Behavioral Hlth Placement Spec - Behavioral Health - Washington, NC

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Vidant Beaufort Hospital



Vidant Health

About Vidant Beaufort Hospital

Vidant Beaufort Hospital, located in Washington, North Carolina, is a 142-bed not-for-profit hospital offering acute care services and a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services in the region. Progressive healthcare facilities combined with personal, hometown compassionate care ensure that patients in Beaufort and surrounding counties have access to an exceptional level of care. The hospital provides access to advanced treatments and technology in the areas of general surgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, and rheumatology. Vidant Beaufort offers a full array of state-of-the-art diagnostic testing.

Position Summary

The Behavioral Health Placement Specialist position performs all duties related to the processing of disposition/placement of patients in ED's who require?? inpatient behavioral health (psychiatric and/or substance abuse) for designated Vidant ED's and any other contracted hospitals.?? The Behavioral Health Placement Specialist is responsible for returning calls to these hospitals requesting assistance with placement of behavioral health patients.?? The Behavioral Health Placement Specialist is expected to provide appropriate referrals for placement for those meeting criteria for inpatient placement.?? Interacting with a variety of internal and external referral sources is a major component of this position.?? The Behavioral Health Placement Specialist is required to work very closely and cooperatively with outside hospitals, referral sources, external and internal stakeholders that include ED staff/physicians, psychiatrists/extenders, Local Management Entities/Manage Care Organizations, state facilities, payors, etc.

The staff in this position must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills and be able to balance numerous competing priorities.?? The Behavioral Health Placement Specialist must be able to work quickly with the goal of finding the "right bed for the right patient".?? The Behavioral Health Placement Specialist will regularly update the hospital seeking disposition as to the status of progress of securing placement for the patient.?? The Behavioral Health Placement Specialist must have knowledge and experience with the DSM ( most recent version).?? There may be times when the Behavioral Health Placement Specialist will need to provide backup or coverage for the BH Triage Team.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 2-year degree in related field, possessing at least two years experience in either an inpatient behavioral health setting or an outpatient emergency service setting. 
  • If greater than 5 years experience in behavioral health placement or related exeperience, will consider without Associates degree.
  • 3 - 5 years experience in working with behavioral health patients.

General Statement

It is the goal of Vidant Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.   Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

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