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Behavioral Health Specialist, Sequim, WA


Organization: Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Sequim, WA
Date Job Posted: July 13, 2021
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Behavioral Health Specialist

Job Details

Job Location Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe - Sequim, WA
Salary Range $53,772.00 - $75,281.00 Salary/year

Our Jamestown Family Health Clinic provides primary medical services to Tribal citizens and Non-tribal community members seeking quality healthcare. We are organized to offer a team-based approach; providing comprehensive, high-quality health care for our patients and our patients families.

Jamestown Family Health Clinic is searching for a full-time Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) to join their growing team! The BHS conducts one-to-one behavioral health counseling visits to provide long-term goals focused on improving quality of life, incorporating treatment for behavioral health diagnoses, and offering non-pharmacological and complementary options for symptom management. This position coordinates integrated behavioral and mental health services with primary care providers in the areas of family support, parenting issues and marital problems, suicide prevention, stress management, problems with self-esteem eating disorders, and depression as well as issues associated with aging and other mental and emotional health issues.

Starting wage is dependent upon experience.

Why work for Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe?

As a committed and collaborative partner in our community for over four decades, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe (JST) has continued to grow the areas of economic development, healthcare, natural resources, hospitality, cultural preservation, and the arts. Through our Resort Enterprises and Tribal Government, we are now the second largest employer in Clallam County, and provide a wide range of employment opportunities to our Tribal Citizens and community.

Our employees are like extended family, and we believe in providing employee benefit programs and incentives that cultivate a positive and enriching work environment, and healthy lifestyle. We hope that each of our employees continue to honor our commitment to our community and to treat our patients and co-workers like family as well.

If you would like to become a part of our team, check out this position's job details below, and apply today! Make sure to include current email and phone contacts for all provided professional and personal references in your application.

As a Behavioral Health Specialist, you will:

  • Provide mental health intake assessments including psychosocial histories, identification of potential co-occurring disorders, history of treatment, identification of strengths and supports, risk assessment and diagnostic formulations based on the current DSM
  • Maintain regular scheduled office hours in order to provide consistent availability to clients and other community members. Available by phone during business hours and in emergent situations that may require immediate onsite coordination
  • Collect and manage necessary client information and record while maintaining confidentiality, including completed screenings, behavioral health assessments, interventions, follow-up care, case conferencing notes, outcomes of interventions and progress toward desired outcomes
  • Participate in care coordination of cases that require additional input and planning. Provide alternative solutions when appropriate to ensure the greatest benefit to clients in accomplishing goals and program objectives. Provide consultation to licensed medical staff and support staff regarding client concerns as needed
  • Regularly use professional knowledge, skills and judgment to develop treatment plans. Make recommendations to other professionals involved with the treatment team while maintaining responsibility for evaluating the efficacy of the treatment plan in directly improving the mental health of the client
  • Conduct educational meetings to further enhance knowledge within the mental health profession (suggestions on treatment plans, diagnosing, meeting medical necessity, medication management). Make formal and informal presentations to decision makers, public agencies, staff and the Tribal community to inform, educate and/or persuade
  • Participate as needed in funding proposal processes including research, program planning, writing, editing and submission
  • Participate in implementation the coordination of prevention activities that support positive mental health within the Tribal community, and effectiveness of programs and goals. Collect and report outcomes of data regarding the behavioral health needs of the population
  • Attend professional development meetings/trainings as requested by supervisor. Keep professionally current within the field of behavioral health.
  • Help to maintain an environment that encourages teamwork, cultural sensitivity and professionalism
  • Inform, advise and make suggestions to supervisor about ideas to improve policies and procedures of behavioral health and related social and health service programs
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relations with outside Federal, State and private agencies and funding sources
  • Adhere to all JST policies and procedures, including but not limited to standards for safety, and work practices as described in the Occupational Exposure Control Plan and HIPAA
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

What are the Required Qualifications for this position?

  • Requires a Master’s degree in psychology, counseling or related field and a minimum three (3) years post licensure experience
  • Must maintain a valid Washington state driver’s license with insurance, and a relevant Washington state Professional License (e.g., LCSW, LMFT, LMHP)
  • Must possess knowledge of counseling techniques, crisis intervention, behavioral change theories, practices of mental health systems and a demonstrated understanding of community systems. The ability to make independent judgment related to counseling as a direct service is essential
  • Excellent organizational, coordination, and management skills with experience working in simultaneous, often diverse programs to effectively manage time, resources and client caseload
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills are essential, with demonstrated willingness to work within a team environment. Skills and experience in group facilitation and planning processes
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills and experience working with computer (e.g., MS Office) programs. Technical and narrative writing and editing skills required. Strong computer skills including knowledge of data management (EMR) and analysis when needed
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply relevant laws and regulations as they pertain to social services and specific professional licensure
  • Analyze, evaluate and diagnose situations and adopt effective plans of action
  • Assess physical and mental health concerns
  • Read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally as assigned
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Must be able to successfully pass criminal background investigation

What are the Preferred Qualifications for this position?

  • Knowledge of Local, State, and Federal Laws and Regulations
  • Knowledge of office administrative operations, including personnel management, and compliance
  • Knowledge of Indian culture and communities
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Effective time management, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate initiative, work independently with little supervision
  • American Indian/Alaska Native preferences apply

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