Intake Addiction Care Specialist

Intake Addiction Care Specialist

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Altadena, CA has an immediate opening for an experienced Intake Addiction Care Specialist. Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) required.

  • Full-Time (Non-Exempt)
  • Day Shift
  • Pay based on experience

Summary: An Intake Addiction Care Specialist assesses and monitors the client’s physical and psychological state and reports any unusual behaviors to the clinical supervisor. The Intake Addiction Care Specialist oversees medications and ensures that clients are taking them as prescribed with the goal of ensuring that clients are med-compliant. The Intake Addiction Care Specialist also offers emotional support and alternate coping strategies; boundary-setting for and with client; and one-to-one counseling and advocating for the client or client’s family. This means that the Intake Addiction Care Specialist must not only possess the necessary technical skills, but also the empathy to be able to deal with people who have reached an emotional low point. Understanding and patience are key personality traits that can determine the success of a substance abuse professional. In addition, a key role of the Intake Addiction Care Specialist is to determine whether more medication is actually needed or if the patient is merely attempting to satisfy a continued craving for drugs.


  • Patient care assessment, identifying care requirements
  • Understanding patient care goals as voiced by the patient, making the patient a major part of his treatment and recovery
  • Exemplary motivational interview and listening skills
  • Interpersonal and group communication skills
  • Critical thinking and shared decision-making ensuring protection of patient’s self-determination
  • Providing advocacy as needed to ensure patient knows and understands his rights
  • Ensuring patient informed consent
  • Strong holistic health knowledge as addiction is rarely the only treatment necessary
  • Provides compassionate support through all process phases
  • Help patient become independent by meeting care goals and measuring those goals against patient healthcare outcomes, adjusting as necessary.
  • Quality care assurance
  • Work on a multidisciplinary team to discuss, assess and resolve patient problems, yet able to work independently
  • Procedure compliance
  • Infection control protocol
  • Charting patient care in patient chart and department charts
  • Documenting and communicating with next shift
  • Patient confidentiality
  • Troubleshooting equipment
  • Maintain up-to-date education, including knowledge of Internet resources for those with substance abuse
  • 12-step knowledge and application skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient documentation skills

Professional Conduct Expectations:

  • Maintain a team approach to work, cooperate, and fill in as needed whenever possible.
  • Work to regularly increase knowledge in the chemical dependency treatment field.
  • Participate actively in clinical and facility’s staff meetings with suggestion for improvement, impressions of client progress, etc.
  • Communicate with clients, staffs, and other responsible parties in a clear, timely manner verbally and in writing when necessary or required.
  • Maintain responsible, courteous phone etiquette.
  • Help clients’ family and responsible party to feel welcome by approaching them with warmth, patience, and understanding whenever possible.
  • Maintain a strict client, employee, and facility confidentiality.
  • Personable and professional and able to work within a customer service framework.
  • Refined and well-organized in multitasking skills
  • Consistently maintain standards of satisfactory work attendance and punctuality.
  • Complete assigned work and must have physical stamina to work in an active milieu throughout an (8) hours shift.
  • Consistently project a positive professional image through appearance, behavior, and observing safety and security procedures

Education and/or Experience:

  • Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) preferred
  • (5) years experience in Chemical Dependency field, Mental/behavioral issues, or related field, preferred.
  • (5) years experience in admissions and assessment of clients, preferred.
  • Have demonstrated an ability to manage and supervise clinical staffs.
  • Adult CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Ability to speak English
  • Must present a negative TB Mantoux test and health screens for your file.
  • Must present a valid driver’s license
  • Understanding of chemical dependency treatment.
  • Understanding of chemical dependency as a disease and the use of the 12 steps in the recovery process

If you feel you are qualified for this position, please submit your employment application and resume with current contact information, salary requirements and cover letter (optional) by uploading these documents on our website or email to; Attention: Ridgeview Ranch Human Resources Department. Human Resources will contact qualified candidates for an interview.

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