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 Behavioral Health Specialist, Primary Care - LCSW Preferred - Boulder, CO - BOULDER, Colorado, United States

Job information
Posted by: UnitedHealth Group 
Hiring entity type: Insurance 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Psych/Behavioral/Mental
Health - Social Work/Public Health
Travel: Minimal 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 891084 / Latpro-3754609 
Date posted: Sep-16-2020
State, Zip: Colorado, 80301


Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There's no room for error. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

The Behavioral Health Specialist will partner with primary care providers and become a member of the Care Team to provide an integrated clinical and psychosocial approach through the continuum of care to ensure patients receive the behavioral support necessary to improve their health. The Behavioral Health Specialist will provide short term counseling and crisis intervention to patients in the primary care setting.

The Behavioral Health Specialist will provide direct social work/case management services to patients and/or families and the Care Team to ensure patients receive needed assessments, interventions, support and referrals. This person will work directly with providers and clinic care coordinators to ensure patients receive appropriate and successful referrals to behavioral health specialist and other community resources. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work and communicate well with others are critical aspects of this position.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Professional compatibility with the philosophy of the Boulder Community Hospital Physician Clinics department
  • Ability to provide targeted, solution-focused interventions with patients to improve their emotional and physical health. This includes demonstrated skills with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and other evidenced-based practices.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of DSM V - and ability to perform thorough social and mental assessments, evaluate a wide range of psychosocial impairments within a patient population from adolescents to older adults and/or arrange for more detailed assessments when indicated
  • Knowledge of and experience with chronic pain, addiction and recovery issues
  • Knowledge of healthcare systems and reimbursement systems including Medicare and Medicaid
  • Demonstrates high-level knowledge of physical health conditions (IE, Diabetes, hypertension, obesity) and has skills to activate behavioral changes to improve overall health and wellness
  • Demonstrates knowledge of psychotropic medications, side effects, and benefits in order to increase medication adherence in the patient population
  • Able to navigate EMR and critically evaluate whether a patient’s plan of care is appropriate for level of symptomology (i.e., depression) reported. Provide well-conceived, best practice recommendations when plan of care is not sufficient
  • Ability to develop rapport with and provide emotional support for patients and/or families and staff in crisis situations
  • Ability to establish relationships and coordinate services between health care and community service providers and the patient and/or family and staff
  • Ability to provide education to patients and/or families, staff and the community; topics may include crisis intervention, and the emotional, social, and economic stresses of illness
  • Ability to complete required statistical and written reports and use information technology to support and improve integrated healthcare
  • The ability to provide a range of brief focused prevention, treatment, and recovery services as well as longer-term treatment and support for consumers with persistent illnesses
  • Ability to function without direct supervision, utilizing time constructively and organizing assignments for maximum productivity
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to vulnerable populations and ability to provide services that are relevant to the culture of the consumer and their family
  • Bilingual in Spanish an asset
You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work as required by licensure
  • Must be an LSW within 6 months of hire if not currently an LCSW
  • 1 year of Clinical experience working with patients or clients (Psychotherapy and/or Behavioral Health Intervention)
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Licensed (LCSW) in the State of Colorado preferred
  • 1 year of clinical experience in a medical setting

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.


Job Keywords: LCSW, LSW, Behavioral Health, Psychotherapy, Clinical, Boulder, Longmont, CO, Colorado 


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