Behavioral Health Specialist

Yakima, WA

***$5,000 signing bonus***

This job requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Who We Are:

Established in 1975, Non-Profit Yakima Neighborhood Health Services serves patients in the areas of Behavioral Health, Family Dentistry, Internal Medicine, Women’s Health, Primary Care, Pediatrics, Vision Care and Pharmacy. Our mission is to provide affordable, accessible, quality health care, promote learning opportunities for students of health professions, end homelessness and improve quality of life in our communities. 

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity in the workplace and are committed to an inclusive work environment.

Why Work at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services?

  • We were the first Health Center in the state to achieve the highest level of recognition possible as a Patient-Centered Medical Home and we are accredited by the Joint Commission.
  • We are guided by Organizational Values of Commitment, Pro­fessionalism, Quality/Excellence and Compassion.
  • We take care of our employees with Medical, Dental, Disability and Life Insurance, PTO, 9 Paid Holidays and access to Fitness Centers.

 Our Ideal Candidate: We are looking for a candidate who is ready to join a team of committed professionals who embrace our missions and serve our community.

Some technical requirements for this position are:

  • Current license in the state of Washington as a Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist of Psychology, or registered as a counselor in the state of Washington with a Master’s in Psychology, or practicum experience in direct counseling services and one year (40 hours per week; not internships or practicum) supervised experience with direct counseling services to patients. 
  • Bilingual ability is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check / sanction check  in relation to the position applied for.

Day to Day:

  • Full scope social work providing intervention, prevention and treatment to low income and disadvantaged individuals and families.
  • Take action on the measures required to support our diverse population.
  • Coordinate the care of multi-issue clients and intervention with their families.
  • Working with a team of health professionals and other support staff, do intervention for identified risk factors through the use of developed care plans.
  • Provide behavioral health screens for patients.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate linkages with other mental health/social services in the community who share patients with us.
  • Using current knowledge of community resources, expedite referrals.
  • Work in coordination with other YNHS health providers to develop education programs for patients and staff.
  • Coordinate with social services personnel to address the complex needs of homeless individuals and families, both at our main clinic and at a satellite location, and work in partnership with the Homeless Network to meet additional health-affecting conditions.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.