Job Description

Location: Morton Hospital
Posted Date: 9/9/2021

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Clinical Evaluator determines the appropriate level of care for patients and initiates the treatment process. The Clinical Evaluator will also formulate the diagnosis based upon thr DSM-V and ASAM criteria.

HOURS: 24 hour days

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Clinical Evaluator
• Initiates and completes comprehensive psychosocial assessment and evaluates history of current psychiatric problems and/or substance use disorders.
• Demonstrates:
o skill in diagnosing patients based upon presenting symptoms and past history according to DMS criteria.
o knowledge of levels of care in substance abuse treatment and criteria needed to assess the different levels according to ASAM criteria.
o knowledge of the relationship between substance abuse and psychopathology.
o thorough knowledge of abuse laws and legal procedures when needed to protect client / minors and reports when necessary.
o flexibility and ability to use a wide range of psychotherapeutic interventions based upon the patients need.
• Informs patient of treatment process and treatment options, including self-help groups.
• Communicates assessment information to health insurance managed care companies for prior authorization for recommended treatment and reports issues to Case Management.
• Engages patient into recommended treatment program and makes proper referral when indicated.
• Files 51A with MA Department of Children and Families as needed.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS:
• Is cooperative in interactions, treating customers with courtesy, respect and compassion.
• Is patient when responding to questions and answers questions appropriately.
• Responds to requests in a timely manner.
• Handles interruptions in a skillful way.
• Maintains a professional appearance and demeanor.
• Strives to prevent/resolve customer concerns to the customer’s satisfaction.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
• Demonstrates competency in use of computer as needed for the unit
• Knowledge of DMS-V
• Knowledge of ASAM criteria
• Maintains the requirements for professional licensure as required by state law


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE/TECHNICAL/OTHER:
Education: Master's degree required, and license preferred
Experience: Substance and mental health experience required
Certification/Licensure: LMHC or LICSW preferred
Software/Hardware: Meditech, MS Office Suite

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