Welcome Guest
HRePartners Logo
Vacancy Details
To apply for this vacancy Log In or Create an Account

Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: COMCARE
Job Title: Behavioral Health Consultant
Salary: $54082.08 Annually

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

As part of the primary care treatment team, the behavioral health consultant identifies triages and manages patients with physical and behavioral health problems within the primary care setting with a strong focus on substance use and Medication Assisted Treatment referral.  In addition, the behavioral health consultant provides skill training through psychoeducation and patient education strategies and develops specific behavioral change plans with patients through use of motivational interviewing and patient activation techniques.  This innovative program is a partnership with GraceMed and focuses on improving physical and behavioral health outcomes of clinic patients and a focus on expanding access to substance use disorder services and Medication Assisted Treatment.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others. Employee must be able to complete complex tasks by applying standard office policies, authorized instructions, and past precedents to achieve a desired outcome. Employee must quickly recognize emergency or sensitive situations and take appropriate action. Critical decision making and the ability to think through the consequences of a decision are essential in this position.


Essential Job Functions:

Brief Screening, Referral and Consultation: 

  • Brief screening using PHQ-9, GAD-7,  SBIRT(AUDIT and DAST), assessment and diagnosis
  • Delivers psychoeducation for patient and their support systems
  • Medication adherence counseling and disease self-management counseling.
  • Motivational interviewing to develop behavioral strategies aimed at symptom reduction
  • Provide brief, target oriented cognitive behavioral interventions aimed at modifying negative thinking and promoting self-efficacy
  • Self-Care plan development and skills training to facilitate disease self-management, improved coping, distress tolerance, stress reduction and relaxation
  • Substance Use screening, identification of maladaptive coping strategies, development of harm reduction strategies and referral and,
  • Consultation with primary care health professionals to enhance understanding of the patient, provide decision support for treatment planning and assist in the implementation and monitoring of biopsychosocial treatment plans

Documentation and Care Coordination:

  • Provide consultation to and coordinate care of patients with clinic primary care staff
  • Identify, refer and advocate for patients needing specialty behavioral health services and other services as needed
  • Be immediately available to the clinic primary care staff during working hours in the event of a behavioral health or substance use emergency
  • Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions
  • Complete all charting as defined in COMCARE and GraceMed policy and as needed and required by contracted funding sources, including assessments, service encounter notes and billing
  • It is expected that the behavioral health consult utilize concurrent documentation strategies

Administrative Functions:

  • Actively participate in meetings that support COMCARE and GraceMed’s integrated health care model to provide comprehensive care for patients
  • Assist in developing care management processes and care guidelines to improve self-management of chronic disease
  • Assist in provider training and education in integrated behavioral health-primary care model
  • Participate in quality improvement activities
  • Active participation in “huddles” and “curbside” consultations
  • Work from an interdisciplinary approach in a seamless fashion
  • Exhibits enthusiasm, courtesy, adaptability, flexibility, and a spirit of cooperation in the work environment
  • Maintains effective interpersonal relationships with patients, peers, management, visitors and the general public and works cooperatively with other community agencies



Customer Focus/Client Orientation:  Makes customers/clients and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; makes a conscious effort to include diversity of input in all decisions; shows interest in and understanding of the needs and expectations of internal and external customers (including direct reports); acts with customers in mind and strives for continuous improvement in products and services. Gains customer trust and respect; meets or exceeds customer expectations.

Personal Effectiveness:  The ability to adapt one's interpersonal style, skills and qualities so that high quality results are achieved. Modifying behaviors to accommodate tasks, situations and individuals.  Maintain and enhance own self-esteem.  Adapt approach or style to a range of individuals and circumstances.  Continue to work effectively when under pressure.  Show perseverance in dealing with difficulties.  Have an insight into own strengths and weaknesses.  Seek feedback on performance and take positive steps to improve.

Teamwork:  Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals. Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments

Dependability:  Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.

Integrity:  Displays and promotes conduct and behaviors consistent with agency and governmental standards.  Familiarizes oneself with the pertinent rules and regulations that govern their area of responsibility.  Applies rules and regulations in a consistent, non-biased manner, maintaining an inclusive work environment.  Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.  Guards the handling of sensitive or high risk information appropriately.  Demonstrates sensitivity to surroundings and acts accordingly in conversations. Does the right thing rather than the convenient thing.


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   Master’s degree in social work, with a minimum of 2 years of experience as a therapist and a current license (or eligible for licensure) to practice in Kansas as a Licensed Clinical Master Level Social Worker.

Years of Experience:  Minimum of 2 years’ experience

Must also possess:

  • Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments mental and behavioral conditions
  • Competency in providing cognitive and behavioral interventions to individuals, families and groups with behavioral health/substance abuse problems
  • Ability to co-manage a patient’s identified health issues, particularly chronic conditions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with primary care staff, patients and other behavioral health clinicians
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer and related software

License, certifications, etc… Must possess minimum of master’s degree as defined above and hold respective licensure with the State Behavioral Science Regulatory Board.   Must have a valid Kansas Driver’s license and current proof of automobile insurance. Must be able to safely operate a motor vehicle and meet driver qualification standards as set forth in Sedgwick County’s Fleet Vehicle Operation and Usage policy.  Meet the specifications as outlined in the CMHC licensing standards and pass KBI, DCF child abuse check, adult abuse registry, and motor vehicle screens.  Must complete orientations provided by Sedgwick County and COMCARE.

Preferred Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   One of the following:

  1. LSCSW with a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a therapist and a current license (or eligible for licensure) to practice in Kansas as an Licensed Clinical Social Worker (or working toward licensure).
  2. Dual licensure as a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor a strong plus.

Years of Experience:  5 or more years desired delivering brief interventions


Physical Requirements of Position:

Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.


Testing/Screening Requested:

• KBI & DCF Background Checks • Driver's license check • Pre-employment urine drug screen



Candidates must have basic computer or intermediate skills in word processing and email software, must be able to learn complex software related to an electronic medical record.


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location of work:  1122 N Topeka

The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work.)  Employee does work in a primary care clinic with physical health care equipment on site.  May work in adverse conditions.  Fast-paced environment and may occasionally work with combative emotional consumers.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20003159

Open Date: 6/29/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 4/12/2019 11:59:59 PM