Behavioral Health Therapist-Ithaca, Alma, Shepherd
Company: MyMichigan Health
Posted on: January 23, 2023
*This position will be assigned to Ithaca Family Medicine, Alma
Internal Medicine and Shepherd Family Medicine*
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We invite you to apply and join our team!
MyMichigan Health Offers:
- Competitive wages
- Tuition reimbursement
- 403(b) with an automatic company contribution and an optional
company match-build your savings immediately
- Health, dental and vision insurance
As part of the primary care treatment team, the Behavioral Health
Therapist (BHT) identifies, assesses, triages, documents and
manages primary care patients with medical and behavioral health
problems. In addition, this BHT will utilize skill training through
psycho-education and patient education strategies to develop
patient self-management, population health programs, and will
develop specific behavioral change plans for patients using best
practice and brief evidence based treatment interventions. The BHT
is a core member of the collaborative team, including the patient's
medical provider and the larger primary care team. The BHT is
responsible for supporting and coordinating the mental and physical
health care of patients on an assigned caseload, while also
providing crisis intervention and short-term consultation and
support to the primary care team for patients in urgent need of
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND SKILLS
Required: Master's Degree, Masters of Social Work
Knowledge of psychology or social work as normally acquired through
completion of a Ph.D./ Psy.D.in psychology or Master's Degree in
Social Work from an accredited college or university.
Licensure as a Licensed Psychologist or Master's Social Worker in
the State of Michigan. Limited License employees must be actively
working to obtain full licensure, and obtain it within one year of
employment. Membership in at least one professional organization
(i.e. APA, NASW, CFHA, MPA, SSWLHC-MI Chapter, national SSWLHC,
Training and experience, and/or demonstrated competency in casework
principles, including diagnosis, assessment, crisis intervention,
treatment and transition planning; techniques in individual, family
and group therapy; awareness of community resources, public
assistance and entitlement programs, ensuring transition to
appropriate levels of care; and issues relating to age and stage of
development, special needs and cultural patterns of the patient
populations being served.
Required to complete provider credentialing process.
Background or Certification in care management preferred.
Knowledge of Integrated Behavioral Health practices, processes and
procedures as normally acquired in a primary care setting
(preferred), hospital, social agency or community organization
dealing with physical and/or mental health and/or welfare.
Interpersonal skills needed to communicate successfully with
individuals and groups and interact with people at all levels to
communicate ideas and concepts in a clear and understandable
Adherence to the American Psychological Association or National
Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assesses the clinical status of patients referred by the
primary care provider. Assists in the detection of "at risk"
patients and intervenes to attenuate further psychological or
physical deterioration. Assists primary care providers in
recognizing and treating mental disorders and psychological
problems. Consults with the physician as necessary, and refers
cases to other behavioral health providers for longer-term care as
appropriate. Facilitates and ensures patient engagement and
follow-up care. Works with primary care team to treat and manage
patients with chronic emotional and/or physical health problems
efficiently and effectively. Provides brief behavioral
interventions using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral
activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing,
or other treatments as appropriate. Assists in preventing relapse
in conditions that tend to recur over time.
- Uses brief assessment tools with patients to assist in
identifying concerns, triaging, and outcomes measurement.
Systematically documents treatment response and monitors patients
(in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and
treatment side effects or complications. Improves clinical outcomes
with high prevalence medical and mental health conditions. Connects
with new and established patients regarding integrated care model
and care team information. Evaluates patient care plans with
primary care team and develops appropriate goals for behavioral
health conditions. Performs coding/billing following appropriate
- Assist in program development such as group therapy (e.g.,
pain, diabetes, weight loss, insomnia, stress, etc.) or other
projects to further support patients in primary care. Obtains and
keeps available patient education materials about common mental
health and substance use disorders. Provides and updates local
available treatment options and education/resources for patients
and their family.
- Tracks patient follow up and clinical outcomes using a
registry. Documents in-person and telephone encounters in the
registry and uses the system to identify and re-engage patients.
Documents patient progress and treatment recommendations in the
Electronic Health Record (EHR) and other required systems so as to
be shared with medical providers, psychiatric consultants and other
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Eliminate barriers to treatment, increase patient/family
satisfaction, and improve appropriate utilization of resources.
Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside of
the health system (e.g., social services such as housing
assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty
care, substance abuse treatment).
- Assist in obtaining financial and other resources for patients
and families in need.Identify the need for and conduct family
meetings, with or without the physician, that result in
understanding, comfort, decision-making, and other important
outcomes. Integrate relevant theories of family dynamics, crisis
intervention, strengths based, solution focused, and meaning of
illness into everyday casework.
- Summarize a patient and family situation concisely, with
helpful guidance to non-behavioral health staff members about
recommendations for actions to be taken and barriers to
- Actively participate in scheduled caseload consultations with
psychiatrist or other specialities and communicates recommendations
to the patient's medical provider or primary care team.
Consultations will focus on patients new to the caseload and those
who are not improving as expected under the current treatment
- Utilizes evidence-based scales to screen patients and then uses
the data to guide treatment and follow-up.
- Accepts accountability for the clinical outcomes.
- Maintains timely, clear and concise documentation in all
- Provides pertinent clinical data to designated outside agencies
to assure compliance with their requirements.
- Assures compliance with regulatory requirements and acts a
resource/liaison to physicians and other staff regarding all
aspects of Integrated Care Professional activities.
- Actively participates in practice provider meetings, team
huddles, and quality assurance activities as scheduled. Provides
education/training to practice staff when requested.
- Builds professional relationships with patient, families,
facilities and resources to address conflict resolution with
- Completes formal outreach and training to other providers
including community education as requested.
- Provides de-escalation and crisis intervention, and Identifies
high risk patients and addresses opportunities for
- Willingly and consistently offer to help peers as needed.
Communicates teamwork, caring and compassion.
- Sustains productivity expectations established by leadership
- Provide excellent customer service with internal and external
- Assume responsibility for professional development and
education requirements for maintenance of professional
- Provides for the age specific needs of the population served
according to department standards and policies/procedures.All other
duties as assigned.
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