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Substance Use Disorder Specialist - Behavioral Health Clinician (LCSW Strongly Preferred)

Company: Fair Haven Community Health Care
Location: New Haven
Posted on: January 17, 2022

Job Description:

Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FHCHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

For nearly 50 years, we have been a health care leader in our community focused on providing excellent, affordable primary care to all patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Fair Haven is proud to have a diverse and motivated team of professionals who are constantly seeking ways to enhance and improve the health and well-being of all patients.

It's an exciting time for FHCHC. We are growing and looking for great talent to join us! If you are a passionate, caring professional interested in improving the health of our community, we'd like to know more about you.

Additionally, HRSA'S Bureau of Health Workforce has launched a new program - the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) - to expand support to combat the nation's opioid crisis. The program provides up to $250,000 to eligible health professionals, including SUD counselors and behavioral health paraprofessionals, in exchange for a six-year full-time service commitment. FHCHC has been approved as a STAR LRP facility.

Fair Haven Community Health Care

FHCHC is a forward-thinking, dynamic, and exciting community health center that provides care for multiple generations at nearly 80,000 office visits in 14 locations. Overseen by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are patients themselves, we are proud to offer a wide range of primary and specialty care services, as well as evidence-based patient programs to educate patients in healthy lifestyle choices. As we grow and are able to bring high-quality health care to more areas that need access, we continue to put our patients first in everything we do. The mission of FHCHC is "To improve the health and social well-being of the communities we serve through equitable, high quality, patient-centered care that is culturally responsive."

This is a unique and exciting opportunity as FHCHC is about to double its current pediatric patients by virtue of a novel collaboration with its local academic health center. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality medical and dental care, regardless of ability to pay.

Job purpose

Responsible for behavioral health evaluations, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual and group therapy, with primary clinical emphasis on patients meeting criteria for substance use disorders, and secondary emphasis on general behavioral health patients. Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is a primary care clinic designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Duties And Responsibilities

The Behavioral Health Clinician - Substance Use Disorder Specialist will care for patients in an integrated primary health care clinic. Typical tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate and diagnose mental, emotional, developmental and behavioral di---culties in individuals, couples and families based on clinical standards of practice and formulate treatment plans and treatment plan reviews based on evaluations
  • Provide individual and group psychotherapy, with a primary emphasis on patients with substance abuse disorders; provide clinical and consultative treatment services that are strength based and client centered to individuals, groups, families, and/or couples; respond to mental health crises, assessing need, formulating disposition, and implementing appropriate care; and provide mental health crisis triage assessments as needed for patients on the primary medical services
  • Participate in a team of physicians, nurses, care coordinators and medical assistants focused on integrated addiction treatment. This position will be responsible for brief psychotherapy, consultation and crisis management oriented services
  • Coordinate with the general body of FHCHC clinical providers (medical, behavioral health and dental), social service providers, and care coordinators in assisting with and following up on client referrals and with patient care
  • Complete all required documentation for intakes, progress notes, treatment plans and reviews, authorizations, billing, and licensure accurately and within a timely manner
  • Participate in professional activities such as: continuing education activities, clinical conferences, meeting with representatives of community groups

    • LCSW or licensed psychologist, licensed in the State of Connecticut strongly preferred, due to high percentage Medicare enrolled patients. Unlicensed psychologists are clinical social workers of any type, including LMSW will not be considered. Clinician with the credentials LMFT, LPC will not be considered.
    • 3-5 years related experience is required.
    • Oral and written ---uency in BOTH English & Spanish is highly preferred
    • The ideal candidate will have the following: The ability to work well in a team and regularly communicate with other behavioral health and primary care clinicians about shared patients; the ability to use computer and telephone; experience using an electronic health record management program and a strong knowledge base of medical terminology and procedures to work in an integrated medical clinic. Experience with running psychotherapy groups and substance abuse recovery and previous experience in health care setting, ideally in an outpatient setting, is highly desirable

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      OSHA Status

      Category III-Low Risk Position

      Generally works in an o---ce environment with no exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

      Physical Requirements

      Physical Demands: Requires walking, bending, sitting, standing, writing, reading, telephone use, data input into computer, pulling medical records,

      Mental Demands: Ability to cope with continual changing priorities under potentially stressful conditions

      Manual Dexterity Required: Ability to use a keyboard, telephone.

      American With Disabilities Requirements

      External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job specific responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

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