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Intake Counselor (RN/MSW)

Company: Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Location: Washington
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

ResponsibilitiesThe Psychiatric Institute of Washington provides comprehensive behavioral healthcare for adolescents, adults, and senior adults suffering from mental health and addictive illnesses. PIW is a 130 bed, short-term, acute care hospital offering inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient hospitalization, as well as specialized treatment programs for chemical dependency. PIW has an excellent reputation as an innovative hospital with caring, dedicated staff, experienced in the delivery of behavioral healthcare. Situated in the safe, historical Tenleytown neighborhood, PIW is one mile from the Tenleytown Metro stop and within walking distance to local cafes and restaurants.Benefit Highlights:Our employees are our most valuable asset and we are dedicated to provide a challenging and rewarding work environment to all our employees.

  • Generous Paid Time Off (15 days of personal leave, 8 days of holiday leave and up to 30 days of sick leave in a year)
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision and Prescription Drug Plans
  • 401(K) with company match and discounted stock plan
  • UHS employee discounted stock option plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Student Loan Repay Program
  • Employee Assistant Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance and Disability Insurances
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax Metro SmartTrip Benefits
  • Career development opportunities within UHS and its 300+ Subsidiaries!
  • Tuition AssistanceBASIC FUNCTION:The Intake Counselor is responsible for all Intake activity associated with the proper admission of patients from the ages of 5-65+. Must be able to relate to psychiatric and clinical dependency patients and their families. Must also be able to interact cooperatively with other PIW staff as well as physicians and referral sources.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Completes all paperwork appropriately.
    • Responds to calls in a manner that is professional, courteous, organized, directive, and caring.
    • Sets appointments within 24-hour time frame with callers for diagnostic evaluations with appropriate clinicians.
    • Follows up with clients to confirm appointments.
    • Performs needs assessments on all appointments scheduled.
    • Follows up on all clients who do not show up for appointments with telephone calls or letters to offer a rescheduling opportunity.
    • Makes appropriate dispositions based on individuals' clinical needs and resources.
    • Assists the patient in understanding his/her insurance benefits and available options.
    • Orients patients who are to be admitted to the hospital to treated expectations.
    • Offers and conducts hospital tours to perspective patients and their families.
    • Meets with, as requested, patients who are in need of patient advocate services.
    • Completes and files all inquiry sheets.
    • Follows up on all inquiries until supervisor closes the file.
    • Completes and processes Treatment/Discharge plan form appropriately.
    • Ensures that client completes pre-evaluation questionnaire form and that form is filed with the Admission Office.
    • Completes financial arrangement form and distributes copies to patient and Admission Office.
    • Completes within 24 hours admission referral source and sends to appropriate program director.
    • Updates and expands community resource file.
    • Tracks and updates admissions and discharges every shift.
    • Reports follow up need on a case-by-case basis every shift.
    • Prepares summary reports of previous day Intake activities for admission/discharge meeting.
    • Communicates accurate insurance identification information to the admissions department.
    • Has knowledge of and is able to communicate about benefits provided by common insurance providers.
    • Develops and maintains close working relationships with Program Directors around admissions, patient satisfaction, and patient orientations.
    • Functions as Admission service in terms of census tracking and admissions during night shift.
    • Represents Intake Services at census meetings as assigned.
    • Obtains primary referral source information on all inquiries and needs assessments.
    • Calls referral sources EAPS and/or treating clinicians as clinically indicated.
    • Calls referral sources to thank them for referrals at time of admission.
    • Calls area clinicians when a patient is referred out to them.
    • Orients new attending doctors and allied health professional to service.
    • Assists with training of back-up staff for telephone and evaluation coverage.
    • Participates in weekly staff meetings.
    • Reviews test call results weekly and develops corrective action plan as needed.
    • Plans work schedule to meet demands required of 24-hour assessments coverage.
    • Reviews assessments, dispositions, and conversion rates weekly in clinical supervision.
    • Meets daily with supervisor to prioritize follow-ups, difficult dispositions, tours, etc.
    • Assists with collection of QA data as assigned.
    • Reviews QA data and participates in strategizing solutions to problem identified.
    • Assists with planning and teaching staff development programs.
    • Participates in Hospital Committees as assigned.
    • Accepts responsibility for professional growth and development.
    • Demonstrates a professional attitude and supports the objectives of the hospital's marketing and guest relations philosophy through internal and external communications and interactions with all levels of staff, patients, family members, guests, communityQualificationsMINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
      • Master's degree from an accredited university in mental health field with demonstrated skills and experience in clinical assessments.
      • Preferred: Registered Nursing Degree with psychiatric experience or advanced degree in mental health field with experience in a psychiatric setting.
      • Ability to work in high stress work environment and maintain high energy level to attend to varied tasks.
      • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport quickly and confident use of skills for interviewing, crisis intervention, and clinical assessment.EEO StatementAll UHS subsidiaries are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. UHS subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers and as such, openly support and fully commit to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion and compensation of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.NoticeAt UHS and all subsidiaries, our Human Resources departments and recruiters are here to help prospective candidates with matching skillset and experience with the best possible career at UHS and our subsidiaries. We take pride in creating a highly efficient and best in class candidate experience. During the recruitment process, no recruiter or employee will request financial or personal information (Social Security Number, credit card or bank information, etc.) from you via email. The recruiters will not email you from a public webmail client like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail etc. If you feel suspicious of a job posting or job-related email, let us know by contacting us at: https://uhs.alertline.com or 1-800-852-3449

Keywords: Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Washington DC , Intake Counselor (RN/MSW), Healthcare , Washington, DC

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