Behavioral Health Clinician, Primary Care

Job Summary

The Behavioral Health Clinician, Primary Care, functions as a core member of a Collaborative Care team that includes the patient’s primary care provider (PCP) and a psychiatric consultant. The Behavioral Health Clinician, Primary Care will work with the PCP to coordinate and support behavioral/mental health care for a subset of patients within the primary care clinic. The Behavioral Health Clinician, Primary Care’s primary role is to guide Collaborative Care, which is a population health approach to treating patients through use of a disease registry. The Behavioral Health Clinician, Primary Care may also provide brief, episodic, evidence-based treatments, as well as coordinate referrals, for these patients, to clinically indicated services outside the primary care clinic.

Major Responsibilities

• Screen and assess patients for psycho-social issues, as well as common mental health and substance abuse disorders.
• Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and available treatment options.
• Support and closely coordinate mental health care with the patient’s primary care provider and, when appropriate, other treating providers.
• Monitor patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.
• Support psychotropic medication management prescribed by PCPs, focusing on treatment adherence, side effects and other complications, and effectiveness of treatment.
• Provide brief interventions using evidence-based techniques such as Behavioral Activation, Motivational Interviewing, and primary care based brief (e.g. 10 visits or less) psychotherapy or other treatments appropriate for primary care settings.
• Participate in regularly scheduled caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s PCP. Consultations will focus on patients new to treatment or who are not improving as expected.
• Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up in care.
• Track patient follow-up and clinical outcomes using the electronic medical record (EMR). Document in-person and telephone encounters in the EMR and use the system to identify and re-engage patients.
• Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the PCP and the psychiatric consultant. These may include changes in medications or psychosocial treatments or appropriate referrals for additional services.
• Provide basic support and/or facilitate referrals to Patient Resources and/or Complex Case Management for clinically indicated services outside the primary care clinic (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).
• Facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based behavioral health services as clinically indicated.
• Complete relapse prevention plan with patients who are in remission.

Job Requirements

Education – Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or counseling

Work Experience – Two (2) years of experience in a health care environment in a patient/client contact role

Licenses & Certifications – Relevant license and/or certification or license/certification eligible as a Mental Health provider as required in the State of Wisconsin (i.e., Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor-LPC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker-LCSW, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT)
• CPR/BLS

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities – Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a team setting.
• Ability to maintain effective and professional relationships with patients and other members of the care team.
• Comfort working in a medical setting as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to effectively engage patients in a therapeutic relationship, when appropriate.
• Experience with screening, assessing, and carrying out treatment plans for common mental health disorders.
• Working knowledge of differential diagnosis of common mental health disorders.

• Working knowledge of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for common mental health disorders.
• Basic knowledge of psychopharmacology for common mental health disorders.
• Experience in working with a diverse population base preferred.
• Ability to appropriately handle confrontation and conflict.
• Administrative experience and organizational skills
• Familiarity with social/human service practices, confidentiality, and risk/malpractice issues within health care settings

Organization: UW Health

Job Location: Madison, WI