Health Care District of Palm Beach County

  • Behavioral Health Specialist

    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/20/2018 10:42 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    US-FL-West Palm Beach
    Primary Care Clinics
  • Overview

    The clinician in this position is responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and providing Behavioral Health services for the C.L. Brumback Primary Care Mobile Clinic.  This position is also responsible for identification, assessment and referral, and treatment of patient’s mental health well-being. The work involves screening primary care clinic patients for mental illness, in collaboration with other medical staff through medical integration.


    Conducts mental health services in primary care mobile clinic settings to adult and pediatric clients by performing clinical and bio-psychosocial assessments for mental illness, substance use, co-occurring disorders, domestic violence, trauma and/or abuse and homelessness. 


    Based on medical provider referrals, conducts brief screenings to evaluate the needs of the patient by direct interview and clinical assessment (Warm Hand-off).


    Utilizes evidence based screening tools such as the PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 to capture depression.


    Provides weekly individual and group therapy as needed.


    Coordinate care for behavioral health needs – refers patients to community mental health resources and/or specialists as needed; serves as a behavioral health coordinator by making and following up on patient appointments and psychiatric evaluations and reports.


    Develops and implements treatment plans with patients to clarify goals and objectives’ during treatment.


    Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed in order to comply with changes in patients' status.


    Monitor patients’ use of medications and works closely with medical clinic teams on medication and treatment compliance plans.


    Acts as a patient advocate in order to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency issues in crisis situations.


    Provides short-term treatment to patients such as brief focused, problem-solving and patient centered treatment.  Individual therapy and support groups to educate patient on mental illness and its effects on their primary health well-being.


    Maintains confidentiality of EHR records relating to clients' treatment as per HIPPA laws.


    Establish and maintain a current listing of community resources to meet the needs of the target population.  Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with community providers in order to perform case management services as needed.


    Submit quarterly reports of Peer Review Audits to Behavioral Health Services Director.  Participates in bi-weekly peer supervision and monthly provider meetings.


    Conduct patient satisfaction surveys with all patients receiving behavioral health services under the program.  Also, participates in program model development and evaluation, and collects and compiles data as required by Behavioral Health Services Director.


    Emergency duty may be required of the incumbent that includes working in Red Cross shelters or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats or disasters, man-made or natural. Additionally, incumbents are required to perform emergency response and management duties for Palm Beach County as required.



    Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related field required.




    Three (3) years’ professional mental health experience in a health care setting required.




    Basic Life Support certification required.




    Current and valid State of Florida License in Mental Health Counseling or Licensed Clinical Social Worker license required.


    Valid Florida Driver’s license required.




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