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Primary Health Care Behavioral Health Care Coordinator - Spanish Skills Required in Des Moines, Iowa

Are you looking for an opportunity to do amazing work helping others? You've come to the right place. Let's make a difference!

Primary Health Care (PHC) was founded in 1981 by Dr. Bery Engebretsen in Des Moines, IA. Our mission has remained unchanged since that time, to provide healthcare and supportive services to all, regardless of insurance, immigration status, or ability to pay.

Based on the needs of the communities we serve, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, behavioral health, HIV care and services, and pharmacy. PHC’s Homeless Support Services is the entry point for serving people experiencing homelessness in Polk County. Enabling services are available to help patients with benefits enrollment, case management, transportation, translation, and patient education. We currently have locations in Ames, Des Moines, & Marshalltown.

As the Behavioral Health Specialist you will collaborate with the medical provider, behavioral health provider and multidisciplinary team in the clinic setting, as part of an integrated model, to address mental health and behavioral health needs of the prenatal and postnatal patient population. You will provide screening, assessment and behavioral interventions with patients, connecting patients with resources, and making referrals when necessary.

This position is funded by a HRSA Maternal Health Grant for a two-year period.

What's Great About This Position?

  • Opportunity to collaborate with a team of dedicated professionals to achieve the goals of our new Maternal Health Grant.

  • Enjoy work-life balance, typically working Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM.

  • Earn 4 weeks of PTO over your first year of employment.

    What You Will Do?

  • Screens and assesses patients for mental health and behavioral health needs during prenatal and postnatal periods.

  • Provides comprehensive care management to at risk patients.

  • Makes referrals for community mental health resources and coordinates care.

  • Collaborates with PHC medical and behavioral health providers, ensuring the delivery of comprehensive clinical services to primary care patients, targeting interventions to improve patient functioning, behavior and clinical outcomes. Responds to the referring Provider’s referral concern or question, providing timely, focused feedback in both written and verbal form.

  • Provides access to patients by engaging in flow of clinic/setting. Collaborates with clinic staff to provide patients with referrals for appropriate specialty.

  • Maintains current and accurate documentation of services provided in accordance with standards set by PHC and grant requirements. Provides maintenance of various management databases.

  • Participates in clinic and performance improvement meetings as well as in-service training opportunities. Stays abreast of behavioral health clinical standards.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications You Need to Bring


  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, mental health, human services or other related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Effective English and Spanish verbal and written communication skills.

  • Basic computer skills with proficiency using Microsoft applications and ability to learn computer applications.

  • Excellent collaboration and team-oriented skills.

  • Good listening skills.

  • Strong problem-solving skills with analytical and critical thinking capability.

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Organization, prioritization, and time management skills.

  • Detail orientation with high degree of accuracy.

  • Flexible and adaptive with ability to manage stress and maintain resilience.

  • Strong professional skills with ability to interact with others calmly and empathically along with de-escalating difficult situations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work with diverse populations.

  • Licenses/Certifications: *current Mandatory Reporter Training: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse recognized by the State of Iowa *current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers Certification recognized by the American Heart Association. *Must be obtained during introductory period if not current.


  • One year of experience in counseling or related field.

  • Community health center experience.

  • Experience working with indigent populations.

  • Experience working with clients who need assistance relating to domestic violence, mental health, chemical dependency, homelessness, or crisis intervention.

    We Take Care of Our People

    Your experience and skills determine your base pay. The hiring range for this position is typically $18.65 - $23.32. PHC also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Generous PTO accrual (equal to 4 weeks at end of 1st year) plus paid holidays

  • Monthly cell phone reimbursement

  • License/certification fee reimbursement

  • Paid time off for continuing education & continuing education reimbursement

  • Tuition reimbursement program

  • 401k with company match

  • Medical insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Life & disability insurance

  • Flexible spending & health savings accounts

  • Supplemental accident & critical illness insurance

  • Discounts on pet insurance

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