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Substance Use Disorder Counselor

VMFH Division Support Services Federal Way, Washington

The posted compensation range of $26.51 - $38.44 /hour is a reasonable estimate that extends from the lowest to the highest pay CommonSpirit in good faith believes it might pay for this particular job, based on the circumstances at the time of posting. CommonSpirit may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range as permitted by law.

Requisition ID 2022-268784 Employment Type Full Time Department Care Management Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Evening Weekly Schedule Monday-Friday 1100-1930 Remote No Category Case Management and Social Work

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health brings together two award-winning health systems in Washington state  CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason. As one integrated health system with the most patient access points in western Washington, our team includes 18,000 staff and nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you will find the safest and highest quality of care provided by our expert, compassionate medical care team at 11 hospitals and nearly 300 sites throughout the greater Puget Sound region.  While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that may include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid vacation, adoption assistance, annual bonus eligibility, and more!


Job Summary

This job is responsible for collaborating with a Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) interdisciplinary team, within scope of licensure or certification, in planning, implementing and documenting care from admission to discharge for patients experiencing a broad range of emotional, psychological, or physical problems directly or indirectly related to substance use.  An incumbent participates in departmental activities to promote delivery of quality patient care, effective problem solving and communication, and continued clinical development within scope of licensure.

Essential Key Job Responsibilities:

Performs comprehensive clinical screenings on individuals who present to VMFH who are at risk for unhealthy substance use along the continuum of mild, moderate and severe substance use disorders.

  • Utilizes validated tools (e.g. Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption (AUDIT-C) Plus 2, etc.) to screen for unhealthy substance use.
  • Identifies appropriate level of care utilizing American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria and knowledge of the full continuum of treatment services available at FHS. Initiates admission process if appropriate.
  • Performs all levels of pre-admission assessment, from inquiry to bio-psychosocial assessment, as well as aspects of the clinical admission process.
  • Works with payor sources to facilitate pre-authorization of admission and treatment.

Develops a treatment plan for each identified problem with appropriate, measurable, and time-linked interventions.

  • Periodically evaluates and revises a treatment plan specific to the age appropriate individual patient’s problems identified in the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) assessment.

Develops diagnostic summaries following a review and evaluation of relevant patient information from all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

  • Initiates, generates and maintains patient records according to established policies, procedures and relevant regulations.

Develops and delivers lectures specific to substance use disorder-related issues based on knowledge of learning styles, age, gender, family and cultural issues.

  • Provides therapeutic individual and family sessions.

Develops comprehensive discharge plans to include appropriate referrals for continued treatment of identified issues.

  • Assists in the identification and utilization of available support systems and community resources.

Acts as a resource for substance use disorder education for staff and contributes to the clinical development of peers, colleagues and others.

Performs related duties as required.


Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Training:

  • Knowledge of substance use disorder treatment modalities and terminology.
  • Knowledge of mental health terminology.
  • Knowledge of American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria and other validated screening tools (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, etc.).
  • Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the full continuum of available VMFH treatment services.
  • Ability to relate effectively to the issues of substance abuse disorder and mental illness.
  • Ability to deliver therapeutic services in a culturally-appropriate and trauma-informed manner.
  • Ability to develop effective diagnostic summaries and treatment/discharge plans as required by the duties of the position.
  • Ability to maintain accurate client-level date for monthly submission to an online database.
  • Ability to facilitate effective brief interventions and treatment referrals base on the strategies and skills of motivational interviewing

Required Education and Experience:

Education commensurate with licensure/certification, and two years of directly-related work experience with individuals who may have mental health and/or substance use disorders.

Required Licensure and Certifications:

  • Hold at least one of the following clinical licensures/certifications as described in the Washington Administrative Code:
  • Substance Use Disorder Professional
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • RN
  • LPN
  • ARNP
  • Proof of completion of agency-approved SBIRT training is required within three months of date of hire
  • Current Washington State Driver’s License or evidence of equivalent mobility

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