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
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
The BHC position
performs the following:
a) Maintains a
visible presence in the clinic and attends clinic
consultation and same day feedback to primary care providers and
c) Is available
for same day and scheduled consultations with patients.
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
f) Conducts risk
assessments and crisis intervention as indicated.
psycho-education for patients during individual or group
h) Provides brief
behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions for
patients with severe or high-risk behavioral health problems and
refers such patients to community resources or specialty behavioral
j) Educates the
primary care team in the basic principles of brief behavioral and
cognitive behavioral interventions and reinforces their use in the
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.
clinical records and other necessary paperwork in a timely manner
to comply with all administrative regulations.
assistance in capturing program evaluation and fidelity
- 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
- 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
- Masters Degree in Social Work
- 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
- 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 email@example.com.