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Clinical Reviewer-Children's Behavioral Health, Portland, OR

Organization: Comagine Health
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Portland, OR
Date Job Posted: May 28, 2021
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Clinical Reviewer-Children's Behavioral Health

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Job Description

Together with our partners, Comagine Health works to improve health and create a better health care system so that people and communities will flourish.

We offer a competitive pay and benefits package plus employment with Comagine Health qualifies if you apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program!

This position helps children, and youth in Oregon’s Child Welfare system to live in the least restrictive setting possible appropriate to meet their needs.

This position supports adults, children, and youth with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), as well as those involved in the child welfare system to live in the least restrictive setting possible by ensuring desired and necessary supports and services are in place.

The Clinical Reviewer – Children’s Behavioral Health works with a team to support two contracts. In the first contract, the Clinical Reviewer – Children’s Behavioral Health is responsible for completing an independent assessment to determine a placement recommendation for children and young adults whom Child Welfare is referring to Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP). This individual completes a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment (CANS) with the child or young adult, reviews clinical documentation and factors in the Family and Permanency Team’s preference when determining if a QRTP is the least restrictive and most appropriate placement for the child or young adult.

In the second contract, the Clinical Reviewer – Children’s Behavioral Health will be reviewing inpatient psychiatric records for individuals with SPMI to determine if a warm handoff was provided by the hospital to assist in transitioning the individual to outpatient services when discharging from the hospital.

Please Note: Currently CANS are being completed via telehealth, but when COVID restrictions lift, the CANS will be completed in-person with the child or young adult and involve travel. Additionally, a successful candidate may reside anywhere in Oregon with preference for someone living in Central or Southern Oregon.

What you’ll be doing for us:

  • Conducts initial, annual, and as needed face-to-face assessments to create and maintain a tailored PCSP, utilizing LOCUS, the LSI, or CANS, and review of records
  • Provides support to individuals (and authorized representatives and supports) regarding the assessment process, and patient-centered service planning, service coordination, and transition planning, as appropriate
  • Assists in eligibility determinations for specific programs, as defined in contract
  • Works closely with individuals, providers, facilities, and social service and community organizations to assist individuals in accessing appropriate care
  • Ensures care is being delivered as described in the PCSP, working with providers and individuals to correct services or adjust the PCSP as needed.
  • Performs utilization management and utilization review, including prior authorizations for services and concurrent reviews for specific contracted services
  • Applies clinical review criteria, guidelines, and screens to determine the medical necessity of health care services
  • Consults with physicians or practitioner consultants when reviews fail clinical review criteria, guidelines, and screens
  • Follow all determinations, appeals and hearings policies, processes, and contract requirements

Required Skills

What would make you a strong fit for our role:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a behavioral health assessment including the identification of precipitating events, including health and safety risks to self or others
  • Competent in gathering histories of mental and physical health, substance use, and criminal justice system
  • Ability to conduct a mental status examination
  • Competent in providing DSM 5 diagnoses
  • Proficient in developing treatment plans and safety plans
  • Oregon Medicaid knowledge, and knowledge of Oregon Health Plan’s Prioritized List of Health Services preferred
  • Competencies:
    • Can work in unpredictable environments
    • Is a settling influence in a crisis
    • Genuinely cares about people
    • Is sympathetic to the plight of others
    • Utilizes active stress management/coping strategies
    • Demonstrates empathy
    • Builds rapport well
    • Is a good listener
    • Is easy to approach and talk to

Required Experience

  • MA/MS in social work, psychology, or other behavioral health science field; or
  • BS/MS in nursing and actively licensed by the State of Oregon (with relevant training in behavioral health service delivery)
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), required
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), or children and young adults involved in the Children’s System of Care required
  • Experience with utilization review (or other medical management experience) preferred
  • Behavioral health clinical setting experience preferred

Job Location

Portland, Oregon, United States

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