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Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Las Vegas, NV

Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare is currently looking for a full-time Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).  This position is responsible to ensure and/or deliver and properly document the provision of treatment services including the initial service plan, assessment, individual treatment plan, progress notes and discharge plan in accordance with Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates patient data, develops and implements a plan of care for the patient.
  • Ensures that each patient has an individual treatment plan which addresses the patient's immediate health, safety, and preliminary service needs.
  • Completes assessment summaries of each patient's chemical use problems.
  • Provides individual treatment plan after completion of assessment which is subject to amendment until services to the patient are terminated. The individual treatment plan must include treatment goals, specific methods, to be used to address identified problems, resources to which the patient being referred, and patient goals.
  • Enters progress notes in each patient's chart after each treatment service. Progress notes must reference the individual treatment plan.
  • Discharge plan must be completed on day of discharge or within 24 hours of discharge.
  • Provides individual and group counseling, patient education strategies to avoid inappropriate chemical use and health problems related to chemical use, transition services, and services to address issues related to co-occurring mental illness.
  • Participates in weekly plan of care for each patient; works cooperatively as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team; Completes progress notes and discharge plans in a timely fashion.
  • Ensures compliance with all treatment plan requirements including weekly review and updates with the patient (indicated by patient signatures, initials and dates that each review is completed).
  • Consistently arranges for an appropriate discharge plan for the patient including follow-up with a psychiatrist (if on meds), therapist and any housing or residential needs as recommended by the psychiatrist.
  • Initiate and maintain ongoing communication with client referral, probation, social service agencies, etc.
  • Appropriately utilizes established resources to assist in completing case management duties independently.
  • Documents treatment provided to patients in their medical record based on established case management guidelines.
  • Completes all reports for suspected abuse as legally mandated and consistently informs supervisor.
  • Conducts family sessions for adolescents and adult patients as part of clinical and as ordered by Psychiatrist.
  • Provides individual patient and family therapy and crisis intervention.
  • Communicates with family members and caretakers regarding the needs of the patient and anticipated plans.

Education/Licensure

  • Current LADC License

Knowledge and Experience:

  • One (1) year of inpatient clinical work in an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Facility.
  • Experience in diagnosis, psychotherapy and assessment based treatment planning.
  • Maintains current knowledge of social, medical and psychiatric services available within the community.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries.
  • Sensitivity to and willingness to interact with persons of various social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate with physician regarding social service needs of the patient.
  • Knowledgeable of community resources.
  • Adheres to all mandated guidlines for patient's clinical care.

Contact Info

Send resume or CV to Karen Birmingham at karen.birmingham@desertparkway.com