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LCSW, LPC or LMFT - Behavioral Health Care Coordinator, Social Worker (Fairfax, VA)

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Resp & Qualifications

This position supports the Fairfax, VA community in Region 17.

Provides care coordination to members with behavioral health conditions identified and assessed as requiring interventions and oversight including multiple clinical, social and community resources. This role promotes the appropriate use of clinical and other resources in order to improve the quality of care and member satisfaction.

Under the general supervision of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Regional Care Director, with day to day direction from the Sr. Behavioral Health Care Coordinator the incumbent’s accountabilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages a case load of 33 members
  • Conducts clinical status review and completes the assessment outcome for all members on the Core Target 4.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with assigned Primary Care Providers and participates in on-site consultations with Providers.  Attends panel meetings in assigned Region.
  • Provides outreach to all regional referrals for follow-up on mental health needs and collaborates with the care team to address members needs
  • Conducts in depth health risk assessment and/or comprehensive needs assessment which includes, but is not limited to psycho-social, physical, medical, behavioral, environmental ,and financial parameters
  • Communicates and develops the treatment plan, and serves as a point of contact to ensure services are rendered appropriately, (i.e. during transition to home care, back up plans, community based services).
  • Implements, coordinates, and monitors strategies for members and families to improve health and quality of life outcomes. Develops, documents and implements a plan of care which provides appropriate resources to address social, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and supportive needs.
  • Assesses and reviews plan of care regularly to identify gaps in care, trends to improve health and quality of life outcomes; works with members to adjust plan of care, when necessary.
  • Acts as an advocate for member’s care needs by identifying and addressing gaps in care. 
  • Establishes a plan for weekly contact with the member.
  • Performs ongoing monitoring of the plan of care to evaluate effectiveness and measures the effectiveness of interventions as identified in the members care plan.
  • Provides telephone triage and emergency intervention as needed.
  • Acts a resource to the member and the care team to provide information regarding mental health and substance abuse benefits, and community treatment resources.
  • Educates providers, supporting staff, members and families regarding care coordination role and health strategies with a focus on member-focused approach to care.
  • Facilitates a team approach to ensure appropriate interventions, cost effective delivery of quality care and services across the continuum.
  • Provides information to members with questions and concerns regarding care, providers or delivery system.
  • Maintains professional relationship with external stakeholders, such as inpatient, outpatient and community resources
  • Generates reports in accordance with care coordination goals. Complies with URAC and NCQA standards for Case Management services.
  • Assists with orientation and mentoring new team members as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Licensure required: LCSW-C or LCMFT or LCPC in Maryland, DC, or Virginia and ability to meet credentialing requirements for independent professional practice (Masters level licensed behavioral health professional).
  • Master’s degree in Mental Health field required; education can be in one or more of the following areas: Social Work, Psychology, Nursing or Counseling.
  • Minimum 5 years post masters clinical behavioral health/psychiatric experience required.
  • Effective application of best clinical practices.
  • Solid understanding of behavioral health diagnoses.
  • Must have proficient computer skills, including ability to converse and type at a conversational pace.
  • Strong organization, time management and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of utilization management procedures, mental health and substance abuse community resources and providers.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with case management and in facilities, with local care coordinators or with special populations.
  • Knowledge of DSM V or most current diagnostic edition.
  • Ability to analyze specific utilization problems, plan and implement solutions that directly influence quality of care.
  • Must demonstrate resilience and effectively work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities, deadlines, and workloads that can be variable for long periods of time.  Must be able to meet established deadlines and handle multiple customer service demands from internal and external customers, within set expectations for service excellence.   Must be able to effectively communicate and provide positive customer service to every internal and external customer, including customers who may be demanding or otherwise challenging.
  • Travel requirement: 50 - 80% (variable) within assigned region. Must be able to provide own transportation travel within assigned region.

Familiarity with web based software application environment.  Previous experience working with or for a Patient Centered Medical Home.


Department: CareCo: Behavioral Health

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

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Closing Date

Please apply before: 9/8/2018

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.

The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The associate must frequently talk and hear.  Weights of up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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