Functional Title:   Admission Clinician

Department:           Behavioral Health

Reporting to:          Director of Behavioral Health Services

Job Purpose/Function:
The admission clinician is often the first interaction that a client and the community have with the agency. As such, this role is key to ensuring that the programs have a steady, engaged stream of clients, able to take advantage of the behavioral health programming available. Towards that end, the admission clinician is responsible for ensuring that individuals in need of behavioral health services receive an intake appointment, complete an assessment, initial treatment plan and other related documents, and are admitted to treatment within 72 hours of initial contact. In addition, this role will keep census utilization for each program at 90% of expectations, including conducting outreach and in-reach.

The Admissions Clinician plays a major role in building resiliency for the programs clients and the community at large. By providing a welcoming environment for potential clients and program guests, each individual will help foster a sense of commitment to client care to help improve client engagement and ultimately improve outcomes.

Major Responsibilities:
The admission clinician has five major responsibilities in accordance with a) agency policies and contractual obligations and b) state/federal regulations/laws and c) accreditation standards:

1) Coordinate and manage agency admission process, including

a. Complete assessments, including mental health, substance abuse and initial medical data (Intake paperwork – complete and accurate)
b. Conduct HIV risk assessment and inform client of the Ora-Sure test
c. Complete all authorizations required, including financial
d. Recommend clinically appropriate referrals while satisfying the needs of referral sources
e. Coordinate with supervisors for client assignment to primary clinicians
f. Follow-up with referral sources to communicate client status, including documentation and or telephone communication, when appropriate

2) Report and manage data, which will include:

a. Ensure clients are admitted to treatment within 72 hours of initial contact with agency, either by telephone or walk in
b. Enter all relevant information into the agency’s EMR
c. Manage all agency-standard reports on admission

3) Census Management

a. Ensures the clinical program has sufficient clients to meet annual budgetary
b. Conduct outreach at the request of the Director
c. Collaborate with other agency departments to increase interagency referrals and use of available treatment slots

Education and Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree in a related behavioral health category
  • Has verified professional counseling license in State of Connecticut (LCSW, LADC, LPC, LMFT)
  • Must have a work history that demonstrates the understanding of a consumer-driven delivery system, accomplishment, punctuality and the ability to work well with colleagues.
  • Must have strong communications skills along with the interpersonal skills to work effectively at all levels of the organization and its stakeholders
  • Must be computer literate