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INTAKE COUNSELOR- Day or Night- $2500 Sign-on Bonus - (10557)

Facility Name
Palo Verde Behavioral Health
TUCSON, AZ 85712 US (Primary)
Career Area
Behavioral Health - Support Staff
Job Description


One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.

Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.

Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.

Palo Verde Behavioral Health (PVBH) is a 84 bed  private psychiatric facility providing inpatient and intensive outpatient psychiatric services through treatment programs tailored to our patients needs for the purpose of creating positive outcomes. PVBH will build on the excellent skills of our current Psychiatrists, licensed registered nurses, clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors to support these programs.

 Mission Statement

The mission of Palo Verde Behavioral Health is to provide the highest quality of psychiatric patient care through treatment programs focused on improving the lives of our patients and ensuring their experience during their stay supports their road to recovery.

Vision Statement

Palo Verde Behavioral Health will be recognized as the premier regional provider of innovative, compassionate behavioral health services, which enhance the health of our community. We will exceed the expectations of those served, maintain the highest standards, and promote a rewarding work environment.

The Admissions Evaluator is the entry way for patients and referral sources for evaluation and admissions. The evaluator provides telephonic and in-person risk assessment.  The evaluator drives the initial contact with referral sources and potential patients, coordinates the referral and admissions process, determines appropriate level of care, facilitates the admission process and obtains and ensures prior-authorization is complete.  The Admissions evaluator consults for final disposition with the admitting psychiatrist.


Job Requirements



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to demonstrate competency in the criteria listed in this job description. The specifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability to meet the minimum requirements for this position. Staff must demonstrate knowledge and skill in provision of services to various populations including children, adolescents, adults, older adults and dually diagnosed patients in an inpatient and partial hospital setting.

Education:                       Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology or Human Services field, licensed RN or Masters in Social Work.

Experience:                     Prior intake, assessment, admission and crisis intervention experience with a psychiatric mental health population, preferably in an inpatient setting.

Licensure/Certification:          If applicable for RN, MSW, LPC or LISAC


1.             The ability to complete the risk assessment, possible in crisis situations, in a time effective manner ensuring all components are completed. This requires strong assessment skills and the ability to keep psychiatric patients on track and focused on the assessment process.

2.            Demonstrates understanding of the parent/guardian or legal obligation in the treatment process, when applicable.

3.            Demonstrates basic knowledge of the current age-appropriate psychotropic medications and possible side effects.

4.            Demonstrates knowledge of major diagnostic criteria for children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics as described in DSM V.

5.            Understands the need for limit setting, demonstrates competency in managing behavioral issues in a consistent, caring manner.

  Uses age appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication.

7.            Demonstrates knowledge of various mental health commitments (emergency petitions, court ordered treatment and revoked court orders) and requirements as they relate to children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics.

8.            Utilizes age appropriate resources in determining alternative levels of care specific to the needs of the child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.

9.            Demonstrates the knowledge of the community mental health providers, insurance verification and prior authorization processes.

10.          Demonstrates an understanding of the sense of urgency to respond to referral inquiries in a timely fashion and completing the admissions acceptance in a timely manner.



  • Knowledge of crisis intervention, triage and risk assessment, psychiatric diagnoses, chemical dependency, age specific growth and development, crisis and behavior management.
  • Ability to communicate verbally, telephonically and in writing. 
  • Ability to use computer systems and electronic records


SUPERVISION RECEIVED:      Director of Admissions

CLASSIFICATION:                     Non Exempt

GENERAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work in general office environment and hospital units/programs. Exposure to psychiatric patients’, who may exhibit violent/aggressive behavior. Potential for exposure to communicable diseases, blood/body fluids and other hazardous waste. General hospital environment.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:              Physical agility to manage patients.  Push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds. Intermittent sitting, standing, walking, bending and stooping. Drug and alcohol free as evidenced by negative results of post-offer, pre-employment urine drug screen.

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Telephone, computer, tape player, copier, fax machine, video/DVD player, small hand tools and writing instruments, as well as all clinical equipment.     

JOB SPECIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/ or ability required. Reasonable   accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the primary functions.


  1. Attendance:  Consistently reports to work on time and is ready to work at start of shift.  Appropriately utilizes personal days/sick time.  Clocks in/out per policy and procedure; begins/returns from meal periods and rest breaks within established policy time frame.
  2. General Safety:  Follows all departmental and hospital safety, security and infection control policies.
  3. Self-Development:  Maintains required licensure/certification for position; renews by expiration date; Maintains MANDT training; renews by expiration date.  Gains additional formal qualifications beyond the minimum requirements of the job; as well as additional job duties and skills.  Follows up on any personal development plan.  Maintains current knowledge of policies and procedures, protocols, and practices.  Attends in-service programs.
  4. Professional Appearance and Attitude:  Complies with the Personal Appearance policy.  Consistently demonstrates a self-directed, mature and disciplined approach to completing work duties.  Demonstrates emotional capacity to perform within position responsibilities.  Maintains and respects patient and employee confidentiality.  Follows proper lines of authority and organizational structure.


AGE GROUP ENCOUNTERED:            Adolescent – (13-17 yr. old)               

                                                                           Adult – (18 - 54 yr. old)      Geriatric – (55 or above)



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