Behavioral Health Therapist MSW
Company: MyMichigan Health
Posted on: August 4, 2022
Summary General Summary As part of the psychiatry care treatment
team, the Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) identifies,
assesses, treats, documents and manages patients with medical and
behavioral health problems. In addition, this BHP will utilize
skills training through psycho-education and patient education
strategies to develop patient self-management and will develop
specific behavioral change plans for patients using best practice
and evidence based treatment interventions. The BHP is a core
member of a collaborative team, including the patient's
psychiatrist and the psychiatric nurse. The BHP is responsible for
supporting, coordinating and treating the mental health of patients
on an assigned caseload, while also providing crisis intervention
and short-term consultation for patients in urgent need of same-day
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- (30%)* Assesses the clinical status of patients referred by the
psychiatric or primary care provider. Assists in the detection of
"at risk" patients and intervenes to attenuate further
psychological or physical deterioration. Consults with the
psychiatric provider as necessary, and refers cases to other
behavioral health providers for longer-term specialty care as
appropriate. Facilitates and ensures patient engagement and
follow-up care. Works with psychiatric care team to treat and
manage patients with chronic emotional and/or physical health
problems efficiently and effectively. Provides cognitive-behavioral
interventions using evidence-based techniques. Assists in
preventing relapse in conditions that tend to recur over time.
- (30%)* Uses 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 person-centered care
model and care team information. Evaluates patient care plans with
psychiatric care team and develops appropriate goals for behavioral
health conditions. Performs coding/billing following appropriate
- (20%)* Assist in program development for groups (e.g.,
depression, pain, insomnia, stress, etc.). Obtains and keeps
available patient education materials about common mental health
and substance use disorders and local available treatment options
for distribution and education of patients and their family.
- (20%)* Tracks patient follow up and clinical outcomes.
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 team members and
other treating professionals. OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Eliminate barriers to treatment, increase patient/family
satisfaction, and improve appropriate utilization of
- 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
- 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
psychiatric providers 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
- 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
- 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 Director.
- 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. REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE,
TRAINING AND SKILLS:
- Master's Degree required. 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, etc.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Must follow MidMichigan Health blood borne pathogen and TB
testing as required. PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND TYPICAL
Exposure to stressful situations,
including those involving public contact, trauma, grief and death.
Able to wear personal protective equipment including latex
materials or appropriate substitute if required for your position.
Able to move freely about facility with or without an assisted
device and must be able to perform the functions of the job as
outlined in the job description. Overall vision and hearing is
necessary with or without assisted device(s). Frequently required
to sit/stand/walk for long periods of time. May require frequent
postural changes such as stooping, kneeling or crouching. Some
exposure to blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious
material. Must follow MidMichigan Health bloodborne pathogen and TB
testing as required. Able to handle multiple tasks, get along with
others, work independently, regular and predictable attendance and
able to stay awake. Overall dexterity is required including
handling, reaching, grasping, fingering and feeling. May require
repetition of these movements on a regular to frequent basis.
Physical Demand Level: Light. Must be able to occasionally (0-33%
of the workday) lift or carry 11-20 lbs., frequently (34-66% of the
workday) 10 lbs. and or Walk/Stand/Push/Pull of Arm/Leg controls.
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