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Co-Occurring Clinician/Primary Therapist

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

This is a Contract position in Wheat Ridge, CO posted July 1, 2020.

Overview To provide individual and group psychotherapy as well as appropriate case management and/or care coordination to clients with substance use disorders or substance use and co-occurring disorders, ages 18-59.


$1,000 paid on first paycheck and $2,000 paid on 2 year anniversary.

Responsibilities Essential Duties: Engages consumers of the withdrawal management program, appropriate family members, and significant others as requested and consented to by client, in the strength-based and trauma-informed treatment process and goal-setting.

Works constructively with consumers to reach agreed upon outcomes, and coordinates care with internal and external providers.

Maintains appropriate professional standards and provides appropriate follow-up for consumers.

Provides individual, group and family treatment as determined by the Manager, promoting change and movement through the therapeutic system following recovery-based practice guidelines.

Will carry a small number of Outpatient clients for aftercare leaving Withdrawal Management.

Identifies risk factors including lethality for suicidal, homicidal and/or grave disability.

As appropriate, complete involuntary mental health holds (27-65) according to Center protocol and assist Supervisor with Involuntary Commitment protocols.

Provides behavioral and diagnostic assessments and initial engagement strategies, treatment and discharge planning, and case management to the withdrawal management consumers.

Provides level of care assessment and referral.

Participate in Evidenced Based Practices and other agency initiatives (IDDT, DBT, PCOMS, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, etc) for mental health and co-occurring substance use services.

Interacts with the client population to provide guidance, safety, stability and direction.

Provide milieu supervision as needed.

Serves as a liaison with community agencies and referral sources with regard to client’s needs.

Adheres to all Jefferson Center Policies and Procedures.

Other Duties (Productivity Performance Measures, Professional Growth/Development, Relationships/Communication) Meet required number of consumer service hours as determined by the Network Director through effective caseload management responsive to the level of ongoing clinical need.

Attends mandatory in-services; compliance with individualized training plan if required.

Participates in supervision by coming prepared with an agenda.

Reports high risk/problem cases, and utilizes a problem solving approach as well as feedback.

Attends supervision at times and interval agreed upon with supervisor.

Corporate Compliance including documentation on practice in accordance with regulatory requirements and clinical guidelines.

Submits 90% of all Progress-to-Date forms before the end of shift.

Completes 95% of all paperwork by the due date (CCARS and Service Plans).

Exhibits enthusiasm, courtesy, adaptability, flexibility, and spirit of cooperation in the work environment.

Maintains effective interpersonal relations with consumers, peers, subordinates, upper management, visitors and the general public.

Uses language and behavior to promote dignity and respect.

Effectively responds to the client/consumer needs and problems, initiates and maintains positive interactions, timely response to phone calls, email and other requests.

Demonstrates knowledge and skills to develop therapeutic alliance with consumers and to work effectively and with cultural competence with consumers from diverse backgrounds.

Participates in staff development activities to enhance professional growth.

Addresses the whole health needs of the client by ensuring that appropriate releases are in place for physical health care providers, making appropriate referrals as needed when significant physical health needs are a consideration.

Assesses and treats individuals with various disorders within the scope of one’s expertise.

Utilizes a range of appropriate clinical and recovery focused interventions according to clinical need, or refers as indicated, to trauma specific treatment, wellness classes/coaching, co-occurring/substance use services, and employment services.

Have an understanding of how trauma impacts the lives of the people being served, so that every interaction is consistent with the recovery process and reduces the possibility of retraumatization.

Participate in the Center’s training/educational programs designed to enhance knowledge about Trauma Informed Care, the impact of trauma and trauma recovery.

Ensure that delivery practices are guided by the principles of trauma informed care and the principles of addiction treatment.

Attends the quarterly CAC business meetings in order to stay abreast of regulations and policies governing substance abuse treatment.

Participate in CAC group supervision per OBH regulations.

CAC II, 2 hours each month, CAC III or LAC one hour each month.

Provide CAC in training group or individual supervision to staff obtaining their certification (CAC III or LAC only) and/or assist with supervising or mentoring new license eligible clinicians.

Completes required paperwork for substance use treatment licenses and billing to Medicaid and other funding sources, including Substance Abuse ROI, Substance Use Assessment, Out-of-State Offender Questionnaire, Infectious Disease Acknowledgment Statement, ASAM Level of Care and Placement Criteria, SOCRATES/Change Ruler and DACOD’s.

Note: Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job.

Qualifications Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required: Master’s Degree in related field required CACI in training, CACI, CAC II, CAC III or LAC preferred.

LPC, LMFT or LCSW preferred.

One or more years related experience and/or training.

Bilingual preferred Skills or experience in integrated health approaches preferred CPR/First Aid Certification (must provide proof of certification at time of hire)