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Assessment / Admissions Counselor - PRN Various Shifts

Universal Health Services


Location:
LEXINGTON, KY
Date:
05/19/2017
Job Code:
209065
Universal Health Services
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Assessment / Admissions Counselor - PRN Various Shifts

Job Code:  209065
Facility: Ridge Behavioral Health System
Location: LEXINGTON, KY US Southern
Region: Southern
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Level:  Experienced (Non-Manager)
Minimum Education Required: Master's Degree 
Skills: Health Care -> Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health
 
Category: Allied Health
FTE: .01
Position Summary:

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) knows what it takes to lead, inspire and succeed. One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, UHS owns and operates through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.

UHS built an impressive record of achievement and performance, steadily growing from a startup company with zero revenue into a Fortune 500 corporation with annual revenue that exceeds $8 billion. The company's operating philosophy has proven to be effective: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, then invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive and become a dominant healthcare provider in its community.

Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS ranks on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations with over 74,000 employees, and is consistently listed among Fortune's "Most Admired Companies” and one of the 30 Most Meaningful Companies To Work For in America by Business Insider.

The Ridge Behavioral Health System is seeking a dynamic and talented Assessment / Admissions Counselor.

Located in Lexington, KY, the heart of the Bluegrass, The Ridge Behavioral Health System offers a healing environment that is reassuring to a patients’ sense of security and confidentiality. Dedicated to excellence, The Ridge Behavioral Health System is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, as a licensed, 110-bed hospital, providing psychiatric (mental health) and chemical dependency (drug & alcohol rehabilitation) services to children, adolescents and adults. Inpatient care is provided on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week. Outpatient and partial hospitalization services are provided on a six-day per week basis, days and evenings. Care is provided according to an established code of ethical conduct and strict adherence to patient rights. The Ridge Behavioral Health System is owned and operated by Universal Health Services.

The Assessment / Admissions Counselor provides telephonic and in person risk assessment and crisis intervention, initial contact with referral sources and potential patients, coordinates the referral and intake process, determines appropriate level of care, facilitates the admission process and maintains communication with referral sources, families, patients and unit staff. The Assessment Referral Counselor also assists the Physician by providing face to face clinical assessments, including the history of presenting illness, family dynamics and supporting psychosocial information.

Essential Responsibilities Include, But Not Limited To:

  • Conducts screening and/or assessments in keeping with clinical knowledge, skill level, and department policies.
  • Ensures Intake Call data is maintained and entered daily.
  • Facilitates clinically appropriate admissions to hospital services, congruent with needs and resources of caller.
  • Refers caller’s to appropriate resources that optimally meet caller’s needs.
  • Demonstrates sufficient understanding of services available in the community.
  • Interacts professionally and effectively with physicians and other clinical staff.
  • Works professionally and effectively with Business Office staff.
  • Interacts well with referral sources; facilitates prompt communications in the best interest of the patient
  • Demonstrates knowledge of programs &/or unit services, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrates effective time management skills; organizes work so that critical assignments may be completed promptly, accurately, and thoroughly.
  • Follows proper NCI de-escalation techniques when handling crisis situations.
  • Provides appropriate crisis intervention as necessary by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques to diffuse the situation, correctly prioritizing safety concerns.
  • Uses appropriate counseling skills by de-escalating aggression, using active listening skills, using appropriate tone and volume of voice, providing a high frequency and variety of positive reinforcements, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and promoting a positive peer culture. Contraband is properly removed and disposed of according to policy.
    Patient belongings are properly inventoried and logged.
  • Documentation on consent forms is complete and correct in all areas.  
 
Requirements

Education 
Master’s Degree in Social Work, Behavioral Sciences or related field and/or currently licensed as LCSW, MFT, or R.N. 
Experience
• Prior intake, assessment, admission and crisis intervention experience with a psychiatric mental health population, preferably in an inpatient setting.
• Three years of experience and knowledge in the area of mental health.
Certifications/Licensure
• NCI (nonviolent crisis intervention) required. This training also offered upon hire.
Other Skills
• Prefer knowledge of crisis intervention and risk assessment, psychiatric diagnoses symptomology, basic chemical dependency, age specific growth and development and crisis and behavior management.

This opportunity provides the following:
• Challenging and rewarding work environment
• Growth and development opportunities within UHS and its subsidiaries
• Competitive Compensation

EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

DISCLAIMER
The Ridge Behavioral Health Systems, a subsidiary of UHS, is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at UHS via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of UHS. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by UHS as a result of the referral or through other means.


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