ACT Substance Abuse Specialist: Central Phoenix

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Position Overview
As a member of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) clinical team, will function as the substance abuse specialist on the ACT Team. ACT team members provide the highest level of care in the Maricopa County behavioral health system. Provides ACT team with information and knowledge regarding substance use/abuse issues. Provides specific substance abuse interventions as clinically indicated. Coordinates, monitors, and provides direct services in a community setting for recipients. Participates in the development of individualized service plan (ISP) and provides/coordinates services related to the ISP’s. Acts as a recipient advocate, coordinates services and discharges plans, and assists in crisis intervention. Provides after hours care, on-call coverage, and support to all recipients being served on the team.
Primary Job Responsibilities
  • ·         Serves as expert in substance abuse/use for other ACT clinical staff.
  • ·         Provides consultation and assistance to ACT team in the area of substance abuse and its effects and assist team in identifying and addressing co-occurring issues and the appropriate interventions.
  • ·         Provides individual and group substance abuse education and intervention as needed.
  • ·         Works collaboratively with the ACT clinical team to engage, educate, communicate, and coordinate care with recipient, their family, behavioral and general medical and dental health care providers, community resources and others to ensure that all services prescribed in the individualized service plan (ISP) are implemented.
  • ·         Identifies, plans, and directly provides all needed services for each recipient.
  • ·         Works with recipients to develop a role for themselves outside of their mental illness, while focusing on expected outcomes of increased employment, Meaningful Community Activity (MCA), independent living status, and social network, as well as decreased substance use/abuse.
  • ·         Provides supportive services including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Assistance in maintaining, monitoring, and modifying covered behavioral health services;
  • Brief telephone or face-to-face interactions with a recipient, a recipient’s family, or other involved party for the purpose of maintaining or enhancing recipient functionality;
  • Serves as a point of contact and to ensure ongoing collaboration including the communication of appropriate clinical information with other involved parties as appropriate and coordination of care with a recipient’s family, behavioral and general medical and dental health care providers, community resources, and other involved supports including educational, social, judicial, community and other State agencies;
  • Ensure each recipient has a current and complete ISP and that all covered services identified on the service plan are evaluated and updated monthly.
  • Provides outreach and follow-up of services including, but not limited to, crisis and missed appointments to ensure adequate resources are available and in place;
  • Participates in staffing, case conferences or other meetings with or without the recipient or recipient’s family participating;
  • Ensures that transfers to out-of-area, out-of-state or to an Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) contractor, are coordinated as applicable;
  • Ensures the development and implementation of transition, discharge, and aftercare plans prior to discontinuation of behavioral health services.
  • Teaches skill building activities to recipient.
  • ·         Performs all case management functions associated with caseload including participating in the assessment and service planning processes; including identifying the need for further or specialty evaluations.
  • ·         Collaborates with the recipient and recipient’s family or significant others to implement an effective service plan, explaining available clinical options to the team, including advantages and disadvantages of each option.
  • ·         Maintains the recipient’s comprehensive clinical record, including documentation of activities performed as part of the service delivery process (e.g., assessments, provision of services, coordination of care, discharge planning).
  • ·         Provides continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment through the ongoing assessment of the recipient and input from the recipient and relevant others resulting in modification to the service plan as necessary.
  • ·         Works in collaboration with team members to assure compliance with ACT fidelity measures.
  • ·         Pursues best practice outcomes for recipient with mental illness including continuing education, employment, independent housing, and community tenure.
  • ·         Provides transportation to recipient as appropriate and determined by the clinical team utilizing employee’s personal vehicle. Conducts frequent community visits, including but not limited to, private homes, jail facilities, office/clinic locations, hospitals, and group homes. (See Working Conditions: Driving and other requirements).
  • ·         Adheres to minimum productivity and documentation requirements. 
Non-Essential Job Responsibilities
  • ·         Ensures confidentiality of verbal and written recipient information, in accordance with HIPPA standards and network policy.
  • ·         Adheres to the legal/ethical/professional guidelines adopted by Southwest Network.
  • ·         After hours, On-call rotation. When on call, serves as first responder to any crisis situation that may arise.
  • ·         Other duties as assigned. 
Education, Certification, and Experience Requirements
  • ·         Bachelor’s degree in a social science field or equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience meeting OBHL standards of BHT equivalent. 
  • ·         Minimum of one year working with SMI adults.
  • ·         Must maintain current CPR, First Aid, and CPI Certifications.
  • ·         Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • ·         Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners preferred.
  • ·         Previous experience working on an ACT team or equivalent experience preferred. 
    Knowledge and Ability Requirements
    Extensive knowledge and/or previous experience in substance use/abuse and treatment services/resources .Thorough and working knowledge of psychiatric and co-occurring disorders is imperative. Knowledge of DSM-IV–TR codes and descriptions, psychotropic medications, and crisis intervention. Requires effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Ability to follow direction, use of sound judgment and excellent time management skills are essential. Must maintain good recipient relationships, and be able to identify priorities and stay organized. Preferred typing skills of 25-30 wpm. Knowledge of community based behavioral health services preferred.
Physical Working Conditions and Office Setting Description
Requires prolonged sitting, standing, frequent bending, stooping, or stretching. Some lifting may be required. Frequent and prolonged typing as well as operation of computer, keyboard, and telephones required. Also requires occasional use of fax machines, copiers, security systems, and other office equipment. Work is performed in the community as well as an office/clinic setting. Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. Evening or weekend hours are required on an as needed basis.
Driving and Other Requirements
Must have and maintain a valid Arizona driver license, have a registered and reliable vehicle that meets Arizona state law standards, and meets the insurance standards of Southwest Network. Position requires travel between Southwest Network sites as well as the community.
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