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Substance Use Counselor

Amoskeag Health

Amoskeag Health, formerly Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC), is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) federally qualified health center offering high-quality, comprehensive, and family-oriented primary health care and support services since 1993. Now known as The Dr. Selma Deitch Center for Children and Teens, Child Health Services (CHS) is the original pediatric practice of MCHC dedicated to improving the health and well-being of at-risk children. In June of 2019, all locations of MCHC consolidated under one name, Amoskeag Health.

Through all its programs, Amoskeag Health serves over 14,579 patients annually across four locations in Manchester.

Mission
To improve the health and well-being of our patients and the communities we serve by providing exceptional care and services that are accessible to all.

Vision
We envision a healthy and vibrant community with strong families and tight social fabric that ensures everyone has the tools they need to thrive and succeed.

Core Values
We believe in:
• Promoting wellness and empowering patients through education
• Fostering an environment of respect, integrity and caring where all people are treated equally with dignity and courtesy
• Providing exceptional, evidence-based and patient-centered care
• Removing barriers so that our patients achieve and maintain their best possible health

This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

Primary care, preventive care, outreach and enabling services at Amoskeag Health are supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Health Center Cluster grant number H80CS00571. This grant provides approximately 15% of total revenue.


The Substance Use Disorder and Medicated Assisted Treatment (SUD & MAT) Counselor position is member of the Behavioral Health team and MAT program providing direct patient care. The direct patient care responsibilities include providing evaluation and treatment of clients who may have a substance use disorder. Utilizing personal interviews, psychological assessment, ASAM and other evaluation tools. The SUD counselor will work closely with medical providers, behavioral health staff, case managers, community health workers, community agencies and others to ensure integration of services within the clinic and the community. The counselor may provide urgent interventions, evaluations and ongoing individual or group therapy services. The counselor will work closely with MAT Care Coordinator and the Perinatal SUD Coordinator as a wraparound team. This position requires the individual be able to work well in a fast-paced environment, have the ability to work well independently as well as communicating effectively with the medical professionals. 

 

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining all clinical records within the MAT program
  • Provide comprehensive assessment, evaluation, consultation, diagnosis of substance use disorder and intervention of substance use disorders.
  • Provide effective treatment planning and assisting clients in successfully achieving goals.
  • Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions.
  • Establish and monitor group development for MAT patients.
  • Actively participate in meetings internally and externally that support Amoskeag Health’s MAT/SUD programming.
  • Provide intakes for patients entering MAT program
  • Assist the primary care team and MAT team in developing care management processes such as the use of guidelines, disease management techniques, case management, and patient education to improve self-management of chronic disease.
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures in regards to the SUD & MAT program.
  • Maintain accurate, timely documentation in the client’s medical records of all client contacts, case planning and the client’s plan of care. Along with utilizing proper billing codes per appointment type.
  • Provide regular peer audits promote learning in the behavioral health team and ensure policies and procedures are being followed.
  • Facilitate the workflow of the MAT clinics, providing guidance and support as necessary to the MAT providers.
  • Exhibit non-judgmental, empathetic and supportive approach when communicating with patients/families and staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements:
  • Required Bachelor's Degree in related field. Masters preferred.
  • Licensed or working towards Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADC) or Master Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (MLADC)
  • Three to five years of experience working with individuals experiencing substance use disorder.
  • Bilingual ability in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Two years’ experience in the healthcare field preferred
  • Verifiable good driving record and reliable transportation

Amoskeag Health requires all employees to show proof of vaccination for both COVID 19 and annual influenza (or show a valid religious, pregnancy, or disability-related reason for not being vaccinated).

Job Location:

Manchester

Date Added: January 13, 2022

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