Behavioral Health Consultant – Bilingual (English/Spanish)

TITLE:  Behavioral Health Consultant

REPORTS TO:  Medical Director

FLSA CLASSIFICATION:  Exempt

CREATION DATE: 9-6-2017

APPROVED BY: Patrick Sallee

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) position evaluates and provides services and/or referrals to patients identified by their primary care providers. Identified patients are those in need of further assessment for behavioral health and case management issues, included but not limited to: depression, anxiety, oppositional or conduct disturbances, suicidal ideation, inattentiveness and hyperactivity, bullying, post-traumatic stress, severe emotional disturbances, and chronic disease management. As determined through the initial assessment, the BHC will provide direct BHC services to patients for mild or moderate behavioral health concerns or refer out for severe behavioral health issues or moderate issues that have not responded well to BHC services.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESULTS

  1. Assessments, evaluation, and screening for services for children and adults
  2. Brief, focused counseling in the clinic for mild and moderate emotional and behavioral disturbances, as well as chronic disease management
  3. Education and counseling with the family related to the child’s emotional and/or behavioral concerns
  4. Complete treatment plans including goals for treatment
  5. Referral to outside behavioral health services as needed for moderate to severe conditions
  6. Follow up with families as needed to support treatment adherence
  7. Coordination of care with the primary care providers
  8. Provide ongoing treatment for behavioral health needs as appropriate.
  9. Maintain documentation of assessments, screenings, treatment plans, progress notes, and documented follow up information
  10. Report treatment objectives & other performance data to organization’s leadership for grant reporting
  11. Participate in joint, quarterly meeting to review grant performance and outcomes

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 

Individual must:

  • Graduate of an accredited four year college or university plus a master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or psychology;
  • Have an appropriate degree and licensure by the Behavioral Sciences Board in Kansas with a reimbursable specialty;
  • Have a commitment to following all legal and ethical guidelines and standards of the profession and of The Turner House Children’s Clinic;
  • Have a good working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence based treatments for medical and mental health conditions;
  • Have the ability to work through brief client contacts as well as make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions;
  • Have strong organizational skills;
  • Have strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Have strong interpersonal skills in working with diverse publics;
  • Have an energetic and positive approach to the rapidly evolving changes and challenges of a complex work place.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Be comfortable with the pace of primary care, working with an interdisciplinary team;
  • Have a good knowledge of psycho-pharmacology;
  • Have flexibility in assigned working hours;
  • Have the ability to speak, read and write Spanish or other common languages spoken in Wyandotte County.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS AND PRINCIPAL CONTACTS

Reports to the Medical Director. Principal contacts include other THCC staff and external referral providers: PACES (Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare), Johnson County Mental Health Center, The Children’s Conservancy, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Transitions Counseling Services, Maddie Rhodes, USD# 500, Wyandotte County Infant-Toddler Services, Successful Beginnings Wyandotte County Head Start and KCKPS Early Children Programs, The Keeler Women’s Center, and El Centro, Inc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

Americans with Disability Specifications 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Travel throughout the metropolitan area and service delivery area is required.
  • Position involves extensive use of computer, telephone, fax and copier equipment.
  • Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paper work, recordkeeping, and filing.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful clearance from Criminal, Kansas and Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect and Sex Offender background investigations, TB testing, and pre-employment drug testing.