Behavioral Health Consultant

The Behavioral Health Consultant will support the mission of the Ozarks Community Health Center. Our mission is to provide greater access to quality, compassionate, and professional healthcare through our comprehensive health system and community partnerships.

Job Responsibilities

  • Works in conjunction with the Health Home Coordinator, PCHH team, and other care team members to provide a close, fully integrated model of behavioral health care in the primary care environment, tied into our Patient Centered Medical Home model of care.
  • Performs screenings/evaluations of individuals for mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Performs brief interventions for individuals with behavioral health concerns.
  • Provides behavioral health supports to assist individuals in improving health status and managing chronic illnesses as needed.
  • Supports primary care provider/team in identifying and behaviorally intervening with patients who could benefit from such interventions.
  • Participate in front line interventions with first looking to manage behavioral health needs within primary care practice.
  • Identifies problem behavior, discusses impact of intervention, and decides what to change.
  • Implements specific goal directed interventions using monitoring forms, behavioral health “prescriptions,” and multiple simultaneous intervention strategies.
  • Provides tailored education to patients and families about specific issues via handouts, teach back strategies, and other methods.
  • Consistently communicates with primary care provider about patient care, including descriptions of the action plan and follow-up care.
  • Transitions patients to traditional behavioral health counseling as needed.
  • Uses correct visit templates when documenting, and consistently differentiates visits between BCH and counseling.
  • Dismisses each patient by walking them to the front office and communicating with office staff what the patient needs to be scheduled for and, if it is a BHC appointment, what number that session will be.
  • Ensures Medicaid prior authorizations are obtained prior to a 5th patient visit.
  • Provides comprehensive mental health care to patients per OCHC procedure and policy and collaborative practice agreement/protocol, utilizing supplies and procedures appropriate to ages of the patients serviced, including child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
  • Obtains and documents all relevant health history.
  • Performs mental health examination and documents relevant findings.
  • Develops and implements a plan of care, with the patient and appropriate others, which may include additional testing, education, counseling, health promotion, referral, and follow-up, and documents in the patient record.
  • Educates and counsels individuals and/or their families on health, health promotion, and illness, based on identified mental needs.
  • Provides mental care related to consultation to and collaborates with community agencies and organizations.
  • Completes and signs documentation within 72 hours after the patient has been seen.
  • Provides correct documentation, diagnosis codes, and correct template to ensure correct coding/billing occurs.
  • Completes corrections from coding in a timely manner.

Education & Training

  • High School Diploma or Secondary Degree preferred
  • Must pass annual competencies

Licensure & Certifications

  • LCSW, LMSW, Psy.D, LPC,
    or LMFT
  • BLS within 6 months of employment


  • One year experience preferred

Reports to

  • Behavioral Health Coordinator

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