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Behavioral Health Supervisor, Bellingham, WA


Organization: Unity Care NW
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Bellingham, WA
Date Job Posted: November 11, 2021
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Behavioral Health Supervisor

This position is eligible for a $5,000 SIGN ON BONUS upon start date!

WHO WE ARE:

Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Whatcom County area since 1982. With clinics located in Bellingham & Ferndale, we offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health, and dental care as well as pharmacy services to a diverse and often underserved patient population of all ages. Employing almost 300 caring and compassionate employees, our mission is to increase the years of healthy life in the people & communities we serve. Safety is our priority through the Covid-19 pandemic. To learn more about what we’re doing to ensure the safety of patients and staff, please view the following website: https://unitycarenw.org/safe/.

WHAT WE VALUE:

Here at Unity Care NW, we value:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation

We’re proud of our inclusive culture and strive to demonstrate our Values in Action in all that we do. We value each individual on our team and aim to onboard a diverse workforce of the very best talent, whose ambitions and values align with ours.

JOB SUMMARY:

UCNW believes mental & emotional health is an important part of overall health and wellness. We aim to be a medical home to our patients, providing the services necessary for a healthy mind & body within a single health center through our Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) program. In this program, behavioral health services are integrated with medical care to help patients meet their health care goals & access other community resources needed to be healthy such as housing, food & legal assistance.

As the Behavioral Health Supervisor, you would oversee the PCBH program at UCNW’s medical clinic. This would include managing, evaluating, & coordinating the program while providing supervision, including clinical supervision, to the PCBH team of clinical social workers, counselors & psychologists. Responsibilities also include ensuring the financial sustainability of the program & providing direct services to patients in the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) role.

The BH Consultant (BHC) is a unique role that bridges the gap between traditional mental health care and Primary Medical Care. The BHC works within the primary care clinic’s health care team and collaborates with the primary care provider (PCP) in managing the overall health of their enrolled population. The BHC also works with specialty behavioral care, including counselors and psychiatric staff, by managing behavioral needs at the lowest level of care, coordinating between internal levels of care, and supporting patients as they exit specialty care. As the BH Consultant, you would help improve recognition, treatment, and management of psychosocial/behavioral problems and conditions presented by patients. You would provide consultation services to patients referred by the primary care team & deliver brief, solution-focused services to patients and PCPs using the integrated care model. You would also respond to urgent and emergent BH issues that arise in the clinic & work with patients to identify health goals and to achieve behavior change to help achieve those goals. You would additionally identify and reduce challenges in life domains which impede the achievement of health goals.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL:

  • Be a dynamic leader with strong supervisory & management skills
  • Have at least 5 years’ direct clinical experience, preferably with community health populations in a primary care behavioral health model
  • Have at least 2 years’ experience supervising & mentoring employees
  • Possess an independent license as a Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist or Psychologist in Washington State or be eligible to obtain one
  • Qualify as anApproved Supervisor under the Washington State Department of Health’s requirements for supervising license candidates per Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-809-234 (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/670130.pdf)
  • Possess Mental Health Professional (MHP) qualification from the Washington State Department of Health (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/611014.pdf) or be eligible to obtain one
  • Have experience &/or training in the principles of integrating BH assessment & treatment in the primary care setting
  • Possess knowledge of Washington State Medicaid programs as well as general knowledge of state mental health system functions, requirements, & changes
  • Have experience with Medicaid patients and related clinical insurance knowledge
  • Have demonstrated success working with and relating to individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds & socio-economic levels with co-occurring mental health, substance abuse, & physical health issues, treating them with sensitivity & respect

Candidates with similar experience are welcome to apply!

WHAT WE OFFER YOU:

  • Full-time employment without the overhead work and costs of running a private practice
  • Fully implemented EMR system (Centricity) with one-on-one training provided
  • Outpatient work only - no call
  • Competitive compensation package with starting wage range from $77,600 to $95,000 per year with room to grow based on performance
  • $5,000 sign-on bonus paid in first paycheck
  • Ongoing, in-house leadership training
  • 1-on-1 executive coaching with our Organizational Development Specialist
  • Malpractice insurance with tail coverage
  • Continuing Education benefit
  • Reimbursement of state license renewal fees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match after 1 year
  • Life insurance
  • Alternative transportation incentive
  • Wellness benefit
  • Ability to apply for loan repayment via the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-for information see http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/
  • Ability to apply for loan repayment via the Washington Student Achievement Council-for information see http://www.wsac.wa.gov/health-professionals)

ABOUT BELLINGHAM:

Live in a community consistently rated as one of the most desirable in the USA! Nestled on Bellingham Bay at the foot of the Cascade Mountains just a short distance from Seattle, Vancouver BC, and the San Juan Islands, Bellingham is home to over 80,000 people and surrounded by several charming small towns. Enjoy all the area has to offer:

  • Recreational & Outdoor Activities (Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, & Camping)
  • Excellent Schools (University, Community College, Technical School, & Outstanding K-12 Educational System)
  • Small Town or City Living (Unique Shops, Local Festivals, Farmers Markets, Berry Picking, & Community Events)
  • Cultural Activities (Theater, Music, Independent Films, Museums, Art Studios, & Diverse Local Restaurants)

TO APPLY:

If you are passionate about everyone having the opportunity to live their healthiest life, we would love to hear from you! Please visit our Careers Page at https://www.vs4.vscyberhosting.com/unitycarenw/ or contact Vicki Curtis, Provider Recruiter, at hr@ucnw.org or 360-788-2661.

Unity Care NW has an Employee Health Program for the safety of our patients and staff. The program requires all employees to receive annual flu immunizations. In accordance with Washington State Proclamation 21-14, Unity Care NW also requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


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