Behavioral Health Specialist

Job Purpose

The Department of Psychiatry is recruiting a Behavioral Health Specialist that will provide assessment and therapy services to patients with mental health and substance use problems at community health clinics of the Harris Health System.

Job Duties
  • Provide assessment for behavioral health problems for patients referred by health care providers at community clinics: elective appointments or walk-ins of patients in crisis or with urgent needs.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients to address their mental health and substance use problems.
  • Provide therapeutic interventions of individual, group and family therapy for mental health and substance use problems.
  • Liaison with physicians, nurses, and psychiatry staff regarding patient care and treatment.
  • Complete required documentation and statistical reporting in a timely manner.
  • Provide curbside consultations to the primary care team.
  • Accommodate walk-in patients in crisis or with urgent needs.
  • Attend center staff meetings as required.
  • Attend CBHP faculty meetings.
  • Attend training classes or orientations as required by HCHD or the college.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology.
  • Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker is strongly preferred.
  • Additional LCDC preferred
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel and EPIC (electronic medical record)
  • Bilingual, English/Spanish
  • Familiarity and experience in referring patients to substance abuse treatment facilities

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


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