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Bozeman Health BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALIST II in Big Sky, Montana

  • POSITION DESCRIPTION

  • POSITION SUMMARY

  • To develop and maintain a comprehensive program of services for behavioral health patients and their families aids in the adjustment to living with a chronic socioeconomic and life-threatening illness. This includes advocacy, community education, acute counseling/therapy, research, program development, evaluation, and any other assigned responsibility relating to social work. Works with and under the direction of primary care providers and staff psychiatrist.

  • REQUIREMENTS

  • EDUCATION

  • Required:

    • Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work, or Master's Degree in Professional Counseling, or equivalent.
  • Preferred:

    • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), or equivalent.
  • LICENSURE and CERTIFICATION

  • Required:

    • Montana State licensure as:
  • Licensed Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Current BLS CPR certification.

  • Preferred:

    • LCSW
  • EXPERIENCE

  • Required:

    • Two years experience in the health care field or 3000 hours of post masters work in supervised clinical social worker practice.
  • Preferred:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF, SKILLS IN, ABILITY TO, COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULY:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF:

    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively in a team setting in oral and written language.
  • Ability to maintain effective and professional relationships with patient and other members of the care team.

  • Experience with screening for common mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

  • Working knowledge of differential diagnosis of common mental health and/or substance abuse disorders, when appropriate.

  • Ability to effectively engage patients in a therapeutic relationship, when appropriate.

  • Ability to work with patients by telehealth as well as in person.

  • Experience with assessment and treatment planning for common mental health and/or substance use disorders.

  • Working knowledge of evidence-based psychosocial treatments and brief behavioral interventions for common mental health disorders, when appropriate (e.g., motivational interviewing, problem-solving treatment, behavioral activation).

  • Basic knowledge of psychopharmacology for common mental health disorders that is within appropriate scope of practice for type of provider filling role.

  • Experience with evidence-based counseling techniques Psycho-Social aspects of caring for behavioral health patients.

  • SKILLS IN:

    • All aspects of State and Federal regulation related to behavioral health.
  • Personal computers, hardware and basic software programs including e-mail, word processing, EMR system trainable, be able to communicate with department staff and to manage patient care.

  • HIPAA and confidentiality requirement.

  • Basic human anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

  • ABILITY TO:

    • Problem solve and multi-task.
  • Refer to policy manual for specific instructions/guidelines. Follow established policies and Procedures.

  • Adhere to the standards of the job description and overall mission, vision and values of Bozeman Hospital.

  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships.

  • Work effectively in a team environment

  • Work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Remain organized and focused when dealing with frequent interruptions and competing priorities.

  • Respond calmly and effectively to sensitive and difficult situations

  • Concentrate and pay close attention to details.

  • Utilize time management concepts and maximize time effectively.

  • Maintain flexibility to adapt to a variety of work load assignments, be able to work in a mobile environment.

  • Interpret policies and procedures, identify non-compliance and take appropriate action.

  • Work with numbers and perform basic to complex mathematics.

  • Maintain flexibility to adapt to a variety of workload assignments.

  • Assist in drafting correspondence to insurance carriers providing descriptions of service, rationale signed by physician when necessary and copies of medical records to work through denial process, as needed.

  • Assist patients with financial status questions and makes ecommendations to Patient Financial Services or designated primary clinic manager when necessary.

  • Work with patient/family to explore all alternative funding sources.

  • Communicate a potential client to the financial assistance program when appropriate.

  • COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY:

  • ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • 100% Time Spent -

  • Support the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. Closely coordinate care with the patient’s medical provider and, when appropriate, other mental health providers.

  • Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up care.

  • Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options.

  • Systematically track treatment response and monitor patients (in person or by telehealth) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

  • Support psychotropic medication management as prescribed by medical providers, focusing on treatment adherence monitoring, side effects, and effectiveness of treatment.

  • Provide brief behavioral interventions using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, or other treatments as appropriate.

  • Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g. problem-solving treatment or behavioral activation) as clinically indicated.

  • Participate in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s medical provider. Consultations will focus on patients new to the caseload and those who are not improving as expected under the current treatment plan. Case reviews may be conducted by telehealth, video, or in person.

  • Track patient follow up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Document in-person and telehealth encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients. Registry functions can be accomplished through an EHR build, on a spreadsheet used in conjunction with an EHR, or can be built into a stand-alone clinical management tracking system that may or may not be linked to an EHR.

  • Document patient progress and treatment recommendations in EHR and other required systems so as to be shared with medical providers, psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.

  • Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the medical provider and the psychiatric consultant and who may need more intensive or more specialized mental health care.

  • Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside of the organization (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).

  • Develop and complete relapse prevention self-management plan with patients who have achieved their treatment goals and are soon to be discharged from the caseload.

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