Title: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Substance Abuse
FLSA Category: Exempt
Reports To: Chief Medical Officer
Date Issued: October 2016
Responsible for providing patient care as appropriate in the clinical setting, for behavioral and mental health case management, coordination of services with other agencies, clinical tracking of special population groups and any other activities or duties required to assure optimal patient services.
- Responsible for in-depth assessment of patients who screen positive for substance abuse on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Provide crisis intervention/support services to patients.
- Primary liaison to facilitate the “warm hand-off” process from primary care or mental health provider to substance abuse team.
- Provide individual and group counseling to patients assigned to caseload and utilize appropriate therapeutic interventions to assist patients in addressing identified problems and meeting goals.
- Provide consultative services, including several weeks of supportive follow-up counseling for new patients.
- Conduct alcohol and drug abuse counseling sessions on a regular basis per state regulation, or as part of the individual treatment plan.
- Develop Individual treatment plan for the new patient within established time frame of patient’s admission.
- Ensures that Medication Assisted Treatment patients can access other ancillary services needed for recovery.
- Liaises between GBMS, the Health Department and law enforcement agencies regarding substance abuse patient population to ensure continuity of treatment and compliance to legal obligations; and ensure patients have access to medication-assisted treatment services.
- Oversee patient referrals to other specialty services.
- Follow up with patients that are ambivalent about accepting services. Work with Certified Addition Counselor to set up supportive groups.
- Provide consultation to the Providers regarding appropriateness for treatment, identified problems, and needed referrals for all patients on caseload and those assessed by the counselor.
- Orient Greater Baden providers and staff to Cherokee Integrated Care model.
- Ensure that patient confidentially is protected by properly completing release of information to all outside referrals and contacts (i.e. Medical coordination, information from other facilities).
- Complies with Joint Commission standards for ambulatory care.
- Performs timely entry into, and manipulation of, the Electronic Health Record.
- Provides clinical leadership and acts as a resource to other members of the health care team, patients, or other members of the community.
- Works with center manager to facilitate smooth operation of clinic flow.
- Assures quality of patient care by participating in the organization’s Performance Improvement activities.
- Cooperates with compliance review activities.
- Submits information needed for credentialing files in a timely manner.
- When needed, assists the Safety Officer with employee health activities, especially in the event of an exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
- Participates in team/staff meetings; attends in-service meetings and applicable workshops.
- Performs any and all other duties required to provide for optimal patient care.
- Students, interns, fellows and the like
- Certified Addictions Counselor
- Current Professional Counselor (LCPC) License in the State of Maryland.
- Current Maryland prescriber number, and current D.E.A. and C.D.S. License.
- Board certification or eligibility in Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC). Board certification preferred, certification expected within one year of employment.
- Insurability (malpractice)
- Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)
- ACLS or Advanced Life Support within 12 months of employment, if appropriate
Core Competencies Needed
Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Communication Skills - Listen and verbally in order to solve problems and provide information and direction, ensuring the experience is a positive one. Record issues and resolutions to maintain accurate records and data for further analysis by management.
Analytical Skills - The ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach. Possess creative thinking, learning, systems thinking and problem solving. Must be effective at defining and solving problems in order to ensure that the real, underlying challenge is understood and that solutions actually address it.
Healthcare Systems - Knowledge of healthcare and medical terminology.
Organizational Skills - Effectively managing tasks and information and organize information to ensure a timely response to questions. Develops and uses systems to organize and keep track of information or work progress.
Results Orientation – The ability to focus on the desired results, setting challenging goals, focusing effort on the goals, and meeting or exceeding them.
Time Management - Understands what is required and prioritizes to get tasks/projects completed and establishes/implements an effective course of action (ex. establishes appropriate deadlines). Reprioritizes work efforts based on changing situations and emerging issues (e.g., in response to organizational, systems, and/or schedule changes).
Collaboration - Engages others by gathering multiple views and being open to diverse perspectives, focusing on a shared purpose that puts the organization overall success first.
This job operates in an outpatient office environment. This role is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, and high stress situations or events.
Physical and Mental Demands
- Ability to cope with stress.
- The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office
- Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine and computer printer.
- The person in this position frequently communicates with patients and/or employees. Must be able to summarize and exchange accurate information.
- Must be able to lift or catch patient weighing more than 50 pounds in the event of emergency.
- Performs with frequent interruption or distractions.
- Adjust priorities quickly as circumstances dictate.
- Ability to interact appropriately with colleagues for different purposes in different context.
- Ability to perceive the nature of sound.
- Expressing or exchanging information by means of the spoken word, or to convey detailed spoken instructions accurately, loudly or quickly.
- Ability to judge distances and spatial relationships to perceive objects where and as they actually are.
- Cognitive ability to analyze, count, summarize and synthesize information from multiple sources.
- Ability to recognize social or professional behavioral cues.
Ability to read and interpret written or verbal documents and instructions. Ability to speak effectively to patients, employees and/or stakeholders of the organization.
Must be able to drive between Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc. locations.