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Behavioral Health Provider, Chicago, IL

Organization: Chicago Family Health Center
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Chicago, IL
Date Job Posted: January 11, 2022
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Behavioral Health Provider


Under the general supervision of the Chief Behavioral Health Officer (CBHO), provides a range of mental health status evaluation, diagnostic, therapeutic services for individuals, couples, groups, and/or families, as appropriate to the specific expectations of a Behavioral Health Provider. The Behavioral Health Provider will work as a clinical provider within the Integrated Primary Care-Behavioral Health Treatment Modality in CFHC primary care clinics.



  • Act as a central member of the comprehensive primary care team, by regularly consulting with Primary Care Providers, MAs, PSRs, Care Navigators, Care Managers, RNs, regarding health status.
  • Respond to patients’ served by Primary Care Team who present with Behavioral Health Concerns, by responding promptly to warm hand off needs.
  • Conduct Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in the Primary Care Panel, for patients presenting to medical appointments.
  • Respond to Primary Care Team members with results from interventions, updated behavioral health diagnoses (mental health and substance use), and consult regularly with Primary Care Team members about progress in treatment and recommendations for further care planning.
  • Participate in Interdisciplinary Case Rounding to modify or create care plans for patients.
  • Assess risk and protective factors, develop safety plans, and/or facilitate hospitalization when indicated for patients presenting with a question of possible harm to self or others.
  • Develop, implement and track progress with a unified care plan for patients.
  • Monitor patients’ adherence to medical directives regarding treatment of chronic medical conditions.
  • Assess for underlying or comorbid behavioral health conditions that may impede the patient’s ability to adhere to medical treatment advice in the care team and develop interventions to improve patient’s self-management of medical concerns.
  • Actively update the problem list and complete charts in a timely manner to facilitate integration of care in primary care team.
  • Consult regularly with physicians, RNs, care managers, and referring medical and dental providers regarding the status and progress of patient care, including consulting during medical appointments, for collaborative treatment planning.


  • Provide ongoing Brief Therapeutic services for patients when indicated per severity and acuity of clinical needs.
  • Focus psychotherapeutic treatment on improving patients’ ability to engage in self-management of behavioral health concerns.
  • Utilize a harm reduction approach to substance use concerns, including motivational interviewing skills to increase patients’ willingness to reduce use of harmful or illicit substances.
  • Utilize Evidence-Based Treatment strategies including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Activation, and Motivational Interviewing in 30-minute therapy sessions focused on explicit patient-centered goals.
  • Conduct initial and repeated screening of patient symptoms utilizing the PHQ9 and other screening metrics to track clinical outcomes.
  • Utilize a “Treatment to Target” approach with measurement-based care utilizing Evidence-Based models of treatment and tracking clinical outcomes.
  • Provide referrals to higher level of care when needed, e.g. when patients are not improving in symptoms or present with needs for traditional psychotherapy, IOP, PHP, ACT, CST, or group therapy.
  • Collect data about patients through clinical interview, medical case history, and/or observational techniques: evaluates data to identify cause of impairments and to determine proper therapeutic approach or make appropriate referral.
  • Provide psychotherapy to patients and/or families as appropriate; prepare treatment plans, discharge summary, and recommend follow-up care as needed.
  • Provide and/or arrange for therapeutic interventions as appropriate for patients or in a crisis condition and for those with serious disturbance problems.
  • Maintain the integrity of the patients’ electronic health record by documenting evidence-based care provided in a thorough and timely fashion.


  • Participate in the review of clinical issues and program policies and procedures.
  • Engage in ongoing individual and group clinical supervision.
  • Engage in peer consultation; make recommendations regarding modifications to service and service delivery.
  • Coordinate, lead and/or participate in staff development, training sessions or workshops to increase awareness of behavioral health issues or enhance treatment skills.
  • Will participate in the disease management, performance improvement process and Peer Review through either task force participation or implementation of approved protocols and operational improvement.
  • Maintain an affiliation with professional psychology, counseling or social work groups, associations or organizations in order to learn of new developments in the field, stay current with professional literature, attend seminars and conferences.
  • Provide other assigned duties as required.


  • Graduate from an accredited program with a minimum of a Masters degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work
  • Must have a valid Independent License in the state of Illinois (LCPC, LCSW or Psychologist)
  • Must have a minimum of two years experience working in a clinical environment
  • Ability to cope with the counseling needs of patients, mental health emergencies, and other stresses.
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patient’s rights.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Bilingual ability (Spanish) may or may not be required based on individual department needs.
  • Able to accommodate various degrees of flexibility including evening and Saturdays as scheduled
  • Computer literacy required.
  • Ability to travel to CFHC different locations, as scheduled.


Normal office environment. Occasional evening or weekend work is necessary. Travel to all Chicago Family Health Center locations will be required.


The statements in this job description may or may not be “Grant” specific and are intended to describe the essential functions, skills and work required to be performed by employees assigned to this job as of the time this job description was issued, as well as certain other information. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified, and requirements and assignments are subject to change by the Center. Work schedules and/or location may vary, depending upon the scheduling needs of the department. May be required to attend meetings at other locations requiring travel and outside of normal work hours. Any changes in work schedules and/or location will be implemented in accordance with Center policy.


Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at anytime at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing.

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