Behavioral Health Consultant
Posted on: May 27, 2023
Job Summary: The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) 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 improvement.
BHCs are generalists, providing high volume services from a
population-based lens that are accessible, team-based, and a
routine part of primary care. This is a behavioral health model
that is interconnected with patients medical care and medical care
team that requires specialized training and experience with a
variety of medical and mental health concerns. In addition, this
role performs high-level consultation to physicians and other
medical care team members and contributes to a clear treatment plan
for patient care. The BHC functions effectively in a fast pace,
highly productive setting with the ability to successfully pivot
from a patient facing to a physician facing role throughout the
day. The BHC thrives on being adaptable, flexible, and able to
independently function at a consistently high level. The individual
in this position must be willing to engage in brief visits (e.g.
15- 30 mins) at a high volume, and adept in working closely with
PCPs and other team members. Other required skills and duties are
outlined below.Essential Responsibilities:
- 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
- Effectively utilize electronic health record and verbal
communication to concisely communicate relevant information to
medical providers in a timely manner. Ability to concurrently
document during patient sessions. 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
and communicate effectively with receiving emergency
- 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. Basic
- 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 training/course* within that same time-period.
- Internal Candidates must have a minimum two (2) years of
post-graduate clinical experience within an integrated care
delivery system OR two (2) years of post-graduate applied
psychotherapy clinical experience AND the applicant must have
completed an integrated care training/course*. This experience must
be within the past five (5) year(s).
- * Integrated care training/course sample list can be provided
upon request. Education
- Masters degree in mental health related field. License,
- This job requires credentials from multiple states. Credentials
from the primary work state are required before hire. Additional
Credentials from the secondary work state(s) are required post
- Psychologist License (Oregon) within 6 months of hire OR
Professional Counselor License (Oregon) within 6 months of hire OR
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Oregon) within 6 months of
hire OR Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Oregon) within 6 months of
- Psychologist License (Washington) within 6 months of hire OR
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Washington) within 6 months
of hire OR Mental Health Counselor License (Washington) within 6
months of hire OR Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
(Washington) within 6 months of hire
- National Provider Identifier required at hire Additional
- 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
- 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. Preferred
- Clinical experience within an integrated care delivery
- Flexible, high energy level, team player, and strong interest
in health and fitness, extroverted, self-starter, interest in
larger systems issues in addition to individual patient care.
- Masters or Doctoral degree with emphasis in Integrated
Care.PrimaryLocation : Oregon,Clackamas,Mt. Scott Medical
OfficesHoursPerWeek : 40Shift : DayWorkdays : Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu,
FriWorkingHoursStart : 08:00 AMWorkingHoursEnd : 06:00 PMJob
Schedule : Full-timeJob Type : StandardEmployee Status :
RegularEmployee Group/Union Affiliation : W05-AFT-Local 5017Job
Level : Individual ContributorJob Category : Behavioral Health,
Social Services & Spiritual CareDepartment : Mt. Scott Medical
Offices - Mental Hlth/Psych-O/P Program - 1008Travel : Yes, 15 % of
the TimeKaiser 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.
Keywords: Kaiser, Portland , Behavioral Health Consultant, Healthcare , Estacada, Oregon
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