Behavioral Health Provider, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, 326

LifeWorks NW partners with the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Yamhill and Washington Counties that serves a large Medicaid population. They have a special focus on providing care to the migrant farm worker community. A large majority of their patients are monolingual Spanish speaking.

The licensed Behavioral Health Provider is a member of the primary care medical team who assists the primary care provider (PCP) in managing the overall health of clients working in a primary care setting. This position provides consultation to clients aged 18 years and older and works with the PCP to improve recognition, treatment, and management of psychosocial/behavioral problems and conditions for clients.

Location: Newberg (in beautiful Yamhill County).

Schedule: Generally daytime hours. Virginia Garcia requests that all staff work shift per week past 5:00pm (the clinic closes at 7:00pm).

Compensation: $66,874 - $73,561 annual salary and full comprehensive benefits.

This position is eligible to apply for loan repayment through the National Health Service.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide targeted evidence-based assessments and evaluations, which may include brief neuropsychological screens, diagnostic interviews, impressions, and functional status focused on the presenting problem.

  • Provide brief solution-focused empirically-based interventions to clients experiencing myriad bio-psychosocial problems.

  • Provide timely and succinct feedback to PCPs regarding consultation findings and recommendations.

  • Provide concise documentation of care and recommendations in the patient's medical record in the electronic healthcare system within 24 hours of seeing client.

  • Determine appropriateness of the patient receiving services in primary care.

  • Formulate evidence-based behavioral health interventions appropriate to the primary care setting and assist with implementation of treatment plans.

  • Provide brief follow-up, including relapse-prevention education.

  • Develop, teach, and/or provide oversight for classes that promote education and skill building to enhance psychological and physical health.

  • Provide consultation services (continuity consultation) for a sub-set of patients who require on-going monitoring and follow-up (e.g., "high-utilizers," chronic pain, unmanaged diabetes, etc.).

  • Share knowledge with other team members and clients, both formally (in-services, consult responses) and informally (curbside consultations).

  • Identify patients who would benefit from, and are willing to receive, specialty mental health care; makes referral to onsite- specialty options or off-site to Lifeworks NW programs and/or other community resources.

  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team in making recommendations for clients who abuse, misuse, or divert controlled substances.

  • Assist in registry management for patients with higher mental health needs.

  • Coordinate services with the psychiatric provider.

  • May provide support to dental providers.

  • Provide training and consultation to clinic staff regarding prevention and management of disruptive behavior.

  • May be responsible for case management. Coordinate/collaborate with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc. Maintain chart notes related to external contracts, obtaining pertinent records from other treatment and tracking client's involvement, follow-through and progress in varied treatment activities.

  • Document and maintain client records to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality.

  • Provide crisis intervention.

  • Oversee Behavioral Health Associate duties, including services to clients and their families (e.g. institutional living, health, mental health services, employment services, etc.).

  • Maintain awareness of community referral resources.

  • Check e-mail and/or voicemail throughout workday, responding as appropriate.

  • Provide appropriate resources and support linkage, culturally appropriate advocacy and community collaboration, and culturally appropriate client evaluation and treatment.

  • Ability to travel between clinics for various meetings occasionally.

  • Meet performance standards for productivity; documentation, including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, and authorization requests; proficiency in clinical model and evidence-based practices; quality of care, including engagement and retention; and teamwork.


  • Licensed Psychologist or LCSW with training in behaviorism, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational enhancement.

  • Minimum 2 years of clinical work.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessments, including identifying precipitating events; gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services, and criminal justice contacts; assessing family, social, and work relationships; and conducting a mental status examination; complete a DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Services and Support Plan; and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of training.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family, and group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.

  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master electronic health record system.

  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms, acculturation and generational issues within a culture, sensitivity, and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement.

  • Fluency in Spanish and experience within the Latino community preferred.

LifeWorks NW has over 60 years of experience providing holistic mental health and addiction services for all ages throughout the Portland metro area. We are a private, non-profit organization serving over 30,000 youth, adults, and older adults annually. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

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