LifeWorks NW
  • McMinnville, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Licensed

LifeWorks NW works in collaboration with the Virginia Garcia medical team. 

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinics are federally-qualified health clinics (FQHCs), and offer a loan repayment program for qualified candidates.

PURPOSE:  Specialized member of the primary care medical team who assists the primary care provider (PCP) by supporting patients who have complex primary care support needs.  The Specialty Behavioral Health Clinician acts as a liaison between the PCP and the consulting psychiatric provider. The Specialty Behavioral Health Clinician will work with patients and providers to decrease the need for ER/hospital service utilization through recognition, treatment and management of psychosocial/behavioral problems and health conditions.  The overall goal is to reduce healthcare costs, improve patient care, and improve patient and healthcare team satisfaction.

DAYS/HOURS: The clinic is open M-F 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; there is some flexibility in setting a schedule that meets the needs of the applicant but also the needs of the clinic. The clinic may request up to one evening day a week. 

PAY/BENEFITS: $55,573 to $61,130 per year. Full benefits


General Responsibilities

  • Provides targeted evidence based assessments and evaluations, which may include brief neuropsychological screens, diagnostic interviews and impressions and functional status focused on the presenting problem for pt's 18 years and older.
  • Provides brief solution focused empirically based interventions to clients experiencing myriad bio-psychosocial problems.
  • Provides timely and succinct feedback to PCP's regarding consultation findings and recommendations.
  • Provides concise documentation in electronic healthcare system of care and recommendations in the patient's medical record within 24 hours of seeing client.
  • Determines the appropriateness of the patient receiving services in primary care.
  • Formulates evidence based behavioral health interventions appropriate to the primary care setting and assists with implementation of treatment plans.
  • Provides brief follow-up, including relapse-prevention education.
  • Develops, teaches and/or provides oversight for classes that promote education and skill-building to enhance psychological and physical health.
  • Shares knowledge with other team members and clients, both formally (in-services, consult responses) and informally (curbside consultations).
  • Identifies patients who would benefit and are willing to receive specialty mental health care, and makes referral to onsite- specialty options or off-site to community resources.
  • Works as part of multi-disciplinary team in making recommendations for clients who abuse, misuse or divert controlled substances.
  • Provides training and consultation to clinic staff regarding prevention and management of disruptive behavior.
  • Responsible for case management.  Coordinate/collaborate with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc.  Maintain chart notes related to external contracts, obtaining pertinent records from other treatment and tracking client's involvement, follow-through and progress in varied treatment activities.
  • Document and maintain client records to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality.
  • Provide crisis intervention.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail throughout the day responding as appropriate.
  • Provides appropriate resources and support linkage, culturally appropriate advocacy and community collaboration and culturally appropriate client evaluation and treatment.
  • Requires ability to work evenings.
  • Meets performance standards for productivity, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans and authorization requests) proficiency in clinical model and evidence based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention) and teamwork.

 Specialty Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and actively update a comprehensive primary care support registry that lists all the patients and their care management status.
  • Ensure each comprehensive primary care support patient receives support that promotes objective improvement in health and functioning.
  • Complete psychological evaluations in order to bridge care for psychiatric consultation between psychiatrist and PCP
  • Track key health indicators (A1C, BP, BMI, PHQ9, GAD7, AUDIT, DAST, DLA-20 , Tobacco Use, Diet and Exercise) on all comprehensive primary care support patients and report findings to the CCO every 6 months.
  • Assist clinic leadership in collecting and generating reports on clinical outcomes, patient and healthcare team satisfaction with BHC services, and cost/system utilization every 6-months.
  • Outreach to engage all patients identified by the CCO for comprehensive primary care supports.
  • Create and manage health record care plans for each registry patient.
  • Review and add to comprehensive primary care - care plans that are approved by the PCP and are made available to healthcare network partners, as appropriate (local hospitals, community behavioral health homes, ERs, etc.).



  • Licensed Psychologist with training in solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing required.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessment including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services, and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and work relationships and conducting a mental status examination, complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Services and Support Plan and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of their training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family and group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master electronic health record system.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms, acculturation and generational issues within a culture, sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement.




LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community. LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with  Drug Free/Tobacco Free Site 01/09

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