SMA Careers >> Screener
Department:St. Johns Outpatient
Location:200 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Working Hours: 40 hrs week; Mon-Fri; 8am-5pm

A currently competent Counselor who is responsible for responding to emergency and walk-in cases to the clinic. It requires someone to triage cases and assist in accessing treatment services, conducting screenings to include diagnosing and treatment recommendations to go to the court system, Child Welfare system, probation system, and other providers in the area, and coordinating with other agencies to assist the client’s needs. The Counselor will provide professional clinical services to all assigned clients in an outpatient setting who are experiencing problems with substance abuse and/or mental health. This position services children, adolescents, and adults who may have mental health problems, substance abuse or be dually diagnosed and who also may be in psychiatric crisis, in jail, recently discharged from jail, in the psychiatric inpatient unit or recently released from the psychiatric unit and will facilitate follow-up appointment scheduling and attend treatment team meetings at the psychiatric unit. Individuals in need of emergency services may also present in need of detoxification and will require facilitation into a detox program. The position also includes assessment, screening and planning activities as well as completion of all required documentation with the individual. Understands HIPAA compliance, community connections, and clinical documentation. Capable of providing sound clinical advisement about client needs to referral sources with proper consent. Client caseload between 20-35, but subject to change.


Graduation from an accredited school with a master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling education, mental health counseling, psychiatric nursing; or be a registered nurse; or be a person with a bachelor’s degree, in a human services field, with a minimum of 1 year of work experience in a mental health related field. Licensed to practice as a Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, or Marriage and Family Therapist preferred. Currently Certified or working toward certification as an Addictions Professional or Criminal Justice Addictions Professional in the State of Florida preferred. Must complete a course in emergency screening prior to or within 3 months of assuming emergency screening responsibilities.
  • Knowledgeable of community and state resources and ability to assist individuals in accessing them.
  • Work involves crisis assessment and planning for voluntary/involuntary psychiatric admissions therefore the individual must be familiar with and able to institute the Baker Act and Marchman Act criteria.
  • Ability to organize data, plan, provide written and verbal feedback to referral sources, utilize the electronic medical record system, as well as provide and link services to clients.
  • Knowledgeable of the Medicaid rules, state contract requirements, 65-D30 and Federal Substance Abuse regulations and ability to implement those rules for quality care and billing purposes.
  • Has knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and recognizes signs/symptoms of psychiatric illness and substance related diagnoses.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure.

  • Provides therapeutic services which may include but is not limited to assessment, individual counseling, group counseling, treatment planning, treatment plan reviews, family involvement and/or counseling, case management services, and aftercare planning. Advocates for clients’ rights and preferences.

  • Conducts Access Mini-Assessments, behavioral health screenings, brief assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.

  • Consults with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process. Documents client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures. Participates in providing substance use and/or mental health treatment services.
    Provides direct clinical services to clients on an individual, and group, basis in the office. May participate in setting treatment goals and plans with clients to reduce or abstain from substance use, maintain/stabilize mental health, and to learn relapse prevention measures.

  • Coordinates with outside inpatient services to detoxify clients or stabilize mental health; establish linkage to outpatient treatment, self-help programs (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotic Anonymous, Bipolar Support groups), outpatient services, and residential facilities. Provides practical help and supports, advocacy, coordination, side-by-side individualized support, problem solving, direct assistance, training, and supervision to help clients obtain the necessities of daily living; and advocacy services.
  • Makes commitment to SMA's mission and core values the SMA Way
  • Abides by principles of EEO compliance and workplace of dignity and respect
  • Works cooperatively in a group/team setting
  • Shows respect to others
  • Takes guidance and direction from supervisors
  • Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.
SMA Healthcare is a tobacco and drug-free workplace.
EEO Employer     W / M / Vet / Disabled
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