and Compassion.Our Vision: The mission of THC is to improve the health and quality of life for all. THC seeks to improve the health status of the greater Baltimore communities through health education, outreach, and preventive health programs that change lifestyles and at-risk behaviors ' regardless of ability to pay. THC's vision is to be the premier community-responsive health care organization in Maryland. This vision is underscored by its commitment to service delivery excellence, prioritization of customer satisfaction, emphasis on prevention and wellness care, involvement in community capacity building, the cultural ability to serve a diverse and high-risk, vulnerable population.In 2014 we saw 38,000 unique patients and combined proudly served; over 150,000 visits for the following services:•Primary care•Assistance in filling out applications for housing•Referrals for dental and specialty care•Pharmacy and medical assistance•Substance abuse treatment•Vision services•Employment assistance•Health screenings•Medication monitoring•Community health care outreach