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Behav. Hlth Consult in Philadelphia, PA at Resources For Human Development, Inc.

Date Posted: 2/4/2019

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Job Description

The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) functions as part of the primary care treatment team. This individual provides behavioral health consultation, assessment and brief intervention to all patients in the primary care setting. The BHC will administer and review screenings and assessment tools to identify psychosocial, psychological and developmental struggles. It is the role of the BHC to advocate for all patients and to connect patients and families to community resources as needed. The BHC will uphold the health center mission by assuring the delivery of high quality clinical services that result in better health outcomes, strong consumer satisfaction; and that help maintain the fiscal and operational capacity of the Behavioral Health Department.

Team members are expected uphold the health center mission by assuring that patients receive health care that is competent, caring, and meets with a high degree of satisfaction. In addition, staff must support FPCN's commitment to the creation of a trauma-informed system of care that continually recognizes and responds to the impact of traumatic stress on all those who have contact with the organization, including children, adults, families, caregivers, and staff.

Essential Duties and Functions
1. Brief Consultations - Assist primary health care providers in recognizing and treating mental health disorders and psychosocial struggles within the primary care setting.
2. Assess the clinical status of patients referred by primary care providers.
3. Provide options counseling and referral to prenatal care as needed.
4. Collaborate/consult with Nurse Practitioners & other clinical staff regarding all patients seen by Behavioral Health Consultant.
5. Work closely with Providers at the site to identify at risk patients and collaboratively develop plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.
6. Crisis Intervention - Be immediately available to the Family Practice and Counseling Network staff during working hours in the event of any psychiatric emergency.
7. Coordinate care of patients with medical/social work/outpatient and outreach staff to treat and manage patients' chronic emotional and/or health struggles efficiently and effectively.
8. Refer patients to other levels of care or additional services as needed.
9. Participate in monthly clinical supervision with IBH Director.
10. Participate in monthly clinical/administrative group supervision within Integrated Behavioral Health Department.
11. Attend and participate in team meetings, case conferences and interdisciplinary work groups/huddles as scheduled within primary care/behavioral health departments.
12. Maintain competencies in mental health as required by all licensing and funding entities; maintain PA license to practice.
13. Charting - Utilize electronic medical record to document all patient interactions and complete all charting required by contracted funding sources to include assessments, progress notes and billing in a timely fashion.
14. Productivity - Meet productivity standards as established by the corporation.
15. Member of Family Practice and Counseling Network's Multi-disciplinary Team- Attend and participate in meetings and quality improvement activities as required.
16. Respond to patient or co-worker complaints and work toward a positive resolution of any dispute.
17. Serve as a member of site committees as requested.
18. Participate in evaluation of peers and support staff when requested.
19. Any other duties assigned by supervisor.

1. Masters in Social Work or Ph.D./Psy.D. in Psychology
2. Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
3. Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical, behavioral, and mental health conditions.
4. Maintain and uphold Social Work/Psychology ethical and legal guidelines.
5. Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
6. Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral health conditions via brief patient contact.
7. High level of comfort in working with primary care medical providers using a consultative style.
8. Ability to complete clinical documentation with concise, clinically relevant information in a timely fashion.
9. Demonstrates good time management skills and follow through.
10. Ability to design effective psycho-education curricula and lead effective psycho-educational group visits.
11. Ability to work effectively as a team, interfacing with patients, primary care providers, behavioral health staff, as well as with administrative and support staff.
12. Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner
13. Ability to effectively represent health center's interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among co-workers, public, private, and professional groups.
14. Ability to create a space for staff and those we serve to feel physically and emotionally safe.
15. Ability to support individuals on their paths to recovery and healing and resist re-traumatization of staff and patients.
16. Demonstrate exemplary problem-solving, communication, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills.


About Us
Family Practice & Counseling Network is a network of health centers providing primary care, behavioral health education, prenatal care, family planning services, dental care, community outreach, and advocacy. The nurse-managed centers are primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve public housing residents and surrounding communities. Primary care Certified Nurse Practitioners and licensed behavioral health professionals provide high quality care aimed at improving the health status of the underserved, uninsured and vulnerable people. The health centers are located throughout the greater Philadelphia area.