Bilingual Mental Health Clinician - OBOT (Office Based Opioid Treatment program)

Date Posted: 
Mon, 04/24/2017
Jean Yawkey Place
Full Time
Job summary: 

Would you like to work with some of Boston's most vulnerable- and most resilient residents? Are you a clinician passionate about providing individual and group therapy? Are you willing to provide expertise to providers and others regarding treatment plans in conjunction with the medical needs of patients? Drug overdose is the most common cause of death among people experiencing homelessness in Boston. In Massachusetts, homeless people are 16 to 30 times more likely to die of overdose than the rest of the state’s population. And in Massachusetts, overdose deaths among Latinos are rising more sharply than in any other group—doubling from 2014 to 2016, and likely continuing to rise at a sharp rate. At Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, (BHCHP) we are trying to impact this reality in a positive way.

Some of the priorities that draw us to this work are:

- responding to social crisis and injustice

- developing long-term individual relationships

- empowering the disempowered; and

- giving life-saving interventions.

We are searching for a clinician to provide group and/or individual therapy, ongoing assessment, intakes, evaluations and support services to opioid dependent patients at BHCHP where we are committed to ensuring that every one of these individuals has access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental services to cancer treatment. Our clinicians, case managers, and mental health providers work in more than 60 locations to deliver the highest quality health services. This clinician will also collaborate with team members and the patient with making outside referrals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

- Provides initial mental health evaluation, once weekly group and/or individual therapy for opioid-addicted patients followed by BHCHP.

- Provides leadership in assisting primary care staff with decision-making relative to mental health concerns and/or psychiatric emergencies.

- Collaborates, communicates and meets with the OBOT team concerning patient care.

- Maintains frequent contact with patients’ medical providers in order to deliver comprehensive care.

- Makes referrals to outside addiction treatment programs or other supports as needed.

- Provides ongoing education and support of patients receiving opioid treatment medications.

- Provides follow up care in person and via telephone when needed.

- Completes timely, appropriate documentation with excellent record keeping.

- Obtains timely billing authorizations.

- Provides documentation for grants, projects, etc. as directed by supervisor.

- Undertakes projects and assignments as required.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

- LICSW preferred; LCSW and LMHCs will also be considered.

- Experience with addiction, and the population of persons experiencing homelessness preferred.

- Effective verbal, written and social skills with the ability to interact with providers and team members form various settings.

- Knowledge of community and health resources, particularly addiction related resources and supports.

- Sensitivity to ethnic, cultural and gender beliefs and behaviors.

- Spanish Language skills highly preferred.

- Ability to work with patients with dual or multiple disorders who also have complex medical and social issues.

How to Apply: 

We seek a new clinician who will be able to work thoughtfully as an autonomous clinician, but also enjoys working with a reciprocal team which our approach, tailored to the needs of each patient and based on ongoing qualitative assessments of harm and benefit, requires. We enjoy working with each other and we love our patients. We believe in work-life balance as a key part of clinical strength. Salary and benefit package is competitive and we are a National Health Service Corps site.

We are inspired by colleagues who want to respond to that crisis with compassion, intelligence, and determination.

We hope you will consider joining us and we'd love to hear from you. Please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] (strongly preferred) and state the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Include your cover letter in the body of the email. Attach your resume in Word format, and please do not use file-sharing documents such as Google docs. If you are unable to email, please fax documents to (857) 654-1095 or mail them to BHCHP - HR, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118

BHCHP applicants should notify Human Resources in writing within 10 days of posting date.