MISSION STATEMENT: To advance the health and well-being of healthcare consumers in all walks of life with thoughtfully integrated services that combine the best of prevention, disease control, consumer education, research, and evidence-based clinical services across the historically separate disciplines of behavioral and physical healthcare.

OUR VISION:  A community of people who embrace each day of their lives in dignity and health.

A Behavioral Health Practitioner (BHP) works under the direction and supervision of a Clinical Manager, providing community-based behavioral health services to individuals with psychiatric illness, substance use issues and/or co-occurring disorders.  The BHP must be open and willing to work with culturally and gender diverse groups and individuals in order to facilitate goals of self-efficacy.  This position requires a high degree of self-initiative and motivation.  The schedule is flexible, as determined by individuals needs and may include early morning, evening, or weekend appointments. The position may involve driving to persons served homes or various locations within the community where services are provided (if services are offered on-site according to the program and funding source.)  It may include telehealth services utilizing both audio and visual communication with individuals. BHP’s provide individual, family and group counseling, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, initial assessments to determine level of care, treatment planning, case presentations, presenting psychoeducational information to individuals regarding diagnosis, symptoms, medications, relapse prevention and safety planning.  The BHP provides services to both children and adults.  The position also includes participating in multidisciplinary case conferences and supervision, treatment plan reviews, developing aftercare treatment and all required documentation utilizing Collaborative Documentation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primary focus is on providing comprehensive clinical services and therapy which includes assessments, diagnosis, individual, group, family, brief intervention, and educational counseling services to a caseload of person’s served consisting of adults and children.
  • Collect fees as instructed and monitor collection of drug screen specimens
  • Complete all required documentation utilizing Collaborative Documentation and all agency formats/standards
  • Maintain on-going relationships with community agencies and function as a liaison with identified individuals/organizations
  • Participate in community education/activities program presentations as required
  • Participate in on-going improvement and utilization review activities as well as BHS scheduled training, meetings, and clinical supervision sessions
  • Will be trained and learn to use the current data/clinical computer program (Electronic Health Records System) necessary to perform billing and clinical documentation
  • Provide services that are medically/clinically necessary
  • Continually assess for potential risk of crisis, suicide, self-harm and/or homicide. Collaborate with individual on a clinically appropriate safety plan
  • Collaborates with other treatment team members regarding person’s served progress
  • Prepare and works with the person served in transition/discharge planning and relapse prevention
  • Follow instructions regarding limitation for services brought by utilization management (UM Department)
  • Adhere to the high standards of health care ethics and quality within this professional field, strictly following agency rules and protocols as well as established regulations.
  • Attend and participate in supervision sessions as scheduled; applying evidenced-based practices that are embraced by BHS Behavioral Health Practice Guidelines.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times, including professional behavior and attire
  • Meet all deadlines with regard to schedules, documentation and timesheets
  • Performs with excellent people skills by offering requested information, orientation and/or support to the person served in a caring and respectful attitude.

BHP Licensed Only

  • BHP Licensed staff are expected to complete the Certificate of Professional Initiating Involuntary Examination form for any individual meeting Baker Act criteria.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required

BHP Unlicensed:  A bachelor’s or master’s level practitioner must work under the supervision of a qualified professional. The individual will meet the following criteria:

  1. Has a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university or college with a major in the field of counseling, social work, psychology, nursing, rehabilitation, special education, health education, or a related human services field; OR
  2. Certified addiction professionals who are certified by the Florida Certification Board
  3. Certified addiction counselors who are certified by the Florida Certification Board
  4. Certified master’s degree level addiction professionals who are certified by the Florida Certification Board; AND
  5. One years of professional experience, direct care, in providing services to person with behavioral illness.

BHP Licensed:  A Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts or BHP Licensed includes:

  1. Clinical social workers licensed in accordance with Chapter 491, F.S
  2. Mental health counselors, licensed in accordance with Chapter 491, F.S.
  3. Marriage and family therapists licensed in accordance with Chapter 491, F.S.
  4. Psychologists licensed in accordance with Chapter 490, F.S.
  5. Certified master’s level addiction professions who are certified by the Florida Certification Board

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  None noted at this time.


QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:  See tracks mentioned above.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read, write and speak in English. Bi-lingual candidates are preferred/helpful.  Must be able to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memorandums.  Agility to effectively communicate information both orally and written on one-to-one and small group situations to person’s served and other employees.

This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked by directors, and other managers to perform other instructions and duties. You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.

Management has the right to revise the job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

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