Mental Health Therapist (LCSW or Licensed Psychologist) 745

LifeWorks NW serves Medicare clients, using a Medicare clinical model. This full-time, licensed - LCSW or Licensed Psychologist -position will work at a LifeWorks NW outpatient site located in Beaverton, Oregon (Portland metro area). 

This Mental Health Therapist position assesses, diagnoses, and treats adults with Medicare only insurance. This position will also provide services to a population experiencing mental health and behavioral issues in an outpatient and community setting. This includes collaboration and/or consultation with care providers and Licensed Medical Professionals (LMP).

Pay/Benefits: $63,075 to $69,382 per year  Full benefits.

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for client evaluation including initial intake interview, formulating diagnosis, identifying appropriate treatment services.  Notify client, significant other(s), care givers and care providers of diagnosis and initial recommendations, complete written narrative of evaluation, obtain necessary releases.
  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, and other testing for assessments; interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems, to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Evaluate supplementary information including medical records; observe and evaluate client's behavior, social and physical health.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, reference materials; determine risk and safety factors for client.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy using evidence based practices.
  • Collaborate with care team to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans.
  • Conduct individual or group therapy sessions coordinating care with LMP.
  • 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.
  • Manages client case load according to medical necessity: provides intake access, appropriate follow-up and referrals to other programs, timely closing of client charts.
  • In consultation with LMP evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying plans and diagnoses as necessary.
  • Document and maintain client records in electronic health record system within 24 hours of client care to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality. May conduct Resident Reviews and more detailed mental health evaluations for residents of long-term facilities.
  • Act as client advocates to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and families regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management as it relates to clients.
  • Check e-mail/voice mail throughout the day when working responding in a timely fashion.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Travels between sites or in the community.
  • 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. 

Qualifications:

  • Requires LCSW or Licensed Psychologist and will practice a Medicare clinical model of therapy.
  • More than 1 year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to medically vulnerable population.
  • 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, assessing family, social and working relationships and conducting a mental status examination; complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Service 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.
  • Compliance with federal and state confidentiality rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.


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