Federally Qualified Health Center Positions
These jobs provide clinical coordination and administrative support to behavioral health services in collaboration with mental health therapists, psychologists, and medical providers at Open Cities Health Center.
Job Responsibilities For FQHC Jobs
- Manage incoming requests for behavioral health services and prioritize (triage) appointments using a brief assessment.
- Make treatment recommendations and referrals to services in the community.
- Assign a mental health provider to each patient depending on the needs of the patient.
- Assist mental health providers with diagnostic assessments by obtaining, processing, and sometimes helping to complete an intake/screening before assignment to a therapist.
- Assist psychiatric providers by reviewing requests for services, scheduling appointments for the psychiatric provider, and providing general communication to patients requesting refills.
- Provide backup services to the behavioral health consultant when they are occupied with another patient.
- Make referrals for further diagnostic, psychological or medical testing as needed.
Federally Qualified Health Center – Industry Information
- FQHCs include community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless, and health centers for residents of public housing.
- Approximately 1 in 6 rural residents are served by the Health Center Program.
- Despite the expected growth in coverage, an estimated 23 million people will remain uninsured. This number could increase if more states opt out of the allowed Medicaid expansion. The newly insured and uninsured populations will depend on FQHCs and FQHC look-alikes for primary care.
- Medicare uses a different reimbursement methodology than Medicaid and makes up 6% of all health center revenue, which is significantly less than Medicaid. However, FQHCs have seen about a 111% increase in Medicare beneficiaries from 2001 to 2011 (from 745,000 to nearly 1.6 million).
- Health centers have been an integral part of the nation’s safety net for more than four decades. They have garnered bipartisan support and secured an unprecedented amount of funding from the ACA.
- Over $200,000 a year based on annualized compensation or $35,000 more than the average starting salary of a permanent provider (excluding any associated “finders-fees”).