The Behavioral Health Integrated Care Specialist provides expert integrated care to pediatric and adult patients as a member of the Primary Care Medical Home or Specialty Care treatment team. They specialize in brief, evidence-based, solution-focused assessments and interventions geared toward functional restoration. They refer to Behavioral Health therapists to address the need for symptom elimination. This is a behavioral health model that is interconnected with patient's medical care and medical care team and requires specialized training and experience with a variety of medical concerns as well as mental health concerns. In addition, this role performs high-level consultation to physicians and other medical care team members. The BHICS functions effectively in a fast pace, high volume setting with the ability to effectively pivot from a patient facing to a physician facing role throughout the day. The BHICS thrives on being adaptable, flexible, and able to independently function at a consistently high level. As part of an integrated care team, the BHICS provides consultation to medical and allied health providers and contributes to a clear treatment plan for patient management.
- Apply solid working knowledge of biopsychosocial models of human behavior and development for assessment of patient care to include knowledge of the use of adult and pediatric screening instruments, as well as the ability to screen for and identify substance abuse problems.
- Apply first line interventions in a time-limited setting for a broad spectrum of physical and mental health problems experienced by patients and families throughout the lifespan as presenting in primary care (pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Family medicine populations) or Specialty Care (ob/gyn, dermatology, cardiology, etc.) Targets of treatment may include mental health concerns, substance abuse concerns, adverse health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), stress-related physical symptoms, ineffective patterns of health care utilization, and adjustment to new and chronic medical conditions
- Provide patient and family education effectively and sensitively to encourage compliance with medical and behavioral treatment plans. To include the skill and expertise to discuss common psychotropic medications with a patient, including indications, effects and side effects, and demonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend initiating medication to primary care physician.
- Effectively utilize electronic health record and verbal communication to concisely communicate relevant information to medical providers in a timely manner. To include performance of various clinical, compliance, and administrative duties required to meet various billing and medical documentation requirements.
- Effectively assess for and manage suicidal and homicidal risk, as well as concerns for child or elder abuse and neglect, using effective and evidence-based methods (PHQ-9, Columbia Risk Assessment). When applicable, collaborate and coordinate care with the Crisis team, contact police and/or Child Protective Services, write M-1 holds, and communicate effectively with receiving emergency department.
- A high level of comfort in providing consultation and training to other members of the primary care team in the areas of mental health, chemical dependency, and behavioral medicine.
- Possess skill and expertise to discuss common psychotropic medications with a patient, including indications, effects and side effects, and demonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend initiating medication to primary care physician.
- The union and the company are currently investigating the qualifications for this position under the bargaining unit. If it is determined that the qualifications are different than as described, appropriate action will be taken.
- External Candidates must have a minimum two (2) years of post-graduate clinical experience within an integrated care delivery system primarily (51% or more of the time spent) providing care as described above. Clinical experience must be within the past five (5) year(s) OR the applicant must have completed an integrated care certification/course within that same time-period.
- Internal Candidates musthave a minimum two (2) years of post-graduate applied psychotherapy clinical experience. This experience must be within the past five (5) year(s) and the applicant must have completed an integrated care certification/course.
- Master's degree in social work required.
License, Certification, Registration
- Current Colorado Licensure as a LCSW with no sanctions OR eligible to receive Colorado Licensure at time of hire.
- National Provider Identifier (NPI) and Taxonomy code required at time of hire.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced Primary Care or Specialty Care setting requiring the ability to manage multiple competing demands, constantly re-prioritize, and succinctly communicate relevant information effectively to both patients and medical team members
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in an inter-disciplinary team
- Demonstrate current knowledge of cultural competency, particularly related to how variables related to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and culture impact physical and emotional health; demonstrated experience and working understanding of how these variables may impact presentation of various concerns in primary care settings
- Ability and willingness to teach classes and groups relevant to the integrated behavioral health provider role (e.g., chronic pain management, diabetes and stress, insomnia, etc).
- Experience/training working with a population that ranges across the life span
- Demonstrates the ability to appropriately and professionally present a case for review by the medical home/specialty treatment team, highlighting key clinical considerations, assessment needs, case formulation and treatment plan recommendations
- Master's Program with emphasis in Integrated Care
Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
TITLE: Behavioral Health Integrated Care Specialist - MA
LOCATION: Lakewood, Colorado
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.