Intake and Assessment Counselor

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Description* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical CampusSchool of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry/Addiction Research and Treatment Services/The Haven Mother’s HouseLead Technician - IntakePosition #00670362 – Requisition #15720 Health Care Services Occupational Group describes technical health care work. Positions in this series provide support in delivering psychiatric, developmentally disabled, special education, or nursing care and therapeutic treatment to an assigned client population. Duties include supervising clients in a variety of settings; observing and reporting client behavior, physical condition, reactions to medications; participating as a team member in group therapy sessions; performing preventative and practical care procedures, such as teaching basic living skills, hygiene, and social skills and explaining various routines and expectations; providing immediate crisis intervention when required; and maintaining a safe, therapeutic environment. Those positions with required licensure may administer prescribed treatments and medications under the supervision of a registered nurse. This class describes the second-level health technician. While the type of duties is similar to those performed at the lower level, the complexity of the job is different. The systems, operations, and processes are still established and defined but allow more flexibility and latitude in adapting practical approaches or routines to various situations. Not all circumstances are covered by established guidelines so positions must improvise solutions and alternatives. This class includes responsibility for training lower level technicians. The Haven is a clinical program through CU and is a part of the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Addiction Research and Treatment Services.  The Haven, located in South Denver on the grounds of Ft. Logan, is a Modified Therapeutic Community that offers long-term, intensive treatment for females with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The Haven has a total of 36 beds with 16 beds dedicated to treating pregnant and post-partum mothers and their infants at the Haven Mother’s House. The Haven is licensed by the Office of Behavioral Health and is contracted by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice as a Community Corrections center. Clients are referred from the criminal justice system, a direct judicial sentence, or from a variety of non-criminal justice agencies. This full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position will conduct thorough substance use disorder, mental health, and criminogenic need assessments to determine client appropriateness for an ASAM III.5/TC level of care clients; work with multiple referrals agents including Department of Corrections case managers, Probation Officers, Attorneys, etc. and gather collateral documentation such as PSIR’s, mental health evaluation, medical information and any other necessary documentation in order to give the intake team an opinion for potential clients appropriateness or lack thereof for placement. Examples of Work Performed:

  • Transports clients being admitted into the program as needed from local jails and Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF). 
  • Meets with potential clients at jails and DWCF to do preliminary assessments.
  • Admits clients into the program and completes applicable documentation through the electronic health record. 
  • Completes a GAIN assessment within 14 days of admission and reassessment of GAIN every 6 months. 
  • Completes initial treatment plan based on assessment information.
  • Transports clients to legal court obligations as required.
  • Provides program information to a wide range of individuals requesting information, including family members, potential clients, and other professional referral sources and presents the program thoroughly and completely so an individual has a clear understanding of what to expect while in treatment. 
  • Screens for priority populations, and provides resources for clients who are placed on the waiting list or who do not meet a TC level of care.
  • Coordinates a smooth transition from incarceration or community into treatment to include setting up MAT services or medical care as needed. 
  • Conducts tours of facilities for potential clients and referral agents. 
  • Assures program materials, program descriptions, and marketing materials are up to date and professionally written.
  • Attends and participates in individual and group supervision, staff meetings and training as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable. Salary and Benefits: Hiring salary has been established as $37,584. This position is eligible for overtime compensation Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. Benefits: Compensation Calculator: Diversity and Equity: Please click here for information on disability accommodations: The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED (Attach a copy of your transcripts, diploma, or certificate)
  • One year of experience appropriate to the assignment
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in human services or closely related field may substitute for the experience.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to travel off campus to La Vista Prison, DWCF, and local jails to assess clients.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License or be able to obtain a valid State of Colorado driver’s license within 30 days of hire
  • Must be willing to occasionally work out of normal business hours if needed to assure proper client care and placement into appropriate services, particularly around the care for pregnant women. 
  • Must presently be certified as a Certified Addiction Counselor Level II in the State of Colorado.
  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check . Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.
  • Individuals in recovery from substance abuse must have one year abstinence from alcohol and drug problems.
  • In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) , ARTS cannot employ individuals (who may have contact with residents) who have (1) engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail , lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility , or other Institution (as defined in 42 U.S. C . § 1997); (2) been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion , or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or (3) been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in (1-3) of this section. Material omissions regarding such misconduct, or the provision of materially false information , shall be grounds for termination
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master of social work, psychology, counseling, human services, or related field
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor
  • Working with a female offender population
  • Experience working with an electronic health record
  • Experience conducting mental health and substance use disorder assessment preferred. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to handle difficult behaviors
  • Ability to comply with established polices, rules, and procedures
  • Ability to develop appropriate therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to establish clear boundaries with clients
  • Be open minded and non-judgmental

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 9, 2019
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 2/11/2019
Application Due: 4/12/2019
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