Addiction/BHI Social Worker

October 16, 2018

Position Overview:

The Addiction/BHI Social Worker will assist in expanding access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health (SUD-MH) Services. In doing so, expand and improve its existing Collaborative Care model of Mental Health service provision and Social Determinants of Health, focusing on awareness, prevention and treatment of Depression, Anxiety, which increases risk of substance use disorder. This work is carried out in support of the mission and goals of Ryan Health.

Addiction BHI Social Worker will satisfy the Project requirements which are:

Essential Functions:

  • Expand services to all individuals in the health center’s service area.
  • Maximize collaborations with existing mental health and substance abuse providers in the community, including opioid abuse treatment centers, where appropriate.
  • Add contractor(s) and/or engage existing direct hire staff who will support mental health service expansion, and substance abuse service expansion focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse.
  • Use evidence-based tools and other standards of care (e.g., Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
  • Provide Case Management services to patients with mental health disorders to support treatment including coordination with specialty providers that will provide care via referral agreement for severe/complex cases, if applicable.
  • Provide Case Management services to patients with substance use disorders to support treatment, including coordination with specialty providers that will provide care via referral agreement for severe/complex cases, if applicable.
  • Expand evidence-based mental health and substance abuse prevention and education programs for patients, families, communities, and personnel to increase awareness of, patient access to, and patient retention in mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs.
  • As part of a comprehensive approach to reducing risk for people struggling with opioid abuse, increase awareness of the appropriate use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoes through patient, family community, and personnel training.
  • Empower patients with mental health and substance use disorders to make informed decisions about their care, including pain management alternatives, treatment options, and recovery through peer counselling, patient education, or other evidence-based strategies.
  • Enhance education for patients, families, communities, and personnel to support patient engagement and self-management that includes medical conditions that often co-occur with mental health and substance use disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus, heart failure, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, obesity).

Standard BHI Social Worker Expectations

  • Provide integrated primary care and mental health services with a focus on best practices in substance use disorders and evidence-based mental health services.
  • Complete screening, intake, risk, mental status, psychosocial assessments for patients seeking both mental health and substance use disorders treatment for diagnose and recommendations regarding treatment needs.
  • Function as the primary therapist for patients in need of short term mental health services utilizing multi-modality therapy to serve this population. This includes Individual, Group, and Relationship Services.
  • Use the Bio-Psycho-Social model, diagnosis according to the DSM V, develop a comprehensive care/treatment plan and provide case management services.
  • Document and complete all patient assessments including intake, psycho-social assessments, treatment plans, transfer summaries, termination summaries, progress notes, referrals, outreach, and follow-up in a timely manner in accordance with good professional practice, agency and regulatory policy.
  • Complete and lock all notes within the Center’s electronic medical records in a timely manner utilizing appropriate ICD 10 and CPT codes.
  • Consultations with primary care practitioners to provide assessments, information and referral as needed.
  • Act as a liaison to health care providers, community agencies and other staff to ensure patients access to services within the Network as well as the community, and to address any barriers for the patient in accessing care.
  • Participate in community outreach and educational activities to promote the Network and program’s services. Provide workshops on selected mental health topics.
  • Maintain professional competency by attendance at professional conferences, in-service seminars, and other meetings as assigned.
  • Participate in regular supervisory meetings; attend Departmental Staff meetings; other meetings as assigned.
  • Maintain, Track and Monitor All Outreach, Referrals (in house and to community), services (Clinical / Concrete), along with any other expectations of the Grant.
  • Other special projects/duties as assigned.

Addiction BHI Social Worker is required to have a strong relationship with the Ryan Health Addiction Coordinator and Network MAP leadership who will be providing the direction of our addiction program.


Minimum Experience and Skills Required:

  • Two years of experience in a health/behavioral health setting as a social worker.
  • Knowledgeable of and trained in some evidenced based practices.
  • Ability to practice using multi-modalities, individual, group and/or relationship therapies.
  • Working experience with electronic medical records software.
  • Ability to use a computer for word processing and scheduling appointments in a calendar.
  • Experience treating individuals with mental illness and working with diverse patient populations.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency.

Education, Licenses and/or Certifications Required:

  • Master’s in Social Work
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in State of New York preferred; will consider a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).
  • Prefer with earned CASAC
  • Experience with eClinicalWorks (eCW) or any electronic medical records software.

How To Apply

Please forward resume by email to, and reference the job title in the subject line.