Whitney Young Health Center CPTS Behavioral Health Clinician (Req100031) in Albany, New York

CPTS Behavioral Health Clinician (Req100031)

Albany, NY•CPTS




The CPTS Behavioral Health Clinician participates on the Community Prevention and Treatment Services (CPTS) multidisciplinary team in partnership with the Medical Providers, and Care Coordinators to assess the behavioral needs of clients, focusing on mental health and substance abuse screening, referral and linkage; HIV and HCV risk assessment, education and counseling; and education and training on skills building with clients to help them learn to self-manage a chronic disease. The Clinician assesses clients, develops a Treatment Plan, and assists in motivating clients to appropriate behavior change that will support positive health outcomes.


  • Conducts face-to-face biopsychosocial assessments for all clients initiating care, and reassesses patients on an annual basis.

  • Develops of a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team and oversees the periodic re-evaluation and revision of the treatment plan as necessary over the life of the client’s care.

  • Provides education and counseling, as appropriate, to assist clients with learning and implementing positive behavior change related to mental health, substance use, HIV and HCV risk reduction and self-management.

  • Provides individual and group treatment interventions through counseling, psycho-education and crisis intervention as necessary.

  • Performs and documents treatment according to WYH and grantor guidelines.

  • Conducts case conferences to enhance behavioral and medical health outcomes.

  • Participates in weekly HIV/HCV Clinical Care Review huddles with other members of the CPTS team.

  • Provides advocacy on behalf of the client with mental health and substance abuse treatment programs and agencies.

  • Ensures timely documentation in progress notes and in designated WMY Electronic Health Record application, plus State and Federal data management systems.

  • Facilitates client support group(s) and provides reports on the efficacy of group interventions on medical outcomes.


• Understands and effectively communicates HIPAA compliance, corporate compliance and client confidentiality.

• Ensures and/or remains in compliance with local, state, and federal regulation, i.e. NCQA, Ryan White programs, NYS Department of Health.

• Adheres to the National Patient Safety Goals as defined by Joint Commission and Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services.

• Demonstrates excellence in both internal and external customer service.

• Completes other duties as assigned.


Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls.

Ability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to: personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine.

Ability to lift, carry, push or pull light to medium objects as well as squat, walk, climb, bend, crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, grasp, reach, pull and repetitive motions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office environment.



Master’s Degree in Social Work with an LCSW from New York State, or an LMHC; three years’ work experience in the field of Behavioral Health. Individual should have strong group facilitation skills, knowledge of community resources, provide excellent customer service, demonstrate a high level of cultural competency, and has the ability to adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines. Should have working knowledge of computers and electronic health records.