The Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, seeks to hire a full-time (40 hours per week) Clinical Instructor faculty member. The care manager functions as a core member of a Collaborative Care team that involves the patient's primary care provider (PCP), a psychiatric consultant, and other specialty providers in the clinic. The care manager is responsible for supporting a coordinated approach to care for patients with mental health conditions seen at in the UNC Family Medicine Center. Principal duties will include:
Support and closely coordinate mental health care with the patient's primary care provider (PCP) and, when appropriate, other mental health or specialty providers.
Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and available treatment options.
Monitor patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.
Support psychotropic medication management prescribed by PCPs, focusing on treatment adherence, side effects and other complications, and effectiveness of treatment.
Provide brief interventions using evidence-based techniques such as Behavioral Activation (BA), Problem-Solving Treatment (PST), Motivational Interviewing (MI), or other treatments appropriate for primary care medical settings.
Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)) as clinically indicated.
Participate in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient's PCPs.
Track patient follow-up and clinical outcomes using an electronic registry. Document in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients.
Document patient progress and treatment recommendations in the electronic medical record so they can be easily shared with IBD providers, the psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.
Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the PCPs and the psychiatric consultant. These may include changes in medications or psychosocial treatments or appropriate referrals for additional services.
Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside the clinic (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).
Complete relapse prevention plans with patients who are in remission.
Other duties as assigned
Education and Experience:
An excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions; experience with assessment and treatment planning for common mental health and substance use disorders; the ability to work through brief patient contacts as well as to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions; good knowledge of psycho-pharmacology; familiarity with brief, structured intervention techniques; and the ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected chronic conditions. Experience in working with patients with co-occurring mental health, substance use, and physical health problems, as well as experience working in a medical setting (primary care clinic, specialty care clinic, hospital, etc.) is desired.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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