General Purpose of Job: As part of the Population Health Service Organization (PHSO), the Mental Health Therapist will participate in the practices with the Sparrow Medical Group (SMG) primary care team to support the coordination of behavioral health care.
Common Duties and Responsibilities: Through Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) funding, the Mental Health Therapist will cover 5 practices and rotate between sites with the opportunity to utilize telehealth functionality to connect with one of their locations if an immediate assessment is warranted. Like a Primary Care Behaviorist Model, the goal is to integrate behavioral health into primary care workflows through warm hand-offs to the Mental Health Therapist, to diagnose and address concerns. In addition, the expectation is that they’ll implement strategies for the management of multiple conditions, and engage with specialty care for serious mental health needs.
Provides assessments, crisis interventions, advocacy, support, care management, community referrals, and counseling at the clinic or via a telehealth encounter
Screens and assesses patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders, with the ability to triage high-risk patients when necessary
Provides brief behavioral interventions using evidence-based psychological techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, or other treatments as appropriate
Works with the patient, family, and other members of the health care team to formulate a treatment plan and goals of care
Communicates regularly with all involved parties (patient, family, Specialists, Primary Care Physician, etc.) and updates treatment notes in Epic
Documents in-person and telehealth encounters in Epic, which should include patient progress, treatment recommendations, adherence monitoring and side effects
Provides information about resources and options available in the community and coordinates service delivery
Understanding of legal and ethical issues in primary care
Identifies problems and gaps in community services that impact Sparrow outcomes and takes the lead in making effective change
Knowledge of the impact of biologic/medical factors on cognitive and affective functioning
General understanding of the most common conditions treated in primary care, such as chronic pain, Diabetes, COPD, and obesity
Adapts behaviors and goals, in a culturally sensitive manner based on the individual’s background, social situation, experience and wishes
Reports information generated from available sources to support operational, clinical and financial goals/outcomes
*Current LMSW licensure by the State of Michigan
*Knowledge of Michigan's Mental Health Codes
*Minimum of a Master's Degree in social work
Specialized Knowledge and Skills
*Demonstrated skills in diagnosing psychopathology
*Skills in providing individual, group, and family therapy
*Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Project, and Power Point
*Demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues at different levels of the business, up through the most senior levels within the enterprise *Ability to establish and maintain a high level of credibility with the patient and primary care team, to clearly articulate complex messages *Ability to create an open environment where conflicts as to methods and priorities can be aired and resolved in an objective manner *Excellent communication skills, with the ability to clearly communicate vision, mission, goals, themes, and key priorities that guide and focus the efforts of others *Able to coordinate and balance requirements between clinical outcomes and administrative activities *Strong collaboration and influence capabilities *Exceptional organizational ability and the ability to achieve goals in the face of multiple pressures *Possesses flexibility to lead in an ever-changing work environment; ability to work with minimal direction and oversight; ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty *Superior prioritization, organizational, and management skills *Ability to work independently; resourceful and proactive *Clear and confident communicator internally and with members/external partners *Excellent problem-solving skills, particularly ability to react appropriately 'in the moment' *Unyielding attention to detail
Sparrow Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.