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Assessment and Referral Counselor

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Assessment and Referral Counselor

Job Code:  228171
Facility: Summit Oaks Hospital
Location: SUMMIT, NJ US Mid-Atlantic
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level:  Experienced (Non-Manager)
Minimum Education Required: Master's Degree 
Skills: Health Care -> Behavioral Health
Category: Allied Health,Healthcare - Rehabilitation,Professionals
FTE: 1.0
Position Summary:

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiary acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion.

Summit Oaks Hospital, a 126 bed, private acute care hospital and chemical dependency treatment center, located in suburban Summit, NJ, fully accredited (by the Joint Commission), has been providing quality health care to adult, child and adolescent northeastern USA residents, since 1902. Summit Oaks has repeatedly been recognized in U.S. News & World Report, as one of the nation's best behavioral health hospitals.

We are currently seeking an Assessment and Referral Counselor, for  our  3:00 PM  to 11:30 PM shift,  who will  be  primarily responsible for conducting assessments of incoming patients and responding to requests for services and information.

1. Inquiry calls are documented and processed in accordance with Intake policies.
2. Patients are assessed and stabilized prior to leaving hospital or admission to hospital arranged.
3. Inquiry calls are documented and processed in accordance with Intake policies.
4. Conduct assessments on individuals experiencing crisis.
5. Participate in screening patients for admission into both inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, utilizing pre-approved admissions criteria set forth by the Medical Staff.( see attached)
6. Provide assessments of incoming patient’s mental health/chemical dependency; including precipitating events, presenting problems, treatment/substance use history, mental status and risk assessment.
7. Make a determination of level of care by an evaluation of the patient’s needs, advocating the lowest level of care consistent with those needs.
8. On call doctor is notified and assists with patient interview.
9. Admission paperwork is completed in accordance with hospital policy.
10. Intake log is completed with all information documented.
11. Follow up calls are made to those failing to show up for appointments.
12. Pre-certification is obtained in accordance with insurance requirements.
13. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers, practicing good standards of customer service.
14. Administration is notified of problems or significant events.
15. Safety problems are identified and corrective actions taken.
16. In house assessments are completed with treatment or referral disposition recommendations made and documented.
17. Maintain good communication with the utilization review, admitting, financial offices and other
departmental staff.

Note: The essential job functions of this position are not limited to the duties listed above.


Education:  Registered Nurse, masters degree in counseling, psychology or  related  field or a  bachelors degree in psychology, sociology or related filed with a current N.J. state crisis intervention screening license. 
Experience: Two or more years experience in intake assessment activities within an acute psychiatric setting. A minimum of two (2) years experience in a psychiatric hospital setting including customer contact.
Licensure Preferred: to practice as an RN, LSW, LCSW or LPC.
Additional Requirements: A working knowledge of the DSM-IV and the Mental Status Exam. A working knowledge of the Addiction and Recovery field.

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