Behavioral Health Care Manager
Position Summary: The Behavioral Health Care Manager (Care Manager) provides outpatient behavioral health care as a core member of the collaborative care team, including the patient's medical provider and psychiatric consultant, as well as the larger primary care team or medical team. The behavioral health care manager is responsible for supporting and coordinating the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload with the patient's medical provider and, when appropriate, other mental health providers. Additionally, the Care Manager provides independent diagnostic assessments, brief psychotherapy, treatment planning, and expert behavioral health consultation.
Responsibilities: *Provide primary (mental health outreach), secondary, and tertiary mental health services to eligible members of the UGA community. Work Standard: Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Develop a working diagnosis. Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up care. Work Standard: Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options. Collaboratively and/or independently (as required) develop treatment plans. Work Standard: Provide brief behavioral interventions using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, interpersonal counseling, or other treatments as appropriate. Work Standard: Systematically track treatment response and monitor patients for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications Work Standard: Develop and complete relapse prevention self-management plans with patients who have achieved their treatment goals and are soon to be discharged from the caseload. *Provide consultation to patients, faculty/staff, students, and friends or family members of patients. Work Standard: Provide referrals to psychosocial interventions and services (e.g. formal psychotherapy, health coaching, academic coaching, disability services, alcohol and other drug services, sexual assault advocates, etc.) as clinically indicated. Work Standard: Participate in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient's medical provider. Consultations will focus on patients new to the caseload and those who are not improving as expected under the current treatment plan. Case reviews may be conducted by telephone, video, or in person.
About UGA: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
Full time/Part time: Full Time
EEO Policy Statement: The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.