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Behavioral Health Consultant (Social Worker)

Company: Oregon Health & Science University
Location: Hillsboro
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) position is a behavioral health provider who operates in a consultative role within Orenco Station Primary Care, working to support a smooth interface between primary care and specialty services, and provides point of care behavioral interventions to the primary care patient population.


The BHC role is to detect and address a broad spectrum of behavioral health needs in the primary care patient population with the aim of early identification, quick resolution, long-term prevention and wellness for as many patients as possible. The BHC functions as a core member of the primary care team, providing consultative services for behavioral health issues related to physical health conditions. The BHC performs assessment, management, and triage of psychological and social problems in clinic patient population.


This position involves a high degree of clinical complexity and advanced level skill in delivering evidence-based interventions targeted to improve wellbeing health for a large variety of patients with emotional and behavioral problems commonly seen in a primary care setting. The work includes the BHC meeting with patients for a single visit, providing recommendations to the primary care team to enhance the patient's care plan, and working with patients for a longer period of time to provide on-going skills training and coaching  to improve health and functioning. The BHC also seeks to support a smooth coordination of care with community partners and completes short term case management for patients during their episodes of care.


The BHC will work within established practices and procedures with opportunities to participate in the planning, design and implementation of programs. The BHC performs duties with minimal supervision. Work is reviewed for adherence to procedures, regulations, standards and for overall effectiveness. The BHC position is expected to serve as an advocate for integrated behavioral health within the primary care setting. 


The BHC position performs the following:


a) Maintains a visible presence in the clinic and attends clinic meetings.

b) Provides consultation and same day feedback to primary care providers and care team.

c) Is available for same day and scheduled consultations with patients.

d) Performs follow-up visits and conducts supportive counseling and brief therapy for selected patients.

e) Provides a range of services including screening for common conditions, assessments and therapeutic interventions related to chronic disease management.

f) Conducts risk assessments and crisis intervention as indicated.

g) Provides psycho-education for patients during individual or group visits.

h) Provides brief behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions for patients.

i) Triages patients with severe or high-risk behavioral health problems and refers such patients to community resources or specialty behavioral health services.

j) Educates the primary care team in the basic principles of brief behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions and reinforces their use in the medical visit.

k) Documents consultative notes for the health record outlining assessment findings, interventions delivered and recommendations made to the primary care provider.

l) Assists in the development of clinical pathways, groups, and classes.

m) Maintains clinical records and other necessary paperwork in a timely manner to comply with all administrative regulations.

n) Provides assistance in capturing program evaluation and fidelity measures.

  • Provide same day consultation to providers and evidenced based interventions with patients– be available to care team members for point of care Warm Hand Offs and proactively identify patients with unmet behavioral needs.  Provide brief supportive counseling or other behavioral treatments to assist in their care. Support care team and patients in achieving care plan goals.
  • Assist with case management of high-utilizing and complex patients – Maintain contact with patients who have behavioral needs to encourage healthy behaviors, identify barriers to care, and to assist with access to needed resources or interventions.
  • Lead the enhancement of integrated behavioral health services within the primary care clinic including workflow, program devolvement, and provider training
  • Participate in education and training of care team members and medical residents in behavioral medicine competencies
  • Offer consultation and intervention for effective relationships between patient and clinic or between patient and care team member– consistently utilize professional communication and conflict resolution skills to help resolve conflicts that might arise in the course of medical care.

  • Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW).
  • Effective January 1, 2011, Certificate of Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) required for employees who practice clinical social work.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

  • Behavioral Health in Primary Care training. 

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Keywords: Oregon Health & Science University, Hillsboro , Behavioral Health Consultant (Social Worker), Other , Hillsboro, Oregon

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