BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORT SPEC

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POST DATE 8/13/2016
END DATE 10/8/2016

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Company
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
3015359
AJE Ref #
575873329
Location
Boston, MA
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Bachelors Degree

JOB DESCRIPTION

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GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Partners HealthCare and the MGH have committed to a new model of primary care -- the Patient-Centered Medical Home. As part of that initiative, the Behavioral Health Integration team is working to provide enhanced support for behavioral healthcare at the primary care level. The Behavioral Health Support Specialist (BHSS) works with MGH primary care practices, both at the main campus and our satellite locations. The BHSS is an integral part of the team providing support to patients and physician practices regarding depression management for adults with varying levels of depression and other mental health conditions. The BHSS works collaboratively with the team to implement evidence-based services for primary care patients.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Ensure systematic screening of adults for depression, using evidence-based screening forms.
Use a variety of educational materials, brief intervention techniques, and community resources to engage patients, increase their motivation to change, and support patients in establishing behavior change goals and implementing plans to meet those goals.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and standardized data on all patients.
Effectively communicate with the patient and care team.
Systematically review the caseload with the consulting psychiatrist each week.
Participate in development of maintenance plan with patients to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Work with LICSW and referral specialist on finding community resources for patient.

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Comfort with a patient-centered approach
Aptitude in problem-solving and behavioral change strategies (i.e. Motivational Interviewing and Behavioral Activation)
Ability to serve as a critical liaison to facilitate connections between people
Ability and willingness to work in a time-limited, structured, and solution-focused environment
Ability and willingness to function independently and proactively in a primary health care setting
Ability to maintain a professional stance if conflicts arise with other staff Flexibility to adapt to unforeseen needs or circumstances
Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively and cooperatively with people at all levels of the organization
Very strong organizational skills.
Ability to handle sensitive information.
Working knowledge and effective use of computerized software programs to include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and Access databases.
Ability to make decisions independently or to escalate issues as needed.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The BHSS will mainly work out of the primary care practices to which s/he is assigned, but local travel will be required. Must have ability to travel independently to Primary Care locations in, Boston, Waltham, Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Charlestown.

EDUCATION /EXPERIENCE

Bachelors degree in social work, psychology, counseling or a related field required
Related Masters degree preferred
Minimum of one year in a patient-facing behavioral health setting required
Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred


EDUCATION /EXPERIENCE

Bachelors degree in social work, psychology, counseling or a related field required
Related Masters degree preferred
Minimum of one year in a patient-facing behavioral health setting required
Bilingual strongly preferred


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