Behavioral Health Specialist

Baylor College of Medicine

Job Overview


The Behavioral Health Specialist will primarily provide clinical care in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model within a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for individuals facing homelessness. The PCBH model utilizes brief (15- to 30-minute) visits for a wide variety of behavioral issues that present in primary care. Visits are consultative in nature, working with the primary care providers to develop and implement treatment plans using evidence-based strategies. In addition, this position will include a portion of the time providing direct clinical services within Permanent Supportive Housing programs. The chosen candidate will provide individual or group psychotherapies, including evidence-base psychotherapy modalities a range of presenting concerns (e.g., CBT, MI). Employee is accountable to the Director of Behavioral Health.

Job Duties

  • Carries out the mission of HHH and ensures the quality of services through interaction with patients.
  • Provides support services to patients with physical health, mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses.
  • Performs assessments of patient needs and, with patient and primary care clinician, develops a negotiated care plan.
  • Provides consultant services to clinical staff based on PCBH Consultation model.
  • Evaluates and/or revises care plan as indicated with appropriate documentation in progress notes and communicates this to relevant multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Provides evidence-based treatments for individuals with a range of presenting concerns.
  • Builds and maintains a therapeutic relationship with patients through engagement and negotiated goal setting.
  • Maintains clinical documentation, organization and patient confidentiality.
  • Advocates with community service providers to facilitate access of patients to needed services.
  • Conducts group classes and group visits to promote skill building, education and improved health for the patient as needed.
  • Attends and participates in meetings and Quality Improvement activities as required.
  • Participates in evaluation of peers, support staff and supervisor as required.
  • Sustains productivity expectations established by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology.
  • No experience required.
  • Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and/or interest in working with homeless and/or medically underserved populations
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Excel, spreadsheets, and computer data-base systems
  • Practice experience in the PCBH model
  • Familiar with empirically-supported protocol for substance use (e.g., CBT, MI)
  • Demonstrates characteristics for working within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills; strong verbal and written skills
  • Manages time effectively, handles multiple assignments simultaneously, and prioritizes projects
  • Demonstrates professionalism in appearance and actions
  • Supports the agency Mission and Standards of Excellence
  • Assumes responsibility for own actions, behavior, quality of work, and productivity


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



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