As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a temporary/hourly, day shift, SOCIAL WORKER in support of the Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP).
The Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) care coordinator functions as a core member of a collaborative care team that involves the patient’s primary care provider, a consulting psychiatrist, social worker and other disciplines in the clinic. The care coordinator is responsible for supporting the overall mental health care of the patient in consultation with the team psychiatrist and the primary care provider. The Behavioral Health Care Coordinator acts as the primary liaison to the providers, relaying the consulting psychiatrist’s medication and treatment recommendations. The Care Coordinator also typically provides brief evidence-based counseling and is also responsible for coordinating referrals to clinically indicated services outside the primary care clinic (e.g., mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment, vocational rehabilitation services).
Support and closely coordinate mental health care with the patient’s provider and other treating mental health providers
Screen and assess patients for common mental and substance abuse disorders
Provide patient education about common mental and substance abuse disorders and available treatment options
Monitor clients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications
Support psychotropic medication management prescribed by providers, PCP or the psychiatrist, focusing on treatment adherence, attention to side effects, and effectiveness of treatment
Provide brief counseling or psychotherapy using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, motivational interviewing, or other relevant skills
Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to other evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g, CBT, IPT, PST) as clinically indicated
Conduct regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the consulting team psychiatrist and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s PCP. These consultations will primarily focus on patients who are new to treatment or who are not improving as expected
Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up in mental health care
Track patient follow-up and clinical outcomes using the web-based MHITS care management tracking system. Document in person and telephone encounters in MHITS and use the system to identify and re-engage patients who may be lost to follow-up
REQUIREMENTS: A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education AND One year of full-time social work experience in a health care setting or equivalent. Experience can include a practicum placement as part of a social work training program and/or employment experience.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Within 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington:
Licensed Social Work Associate -Advanced
Licensed Social Work Associate - Independent Clinical
Licensed Advance Social Worker
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Experience with screening and assessment for common mental / substance use disorders
Working knowledge of differential diagnosis of common mental / substance use disorders
Working knowledge of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for common mental disorders
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.