Chemical Dependency Clinician

Job Number 69322
Posted 1/15/2020
Account Northern Light Acadia Hospital
Department Narcotic Treatment Program, Substance Abuse Services
Location |ME| Acadia Healthcare, Inc., ME 04402
Schedule Regular Full-time
Shift Day
Hours Variable
Job Details Job Summary: The Chemical Dependency Clinician (CDC) is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC) or Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) with experience in the treatment of adults with Chemical Dependency. Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor Adult Outpatient Services and/or designee and the physician they are responsible for the assessment, evaluation, treatment and discharge planning of all patients assigned to his/her caseload in accordance with the regulatory policies. The CDC provider is an integral member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. The CDC is responsible for delivery of direct care to patients individually, in groups, and in the milieu. Clinicians are responsible to ensure that ongoing liaison occurs with families and referring community agencies and that these agencies are actively involved in the assessment, treatment and discharge of hospitalized patients. Clinicians act as a role model for other staff members and provide a professional service as leaders in teaching other non-professional staff. This person performs duties and/or responsibilities as assigned by the Manager or Supervisor for which s/he is qualified.

COMP = Competency Key:


Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:

Completes a comprehensive, recovery-oriented bio-psycho-social evaluation (including five axis diagnoses, mental status exam, and case formulation) by collecting data which enables the social worker to identify potential therapeutic targets for active treatment in collaboration with the client within four hours of the initial contact.

Develops initial and updated service plans in collaboration with client and treatment team as treatment needs change, or within established time frames, to identify relevant recovery oriented goals and objectives for active treatment.

The master treatment plan is updated according to regulatory regulations.

The master treatment plan identifies effective interventions to achieve outcomes, patient's motivation, health/spiritual beliefs and functional capabilities and strengths.

The master treatment plan reflects a continuum of services to be provided.

The master treatment plan reflects the clinicians' ability to analyze, classify, and interpret social and personal data, including trauma assessments and initial evaluation of risk to self and others.

Provides individual contact with assigned caseload according to the master treatment plan goal.

Participates actively in group planning, implementation, and processing.

Provides or co-leads therapeutic groups daily and or as assigned by Clinical Supervisor.

Meets with and/or provides therapy to patients, families and significant others according to the master treatment plan goal.

Completes all necessary paperwork and billing and delivers it to the appropriate place prior to the end of assigned shift.

Maintains productivity set by the Administrator of Adult/Child Ambulatory Services and Director of Social Services.

Regularly considers and involves ancillary services within active treatment.

Mentors all new staff to ensure high quality services is provided.

Implements interventions that are consistent with service plan and developmental level and needs of client to elicit therapeutic change.

Interventions are modified based on continued assessment of the patient's response to treatment.

Interventions are performed according to the clinician's level of education and practice.

Provides case management to coordinate comprehensive health services (including primary care and dentistry), appropriate referrals to community providers and support systems to ensure continuity of care following discharge.

According to Hospital Policy; completes all documentation including admission history, daily progress notes, group notes, and discharge summaries in the identified time frame.

Completes documentation that demonstrates active client involvement in treatment.

Completes documentation that reflects barriers to treatment progress.

Expected treatment outcomes are patient oriented, evidence based, therapeutically sound, realistic and attainable and measurable.

Demonstrates reflective/active listening, feedback, summarizing, reframing, empathy, support, problem solving, coaching, and psycho-education skills.

Consistently complies with the policies and procedures as set forth in the Clinical Policy and Procedure Manual.

Maintains and abides by ethical standards set forth by the facility and Maine State Licensing Boards.

Maintains requirements of licensure.

Fosters the development of teamwork within department as well as across departments and with outside providers.

Provides direct service as needed in all hospital hotspots.

Serves as a role model by developing respect, confidence, cooperation and participation in the work environment.

Participates in staff meetings and reviews all meeting minutes.

Gives and receives critical feedback on effectiveness of clinical interventions through regular peer review, scheduled staff meetings and supervisions.

Follows through with commitments to the patients and other providers in a timely and professional manner.

Communicates plans and coordinates with other team members the scheduling of meetings with patients.

Utilizes time effectively and can critically evaluate time management relevant to the effective operation of respective department.

Provides feedback from all disciplines when evaluating, planning and implementing interventions.

Ensures and supports a therapeutic milieu through patient and family advocacy.

Assist in maintaining a work environment free from recognized hazards that create a risk of injury to employees, patients or visitors and that all accidents and incidents are reported by employees and properly investigated. When appropriate, assist with the return of all workers with work related injuries and illnesses to gainful employment.

Professional Requirements:

Maintains patient confidentiality at all times. Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner in the community. Maintains regulatory requirements, including Joint Commission, Federal and State. Complies with all organizational policies regarding EMHS's Code of Conduct and ethical business practices.

Regulatory Requirements:

Must be licensed as an LADC or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Chemical Dependency/Dual Diagnosis experience preferred. Have demonstrated ability to use independent judgment while maintaining a flexible practice style. Able to communicate pertinent information to Physician and Medical Staff on an ongoing basis. Age based competency in children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics and disability based competency for chemical dependency required. Completes Healthstream Mandatory Education on a yearly basis. Attends all mandatory safety related education programs, (fire, ergonomics, universal/standard precautions, etc.). Follows safety procedures to prevent injury to self and others. Carries assigned keys and wears hospital ID badge at all times. Refrains from the abuse of chemicals.

Language Skills:

Must possess good oral and written communication skills in the English language.

Physical Demands:

Visual acuity, color vision, hearing acuity, and tactile sensation are necessary to respond to patient response and requests. The ability to read and speak English, to communicate and document information. Must possess the manual dexterity and a degree of body strength and flexibility to respond to aggressive patient behavior. The ability to reach and stretch intermittently. Time may be spent sitting at a computer, collaborating with other healthcare team members. Standing and walking comprises some of the workday.

Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

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