Behavioral Health Consultations:
Productivity expectation is an average of 10-14 behavioral health consultations per clinical day (8 hours), including:
- Individual, couples, and/or family consultation with patients including:
o Functional and strength based-assessment and diagnosis.
o Psychoeducation for patients and their support systems.
o Medication adherence counseling and disease self management counseling.
o Motivational Interviewing to develop behavioral strategies aimed as symptom reduction.
o Brief problem solving cognitive intervention aimed at modifying negative thinking and promoting self efficacy.
o Self-Care plan development and skills training to facilitate disease self-management, improved coping, distress tolerance, stress reduction, and relaxation.
o Substance use/abuse evaluation, identification of maladaptive coping strategies, and development of harm reduction strategies.
- Consultation with PCPs to enhance understanding of the patients, provide decision support for treatment planning and assist in the implementation and monitoring of biopsychosocial treatment plans.
Productivity expectation is an average of 5 psychotherapy sessions per clinical day (8 hours), including:
Coordination of Care:
- Formulate, develop and implement a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan utilizing appropriate clinical treatments and interventions.
- Provide quality psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment and/or life situation.
- Case collaboration with supervisor.
- Process referrals to psychiatric providers, or other practitioners for psychiatric testing or other mental health and behavioral health care needs.
- Provide consultation to and coordinate care of patients with Family Practice primary care staff. Identify, refer, and advocate for patients needing specialty behavioral health service, and other services as needed.
- Be immediately available to the Family Practice staff during working hours in the event of psychiatric emergency.
o Complete a comprehensive risk assessment.
o Provide brief therapy services.
o Formulate safety plans.
- Complete all charting as needed and required: including assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, quarterly reviews, discharge summaries and billing.
- Maintain confidentiality in compliance with HIPPA and RHC regulations.
- Pursue ongoing continuing education to stay current/up to date with best practices standards and licensure requirements.
- Maintain a visible presence in the Family Practice and attend requested meetings.
The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) functions as a core member of the Integrated Care team within Eaton Rapids Medical Center Family Practice. The BHC is responsible for coordinating and supporting mental health and behavioral health care within the Family Practice.
One of the following:
o Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a minimum of two years experience as a therapist and a current license to practice in Michigan as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (or working toward full licensure).
o Doctoral degree in Psychology, with a minimum of two years experience as a therapist and current license to practice in Michigan as a Psychologist (or working toward full licensure).
o Master’s Degree in Counseling with a minimum of two years experience as a professional counselor and a current license to practice in Michigan as a Licensed Professional Counselor (or working toward full licensure)
BCLS required prior to hire and maintained throughout employment. Experience working with patients who have co-occuring mental health, substance abuse, and or physical health problems. Skill and expertise in conducting group and individual psychoeducational classes and brief, short-term therapy strategies that will help strengthen the patient's overall physical and mental health. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with primary care staff, patients, and other behavioral health consultants. Comprehensive understanding of the interrelationship between medical and psychological systems and their impact on health.