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Behavioral Health Clinician

Under the general direction of the Behavioral Health Program Manager, the Behavioral Health Clinician will be an integral part of the Behavioral Health Team. The Clinician will provide appropriate therapeutic interventions to their assigned patient caseload, as well as participate in administrative and other professional activities with the Integrated Care Team. He/she will additionally participate in the development and delivery of training and support services to current Pentucket Medical Associates professional and administrative employees.

Essential Functions:

1. Provide behavioral health clinical services to assigned caseload including assessing and diagnosing, delivering individual, couples, family, and group therapeutic interventions, treatment planning, discharge and follow up care.
2. Maintain appropriate clinical records regarding the above mentioned clinical services.
3. Work collaboratively with other PMA and non-PMA professionals including primary care clinical team members, specialist physicians, social workers, case managers, etc. to provide complete wraparound care for patients.
4. Maintain contact with family members as is appropriate.
5. Attend regular administrative, supervision, and case review meetings with the Integrated Care Team.
6. Provide consultation services to primary care clinical teams as needed for patients both participating and not participating in behavioral health treatment.
7. Develop and present behavioral health trainings for PMA professional and administrative staff.
8. Interface with payers and managed care organizations through the completion of timely and effective reviews and necessary authorizations.
9. Facilitate warm hand-offs from primary care clinical teams involving meeting patients in the primary care office to triage behavioral health needs.
10. Assist primary care clinical team in deescalating behavioral health incidents in office.
11. Participate in other group or department activities.

Education/Experience:

• Masters in Mental Health Counseling or Social Work
• Licensed in the state of Massachusetts

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

• Expert clinical skills including delivering short-term, targeted, solution focused behavioral health interventions, assessing patient needs, and diagnosis.
• Aptitude in problem-solving and behavioral change strategies (i.e. Motivational Interviewing and Behavioral Activation)
• Demonstrates a positive attitude in dealing with patients, co-workers and other health care providers and in addressing problems and/or crisis situations.
• The ability to work independently and function effectively within a team based model of care.
• Demonstrates initiative and creativity to continuously improve services, work processes, and other activities that affect quality and utilization.
• Comfort with a patient-centered approach
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent critical thinking and problem solving abilities
• Ability to serve as a critical liaison to facilitate connections between people 
• Ability and willingness to work in a time-limited, structured, and solution-focused environment
• Ability and willingness to function independently and proactively in a primary health care setting
• Ability to maintain a professional stance if conflicts arise with other staff or patients
• Flexibility to adapt to unforeseen needs or circumstances program evolution and shifts in prioritization.
• Ability to work well with physicians, nurses, office staff, and PCHI and Partners.
• Effective use of the Internet and Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and Outlook
• Valid drivers license

Contact: Beth Huey at ehuey@pmaonline.com