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  • We are doing a search for 2 new Behaviorist positions to work within a primary care setting. I am interested in hearing from the medical community, what your salary range is for Licensed Psychologists who serve as Behaviorists in primary care settings. Asked by: Mary Monnat
    • My organization has been running an integrated care collaborative with an FQHC in our community for four years. We hired a licensed clinical social worker and pay $42,500 per year. For our master's degreed therapists in the traditional mental health setting, we pay around $33,000-$35,000. In our setting, LCSW's make more than LPC's. Have you thought about using masters level licensed clinicians? Answered by: Kristina Hannon
  • I would like advice regarding patient flow (for instance, if the behavioral health provider is seeing a patient and a primary care provider wants to do a warm handoff, how is that done? Asked by: Nancy S. Halloran, MPH
    • That's where the care manager comes in for us. The care manager provides 'brief therapy,' not longer sessions, and can be available within about 10-20 minutes if not immediately That wait time is (regretfully) in line with the wait time for other services during a visit. If the provider is sufficiently concerned, they may opt to wait (significant emotional distress emerging in the encounter). Usually the patient will wait in the exam room. CBT therapy sessions are scheduled after an interview with the care manager, if that's appropriate in the diagnosis. Most 'easy diagnoses' are initially flagged at intake with the PHQ-9, so there's some ability to alert the care manager if needed. Answered by: Bill Schlesinger
  • What are typical staffing ratios and caseloads for case managers in community behavioral health centers providing integrated primary care? Asked by: Nancy S. Halloran, MPH
    • Case load for our case manager is optimal at about 60 active individuals. She has carried up to 80 but with impact on documentation time and some negative impact on overall decrease in symptoms (still better than we were doing without a case manager). Some other pilots have limited caseload to 30 for clients with more complicated symptoms with good outcomes. Answered by: Bill Schlesinger

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  • We are doing a search for 2 new Behaviorist positions to work within a primary care setting. I am interested in hearing from the medical community, what your salary range is for Licensed Psychologists who serve as Behaviorists in primary care settings. Asked by: Mary Monnat
    • My organization has been running an integrated care collaborative with an FQHC in our community for four years. We hired a licensed clinical social worker and pay $42,500 per year. For our master's degreed therapists in the traditional mental health setting, we pay around $33,000-$35,000. In our setting, LCSW's make more than LPC's. Have you thought about using masters level licensed clinicians? Answered by: Kristina Hannon
  • I would like advice regarding patient flow (for instance, if the behavioral health provider is seeing a patient and a primary care provider wants to do a warm handoff, how is that done? Asked by: Nancy S. Halloran, MPH
    • That's where the care manager comes in for us. The care manager provides 'brief therapy,' not longer sessions, and can be available within about 10-20 minutes if not immediately That wait time is (regretfully) in line with the wait time for other services during a visit. If the provider is sufficiently concerned, they may opt to wait (significant emotional distress emerging in the encounter). Usually the patient will wait in the exam room. CBT therapy sessions are scheduled after an interview with the care manager, if that's appropriate in the diagnosis. Most 'easy diagnoses' are initially flagged at intake with the PHQ-9, so there's some ability to alert the care manager if needed. Answered by: Bill Schlesinger
  • What are typical staffing ratios and caseloads for case managers in community behavioral health centers providing integrated primary care? Asked by: Nancy S. Halloran, MPH
    • Case load for our case manager is optimal at about 60 active individuals. She has carried up to 80 but with impact on documentation time and some negative impact on overall decrease in symptoms (still better than we were doing without a case manager). Some other pilots have limited caseload to 30 for clients with more complicated symptoms with good outcomes. Answered by: Bill Schlesinger

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