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Behavioral Health Clinician I


Reporting to the Director, Behavioral Health the full time, exempt Behavioral Health Clinician I is an essential member of a high performing healthcare team.  The Behavioral Health Clinician I will provide clinical behavioral health services to assure a professional, skilled program of care and treatment is administered.  In addition, the Behavioral Health Clinician I will uphold the health center’s mission and quality standards which result in better patient health outcomes, overall satisfaction and stronger operational and fiscal capacity of the health center.  The Behavioral Health Clinician I will adhere to HONOR COMMUNITY HEALTH policies and procedures while carrying out and monitoring a wide range of clinical processes.  The Behavioral Health Clinician I will maintain strong internal and external relationships, serving as liaison on behalf of HONOR COMMUNITY HEALTH’s centers. The Behavioral Health Clinician I will works collaboratively to create and maintain a culture of excellence and dedication to providing compassionate and high quality behavioral health care to residents and the community. Productivity expectation of a trained BHC is an average of 6-10 behavioral health consultations/counseling per clinical day.


  1. Consultation with PCPs, teacher, school counselor, and other mental health professionals to enhance understanding of the patient, provide decision support for treatment planning and assist in the implementation and monitoring of biopsychosocial treatment plans.
  2. Provide counseling sessions for patients, parents and students.
  3. Develops treatment plans and reviews as needed/indicated.
  4. Accepts referrals from the medical provider regarding patients’/student psychological / behavioral needs.
  5. With appropriate medical release, works with school based social workers, school counselors, community probation officers and clinical staff to develop a plan of care for each client.
  6. Limited psychological assessment as appropriate. Individual, couples, and/ or family counseling with patients, including a) functional and strength-based assessment and diagnosis, b) psychoeducation for patients and their support systems, c) medication adherence counseling and disease self-management counseling, d) motivational Interviewing to develop behavioral strategies aimed at symptom reduction, e) brief problem solving and solutions-focused interventions aimed at modifying negative thinking and promoting self-efficacy, f) follow-up counseling regarding personal options, psychosocial stressors, and lifestyle risks,  g) self-care plan development and skills training to facilitate disease self-management, improved coping, distress tolerance, stress reduction, and relaxation,) substance use/ abuse evaluation, identification of maladaptive coping strategies, and development of harm reduction strategies, i) provides case management, advocacy, and resource linkage as needed, j) develop and facilitate support groups as necessary, k) meet regularly with other school-based health center staff and occasionally with school-based health center advisory group, l) periodically attend state school-based health center workshops and other appropriate continuing education functions, m) provide written and verbal descriptions of activity reports for funding agencies, n) maintain professional relationship with school faculty and staff and referral resources.
  7. Coordination of Care – 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. Assist in coordination of services between school agencies, treatment programs such as Children’s Village, school district, and other mental health agencies.
  8. Crisis Intervention – 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.
  9. Charting – Complete all charting as needed and required by contacted funding sources: including assessments, progress notes, and billing. Charting should be completed in a timely fashion, no later than 24 hours.
  10. Communicates with third party payers to obtain necessary authorization for services. Works with HONOR COMMUNITY HEALTH staff to address billing issues.
  11. Assist in provider training and education in the primary care behavioral health model.
  12. Facilitates and coordinates care of patients to ensure quality outcomes. Participate in quality improvement activities and actively participate in health center meetings related to integrated care.
  13. Participate in local/national behavior health trainings and conferences
  14. Performs other duties as assigned. During a public health emergency, the employee may be required to perform duties similar to but not limited to those in the job description.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the people assigned this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.



EDUCATION: A Master’s degree in social work, or related field, with a minimum of two years’ experience as a therapist and a current license to practice in Michigan as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker OR a Doctoral degree in psychology, with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a therapist and a current license to practice in Michigan as a Psychologist

EXPERIENCE:  In addition to education requirements, the candidate will have at least 2 years mental health experience. Experience with Federally Qualified Health Centers is helpful, knowledge of primary care and healthcare integration is strongly recommended.

LICENSURES:  Must be a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan or a fully licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan.  Must maintain BLS Certification. CAADC/substance use experience preferred.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Commitment and passionate about providing health care to individuals and families in medically underserved communities ● willingness to be flexible ● results driven ● ability to deal with sensitive information in a highly confidential manner ● effective communication skills, both written and oral with patients, staff, visitors, co-workers, community partners, funders and other regulatory agencies ● innovative thinker ● effective problem solver ● manage multiple requests and prioritize accordingly ● attentive to details ● follows-up promptly ● able to work in a fast paced environment ● able to handle change ● self-starter ● takes initiative ● friendly ● polite ● professional demeanor

The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description.  The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.

WORKING CONDITIONS:   Works in a high paced work environment with multiple deadlines. Interaction with angry and hostile patients may occur. Regular work and deadlines impose strain on a regular basis. Work non-traditional hours to meet the organization’s needs and accomplish duties of position which may include evenings and weekends. Local travel between sites may occur.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description.  These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:  1) record data correctly in HONOR COMMUNITY HEALTH’s EHR 2) ability to use and retrieve information from the computer 3) ability to read large amounts of data and small print 4) travel to sites requiring walking and carrying items and 5) ability to correctly lift 20 pounds routinely.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for the otherwise qualified applicants unable to fill one or more of these requirements.


How to Apply/Contact:

Please send your resume to Emily Pierce, Human Resource Specialist at [email protected] 

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