Behavioral Health Intake Specialist

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The Intake Specialist will be co-located at Country Doctor and Carolyn Downs medical clinics and provides substance use disorder and mental health intakes, referral and coordination services for clients and prospective clients of Sound. Duties include, but are not limited to: screening for King County eligibility criteria for long term services and service needs, providing community referral services, providing short term crisis intervention services and supporting clients’ efforts towards recovery. The Intake Specialist will provide services incorporating harm reduction and recovery principles, supporting clients in their ability to live, work, and contribute to their community. The Intake Specialist will conduct behavioral health intakes, outreach, and care coordination services at community partner sites in order to connect clients to on going services at Sound sites throughout King County. Mental Health Professionals interested in gaining skills and SUDPT credentialing are encouraged to apply, this position supports SUDP training and professional development.


Provides direct services and/or internal and external organization referrals for clients.
Provides screening and assessment services to assist clients in receiving community support services, including inpatient and out-patient mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
Develops treatment plans and maintains accurate and timely clinical records according to organization policy.
Performs outreach services to community locations to engage clients in care.
Develops and implements recovery plans, per ASAM criteria.
Provides all required case management services, including admission, WAC-required reports, continued stay, and discharge plans.
Prepares necessary reports, summaries and progress notes, and incorporates into clinical records.
Performs consultations and liaison duties with other agencies and resources on behalf of the client.
Assists client to remain stable in the community, thereby reducing the use of hospitals or involuntary treatment services.
Monitors utilization of services and the success of outcome measures.
Participates in team member meetings, consultations, case presentations and in-service training.
Participates in ongoing program development and assessment.
Performs other duties as assigned.


Establishes and maintains positive, ethical, and professional working relationships with clinical team members, clients, and outside organizations. Relates to a wide variety of people including members of ethnic and sexual minority populations and is respectful of individual and cultural differences.


Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or a counseling-related field preferred.
Clinical experience as a clinician or case manager and demonstrated skills in clinical assessment and treatment plans working with co-occuring clients preferred.


Possesses strong working knowledge of the mental and/or behavioral health and support resources of King County, and is familiar with state and local health delivery systems, including knowledge of various funding principles and clinical services mandates.
Understands recovery concepts in behavioral health; synthesizes and applies, as appropriate to their work at Sound.
Ability to learn new tasks and skills quickly, and to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, while simultaneously managing crises.
Able to demonstrate the capacity to appreciate and work well with the complex and diverse population.


Washington State DOH SUDP/T certification required.
Must be able to obtain a WA State Agency Affiliated Counselor credential
Washington driver’s license and insurable driving record preferred.
Must pass a criminal background check.


To successfully perform the essential duties of this Job, an individual must be able to sit at a desk for four or more hours a day, and use office equipment, including phones and computer keyboards, for four or more hours per day. Individuals must be able to engage vendors, team members, clients and others over the phone and in-person by voice. Regular attendance is an essential function of the Job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform essential Job functions


The above Job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work performed; it is not intended as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and required skills for the Job. Team members will be required to follow any other Job-related instructions and to perform other duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities necessary to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an at-will basis.


The above Job description has been reviewed by me. I understand my duties and responsibilities. I also understand that duties and responsibilities may change in order to meet the needs of the organization.

Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to: Recruitment@Sound.Health

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