The SBHC Licensed Behavioral Health Clinician position is a 10 month academic school year position for the Peer to Peer Program as a 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.
The Peer to Peer Program is a multipronged approach that builds a network of peer counselors, CHCI providers and school staff who are trained in Mental Health First Aid to assist in the early identification of mental health concerns in young people age 12 through 18 and provides connection to care in a manner that reduces stigma and barriers.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Must complete Train the Trainer Mental Health First Aid Certification.
Provide support and training to school staff and other community collaborating agencies in the early identification of students in need of behavioral health support.
Completes initial behavioral health evaluations; individual, group and family psychotherapy with children and/or adults in an outpatient clinic.
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.
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
Opportunity to clinically supervise 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.
Requires ability to work independently, demonstrate flexibility around day to day schedule and clinical expectations.
Responsible for all reporting requirements and compliance with agreement with ARPA Subrecipient Agreement specific to Peer to Peer in Middletown schools.
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,, 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 one year of experience with outpatients including experience with children and/or adults.
Strong clinical skill set with knowledge and experience with evidence-based practices
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, bilingual Spanish) preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
Combination of sustained periods of sitting at keyboard, walking and stair climbing
Minimal lifting and carrying activities
Available to participate in varied school/community events to promote school-based services
Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
This position must interface with patients, family members, community agencies, school administration, school staff 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.
Responsibility for client data entry
Access to medical system information.
Confidential patient correspondence.
The Moses/Weitzman Health System is a global leader addressing challenges faced by organizations caring for the poor and diverse populations, and is home to programs focusing on education, research, and process improvement support for safety net providers. The system delivers primary care to more than 150,000 patients in Connecticut, and extends access to specialty care for more than 2.5 million individuals across the U.S. It is a national accrediting body for organizations training advanced practice providers, and offers accredited education and training for Medical Assistants in multiple states. As an incubator for new ideas in areas including social justice, the environment, and social determinants of health, the MWHS is addressing challenges faced by providers caring for underserved communities, creating innovative and impactful initiatives led by nationally and internationally recognized experts. As it forges pathways into the future of primary care, the MWHS honors Lillian Reba Moses (1924-2012), a granddaughter of slaves, and Gerard (Gerry) Weitzman (1938-1999), whose ancestors escaped pogroms in Eastern Europe. Their vision and commitment to justice and equity in healthcare is the foundation upon which the Moses/Weitzman Health System was built.