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Behavioral Health Integrated Care Specialist - Psy

Kaiser Permanente
Denver, CO 80231
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.

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 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.
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    Posted: 2019-10-02 Expires: 2019-11-01

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