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Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist

Job Profile: The Licensed Therapist Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist provides Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), which is a multi-disciplinary team that provide an array of mental health services for individuals with significant mental illness who need intensive levels of support and service in their natural environment to permit or enhance functioning in the community. Services include psychotherapy, psychiatric assessment, medication management, care coordination, individual and group therapy, case management, and skill-building activities.


Martinsville-Henry County

Job Description

• Provides service coordination for individual with mental health and substance abuse issues and is responsible for        developing, with the other team members, the overall service plan.
• Assist in the development of natural support networks. Individual and group supportive counseling, monitoring of  symptoms and medications, linking the individual supported to the appropriate services, agencies and supports in the  community, monitoring their development of appropriate behaviors in his/her home and other community settings,  teaching the individual supported skills necessary for independent community living and facilitating them in the practice  and transfer of these skills to his/her environment, providing support to his/her family.
• Assume responsibility for writing, implementing, evaluating, and revising Person Centered Plan and overall treatment  goals and service plans that are based on evaluations and recommendations from assessments by various professionals  and input from the individual supported.
• Function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement treatment goals.
• Facilitate training of independent living skills, establish access to community services and agencies, assist individuals in  establishing support networks in the community and assess individual needs on a daily basis.
• Coordinate services with the program, staff, inpatient facilities, and detoxification facilities and establish linkage to  residential programs, self-help programs and community resources.
• Review treatment progress and monitor and provide continuous consultation with other Assertive Community Treatment  Team staff and community agencies to ensure the consistent therapeutic management of the individual’s needs.
• Act as liaison with the program after hours staff on a daily basis through exchange of participant information; briefly  detailing the presenting problem and after hours plans for the individuals being served by the Assertive Community  Treatment Team.
• Meet regularly with the other Assertive Community Treatment Team members to formulate and disseminate information  and be available by telephone and/or pager. Meet regularly to review the total caseload, problem-solve, develop plans,  and determine daily duty assignments.
• Ensure immediate and appropriate interventions are provided in response to changes in mental status which may put individual at risk.
• Documents participant activities consistent with the service records manual. Write an event note that reflects participant  activities, goals, interventions, and outcomes.
• Developing service plans and/or person-centered plans as appropriate, and screens referrals in coordination with the  other Assertive Community Treatment Team members.
• Attend and actively participate in meetings and training as required. Maintain certification in all agency, state and federal training requirements.
• Demonstrate knowledge of and comply with all agency policies and procedures, as well as state and federal statutes  and regulations related to specific program areas.
• Follow service definition guidelines for services being provided.
• Complete all other relevant responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
• Driving and travel may be required.

  • This position will report to the Team Lead for direction and supervision. 


Minimum Requirements:

  • Education: A LMHP, registered QMHP, or certified substance abuse specialist (CSAC) with training or experience working with adults with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder.

  • Experience: A minimum of one (1) year clinical experience which included attainment of licensure.


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