Behavioral Health Therapist

Excela Health   •  

Greensburg, PA

Industry: Healthcare

  •  

Less than 5 years

Posted 61 days ago

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Job Details

Description

The primary role of the inpatient therapist is to identify psychosocial, case management and legal requirements of the patients. This individual will act as a member of the team to formulate timely individualized treatment and discharge plans.

Actively promotes a Lean work culture by performing team member duties to encourage consistent use of LEAN principles and processes, including continually seeking work process improvements. Recognizes the necessity of taking ownership of one’s own motivation, morale, performance and professional development. Strives for behavior consistent with being committed to Excela’s missions, vision and values.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Essential Functions: Defined as duties specific to the job, that, if removed, would change the entire purpose of the job; to include the Essential Physical Demands and Essential Working Conditions of this position.

  1. Core Essential Functions:
  • Regular, consistent, on-site, and timely attendance.
  • Completes patient assessments.
  • Interviews patients/families/significant others at time of initial presentation to complete psychosocial history and assessment.
  • Documents clinical activities within established time frames according to department, hospital and regulatory agency standards.
  • Assists the Department's compliance with state, JCAHO and other regulatory agencies.
  • Participates in preparation for inspections, surveys and audits.
  • Participates in ongoing unit Performance Improvement Activities.
  • Communicates effectively with patients/peers/families/treatment team.
  • Returns patient/family phone calls and documents.
  • Provides peer/treatment team consultation when asked.
  • Uses computer as required for E-mail, scheduling, authorizations, insurance tracking, etc.
  • Provides and participates in Educational Activities.
  • Provides and documents patient/family education.
  • Participates in staff education both as participant and presenter.
  • Makes recommendations for staff development.
  • Serves on Hospital committees and participates in other related projects as directed.
  • Complies with requirements for credentialed status as required.
  • Completes timely credentialing/re-credentialing.
  • Maintains active licensure.
  • Completes C.E.U.'s required for continued licensure.
  1. Specialty Essential Functions:
  • Processes psychiatric emergencies.
  • Assesses the severity of patient's condition.
  • Collaborates with psychiatrist to effect a crisis resolution.
  • Processes commitments.
  • Obtains authorization/reauthorization/certifications as appropriate for psychiatric treatment.
  • Refers patients to appropriate treatment facilities.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of the Mental Health Procedures Act.
  • Participates in treatment planning.
  • Completes treatment plans and treatment plan reviews in accordance with departmental standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Attends treatment team meetings.
  • Functions as an interdisciplinary team member to actively identify and resolve patient needs.
  • Facilitates discharge planning.
  • Utilizes skilled therapeutic modalities.
  • Provides individual, group and family therapy.
  • Provides crisis intervention techniques as needed.
  • Documents services provided according to department and regulatory agencies.
  • Obtains psychiatric follow-up appointments for coordination of care.
  • Obtains authorizations/reauthorizations for treatment.
  • Completes activity logs as requested.
  • Completes patient assessments and facilitates legal processes.
  • Interviews patients/families/significant others at time of initial presentation to complete psychosocial history and assessment.
  • Documents clinical activities within established time frames according to department, hospital and regulatory agency standards.
  • Sets appropriate recovery based goals
  • Educates Patients, Families and Staff on legal issues
  • Facilitates all commitment proceedings for the patient
  • Assures that commitments are complete and that the appropriate rights have been given
  • Assists the department's compliance with State, JCAHO and other regulatory agencies.
  • Participates in preparation for inspections, surveys and audits.
  • Participates in ongoing unit Performance Improvement activities.
  • Communicates effectively with patients/peers/families/treatment team/agencies.
  • Attends at least 50% of staff meetings.
  • Reads and signs off minutes of those not attended.
  • Returns patient/family phone calls and documents.
  • Provides peer/treatment team consultation when asked.
  • Uses computer as required for email, scheduling, authorizations, insurance tracking. Etc.
  • Serves as liaison between physician and families and agencies/services.
  • Provides and participates in educational activities.
  • Provides and documents patient/family education.
  • Participates in staff education, both as participant and presenter.
  • Serves on hospital committees and participates in other related projects as directed.
  1. Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).
  • Delivers presentations to other agencies and groups pertaining to the services provided by this department.
  • Serves on hospital committees and participates in other related projects as directed.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  1. Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.

Education:

  • Master's Level degree or higher in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related degree, with appropriate license.

Certification / Licensure / Regulation:

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) approved curriculum of the American Heart Association (CPR and AED) program.
  • Act 73
  • Act 33/34 clearance; Current Workplace Violence Prevention Certification or completion of Workplace Violence Prevention within 120 days of hire.

Prior Experience:

  • 1 or more years prior experience in provision of individual and group psychotherapy in a clinical setting/or equivalent work related experience.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand and react effectively to the unique needs of the age group served. Good judgment and independent decision making skills.

Preferred Factor:

These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.

  • Previous experience working in a managed care environment. Current credentialing with third party insurance payees.

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