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Mental Health Counselor

Department: Behavioral Health
Location: Buffalo, NY

The Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB) is seeking an experienced Mental Health Counselor to join their team. CHCB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to their employees including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k match, generous paid time off, loan forgiveness (if applicable), and tuition assistance.

**Job Summary:**
The Mental Health Counselor will be responsible for performing case management and counseling activities related to the bio-psychosocial needs affecting the health and well-being of Center patients.

**Duties and Responsibilities:**
- Assess patientís psychosocial needs and determine appropriate treatment/referral needs, including case management short-term counseling and crisis intervention.
- Assist patients with obtaining and completing forms for entitlements, supplemental insurance, and other benefits that will help eliminate dependence on indigent and emergency assistance programs.
- Help patients access prescription cost assistance through indigent programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and community resources.
- Act as an advocate for patients when interacting with community agencies.
- Maintain up-to-date and accurate patient records, prepare reports, records, and other written documentation as needed.
- Coordinate patientís transportation assistance when necessary.
- Attend clinical and team meetings related to case conferences.
- Identify the need for patient education and support services such as pregnancy counseling, parenting skills, caregiver skills, etc.
- Conduct need assessments and education for prenatal and post-partum patients.
- Consult with the Provider and make appropriate referrals when necessary.
- Evaluate the needs of special population patients, including the homeless, substance abusers, and at-risk adolescents.
- Provide HIV pre-test, post-test counseling, and testing as needed.
- Follow-up on missed appointments with patients who have a pattern of excessive cancellations or failure to show.
- Participate in and contribute to Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance activities and functions as needed.
- Maintain a clean, safe, and orderly work area.
- Attend meetings as required.
- Regular attendance is required.
- Perform other relevant duties as assigned or requested.

**Qualifications:**
- Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). NYS Permit holder is encouraged to apply.
- Three (3) years of experience as a Mental Health Counselor or Social Worker with strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Experience with trauma-informed care and EMDR Therapy is preferred.
- Computer literacy and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.

**Physical Demands:**
Requires periods of sitting, standing, walking, bending, and stooping. Weekend and evening work may be required.

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