Catholic Health Initiatives Behavioral Health Specialist in TACOMA, Washington

Behavioral Health Specialist


Job Type: Full Time

Scheduled Hours per 2 Week Pay Period: 80

Daily Schedule: 8am to 5pm

Weekends Required: No

Location: Tacoma, WA

Franciscan Medical Group is currently seeking a full time Behavioral Health Specialist for our Franciscan Behavioral Health Team at Franciscan Medical Clinic here in Tacoma, WA!

CHI Franciscan Health has exciting and rewarding careers with competitive salaries and benefits. We are a family of hospitals, health care services, and medical providers delivering compassionate care to people throughout the South Puget Sound. We are part of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the country.

Our mission is to deliver high quality care that meets our patients' medical needs while providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We believe this three-part approach — physical, emotional, and spiritual — is essential to healing the whole person. Come join our team!

Job Summary:

This job is responsible for coordinating and supporting mental health care with the assigned clinic(s) and for coordinating referrals to clinically-indicated services outside the clinic. An incumbent functions as a core member of a Collaborative Care team that is made up of the patient’s primary care provider, a psychiatric consultant and, when available, other providers in the primary care clinic. An incumbent may provide evidence-based treatments or consult with other mental health providers when such treatment is indicated.

Essential Duties:

Performs patient assessment/data collection, interprets findings and formulates treatment plans.

Implements and updates psychosocial plan of care and treatment based on patient needs throughout patient’s course of care.

Works with treatment team to provide and manage treatment.

Provides effective psychotherapy and brief interventions within scope of practice

Identifies and implements strategies to meet the educational needs of the patient/family/significant others as relates to psychological health and/or substance use.

Designs effective curricula for education to address psychosocial/behavioral health issues in primary care and leads effective classes for staff/medical practitioners and other behavioral health providers.

Completes all required documentation, in an accurate and thorough manner, in accordance with CHI-FH and/or grant documentation standards.

Monitors the site’s behavioral health capabilities, identifying issues related to patient services and makes recommendations for improvement.

Adheres to and exhibits our Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.



Master’s degree in Social Work and two years of related work experience that would demonstrate attainment of the requisite job knowledge/abilities.

One (1) year of work experience as a member of an interdisciplinary team is preferred.


Current Washington State licensure as:

• Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), or

• Advanced Social Worker (LASW), or

• If hired with the following associate licensure, must obtain full licensure within six months of date of hire in the position:

• Licensed Social Work Associate – Independent Clinical (LSWAIC) or

• Licensed Social Work Associate – Advanced (LSWAA)

Job Professional Non-Clinical


Daily Schedule 8am to 5pm

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required None

Req ID: 2018-R0164715

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.