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Mental Health Care Partner

Responsible for providing and coordinating screening and interventions for high prevalence mental health conditions particularly unhealthy substance use and depression in a primary care setting. Works collaboratively with a team to implement evidence-based services to primary care patients utilizing tools and training from the Partners in Integrated Care project.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial visit including detailed depression history and education about the nature of depression and the goals and expectations of treatment.
  • Use a variety of educational materials, brief intervention techniques, and community resources to engage patients, increase their motivation to change, and support patients in establishing behavior change goals and implementing plans to meet those goals.
  • Use behavioral activation techniques with patients as an adjunct to depression treatments that they are receiving from other providers.
  • Establish a follow-up schedule and monitor patients' progress (in person or by telephone), using a patient tracking system.
  • Systematically review the caseload with the consulting psychiatrist each week, focusing on new patients and patients who have not adequately improved within specified timeframes.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate with the patient, PCP, consulting psychiatrist, and any external providers, including informing the PCP about the patient's progress and discussing side effects and the treatment plan with the PCP.
  • Manage a population registry and provide outreach to individuals listed in the registry.
  • Ensure systematic screening of adults for depression and unhealthy drug and alcohol use, using evidence-based screening forms.
  • Provide support for psychiatric medication management as prescribed by PCPs, by assisting with difficulties related to medication adherence, side effects, and effectiveness of treatment.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and standardized data on all patients.
  • Develop a maintenance plan with patients, when appropriate, to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent a reoccurrence of symptoms of depression or unhealthy substance use.

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, health education, psychology, public health or behavioral health 
  • Master's degree in social work desirable, including LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) with eligibility for licensure of LICSW
  • Minimum 2 years in relevant setting (health care and/or behavioral health)
  • All relevant clearances mandated by State or regional regulations
  • Training or certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health, IMPACT models and/or alcohol and drug consulting desired.

Desired Skills, Attitudes, and Experience: 

  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Comfort with a patient-centered approach that allows the patient's desires around behavioral change to inform the plan of care
  • Clinical skills or aptitude in problem-solving and behavioral change strategies, including Motivational Interviewing and Behavioral Activation
  • Ability to serve as a critical liaison to facilitate connections between people in a collaborative role
  • Ability to provide accurate feedback about alcohol/drug use without judgment or discomfort 
  • Ability to advocate on another's behalf
  • 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
  • Flexibility to adapt to interruptions, unexpected additions to schedule
  • Effective use of the Internet and Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole desired

Please apply through the Cambridge Health Alliance website:
http://www.chacareers.org/job/mental-health-care-partner-social-work-hrq-71540/