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Behavioral Health Coordinator

Sacramento, California
Job Type
26 May 2023

Join Elica's mission and become a part of a team where every day is an opportunity to make a positive impact in your community!

At Elica Health Centers, we share a common goal: provide the best possible patient care to our growing community! Our passion extends throughout Elica, from the exceptional healthcare services we provide to our underserved patients at our Community Health Clinics and state-of-the-art mobile medicine program, Health on Wheels, to our Resource Center where we empower patients and members of the community to connect with resources to help them build healthy and full lives.


The Behavioral Health Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and scheduling Behavioral Health and Psychiatric care for patients in need of consultation(s) as requested by the primary care provider. Responsibilities will also include working on both internal and external referrals, assisting with scheduling patient appointments, triage patient care, obtaining authorization, tracking and maintaining appropriate documentation to support both providers and patients. Coordinates and ensures the smooth flow of the referral and authorization process to meet the needs of our patients, establish collaborative relationships with the internal and external specialists and insurance companies, and represent the organization professionally and positively.


Elica is proud to offer an exciting benefits package to qualifying full-time employees which can support your health, your family, and help you plan for the future.

403B retirement savings account with up to 4% employer matching contribution and 100% immediate vesting.
Healthcare: Medical (Kaiser or Western Health Advantage Options), Dental, Vision - Individual and family plans available
Company funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to help pay for out-of-pocket costs related to medical coverage
FSA Plans: 2 options for Flexible Spending Accounts - Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA
Company paid basic Life and AD&D Insurance. (supplemental life and AD&D options available)
Optional Critical Illness, Accident, ID Theft Protection and Pet insurance potions
Accrued paid time off and paid holidays.
Employee Assistance Plan with five (5) free counseling visits, financial services, legal services, and a plethora of online resources.
Tuition Reimbursement program and CME/CEU program.

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The successful candidate will be willing and able to:

Process Referrals:

Ability to triage Behavioral Health and Psychiatry referrals per clinician and FQHC guidelines
Coordinate the services for patients who meet the criteria for internal Behavioral Health and Psychiatric service guidelines
Coordinate the authorization (as needed) and referral process for each assigned referral.
Monitor referral requests for completeness and take appropriate steps to review, request and obtain additional information when requested services are incomplete or inconsistent with scope of service.


Provide accurate data entry of referral or authorization information into the electronic medical record.
Send complete information to the patient's insurance (when applicable) and referring specialist in order to coordinate referral.
Make outreach efforts to insurances, patient, specialist office and care team as set forth by department guidelines and clinical priorities.

Customer Service:

Demonstrate a caring and interested manner. Listen carefully to the patient's questions and concerns.
Handle telephone calls in a friendly, courteous and sensitive manner. Return calls and follow up in a timely manner.
Interacts collaboratively with clinical staff, other ancillary departments, and outside entities (specialist office, insurances, etc.).
Resolves differences in a spirit of cooperation and creates solutions, which benefits all parties, especially clinic patients.
Performs other related duties as indicated or when requested by the manager.

BH Coordinator II:

All Duties and Responsibilities listed above
Support, train staff and document and communicate any recommendations to the Referral Manager.
Attend meetings with internal and community members to discuss Mental Health services, guidelines and California Law around Mental Health services
Provide weekly reporting regarding the volume of services referred and scheduled for mental health services, internally and externally
Meet with CMO and Behavioral Health Director to review and report training opportunities, clinical and administrative issues
Make oral presentation to various groups, as needed

The successful candidate has:

High school diploma or GED equivalent. Bachelor's degree in healthcare related field is preferred
BH Coordinator II: Minimum one and a half (1.5) years of experience in a Behavioral or Mental Health, medical clinic or healthcare setting processing specialty referrals and authorizations.
Prior experience using Electronic Health Records systems- Epic Preferred
Requires knowledge of medical and billing terminology (ICD-9/10 and CPT codes).
Requires understanding of health insurance concepts and requirements, including HMO, PPO, Medicare, Medi-Cal, and other federal and state agency programs.
Ability to work with minimal supervision and use good judgment, at times under the pressure of deadlines
Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of individuals
Ability to provide excellent customer service to all internal and external customers, reflecting Elica's values of respect, integrity, collaboration and service
Demonstrated commitment to the provision of services for the underserved and sensitivity working with a variety of people from low-income populations, with diverse educational, lifestyle, ethnic, and cultural origins; disabled, homeless, substance users, HIV (AIDS) infected, and/or physiologically impaired.
Adherence to all Elica policies including but not limited to: standards of conduct, time and attendance, and infection control procedures and social distancing policies.

Additional Requirements

Must have a current and valid California driver's license and the ability to provide proof of personal auto insurance on the vehicle driven during working hours.
If selected for an employment opportunity with Elica Health Centers, external hires must provide proof of immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella & Tetanus), tuberculosis clearance, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to their scheduled start date. Please be advised that this position is subject to criminal background investigation and drug screen.

Physical Requirements:

The work environment is characteristic of normal office conditions. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or lift. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. The employee must also possess hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the phone. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Elica Health Centers is a healthcare facility that adheres to the mandates issued by the California Department of Public Health including the recent orders regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

Compensation - Dependent Upon Experience

$21.00 - $27.30 an hour
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  • Job Reference: 1016260011-2
  • Date Posted: 26 May 2023
  • Recruiter: Elica Health Centers
  • Location: Sacramento, California
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent