The Primary Care Behavioral Health Specialist (PCBHS) works as part of the Primary Care team providing assistance in managing the overall health of the enrolled population. The PCBHS assesses the behavioral, emotional, psychological, cognitive, social and biological factors that shape an individual's well-being and provides interventions that focus on these factors related to the member’s health status. The PCBHS’s goals are to help improve the recognition, treatment, and management of psychosocial, behavioral, mental health and medical conditions in the enrolled population. The PCBHS:
Provides Primary Care Behavioral Health services to members being seen in GHC-SCW’s primary care clinics.
Provides consultation to other health-care professionals to augment and improve the usual preventive and direct care for behaviorally based problems.
The ideal candidate will possess strong assessment skills; experience working in medical settings, particularly with primary care; experience providing brief interventions that emphasize patient functioning; and skills in assessing and treating a wide variety of mental health issues and health behavior concerns in children, adults and families.
A Master’s degree in Social Work or closely related field from an accredited graduate program and a minimum of two (2) years of post-graduate experience in behavioral health, preferably in an integrated health care environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, with up to date knowledge of the research and clinical literature in this area, required.
Valid, State of Wisconsin license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; eligibility for the State of Wisconsin Medicaid/Forward Health program as a Mental Health Provider, and possession of a National Provider Identifier (NPI Number) for health care providers is required. Applicants demonstrating significant, specific clinical practice training in a Primary Care Behavioral Health program may be considered if licensure is obtained within four months of hire.
Experience working in medical settings, particularly with primary care, is strongly preferred.
Possession of a valid driver license with a good driving record and ability to provide own transportation to various work locations is required.
Professional knowledge of and demonstrated clinical experience in the provision of mental health and health behavior interventions across a wide range of presenting issues is required.
Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between medical and psychological aspects of health and disease, the ability to apply the bio-psychosocial model to the primary care setting, and a basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy is strongly preferred.
Excellent assessment skills and demonstrated skill and experience in providing evidence-based, brief interventions that emphasize patient functioning required.
Knowledge, ability and skills in the provision of professional, evidence-based mental health therapy services including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of individuals and families, is required.
Knowledge of and experience with Primary Care Behavioral Health services is preferred.
Ability and openness to the challenge of constant improvement, to learning new ideas and skills, to managing change, and to working in a high-energy, fast paced environment is required.
About Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) is a not-for-profit managed health care organization that provides the entire spectrum of health care services, including insurance, Primary Care and Specialty Care.
The heart of GHC-SCW is in its nationally-ranked Primary Care Clinics, which integrate with the insurance arm of the organization to provide quality care with value-add...ed services. GHC-SCW is also paired with several networks, which allow our members to access a variety of Primary and Specialty Care options, depending on the insurance plan the member is enrolled in and the network he or she selects.
We believe that health care should begin at the Primary Care level, with an established relationship with a Primary Care Provider who gets to know the member and his or her health care needs.