Neighborcare Health Community-Based Mental Health Therapist - Homeless Healthcare in Seattle, Washington

The Mission of Neighborcare Health is to provide comprehensive health care to families and individuals who have difficulty accessing care, respond with sensitivity to the needs of our culturally diverse patients, and advocate and work with others to improve the overall health status of the communities we serve.

Position Summary

Mental Health Therapists provide mental health interventions with a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities. Patients may be referred by their primary care provider, other Neighborcare Health staff, housing, school, or shelter staff, or self-referred, and services are provided at clinic sites, outreach sites or schools. Work in partnership and joint accountability with other team members to achieve Neighborcare Health’s Mission, Guiding Principles and goals.

Essential Responsibilities

Provide high quality behavioral health services to referred patients in a timely manner, in line with Neighborcare Health’s productivity expectations.

Assist medical staff, school staff, and other providers to engage the patient in appropriate behavioral health services, either with Neighborcare Health and/or another agency.

Assess needs and develop individualized treatment goals for each patient. Review treatment plans for all individual counseling patients at least every 3 months.

Facilitate skill-building and psycho-educational classes, including creating curriculum for these classes

Complete Disclosure forms as appropriate, signed by patient and sent to Scanning

Complete 100% of chart notes within 24 hours of visit

Complete accurate coding on 100% of visit fee slips, and turn into receptionists by end of each shift

Work cooperatively as a member of the health care team, including involvement in chart review and case consultation, development of patient protocols and ongoing coordination of treatment with the psychiatrist and the primary care physician.

Other Responsibilities

Attend site staff meetings as directed by supervisor

Attend Behavioral Health Team meetings for all Neighborcare Health sites as directed by supervisor or BH Program Manager

Work in cooperation and in the interest of patient care with other behavioral health staff, including participating in peer mentoring and information sharing

Work with clinic reception and other support staff to maximize patient access to behavioral health services

May provide supervision of or training for students who are assigned to Neighborcare Health as part of their professional education

Housing Health Outreach Team (HHOT) Mental Health Therapist

Are you looking for?

  • A unique position that will allow you to use your skills and talents to the utmost?

  • An employer that encourages you to bring your heart for service and social justice to the forefront?

  • An opportunity to practice skills in a nontraditional setting?

  • A team of co-workers who are supportive, enthusiastic and like-minded?

The Housing Health Outreach Team (HHOT) provides outreach multi-disciplinary services to low-income permanent supportive housing sites in downtown Seattle to assess the needs of residents in collaboration with other team members, including housing staff and chemical dependency counselors. Services target housing sites that serve formerly homeless persons, formerly homeless veterans, and that have high proportions of residents with compromised health. Provide outreach and engagement to individuals who are eligible for Behavioral Health Organizaiton (BHO) or primary care mental health services, but are not currently connected to services. Provide ongoing outreach and engagement with those who are eligible but not ready to link with off-site services. Reports to HHOT Program Administrator.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Experience providing therapy services for a wide range of behavioral health issues, including death and bereavement, trauma, chronic illness, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, relationship skills, etc

Knowledge of, experience with and comfort in working with individuals of varying ethnicities and cultures, and sexual orientations

Knowledge of and excellent understanding of psychiatric diagnoses and psychotropic medications

Training and knowledge in evidence-based psychotherapeutic strategies and methods

Knowledge of and skill in the use of personal computers with the ability to learn and use company software programs

Knowledge of and ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with patients, families, co-workers and community resources

Knowledge of and ability to maintain professional standards and follow the treatment policies and procedures of Neighborcare Health and of state, local and federal regulators

Knowledge of and ability to perform CPR

Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team

Ability to maintain all necessary credentials per agency and licensing requirements

Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with people of varied racial, educational and socio-economic backgrounds as well as individuals with disabilities and contagious diseases

Ability to meet and comply with HIPAA/Confidentiality policies and procedures

Ability to be detail oriented, multi-task, organize, problem solve and to follow up on tasks

Ability to read, write and communicate in English and understand basic math

Ability to learn from directions, observations and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment

Ability to work independently or as part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with co-workers and patients

Ability to work with supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and or action/discipline

Ability to effectively perform job duties under high levels of activity, and a variety of conditions and restraints

Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable and timely attendance

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field, or PhD in Psychology

LICSW, LMFT, LMHC, ACSW, Clinical Psychologist licensure or written plan with supervisor for fulfilling one of these licensure requirements in a timely manner

Experience working in a medical setting with medical providers preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.