Addiction Counselor

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ER Family of Companies
For the past 24 months, St. James Mercy Hospital has been engaged in a robust strategic visioning process with community stakeholders in alignment with New York State's healthcare reform agenda. Now on a fast-track growth trajectory, SJMH is working with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to develop a long-term plan for providing regional healthcare services under the auspices of UR Medicine. Support from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is key to the plan's success. To date, SJMH has secured over $18.2M in funds from the state to sustain and redesign healthcare in Hornell, and a $36M request to construct state-of-the-art facility to house the new Hornell Medical Village.
SJMH is an integral part of the Hornell community, which offers many cultural amenities while retaining the feel of a small town, including excellent schools and plentiful, affordable housing. There are two nearby universities--Alfred University and Alfred State College--with world-class programs and facilities.
Addiction Counselor
SJMH has affiliated with ER Select to provide recruiting services to support our fast track, growth strategies. We are aggressively seeking to a hire an Addiction Counselor.
Job Summary: The Addiction Counselor functions as a primary counselor in the care of patients. This includes individual counseling, group work, educational presentations, linkage to self-help groups and referral. Additionally, Addiction Counselors participate in treatment planning with the interdisciplinary team.
1. Functions as Primary Counselor for a group of patients.
2. Performs a complete substance abuse assessment for each assigned patient.
3. Offers input into the comprehensive treatment plan and diagnostic summary based upon the assessment.
4. Attends weekly case conference for assigned patients and updates treatment plan based on ongoing assessment and participation in program.
5. Reviews the progress of each patient with the Clinical Supervisor.
6. Facilitates counseling groups, educational groups and presents lectures.
7. Identifies patient care problems and suggests solutions.
8. Participates in that quality assurance staff development programs.
9. Develops and maintains positive working relationships with referral agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, mental health agencies and professionals, medical agencies and professionals.
10. Attends meetings and committees as requested.
11. Communicates with the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator on a regular basis.
12. Maintains patient confidentiality.
13. Assists in training process of new employees and student interns.
14. Performs other duties as directed.
15. Responsible for understanding and adherence to the Code of Conduct, and the Corporate Compliance Plan (CCP) at St. James Mercy Hospital
16. Participates in all educational requirements related to Corporate Compliance as required by the CCP Education Plan.
The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job identified and shall not be considered as a full description of all the work requirements which may be inherent in this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
All job descriptions must contain the following responsibilities with regard to corporate compliance:
Responsible for understanding and adherence to the Standards/Code of Conduct, and the Corporate Compliance Plan at St. James Mercy Health.
Ensures that all educational requirements related to Corporate Compliance are implemented and adhered to as required by the CCP Education Plan.
Job Specifications:
Bachelors Degree Required.
NYS Recognized Credential as Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Counselor or status as a NYS Qualified Health Professional
Three years experience working in an addiction related field with assessment, treatment planning, and group and individual counseling competencies. Demonstrated writing and communication skills are required as well as knowledge of community services and familiarity with the expectations of regulatory agencies and insurance companies and managed care representatives. Knowledge and appreciation of the 12 step self-help programs.
Valid New York State Drivers License.
1. Understands group dynamics and utilizes knowledge in group processes
2. Knowledge of community resources and has professional relationships with key referral sources
3. Identifies and prioritizes the individualized needs of patients and plans accordingly during the course of treatment
4. Knowledge of "best practices", and utilizes this during the course of treatment, i.e. cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, general counseling skills, etc.
5. Identifies the educational needs of patients and families, and conducts presentations to meet these needs
6. Understands the admission and discharge process
7. Understands the continuum of care and able to determine LOC
8. Knowledge of DSM-IV criteria for assessment of abuse and dependency, MSE, and utilizes appropriately
9. Recognizes the key issues for dual diagnosis patients and patients with other co morbidities
10. Recognizes age-appropriate and developmental differences in patients that impact substance use and treatment
11. Demonstrates clear and consistent oral and written communication at all levels of interactions with patients, staff, & families
12. Demonstrates organization and follow-through in all areas
13. Familiar and complies with regulations and standards for OASAS, JCAHO, SJMH, and MATCH
14. Identifies crisis and safety issues and determines appropriate course of action, including use of CPR, CPI, glucometer, breathalyzer, and other.
15. Demonstrates a collaborative style of interaction in the work team and in patient care
16. Knowledge of addictions and the impact on the individual, the community, workplace, and the family
17. Familiar with treatment schedules, patient behavioral expectations, and able to maintain patient compliance
Physical Demands: Intermittent sitting, standing and walking.
Mental Demands: Variety of problems requiring resourcefulness.
Interactions: Internal and external customers and co-workers
Work Conditions: Frequent interactions with patients, staff, referral agencies, hospital personnel, physicians, and community
Hazards: Potential exposures to chemicals and communicable diseases and related medical waste.

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