The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with diverse social work experience and success in managing complex situations. The BHC operates in a consultative role within Summit Healthcare Medical Associates (SHMA) primary care/urgent care and works to support a smooth and efficient team based atmosphere. The BHC role is to detect and address a broad spectrum of behavioral health needs in the primary care patient population with the aim of early identification, quick resolution, long-term prevention, and wellness for as many patients as possible. The BHC provides recommendations regarding behavioral interventions to the referring primary care clinician and conducts brief/focused interventions with referred patients of all ages and at times their families. The BHC facilitates small group interventions for both medical and behavioral health conditions.
Essential Functions / Major Responsibilities:
Provides evidenced based behavioral health consultation and interventions.
Is available for same day and scheduled initial consultations with referred patients.
Provides brief/focused counseling and support for patients and families through evidenced based interventions and treatment modalities.
Performs brief/focused follow-up visits and phone calls for selected patients.
Adds to the multidisciplinary care plan with patient and family input.
Provides psycho-education for patients during individual or group visits.
Triages patients with severe or high-risk behavioral health problems and refers such patients to community resources and/or specialty behavioral health services.
Conducts risk assessments as indicated.
As needed, provides resources to meet financial, transportation, housing and other needs.
Assists patient in setting up advanced directives.
Assists in the development of clinical pathways, group classes, and behavior focused practice protocols.
Maintains a visible presence in the clinic and attends clinic meetings.
Documents consultative notes in the electronic medical record: outlining assessment findings, interventions delivered, and recommendations made to the patient and primary care provider; in a timely manner to comply with all administrative regulations.
Maintains strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all patients, conversations and referrals in line with local, state and federal statutes, and organizational policies.
Respects and upholds patient rights, demonstrates professional integrity, maintains patient confidentiality, discloses all potential or perceived conflicts of interest when appropriate; accepts responsibility and accountability for professional competence.
Educates the primary care team in the basic principles of brief behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions and reinforces their use in the medical visit.
Monitors outcomes and develops process change to improve care.
Participates in departmental and hospital wide informational meetings, including staff meetings, hospital wide forums, and seminars as recommended by supervisor.
Reviews department and hospitalwide policies and procedures annually.
All other duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience:
Masters degree in social work from an accredited school of social work (required).
Current clinical level social work license in the State of Arizona (LCSW) (required).
Basic computer skills (required).
One year related experience in crisis intervention and/or medical social work (required).
Additional Salary Information: Salary is based on education and experience.
Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center is located in the beautiful White Mountains, Show Low, AZ. This area has 4 wonderful seasons and plenty of outdoor activities. Summit is dedicated to quality patient care and would like to find candidates who are too. Please visit our website to see all that Summit and the area has to offer.