Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors are members of the Behavioral Health Team at Lorain County Health & Dentistry. They provide behavioral health evaluation, assessment and counseling to primary care patients referred by Lorain County Health & Dentistry medical and dental providers. Working closely with members of the Medication Assisted Treatment team (including primary care providers, BH coach, BH clinicians and Recovery coordinator), dual diagnosis counselors specialize in the consultation, assessment and treatment of patients with Opioid or Stimulant Use Disorders. Additionally, dual diagnosis counselors act as behavioral health consultants, responding to acute requests for assistance from medical and dental providers to evaluate and assess patients during or shortly after medical visits. In this context, dual diagnosis counselors provide brief and solution focused, consistent with the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Model
Daily responsibilities include:
- Provide brief consultation to patients of medical providers who exhibit or report symptoms of substance use or mental health disorders.
- Assess patients with suspected of known substance use disorder-using ASAM criteria to determine the most appropriate level of care.
- Establishing strong therapeutic rapport with patients from diverse backgrounds with varying diagnostic profiles.
- Provide an outpatient level of SUD and MH care to patients participating in Medication Assisted Treatment both in person and via telehealth.
- Connect patients who need care beyond outpatient services to the most appropriate resource in the community.
- Collaborate with primary care practitioners in the integrated care of patients participating in the LCH&D Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program, assisting in the determination of the course of care that is best for harm reduction.
- Use motivational interviewing to increase patient participation in all aspects of MAT Agreement, including 12 step programs and other peer support services.
- Intervene in crisis situations, including participating in assessment of suicide risk.
- Consult with and collaborate with medical providers regarding patients with SUD or Mental Health conditions that impact physical wellness.
- Complete encounters per policy.
- Respond to requests within EHR i.e. PAQ, tasks, patient message.
- Participate in Peer Review
- Must maintain accurate records.
- Comply with ethical standards of profession, HIPAA and 42 CFR guidelines as all times.
- Must maintain infection control standards at all times per company policy.
- Must have knowledge of the Lorain County Health & Dentistry Continuous Quality Improvement Plan and be guided by its goals and objectives in carrying out the role of Therapist.
- Must demonstrate clinical competence in all areas of assigned job functions.
- Deliver care and services in accordance with the organization’s philosophy of “partnership” with patients and integration of the organizations values of Respect, Quality, Compassion and Hope.
- Provide input and recommendations to enhance the growth and success of the organization.
- Make every attempt to meet daily goals and objectives as defined by the organization.
- Assume all other reasonable duties and responsibilities as directed by the organization’s leadership.
- It is also the responsibility of every employee to ensure that executive management is made aware of any issues that could negatively impact the organization or its relationships with patients, and the community. It is also the responsibility of every employee to report any and all violations and infractions against the company’s vision, mission, and values.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
- Must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling
- Must hold a valid license in the State of Ohio as a social worker (LSW) or Professional Counselor (LPC).
- Must have two years of experience assessing and treating individuals with Substance Use Disorders. A CDCA or CDC II (in addition to mental health licensure) preferred.
- Must meet all credentialing and privileging requirements as mandated by policy.
- Must maintain appropriate continuing education requirements.
SKILL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- A minimum of two years of experience in a mental health treatment setting is required; experience in which behavioral health is integrated into primary care is preferred.
- A minimum of two years of experience with motivational interviewing in healthcare setting.
- A minimum of two years of experience using ASAM criteria in a clinical setting
- Must have valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.
- Must have proficient computer skills and the ability to become proficient in software programs specific to Lorain County Health & Dentistry i.e. NextGen, EPM, EHR, etc.
- Must have the skill and credibility to serve as a patient advocate and be a role model for change.
- Ability to maintain a calm and professional demeanor and communicate enthusiastically with patients.
- Ability to be responsive in working with a culturally-diverse patient population.
- Must have excellent communication skills with the ability to master a therapeutic communication approach.
- Ability to independently coordinate multiple tasks.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Why Choose LCH&D?
At Lorain County Health & Dentistry we care for a vulnerable population that would likely go without health care if not for our services. We are the largest safety-net provider of primary and preventive health care in Lorain County, Ohio. We are also located about 30 miles West of Downtown Cleveland, and only 1 mile south of Lake Erie – a perfect location to MANY area attractions.
Other Benefits Include:
Excellent Orientation Program
Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Short-and Long-Term Disability
401(k) Retirement Plan
Giving back, outreach, and true advocacy to the patient community we serve.
Equal Opportunity Employer