Nurse Specialist—Behavioral Health

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The Behavioral Health Nurse Specialist provides services onsite, and collaborates with staff and outside agencies in relation to OASAS substance abuse services. They will work toward ensuring the quality and effectiveness of program activities are met, collaborating with primary care staff, pharmacies, and insurance companies in order to facilitate patient care.

As part of the Essential Functions for this role, the Behavioral Health Nurse:

· Schedules patients per protocols (monitors attendance records and toxicology results; summarizes/organizes data from multiple treatment providers; determines potential program track designation for new patients based on history; generates new and follow-up patient summaries for each prescriber encounter)

· Coordinates with pharmacy and insurance companies to ensure coverage for patient prescription medications; Completes prior authorization paperwork when required

· Facilitates and leads collaborative multidisciplinary treatment team meetings

· Provides brief counseling for substance users regarding general health and substance use that are billable

· Provides comprehensible, billable nursing assessments

· Oversees and executes urine toxicology collection, handling, processing and coordinating with external labs regarding samples

· Monitors and maintains prescriber Buprenorphine privileges and updates credentialing as necessary.

Qualified Candidate will have current license to practice as Registered Nurse (RN) in New York State, and current BCLS certification, with minimum four (4) years of nursing experience in a behavioral health setting. Two (2) years experience working in a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) practice preferred. Candidate must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in writing and verbally demonstrate familiarity with electronic charting systems (Medent, preferred). Ability to maintain Protected Health Information (PHI) in a confidential manner required. Sensitivity toward cultural diversity, HIV/AIDS and lifestyle and addiction issues essential.

Job Type: Full-time

Required license: Registered Nurse (RN) (New York State)

Required certification: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)

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