Behavioral Health Specialist

The Behavioral Health Specialist functions as part of a multidisciplinary team to improve the health of patients with the most intense and complex medical needs. This position will provide a combination of in-home and telephonic assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic support to members with documented or suspected behavioral health conditions. This position will collaborate with Tandigm Medical Directors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Navigators, Social Workers, patients and their families, and other healthcare professionals to address the patient’s behavioral health needs.

Essential Functions

  • Perform initial comprehensive behavioral health assessments for patients and conduct additional patient assessments as necessary in order to accurately capture symptoms, determine BH diagnoses or conditions, and/or measure and evaluate progress toward goals;
  • Collaborate with Clinical Teammates to develop a comprehensive care plan that addresses the patient behavioral health needs;
  • Coordinate directly with patient and their care providers to discuss changes in condition, potential medication changes, and modifications to care plan;
  • Implement interventions to support the patient to regain or maintain behavioral well-being and monitor the effectiveness of prescribed interventions;
  • Document all patient encounters and assessments in designated EMR according to established departmental protocols (i.e., within 24 hours of encounter and per all other guidelines);
  • Participate in MDRs and other clinically focused meetings with Clinical Teammates, serving as experts for behavioral health resources to the team;
  • Maintain a working knowledge and familiarity with local behavioral health providers and community based resources for patients;
  • Participate in the development of clinical practice guidelines regarding patient behavioral health conditions;
  • Work with BH Teammates to develop and present educational programs in support of Tandigm Teammates and PCPs and office staff;
  • Collaborate with other clinical and administrative staff in a positive, constructive manner;
  • Use, protect, and disclose patients’ protected health information (PHI) only in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards;

Education & Licensure

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college along with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Nursing, Behavioral/Mental Health, Social Work, or Counseling;
  • Valid and unrestricted professional clinical license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the field of social work, human services, psychology, counseling, or nursing;
  • Professional Counselor, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Valid and unrestricted PA driver’s license and the ability to travel throughout the five county Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware) county region as needed;

Experience

  • At least five (5) years of professional clinical experience providing behavioral health services to adults and older adults, including but not limited to, patient assessments, diagnoses, and delivery of therapeutic interventions, both in the home as well as telephonically;
  • Experience in providing integrated behavioral health services consisting of targeted assessment and evaluation, triage, brief intervention, and/or referral, and acute crisis management;
  • Experience working in integrated care environment or other non-traditional mental or behavioral health settings;
  • Experience in working in a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to patient care;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communications, including clinical documentation;
  • Trained in social, systems and familial aspects of psychological and medical conditions;
  • Trained in substance abuse identification and treatment, with basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy;
  • Must be able to attend mandatory employee meetings in West Conshohocken, PA office as needed.
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