D emonstrates commitment to the vision, core purpose/mission and goals of LRMC, modeling the values and culture.
The Behavioral Health Specialist works under the direction of the Department Leaders and directly reports to the Team Leader. A through knowledge of the U.S. social welfare system, as well as the ability to identify and access community resources is required. The Behavioral Health Specialist promotes the mission of the hospital in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients and their families. Has knowledge of all areas of the hospital and is competent to provide discharge planning, provide support, leadership and education to a multidisciplinary health care team. Active participation in the professional governance structure is encouraged. This employee possess and utilizes advanced knowledge of systems, processes, psychodynamics, and organizations to enhance or provide patient care. Duties include individual, family, and group psychotherapy, ancillary or direct service program development, and self development.
Performs other duties as assigned.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES :
Actively participates in team development, achieving dashboards, and in accomplishing department goals and objectives.
Maintains professional standards and confidentiality of information according to NASW Code of Ethics and HIPPA guidelines by yearly review of the NASW Code of Ethics and remaining current with annual HIPPA trainings.
Remains current in professional knowledge and skills so that new developments, techniques and findings are available in the patient care system. The MHARP will attend at least one inservice training offered through LRMC per quarter and complete all required CEU's to maintain appropriate licensure.
Coordinates activities required to comply with Baker Act and Marchman Act laws related to involuntary patients, in medical, and surgical. This includes communication with patient care team on when assistance in understanding the mental health laws are requested. For involuntary patients on the mental health unit the MHARP has to complete portions on the CF-MH 3106, CF-MH 3108, CF-MH 3032, CF- MH 3033, CF-MH 3038, and other Baker Act and Marchman Act forms as needed within the required time frame and forward to the Probate Division of Clerk of Courts. With 95% compliance.
Performs clinical case management of a patient caseload which includes: psychosocial assessment, family assessment, continuity management and planning for ongoing treatment, progress noted, care, and referral as needed. Assessments, case management activities, and conduct reflect an understanding biopsychosocial needs, illness, and interventions. In 50% of patients, case management results in 3-5 day lengths of stay.
Assesses patient's psychosocial, economic, and cultural needs and collaborates with care teams, patients, families, and physicians to develop/ alter plans of care in order to restore and/ or maintain patient mental health status so that the plan of care reflects multidisciplinary evaluation and intervention. The MHARP will develop the plan of care within 24 hours of admission, daily reviewed and initial for appropriateness. With 90% compliance based on chart reviews and supervisor observation.
Regular entries in the medical record case management progress notes reflect patient problems, appropriate intervention by clinician, patient response, and reasoned clinical assessments in all notes which relate to occurrences in treatment activities. These components may not be present in notes which are historical in nature, or reflect simple monitoring activities. Notes are entered regarding each patient contact, or summary notes each day of patient contact- which ever is less- as a minimum requirement. Notes are written in the Data, Assessment, Plan format with no exceptions based on chart reviews and supervisor observation.
Develop successful discharge plan. Assess patients psychosocial factors, attend and participate in patient staffing as assigned, maintain open communication with psychiatrist and nursing staff , the discharge plan should be clearly documented in the patients medical record with no more than one exception per month.
Facilitates continuity of care by coordinating delivery of post- discharge services including home health, skilled nursing, durable medical equipment, therapies, prescription drugs, and other community resources/ assistance.
Facilitates at least one inpatient/outpatient individual, family or group psychotherapy group per week. Documents in medical record the group objective, methods used and patient response with 95% completion based on chart reviews and supervisor observation.
Assists patients and families in identifying and implementing strategies to cope with and adapt to events and stresses of hospitalization and/ or chronic disease. Including psychosocial/ emotional support of patient's/ families, and facilitates access to support systems/ resources as needed.
Responsible for identifying and referring situation related to inappropriate utilization quality issues, risk management, and infection control
Actively participates in social work/ MHARP governance structure.
Coaches, teaches, and mentors others to continuously increase competence of team.
Exhibits consistent support of team work as evidenced by five documented examples of attending team and/ or unit meetings, demonstration of flexibility working different or additional shifts when needed by team, assisting others, works towards attaining team goals by offering suggestions, contributions, planning and evaluating process.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS :
· Required: Ability to interact and communicate effectively with peers and patients. Ability to provide group, individual, and family therapy and didactic presentations, Abilities in public speaking and public relations.
Preferred: Master's level degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work, Mental Health provided by Florida Mental Health Institute. A minimum of 12 contact hours of training or college courses in assessment, mental status examination, crisis intervention, Baker Act Law, and the DSM (most recent edition).
R equired: Master's level or higher degree in : Counseling and Guidance, Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Child Development and Family Relations (ECU), Criminal Justice, Education, Health Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Religion, Social Sciences, Sociology
Preferred: Two or more years psychotherapy experience and discharge planning on an inpatient psychiatric unit.
Required: One year p sychotherapy experience. Graduate internship experience is acceptable. Discharge planning, community partnership.
L ICENSURE/CERTIFICATION/ OTHER:
referred: Within two - three years of becoming eligible, when available. Relevant licensure - LCSW, LMHC, LMFT
Required: Certifications: Per department or hospital requirements and relevant policies
E THICS AND COMPLIANCE
Employee performs within the prescribed limits of the hospital's and department's Ethics and Compliance program, and is responsible to detect, observe, and report compliance variances to their immediate supervisor, or upward through the chain of command, the Compliance Officer, or the hospital hotline.