The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.
As a Petaluma Health Center Behavioral Health Provider/LCSW, you’ll get the chance to work in a team based environment that is integrated with our primary care teams. You will play an essential role in our collaborative, integrative approach to patient care.
You will get the chance to mentor/teach behavioral health students/post docs who rotate through the clinic and participate in The Center for Education in Community Medicine and our NP/PA Residency Program if this is an area that interests you.
Petaluma Health Center has two large clinics - one located in Petaluma and another located in Rohnert Park. Our scope of services include: Family Medicine, Maternity, Behavioral & Mental Health, Wellness, Optometry, Dental and Specialty Services.
We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.
For more information about us, please visit us at www.phealthcenter.org.
Petaluma Health Center is located in Petaluma, CA, about one hour north of San Francisco. We have two clinics, one located in Petaluma and another in the city of Rohnert Park. We offer our providers the opportunity to practice a full scope or partial scope of family medicine and primary care. We offer flexible schedules, loan repayment, a full suite of benefits and competitive salaries. Come live the dream in Northern California.
Position Title: Behavioral Health Provider/LCSW/Child & Family
Summary: The Behavioral Health Provider/LCSW/Child & Family plays an essential role in the collaborative, integrative approach to care provided to patients with medical and behavioral health concerns within the primary care setting. Using a trauma informed, resilience-focused approach to care, the Behavioral Health Provider will:
- Conduct clinical interviews, assessments and diagnostic evaluations using validated tools and demonstrating strong knowledge of the DSM-V.
- Provide effective, evidence informed practices including brief and ongoing behavioral health interventions to patients across the lifespan with a particular emphasis on serving youth and/or their families.
- Design appropriate treatment plans in consultation with patients and their primary care providers to most effectively meet patient’s whole health needs, including coordinating care with internal partners, as clinically indicated.
- Facilitate same-day and crisis interventions, as needed; be available for warm hand-offs from primary care staff.
- Offer patient education and facilitate linkages to community resources.
- Provide facilitation of groups for individuals with similar diagnosis and symptom clusters.
- Focus upon prevention and early intervention integrating a multi-generational approach, when practical.
- Maintain professional license, credentials, and relevant training. Contribute to overall clinic quality goals and improvement efforts.
- Perform other duties as assigned, including but not limited to after evening hours and assignment to outside locations within PHC federal scope such as school based clinics and homeless shelters.
Areas of Responsibility:
Participation in Integrated Care Team:
- Functions as collaborative member of integrated care team
- Readily accepts warm handoffs and provides follow-up recommendations to referring provider
- Shares skills and interventions with members of integrated team to facilitate coordinated treatment
- Consistently uses screening tools to assess mood, risk, and progress in treatment
- Appropriately and expediently diagnoses mental health disorders based on DSM-V criteria
- Determine appropriate level of treatment for individual patients and episodes of care
- Coordinate care with community resources as appropriate
- Utilize outcomes-based practice tools to ensure high quality patient care and tailor delivery of brief interventions
- Works collaboratively with Behavioral Health leadership to develop treatment programs specific to patient populations and treatment needs
- Provides psychological assessment and treatment to individuals and families
- Documents progress/data in medical records using objective, measurable methods
- Treats psychological disorders to effect change
- Selects approach to use in brief individual therapy and modalities
- Consults with Primary Care Providers, Psychiatrists and other specialists in developing and/or refining treatment recommendations
Access and Productivity:
- Works at maximum potential to meet productivity requirements in order to improve patient access and fiscal viability while maintaining quality care
- Adheres to health center standards for productivity as defined by the medical director and senior management
- Facilitates same-day access for patients in need of Behavioral Health treatment or assessment
Professional Development and Relationships:
- Utilizes Continuing Education resources to ensure compliance and skills necessary to practice in PHC treatment model. Willingly seeks additional training when needed in order to successfully fulfill job requirements
- Models clear communication and conflict resolution skills with coworkers and patients
- Continually assesses needs of community and patients, and trends in psychology, to ensure cutting-edge treatment
- Participates in quality improvement initiatives. Adheres to quality assurance guidelines and aids the health center in reaching its clinical quality goals. Adheres to nationally recognized health care standards
- Knows and follows clinic policies and procedures
- Demonstrates competent knowledge in delivering behavioral health services to patients through peer review as established through the medical staff bylaws, recommendations of each licensing Board, and clinic Quality improvement Program
- Supports and contributes in a positive manner to clinic efforts to maintain and improve patient satisfaction in all aspects of care delivery
- Meets all time commitments by arriving on time to the clinic and working entire shift or more as needed
- Responsible for maintaining credentials by keeping all required licenses current, including but not limited to California Social Work License, CE hours, CPR Certifications and any other required licenses. It is the responsibility of the LCSW to give Human Resources current credentials before old credentials expire
- Willingly performs other duties within the scope of practice as assigned