Job title: Lead Counselor
Classification: Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Reports to: Clinical Supervisor/Executive Director
Summary/objective: Coordinate all treatment aspects of a patient's drug and alcohol treatment
program. Serves as a professional staff member and/or team leader of an interdisciplinary team
and is responsible directly to the Clinical Service Supervisor for the coordination and continuity
of care from admission through discharge and follow-up of the residents. Serves as an assistant
to the Clinical Service Supervisor. Provides statistical reports for billable services, CARF reports,
and participates in CARF and Licensure audits. Completes IOP assessments under the
supervision of Licensed clinician, contributes to clinical curriculum development. Provides
feedback on protocols, processes for patient care. Provides trainings as assigned under
supervision of CS/Director.
● Ensures completion of patient databases, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge
summaries, and other essential documentation as required by state, federal, and
● Maintains a caseload of up to 30 patients.
● Shall provide patients with orientation regarding objectives of the program, phase
system requirements, rules and regulations, sanctions, hours of services, patient rights,
and additional information to help a patient adjust to the program.
● Assures that patients are assessed and placed in appropriate phases of treatment
according to state and federal guidelines.
● Keeps all patient files updated and organized for agency use.
● Counsels patients and addresses specific needs of the persons served.
● Arranges referrals and community information to patients as appropriate.
● Develop knowledge regarding state, federal and agency regulations regarding
confidentiality, methadone treatment, and substance abuse service counseling
● Assures all documentation is collected from patients as required by state and federal
● Submit required statistical and other data as required by supervisor.
● Shall provide and obtain the following therapeutic services as determined by the
Treatment Team and specified in the patient's Individual Treatment Plan: individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, community activities, Facility visits,
vocational training, and follow-up care.
● Shall report to the Clinical Service Supervisor any and all relevant developments and
information affecting the patients and facility operation
● Shall provide staff duty coverage as scheduled.
● Perform other duties as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor.
● Complete administrative tasks, as assigned by Clinical Supervisor or Executive Director.
● Maintains billable services due records for all counselors and reports to CS/Director
● Completes CARF reports as assigned
● Completes IOP/SA assessments as assigned under the supervision of a licensed clinician
● Provides trainings as assigned by the CS/Director under their supervision
● Provide weekly supervision for CSAC in supervision candidates, registered with the
Board of Health Professions for 4-8 candidates.
● Present trainings, analyze feedback, respond professionally to supervisors and peers for adjusting presentations
● Provide orientation trainings: EMR, Program Services, all service forms, case
presentation, staffing a case, treatment planning, time management skills, use of EMR reports
● Intakes and triage responsibilities
● Monitor new hires for first year
● Collaborate with CS and Director to assign new hire a mentor
● PowerPoint presentations: treatment planning, therapy modalities, internal protocols, and as assigned by CS and Director
DMAS service requirements
Pinnacle Policy and procedure
Google spreadsheets, docs
Treatment plan construction according to DBHDS, CARF, DMAS, CARF regulations
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Ability to keep accurate reports and records
Excellent problem solving, leadership, and customer service skills
Ability to work in fast-paced, rapid growth environment
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize, and multi-task
Ability to handle feedback and direction in support of continuous improvement.
Ability to work in fast-paced, rapid growth environment
Supervisory responsibilities: CSAC Supervision as assigned, new hire counselors for the first
year as assigned by CS/Director.
Work environment: the work environment; temperature, noise level, inside or outside, or
other factors that will affect the person's working conditions while performing the job.
Physical demands: the physical demands of the job, including bending, sitting, lifting and
Position type and expected hours of work: Full time, salary, no overtime is paid due to salary.
May exceed over 40 hours per week occasionally as need arises to complete work or preparing for an audit.
Travel: May be for 2 nights every 18 months for VAMARP conference.
Required education and experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work.
Licensed (or in Supervision for Licensure) or certified by the applicable Virginia health
regulatory board or by a nationally recognized certification board or eligible for this license or certification with relevant training, experience, or both, in the treatment of individuals with opioid addiction
**Must be eligible by State Board of Health Professions to supervise CSAC in supervision.
Preferred education and experience
Bachelors with five (5) years’ experience in mental health (substance abuse preferred)
Masters with one (1) year experience in mental health (substance abuse preferred)
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.