BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSULTANT (Mental Health Care Consortium)

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSULTANT (Mental Health Care Consortium)

Posting Number: SRGV5197
Number of Vacancies: 2
Location: Edinburg, Texas
Department: School of Medicine / Psychiatry
FLSA: Exempt

Scope of Job:
Work closely with primary care physicians, other providers and staff to develop and implement treatment plans with specific focus on behavioral interventions and be part of the research and evaluation team.

Description of Duties:
Commonly performed duties include:
• Performance of targeted assessment and evaluation, including diagnostic impressions and functional status focused on the presenting problem.
• Timely and succinct feedback to Primary Care Physicians regarding consultation findings and recommendations.
• Concise documentation in the patient’s medical record.
• Triaging and referring patients to specialty mental health care when appropriate.
• Formulation of behavioral health interventions appropriate to the primary care setting, and assisting with implementation of treatment plans.
• Providing brief follow-up, including relapse-prevention education.
• Developing, teaching, and/or providing oversight for classes that promote education and skill-building to enhance psychological and physical health.
• Providing on-going consultation services for a sub-set of patients who require on-going monitoring and follow-up (i.e., continuity consultations).
• Sharing knowledge with other team members and patients, both formally (in-services, consult responses) and informally (hallway conversations).
• Working as a primary care team member to develop specific clinical pathways or best practice programs for targeted patient groups (e.g., patients with acute stress symptoms and PTSD, obesity, diabetes etc.).
• Becomes familiar with electronic health records, and appropriate coding skills for billing purposes.
• Other duties as related to the scope of the job.

Supervision Received:
Supervision will be provided by PI and peer supervision

Supervision Given:
May supervise assigned support staff if needed.

Required Education:
• Master’s degree, PsyD or PhD in a mental health related field (Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling psychology, clinical social work, clinical psychology) from an accredited University.• Bilingual (Spanish - English).

Preferred Education:
Master’s or higher with license to practice.

Full clinical licensure to practice in Texas, such as LCSW, LMFT, LPC, CP or associate of any of these licenses.

Required Experience:
Some experience obtained related to the duties performed. This experience can include training during coursework in goal oriented behavioral therapies or experience in related medical settings.

Preferred Experience:
Experience working in medical / primary care settings. Previous clinical work experience in terms of clients / patients served, type of clinical issues applicant has served (anxiety, depression, addiction, couples etc.,), samples of documentation skills (clinical notes). Interested in and/or have experience with brief interventions, team-based care, a wide variety of psychiatric, substance abuse and behavioral medicine problems, and diverse populations.

Use of standard office equipment (Computer, electronic medical records, laptop).

Working Conditions:
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Need to be able to work in an outpatient primary care setting. Some travel and weekend work is required.

Good inter-personal skills that will effectively function for a primary care team member providing brief 15- to 30-minute interventions for a wide variety of behavioral issues in patients of all ages.

Physical Capabilities: N/A
Employment Category: Full-Time
Minimum Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date: 09/01/2021
Grant Funded Position: No
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EEO Statement:
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: *Date of Birth *Gender *Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days. If you have any questions, please visit our Careers site at for detailed contact information.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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