APLA Health is currently seeking a Behavioral Health Triage Specialist, to join our Baldwin Hills location! We offer great benefits, competitive pay, and great working environment!
Dental Insurance (no cost for employee)
Vision Insurance (no cost for employee)
Long Term Disability
Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance
Employee Assistance Program
Flexible Spending Accounts
11 Paid Holidays
2 Personal Days
10 Vacation Days
12 Sick Days
Metro reimbursement or free parking
Employer Matched 403b Retirement Plan
No weekend work! Work business hours Monday – Friday
This is a great opportunity to make a difference!
Behavioral Health Triage Specialist
* Please note this is an entry level position
Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, provide the appropriate level of behavioral health and substance use disorder services for clients of APLA Health. Staff will provide services identified through a biopsychosocial assessment and promote health and wellness through services, advocacy and education with a focus on the needs of low-income LGBT adults including but not limited to people living with HIV/AIDS. Position will also provide community behavioral health services to other clients seeking services at APLA Health.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve primary role as Behavioral Health clinician with specific focus on triage, individual, and group counseling around issues of substance abuse.
Support the Behavioral Health staff in matching patients appropriately with an individual therapist as well as increasing the size and scope of the groups program with a decided focus on evidence-based practices around substance abuse prevention, risk reduction, and relapse prevention.
Participate in training and accredited continuing education in the Integration of Mental Health, Substance Use, and Primary Care Services, and Screening, Brief Interventions, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
Participate in conferences and trainings provided by SAMHSA, ASAM, or other professionally recognized organizations to help our team to further their education and sharpen their skills around best practices for substance abuse competency, so that they might work most effectively with our MAT prescribers to form a culture of integrated care.
Assist as secondary clinician for SUD patients in terms of working with treatment plan developed by primary clinician.
Provide individual, couple and group counseling, building a caseload with a goal of averaging 20 hours of billable services delivered per week.
Provide behavioral health referrals, advocacy, and service information to clients and their support systems.
Provide immediate consultation to medical staff regarding behavioral health and substance use concerns.
Provide outreach, patient identification, education, and provider consultation on addiction treatment and enhancing our integrated service delivery model of care.
Assist in the collection, development, and deployment of education and outreach materials with a specific focus on issues related to the LGBT population in need of substance use identification and treatment, including opioid misuse information and resources.
Identify and expand use of community-based resources and referrals to facilitate higher-level services for patients with greater need than we are able to provide directly.
Document services in eClinicalWorks and/or other charting and data collection systems as appropriate. Documentation will be performed in a timely and accurate fashion in accordance with program policies and professional standards of care.
Adhere to all applicable professional, legal, and ethical standards of behavioral health practice in the provision of services, including but not limited to: mandated reporting, provision of effective services, case documentation, client confidentiality/HIPAA regulations, ensuring client safety, and maintaining professional boundaries.
Attend trainings and case conference meetings as required.
Prepare monthly reports and statistics as requested.
Maintain client behavioral health files to ensure completed documentation required by funders and agency Quality Management Plan.
OTHER DUTIES MAY BE ASSIGNED TO MEET BUSINESS NEEDS.
Training and Experience:
A Masters or Doctoral degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, or Psychology; Current California license in good standing as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Psychologist. Ability to be credentialed as a Medicare and Medi-Cal provider. Preference for individuals with prior experience in IOP, PHP, RTC, and/or detox levels of care, but not required.
LGBTQ behavioral health issues and effective treatment modalities; HIV behavioral health issues; ability to perform differential diagnosis using the DSM-V; various theoretical orientations; treatment modalities; clinical techniques and interventions; treatment planning; biopsychosocial assessment; crisis intervention and reporting obligations. Requires significant experience in the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders, with a specific focus on opioid misuse.
Communicate effectively orally and in writing; organize work in an effective manner; work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary, fast paced environment; work effectively independently and as part of a team; be comfortable with flexibility in regard to daily responsibilities; communicate and relate to a variety of personalities, ethnicities, and sexual orientations; complete documentation in a comprehensive and timely fashion in accordance with APLA H&W policies.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper.
Must possess a valid California driver’s license; proof of auto liability insurance; and have the use of a personal vehicle for work related purposes.
APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at aplahealth.org.
A dynamic, diverse staff, a team oriented, collaborative environment, an excellent benefits package, competitive salaries, exciting advancement opportunities, and extensive professional development.