Bilingual Behavioral Health Provider, #325 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

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 Behavioral Health Provider is an unlicensed QMHP member of the primary care medical team who assists the primary care provider (PCP) and dental teams in managing the overall health of clients working in a primary care setting. Provides consultation to clients and works with PCP to improve recognition, treatment, and management of psychosocial/behavioral and mental health problems and conditions for clients..

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire. 

Location: This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Hillsboro Virginia Garcia site. 

Pay/Benefits: $66,874 - $73,561 annual salary and full comprehensive benefits. $1000 Hiring Bonus

Additional incentive for bilingual Spanish proficiency.

This LifeWorks NW site qualify for the Oregon Health Care Provider Incentive Loan Repayment Program and/or the Oregon Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program.

Essential Responsibilities: (Must be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation).
  • Provides targeted evidence based assessments and evaluations, which may include brief neuropsychological screens, diagnostic interviews and impressions and functional status focused on the presenting problem.
  • Provides brief solution focused empirically based interventions to clients experiencing myriad  bio-psychosocial problems.
  • Provides timely and succinct feedback to PCP's regarding consultation findings and recommendations.
  • Provides concise documentation in electronic healthcare system of care and recommendations in the patient's medical record within 24 hours of seeing client.
  • Determines the appropriateness of the patient receiving services in primary care.
  • Formulates evidence based behavioral health interventions appropriate to the primary care setting and assists with implementation of treatment plans.
  • Provides brief follow-up, including relapse-prevention education.
  • Develops, teaches and/or provides oversight for classes that promote education and skill-building to enhance psychological and physical health.
  • Provides 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.).
  • Shares knowledge with other team members and clients, both formally (in-services, consult responses) and informally (curbside consultations).
  • Identifies patients who would benefit and are willing to receive specialty mental health care, and makes referral to onsite- specialty options or off-site to Lifeworks NW programs or other community resources.
  • Works as part of multi-disciplinary team in making recommendations for clients who abuse, misuse or divert controlled substances.
  • Provides 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.
  • Oversees Behavioral Health Associate duties which include, services to clients and their families, e.g., institutional living, health, mental health services, employment services, etc.  Maintain awareness of community referral resources.
  • Serve as back-up for other staff when needed.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail throughout the day responding as appropriate.
  • Provides appropriate resources and support linkage, culturally appropriate advocacy and community collaboration and culturally appropriate client evaluation and treatment.
  • Requires ability to work evenings.
  • Meets 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 as defined in the Performance Review.
  • Participate in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Attend informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff and required trainings.
  • Qualified licensed clinicians may be requested to provide licensure supervision as part of their regular position in compliance with the rules of their licensing board.

Qualifications:  (Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for qualifications.  Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)

  • Must be board registered and working toward licensure (Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor).
  • Fluency in Spanish and experience within the Latinx community required.
  • Possession of CADC preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessment including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services, and criminal justice contacts; assess family, social and work relationships; conduct 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 their training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family, and group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW's policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master electronic health record system (Epic).
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms, acculturation and generational issues within a culture, and sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement.
  • Ability to work evenings until 7:00pm.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

Working Conditions

High volume of walking required. Clinicians may walk between 2-3miles/day within clinic.

Primarily clinic-based role with some work from home as healthcare system permits.

May require some infrequent travel to other clinics.

Requires Personal Protective Equipment based off healthcare system standard.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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