Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), with offices in Connecticut, Colorado and California, is one of the country’s most creative and dynamic providers of primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services, and a leader in practice-based research, health professionals training, and use of innovative technologies to advance health and healthcare. CHC is designated as a federally qualified health center and a patient-centered medical home by HRSA, the Joint Commission, and NCQA, respectively. We deliver more than 500,000 patient visits per year from primary care hubs and community clinics across the state of CT, all connected by technology and common standards for quality. We employ several hundred medical, dental, and behavioral health providers who are engaged in practice, teaching, and research. Our Weitzman Institute is devoted to research and practice transformation and is recognized around the country as one of the premier research institutes focused on improving health care and health outcomes for special and vulnerable populations. In addition, the organization has developed three wholly owned subsidiaries from the original pilot developments within the Weitzman Institute: the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFTC), the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA), and the Community eConsult Network (CeCN).
The Behavioral Health Clinician II is an licensed independent provider who performs diagnostic psychosocial evaluations, develops care plan with clients and their families, offers individual, family, or group therapy as appropriate, collaborated with psychiatric and/or medical providers who are part of the client’s care team, and documents all clinical interventions in accordance with CHC policy, Joint Commission standards, and state regulatory expectations. The position is primarily focused on direct client care but may include supervision of unlicensed staff and/or students.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Completes initial behavioral health evaluations; individual, group and family psychotherapy with children and/or adults in an outpatient clinic. Will be expected to run at least five (5) groups for each week of direct clinical work.
Practices as part of an interdisciplinary, inter-professional team, accepting “warm hand offs” from primary care providers and other members of the health care team as well as reaching in to the patient population to identify patients potentially in need of behavioral health services as flagged by the BH clinical dashboard.
Consults with providers within and outside the agency regarding the treatment plan and progress of the patients.
Shares in the Behavioral Health On-Call for after-hours coverage and daily clinic call.
Coordinates as needed with psychiatric consultants for diagnostic and consultative needs; refers as necessary for medication management.
Attends clinical Team Meetings as assigned and Component Meetings
Clinically supervises unlicensed Behavioral Health staff as assigned
Meets productivity standards as outlined annually during employees performance appraisal review with a focus on quality clinical care.
Encourages clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
Perform crisis interventions with clients.
Assess for immediate safety concerns, including: high risk patients/clients who may be at risk for homicide, suicide and domestic violence.
Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with identified goals.
Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge according to state regulatory and joint commission standards.
Evaluate the effectiveness of ongoing treatment on clients' progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined objectives.
Modify treatment activities or approaches, as needed, to comply with changes in clients' status.
Discuss with individual patients their plans for life after leaving therapy.
Work with and Support family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, or supporting clients or patients.
Maintain awareness within discipline about new developments in the field
Gather information about community mental health needs or resources that could be used in conjunction with therapy.
Completes all documentation required by state regulations, Joint Commission standards, and CHC Behavioral Health department by laws in a timely manner, included by not limited to intake, prior authorization request, progress notes, treatment plan documentation, and discharge.
Completes and locks all treatment notes no later than the end of the next business day.
Completes reports as required for outside agencies such as DCF, Family Relations, probation, and others with appropriate releases signed by clients.
Participates as a member of agency wide committees as assigned.
Ph.D. /Psy.D, LCSW, LPC or LMFT degree
Licensed in the State of Connecticut.
Minimum of two years of experience with outpatients including experience with children and/or adults.
Theoretical orientation consistent with brief, problem-focused therapy
Reliable access to an automobile or reliable access to transportation to outside agency consults, meetings and home visits.
Written and oral bilingual fluency in language spoken by patient population (for example, English/Spanish) preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
Combination of sustained periods of sitting at keyboard, walking and stair climbing
Minimal lifting and carrying activities
Must be available to work one evening and one Saturday per month, as well as to participate in on call after hour’s coverage.
Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
This position must interface with patients, family members, community agencies and other providers within the organization.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION:
Behavioral Health information is kept in strict confidence. Confidentiality of patient and business information is a requirement. Full access to patient medical records and encounter data. Confidentiality must be maintained according to CHC policies.