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University of Rochester Mental Health Therapist - 219371 in Rochester, New York

Mental Health Therapist Job ID 219371

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Ambulatory Svcs




Position Summary:

This position will be based at the Complex Care Center. The Center is an interdisciplinary primary care site that provides care to adults with childhood onset complex medical conditions. This patient population has higher rates of mood disorder, substance abuse, and suicidality then the general population and for that reason the Center has a robust behavioral health team.

The Center, located at 905 Culver Road, is a comprehensive resource for adults with childhood onset conditions including, but not limited to intellectual and developmental disabilities, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, spina bifida, metabolic disorders, congenital heart disease, childhood cancers, myotonic dystrophy and cerebral palsy. Services at the Center include an integrated team of primary care, behavioral health, dental services, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, care management, pharmacy and dietician supports. These patient populations have unique behavioral health challenges and needs including large caregiver circles, impact of medical illness on cognitive and emotional functioning, early engagement with the health care system, confronting mortality at a young age, among others.



  • Attends discipline-specific, Division, Program Staff and Team Meetings as indicated.

  • Ensures that discipline, Division and Hospital policies and procedures are implemented with regard to professional practice and patient care.

  • Participates in activities of the discipline including timely completion of time reporting and other Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory in-service training programs and chart reviews.

  • Subscribes to the UR Medicine goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.

  • Participates in available cultural competency events and training appropriate to job duties.

    Assessment and Diagnosis Interviewing

  • As a member of the care team works with PCPs to mutually enhance understanding of the patient/family, provides decision support for treatment planning and assists in the creation, implementation, and monitoring of biopsychosocial treatment plans.

  • Performs diagnostic and functional evaluations and makes recommendations to the care provider concerning the patient's treatment plans.

  • Documents all assessment and treatment in patient's electronic medical record in compliance with Division and Hospital policy.

  • In collaboration with the care team coordinates the implementation of the care plan as it relates to behavioral health and substance abuse services and works toward continued patient engagement and addressing barriers to care.

    Evidence-Based Treatment and Service Delivery

    Offers longitudinal interventions with patients, including functional and strength-based assessment and diagnosis; psychoeducation for patients and their support systems; medication adherence; motivational interviewing; and brief self-efficiency, enhanced decision making and behavior change.

    Initiates follow-up to ascertain how patients are doing and to determine if changes in the treatment approach are indicated.

    Support patients in the development of symptom management skills.

    Support patients and families working through end of life decision making and palliative care needs in collaboration with the care team.

    Program Development

  • Supports efforts for 100% behavioral health screening for depression, anxiety and substance use.

  • Assists in tracking and monitoring, including tracking patient's adherence to care plans, reported outcome tools and status after referral to specialty mental health.

  • Participates as a member of the clinical care team and attends meetings.

  • Provides and participates in clinician/staff training and education in the integrated behavioral health primary care model.

  • Provides back up mental health service coverage to other integrated therapists as needed.

    Linkage With Other Programs

  • Facilitates referrals to specialty behavioral health care, wellness programs, and community agencies.

  • Recommends and facilitates which patients should be referred to a specialty mental health facility.

  • Engages with patients that have accessed inpatient or emergency psychiatric services to coordinate discharge planning and engagement following the return to the community to prevent recurrent hospital based care.

  • Works collaboratively with crisis services in the community including Mobile crisis and OPWDD service organizations to provide appropriate interventions and follow-up based on needs.

  • Works collaboratively with care team members including medical social worker and care management services to address barriers to engagement in services.

    Crisis Intervention

  • Provides Crisis Intervention during working hours, including safety assessments and planning.


    Bachelor's degree with major course work in a related health/occupational field required and 2-3 years of relevant experience working with the mentally ill; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Preferred Qualifications

    The clinician that occupies this position has a master's degree in a mental health field from an accredited graduate program. They must be licensed by the State of New York (ie LMSW, LMHC, LMFT) and competent in providing appropriate cognitive and behavioral interventions to individuals, families, and groups. Training and clinical experience in primary care/integrated behavioral health and collaboration preferred. Experience working with intellectual and developmental disabilities or other pediatric onset chronic conditions, substance use and families is highly desirable.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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