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The Behavioral Health Assessment Counselor (BHAC) provides information, assessments and referrals for clients with mental health and addiction problems. The Behavioral Health Assessment Counselor refers clients to community-based providers, mental health and addiction programs of MSHA and coordinates inpatient admissions. The BHAC performs assessments on children, adolescents, and adults with mental health or addition problems. Working with physicians and physician-approved guidelines, the BHAC combines good judgment, decision making skills and knowledge of program criteria to recommend a level of care to meet the client's needs and makes referrals to specific community-based providers or MSHA programs. The BHAC works cooperatively with physicians, therapist, nursing homes, mental health agencies, addiction counselors and insurance providers to schedule assessments, make referrals and coordinate inpatient admissions, including performing any needed clerical duties. The BHAC is responsible and accountable for the care of the assigned patients and directs others to assure Patient-Centered Care which is based on patient needs, values and choices.
The Behavioral Health Assessment Counselor is an Approved Mandatory Pre-Screener by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and is able to initiate the procedures for emergency admission in compliance with Title 33 which states Mental Health and Development Disabilities Law. The BHAC is expected to practice autonomously within the scope of their professional standards and the rules and regulations established by the State licensure board in their specialty.
Must possess knowledge of the policy and procedures of MSHA. Demonstrates sensitivity and understanding of the diverse cultural backgrounds of our patients and caregivers. This position requires the ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills. Actively participates in the continuous quality improvement of patient care though data collection, as well as, interpreting/evaluating the data and planning actions. Serves as a professional role model as a caregiver, mentor, teacher and resource for peers and other providers.
MSHA expects all team members to support the VOS initiative by demonstrating awareness of the VOS system and effectively applying it to his/her work.
Job duties of this position may require access to protected patient information (PHI). The team member will be accountable for appropriate use of the record and compliance with all confidentiality and security policy and procedures related to use, access, and disclosure of PHI.
Reports directly to the manager accountable for the area assigned. Will have a cooperative working relationship with Medical Staff, Directors and Clinical Leaders, Community-based Providers
Meets, or is eligible to meet within 6 months of hire date, the requirements as a certified professional designated as a Mandatory Pre-Screener by the appropriate state's Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Development Disabilities including; licensed psychological examiner, licensed senior psychological examiner, certified social worker with two years of mental health experience, licensed clinical social worker, licensed or certified marital and family therapist, or licensed professional counselor.
Holds licensure in the appropriate state or certification for above designated specialty .
Masters degree from an accredited school in above named discipline.
Minimum of two years Behavioral Health experience preferred.
Ability to apply through knowledge of theoretical and clinical principles of development to various age groups.
CPR certification. ]]>
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