Kaniksu Community Health, based in Sandpoint, is a federally-qualified community health center, serving the citizens of Bonner and Boundary Counties with clinics in Sandpoint, Priest River, and Bonners Ferry. The North Idaho Panhandle is a four-season recreation paradise, with friendly folks, little traffic, an abundance of amenities, and excellent schools. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and come live, work, and play in one of the most beautiful small towns in the northwest!

The mission of Kaniksu Community Health is to provide access to comprehensive and integrated primary care services (defined as the concurrent prevention and management of physical, oral and emotional health problems addressed holistically with the Patient Centered Medical Home Model of Care).

Our target population is the underserved residents within the communities of Boundary and Bonner Counties in Idaho. KCH is centered on the whole patient with respect and compassion for the individual and based on clinical evidence of best practices.

The goal of our Patient Centered Medical Home Teams is to provide integrated multi-disciplinary care within a culture that is characterized by a highly positive environment, dedicated staff and a patient centric approach to care, where we act in partnership wit those we serve and with one another.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health, the LCSW is responsible for providing competent primary and preventive health care at the KCH clinic sites and within scope of practice and KCH FQHC scope of service. This position provides challenging and rewarding opportunities for professional growth and development with self-motivation to achieve goals and objectives.


  • Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited school
  • Current License in the State of Idaho as a BH Provider
  • Ability to receive clearance through the National Practitioner Database
  • Working knowledge of the basic principles of health, illness, and wellness including current best Practice in effective delivery of preventive and primary behavioral health care and health education to low-income and special needs populations.
  • Proven clinical competence and outcome-effective experience providing primary and preventive health services.
  • Skill in behavioral health services primary care delivery and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with patients and staff.
  • Experience with rural community health care, public health principles and practices desired.
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills, creative thinker and pa proven collaborator.

Ability to maintain appropriate clinical privileges required:

  • A high level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards
  • Excellent judgment, flexibility, good humor, high energy level and graciousness
  • FTCA coverage obtainable
  • Unrestricted license to practice in the State of Idaho
  • Current CPR (BLS) certification, ACLS preferred
  • Ability to be designated a Medicare and Medicaid provider in Idaho
  • Computer literacy and willingness to utilize electronic health records

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain active and current licensure, and participate in continuing educational activities sufficient to maintain required breadth of knowledge regarding current standard of practice for Behavioral Health Services, and specifically for the populations served by Kaniksu Community Health.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of basic principles of health, illness, and wellness including current best practice in effective delivery of preventive and primary behavioral health care in outpatient settings and health education to the target populations.
  • Provisions of primary behavioral health diagnostic, treatment, referral and preventive services and information that is professionally and culturally competent, and centered on the whole person within the context of their life circumstances.
  • Prescribes and carries out, or directs others in carrying out, appropriate treatment, or refers individuals for specialty consultation or treatment in conformance with approved clinical protocols and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of common medications used with the understanding of indications for, administration of, action of and adverse effects of medications. A working knowledge of printed and electronic resources available for information regarding illness and medications.
  • Educates individuals in the nature of behavioral health related conditions and in the general promotion of primary health care related disease prevention.
  • Designs and implements effective individualized health care plans and strategies to engage KCH patients in sustained attention to their own and families’ improved health and well-being.
  • Records patient-provider transactions as they occur in the patient’s medical record so that the medical record accurately and completely reflects the nature of the contact, the condition of the patient and the care or treatment provided.
  • The BH Provider must be cognizant of the prevalent stressors and their impact on KCH patient populations, professional providers and other community partners.