PURPOSE OF THE JOB: Provide services, primarily with adults with chronic mental illnesses, emotional disturbances and those that may be in crisis. The candidate will also be expected to provide ongoing therapeutic services to the clients. Some experience with children, adolescents and families is a plus.
A Master’s Degree in psychology, social work, or counseling is required. It is preferred that the candidate be licensed in Alaska or another state. An Alaska license is required within six months of employment. Clinical supervision will be available for graduates that do not have a license.
A minimum of one year of experience in working in a clinical environment under supervision. New graduates will be considered on a one by one basis.
This employee would be responsible to have the knowledge to provide developmentally appropriate care across the life span and to be able to assess the client’s therapeutic needs. Must demonstrate leadership, stability, dependability and be able to work with some autonomy. The candidate must be able to provide crisis interventions with proficiency and sensitivity for clients and their families in a variety of cultural settings. Ability to follow program requirements and complete paperwork in a timely manner. Must be free from criminal convictions that may affect the employee’s potential performance, contingent on fingerprint and/or records check.
The position will include participation in new and ongoing behavioral health expansion projects including integrative medicine
Possess core clinical skills that allow one to establish rapport with the client and their family members if needed.
Cultural knowledge of Native Alaskans/American Indians preferred.
Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and relevant knowledge base (especially with Alaska Natives), be able to self-evaluate and know when to consult with other clinical staff. Have the ability to gather and implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions that are conducive to the needs of the clients and their families.
Provide comprehensive assessment of adults and family members referred to mental health from throughout the Bristol Bay region, and provide or make recommendations for follow-up services. Assessments maybe conducted in the client’s community.
Responsible for the timely completion of accurate authorization requests and reporting requirements for Medicaid, and other payers of service. Become familiar with billing requirements and policies.
As a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, provide support, direction, and assistance towards reaching targeted goals of the client's individual treatment plan.
Develops positive and empathetic relationship with clients and acts as a positive reinforcement and role model to motivate clients towards achieving personal goals.
Assists in planning and coordinating respite foster homes, recreational, educational, and vocational activities as required by individual treatment plans.
Provide assistance and oversight to clients in self-management of their medications.
Coordinate with community professionals as required, including outreach to social services, schools, hospital, employers, probation officer and other provider agencies.
Transport, or assist clients with transportation needs, when scheduled for health, welfare, or rehabilitative service appointments, and during approved activities.
Maintain strict client confidentiality in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 HIPAA and HITECH Act, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation policies, and Behavioral Health Center policy and procedures.
Develop treatment plans and maintain current documentation in client charts and online, according to established procedures.
Augment other outpatient services including prevention/education services on children and family issues.
Attend staff meetings, treatment team meetings, training and conferences when appropriate.
Become CPR and First Aid certified within one month of hire.
Be familiar with mental health emergency system procedures, and participate in emergency on call rotation.
Assess client’s potential for violence to self and/or others and make recommendations to family, referral agencies, hospital, or court.
Perform other duties as assigned.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work may be performed in a client's home, within the school or client's place of employment and employee is subject to policies of other agencies while providing services on their premises.
Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds at waist level.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS: Interacts with health corporation staff, school personnel, local businesses, families and clients with mental and emotional illnesses from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
POSITIONS SUPERVISED: None
SUPERVISED BY: Clinical Director of Behavioral Health
THIS ORGANIZATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR REVISE JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS THE NEED ARISES. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.
Internal Number: 08/07/2018
About Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
Formed by a consortium of Bristol Bay tribes (Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Supiak/Alutiiq - the original inhabitants of our region), in 1973 to provide comprehensive health care services. Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation manages Kanakanak Hospital, a critical access facility which is Joint Commission accredited.