Behavioral Health Consultant - Department of Psychiatry
Iowa City, IA
Posted: August 11, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionThe University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Psychiatry is seeking a Behavioral Health Consultant / Re-Entry Liaison to work with the UI Addiction and Recovery Collaborative to promote the program, recruit participants, and provide care coordination and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) or stimulant use disorder (StUD) as they transition into the community after a period of incarceration, including individuals on probation or parole. The Re-Entry Liaison will provide support to participants, faculty, staff, and project partners by helping participants access services to obtain housing, employment, vocational training, health care, and resources such as clothing, transportation, and wellness needs. Seeking candidates that are self-motivated and self -directed, detail oriented, and able to work with a diverse population. The program is funded by a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health and is run by the University of Iowa Addiction and Recovery Collaborative in the UIHC Department of Psychiatry.
This position will be based at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and will work with participants in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and neighboring counties. Some travel to surrounding counties is required.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Function as a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides care, services, resources, and support to people who have a substance use disorder and are reentering the community following a period of incarceration.
Serve as Case Manager for participants in the projects. Project participants may be transitioning from incarceration into the community, may be receiving community corrections services, and have opioid use disorder (OUD) and/or stimulant use disorder (StUD).
Assist project participants to establish or continue treatment for OUD or StUD. This treatment may begin during or after incarceration. Following community reentry, this treatment may take place at UIHC, at a UIHC-affiliated outpatient clinic, or at another clinical site that offers treatment and medications for addiction treatment (MAT) for OUD or StUD.
Recruit and enroll participants into project, including obtaining informed consent and completing intake, monthly check-in, and follow-up documentation and interviews.
Administer electronic, web-based, and paper questionnaires to participants.
Comply with grant funding documentation guidelines and requirements.
Ensure that questionnaire data and required documentation are entered into the electronic project database (REDCap) and participant files. Maintain documentation and progress notes within specified timelines.
Assist in the maintenance of the REDCap database. Keep data, including symptom scores, other health outcome variables, and other demographic information updated.
Provide participants with education about symptoms and treatment related to opioid use disorder, stimulant use disorder and addiction, including treatment goals, prevention, and naloxone use.
Assist MAT providers with treatment and recovery planning related to substance use disorder and addiction, including knowledge of local behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment resources.
Assess recovery support service (RSS) needs and coordinate access to services for program participants.
Follow up with participants regularly and in between clinic appointments to assess recovery plan implementation, barriers to recovery, and assist with problem solving to reduce barriers to accessing resources and maintaining desired path to recovery.
Use telephone, texting, and/or Electronic Medical Records (EMR) patient portal to maintain communication with patients after clinic visits, to assess and encourage treatment plan implementation, monitor symptom response, and assess RSS needs. Program retention and engagement are priorities.
Assist participants with OUD and StUD to access recovery support services and resources including but not limited to counseling, 12-step groups, peer support, and primary and specialty care.
Make and facilitate referrals to other behavioral health or social service providers (e.g. psychotherapists, vocational rehabilitation, substance use treatment) when clinically indicated or when patients do not meet treatment goals despite regular care.
Monitor tracked outcomes for participants, including screening for common co-morbidities including HIV, hepatitis C. Refer participants for HIV/Hepatitis testing.
Use EMR tools to identify participants who are not improving, not engaging in primary or behavioral health care, or not meeting recovery goals.
Provide weekly updates about participants to supervisor and other members of the project team.
Works with other members of the team to contribute ideas and seek ways to improve assigned processes.
May perform other duties as assigned.
Classification Title: Behavioral Health Consultant – PJA2 – 3A
Percent of Time: 50%
Staff Type: Professional & Scientific
Type of Position: Specified Term, minimum of 12 months with the possibility of extension