Behavioral Health Clinician, Specialty Care

SVT Health and Wellness - Clinic Operations · Homer, Alaska
Department SVT Health and Wellness - Clinic Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

PLEASE NOTE:  We will accept candidates interested only in Full-Time, Part-Time or a Contracted position.  It is preferred that you clarify the status you are seeking in your cover letter.


Position Overview The Behavioral Health Clinician, Specialty Care, is a key part of the health center treatment team. The BHC, Specialty Care assists members of the broader treatment team (primary care, dental, behavioral health) to identify, triage and manage patients with medical and behavioral health problems within the primary care setting.  

The Behavioral Health Clinician, Specialty Care acts as a member of the SVT Health & Wellness Integrative Healthcare Team by providing specialty psychotherapy services to individuals, families, and/or their communities. The position works collaboratively with patients and the health center’s clinical team to develop and accomplish shared goals for the patient to achieve coordinated, high-quality care. This position provides ongoing guidance, support and education to other members of the SVTHW Healthcare Team as it pertains to ensuring effective, culturally-sensitive, and integrated primary care for patients and their families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Supports primary care behavioral health integration, including: same-day access for assessment and triage of patients’ behavioral health concern; behavioral treatment using evidence-based interventions; close partnership and consultation with medical, dental and behavioral health colleagues to appropriately assess and facilitate patient access to behavioral health care.
Assist primary health care providers in recognizing and treating mental disorders and psychosocial problems.
Work as team with providers to coordinate care for patient.
Work with primary care team and behavioral health team to triage patients and accept referrals to long-term specialty care behavioral health as appropriate through delivery of psychotherapy, support skill training, psycho-education and patient education strategies.
For referred health center patients, conduct comprehensive behavioral health assessments, diagnose conditions, and formulate behavioral health interventions and treatment plans. 
Teach patients, families, and staff care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques.
Provide timely and succinct feedback regarding consultation findings and recommendations.
Document in Electronic Health Records in a timely, accurate and clinically sound way as defined by SVTHW policy.
Submit billing daily that is accurate and complete.
Maintain strict confidentiality for all patient/partners and their families and SVTHW information.
Abide by the policies and procedures, clinical guidelines and protocols established by SVT Health & Wellness, and state and federal regulations for practice as a licensed practitioner.
Follow federal, state, local, and funding guidelines and requirements (to include but not limited to HIPAA, CLIA, OSHA AND ICWA)
Maintain active license(s) and certification(s) required to practice in State of Alaska.
Other duties as assigned.

Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions.
Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions.
Ability to assess “at risk” patients and develop plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.  
High level of comfort in working with primary care medical providers using a consultative style.
Ability to work through brief patient contacts, including via telephone and teleconferencing.  
Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected mental and behavioral conditions.
Ability to train and teach effective behavioral health interventions and the primary behavioral health model to healthcare practitioners and other behavioral health providers.
Ability to work effectively as a team, interfacing with patients, primary care providers, other behavioral health providers, as well as with administrative and support staff.
Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
Ability to effectively represent SVTHW’s interests in the community and maintain effective working relationship among co-workers, public, private, and professional groups.
Knowledge of crisis intervention, brief and long-term therapy processes.

Master's Degree in Social Work.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Alaska
BLS Required (provided by SVT)
3-5 Year's Minimum of clinical experience required and supervisory experience preferred
Prior experience in Tribal Health or Community Health Center setting preferred
Knowledge of integrated behavioral health, mental health recovery, harm reduction, age specific growth and development, crisis and behavior management are expected.
Travel requirements include day travel from Homer to Anchor Point at least once a week.  Day travel to Seldovia will require the ability to fly as a passenger in small aircrafts or ride as a passenger on small to large water crafts.   Travel in and around the Kenai Peninsula for presentations, education, etc. may occur up to several times a quarter or less. 
Proficiency in PC systems.  Operational knowledge of keyboards, office equipment such as copiers, fax machines, and multiline phones.  Must be familiar with Microsoft Office products. Electronic Health Record experience preferred. 
Must complete FBI Fingerprinting, Drug Testing, and background screening prior to employment.  

 Physical Demands  Tuberculosis Testing required and provided by SVT.  Fitting for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) respirator is also required.  Protective gloves may be required.  LCSW is required to travel within community and beyond so must be comfortable driving in all weather.  Must be comfortable as a passenger in an aircraft and watercraft.  The LCSW may experience stress and stress-related symptoms due to interacting with patient/partners in crisis or from day-to-day activities.

 Work Environment  Seldovia Village Tribe is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free work environment.  An individual in this position may be exposed to communicable diseases or hazards common to a healthcare setting, including but not limited to needle stick wounds, chemicals, and tuberculosis.  SVTHW is busy with both scheduled and unscheduled patient/partners.  The LCSW must be prepared to monitor and manage their own stress.

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  • Location
    Homer, Alaska
  • Department
    SVT Health and Wellness - Clinic Operations
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience