Assessment Counselor- Inpatient PT (Thurs-Fri-Sat)

Onward Behavioral Health Pittsburgh , PA 15201

Posted 5 months ago

Deliverables/Principal Results Expected:

  • Conducts screenings and level of care assessments, using clinical knowledge and skill level.

  • Facilitates appropriate admissions to all levels of care based on ASAM criteria.

  • Makes appropriate referrals to community resources and outside referral opportunities in the best interest of the client.

  • Completes assessment, admission and other paperwork for clients to start treatment in a timely manner.

  • Manage admission pre-certification with funding sources.

  • Work effectively with facility staff to insure consistent implementation of programs.

  • Consistently and effectively coordinates schedule with the Admissions Coordinator.

  • Maintain up to date reports on Needs Assessment data.

  • May be expected to provide coverage for other evaluation counselors in the region, when requested by Supervisor.

  • Duties may also include providing assessment services to referral sources such as county juvenile justice centers, county jails, and other forensic and/or mental health settings.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Technical Competencies:

Helps to maintain strong clinical program. Staff is able to work together to meet the needs of the clients. Interact with referral sources to facilitate prompt, effective services for the client. Interact cooperatively with professional liaisons, supporting the ongoing marketing and referral communications efforts. Thorough knowledge of substance abuse & dependency, issues and treatment modalities. Working knowledge of psychological and physiological symptomology associated with chemical abuse and dependency, specific to client's age and developmental stages. Skills in therapeutic support and confrontation with chemical dependency clients. Skills in treatment planning and related documentation and record keeping. Ability to maintain therapeutic relationship with clients in various stages of emotional stability and recovery. Complete required training and mandatory training hours. Strong working knowledge of PA Confidentiality laws. Strong knowledge of ASAM criteria. Strong clinical skills in D&A and mental health treatment. A working knowledge of HIPAA, DDAP, RTFA and CARF regulations.


Education/Experience: A Master's or Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing (with a clinical specialty in the human services field) or other related field. Experience within the Drug and Alcohol setting is preferred. Knowledge of continuous improvement techniques. Awareness and understanding of regulating bodies (CARF, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, DDAP). Strong background in D&A and Co-occurring Disorders, knowledge of HIPAA laws, confidentiality, and state licensing regulations.


We offer a competitive pay, great benefits package, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, generous PTO, 401K retirement plan, Tuition reimbursement and much more! To learn more about Pyramid Healthcare and our specific locations, please visit us on the web at:

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Assessment Counselor- Inpatient PT (Thurs-Fri-Sat)

Onward Behavioral Health