Behavioral Health Consultant
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
THE MISSION OF PROJECT HOME
The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.
Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.
Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.
Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.
THE VALUES OF PROJECT HOME
The work of Project HOME is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person.
We believe that all persons are entitled to decent, affordable housing and access to quality education, employment, and health care.
We believe in the transformational power of building relationships and community as the ultimate answer to the degradation of homelessness and poverty.
We believe that working to end homelessness and poverty enhances the quality of life for everyone in our community.
We believe that the critical resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission must be managed honorably and professionally.
Job Summary: The Behavioral Health Consultant will primarily be responsible for providing integrated clinical behavioral health services in a manner that upholds the health center’s mission and quality standards and results in better patient health outcomes and overall satisfaction, and stronger operational and fiscal capacity of the Hub of Hope. The Behavior Health Consultant will work at all PHHS sites.
*This job qualifies for National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment.*
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Consultation with PCPs to enhance understanding of the patient, provide decision support for treatment planning and assist in the implementation and monitoring of biopsychosocial treatment plans.
- Individual, couples, and/or family consultation with patients, including:
- Functional and strength-based assessment and diagnosis;
- Psychoeducation for patients and their support systems;
- Medication adherence counseling and disease self-management counseling;
- Motivational Interviewing to develop behavioral strategies aimed at symptom reduction;
- Brief problem solving cognitive intervention aimed at modifying negative thinking and promoting self-efficacy;
- Self-Care Plan development and skills training to facilitate disease self- management, improved coping, distress tolerance, stress reduction, and relaxation; and substance use/abuse evaluation, identification of maladaptive coping strategies, and development of harm reduction strategies.
- Referral for other services including medical care, housing options and other social services
- Provide consultation to and coordinate care of patients with health center primary care staff.
- Identify, refer, and advocate for patients needing specialty behavioral health service, and other services as needed.
- Be immediately available to the health center staff during working hours in the event of a psychiatric emergency.
- Participate as a member of the health center staff in the event of any other kind of emergency.
- Complete all charting as needed and required by contracted funding sources: including assessments, progress notes, and billing.
- Identify quality improvement opportunity or system inefficiencies.
- Work with appropriate staff to resolve these issues by participating in performance improvement processes.
- Take an active role to contribute to the improvement of office functioning.
- Other responsibilities as needed
- Master’s degree in social work, or related field, with a minimum of two years’ experience as a behavioral health provider.
Current license to practice in Pennsylvania as a LCSW, LPC, LMFT, or PhD/PsyD in Clinical Psychology
- Competency in providing cognitive and behavioral interventions to individuals, families, couples, and groups with behavioral health/substance abuse problems in a primary care setting
- Competency in providing cognitive and behavioral interventions to individuals, families, couples, and groups with behavioral health/substance abuse problems in a primary care setting.
- Experience using trauma-informed and social justice frameworks
- Experience working with homeless individuals and/or underserved communities
Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a drug screen and background checks.
Project HOME reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of the duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.
The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, youth, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization. Join us! Project HOME has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all staff and applicants for employment. Employment decisions including, but not limited to, hiring selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, associate programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.