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Residential Counselor Crisis Stabilization Unit

Company: Community Healthlink
Location: Leominster
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Come join a friendly and diverse clinical team that provides quality care! Community Healthlink (CHL) is looking for a full-time (37.5 hrs/wk) Residential Counselor in Leominster, MA.


These community-based units provide short-term therapeutic psychiatric/substance abuse treatment in a structured environment with 24-hour observation and supervision and individualized treatment interventions focused on the crisis and crisis resolution. The population for the CSU program include both males and females that are at least 18 years of age.


The North County Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) serves clients who are admitted due to struggle with a mental health crisis often additionally struggling with substance abuse. Our clients enter the program with an evaluation and client history completed by a qualified clinician prior to admission. The CSU may be used as a diversion to prevent a hospitalization or as a step-down immediately following a psychiatric hospital discharge to assist the client in transitioning back into the community. The unit receives admissions 24 hours/day, 365 days/year depending on bed availability (13 beds) for clients who do not need hospital level of care and meet the unit’s admission criteria. Although a voluntary program, individuals must remain on the unit for the duration of their stay for safety and treatment purposes. Clients meet with a multi-disciplinary team to aid with following their individualized treatment plan and meet their treatment goals as well as a psychiatric workup and medication evaluation.


Residential Counselors conduct intakes and discharges for the program and will work with clients on topics including personal hygiene and self-care skills, money management and budgeting, symptom management, relapse prevention, healthy eating, use of public transportation and transporting, problem solving and conflict resolution, and other interventions as necessary, running therapeutic groups to further enhance life skills in these areas. The Residential Counselor will monitor and distribute medication, maintain unit facility as required, and complete routine paperwork to ensure the program meets the standards


Compensation based on education and related work experience, licensure and other qualifications
Health and Dental insurance (available upon starting)
Generous paid sick, personal, holiday, and vacation time
CEU benefits
Life and Disability insurance
401k with agency contribution
Wellness activity discounts
Work related travel reimbursement

  • Develop, implement and document treatment needs assessments, treatment plan, and progress reviews as part of continuous quality improvement activities.
  • Work with residents to assist with activities of daily living and foster a sense of safety in the community which includes personal hygiene and self-care skills, money management and budgeting, symptom management, relapse prevention, use of public transportation and transporting, problem solving and conflict resolution, and other interventions as necessary.
  • Ensure healthful menu planning, food shopping, and meal preparation through coordination and assistance.
  • Monitor residents’ medication, refills, documentation of medications and changes, assist with attending appointments, and safe storage.
  • Lead two or more skill development or recreational groups per week as assigned.
  • Attend teams and case conferences and collaborate with other providers for designated residents. Provide outreach as designated to community-based residents.
  • Prepare daily log entries, incident reports and other required paperwork to ensure the program meets the standards.
  • Work with residents to maintain the residence on a daily basis including chores, bedroom upkeep, yard work and other light housekeeping duties.
  • Other related duties as assigned in order to provide quality rehabilitation services. May include transporting residents in personal car or program vehicle, physical assistance, close supervision, and other such duties.
  • Human Rights, dual diagnosis, infection control, CPR, First Aid, MAP, agency and divisional policies and procedures as well as other required competencies. 
  • Respects diverse views and approaches, demonstrates Standards of Respect, and contributes to creating and maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

  • Grade 6:Residential Counselor II:Requires a Bachelor’s degree; preferably in the field of psychology or human services 
  • Minimum of 1 years experience required
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic, ability to work independently, and ability to contribute to team objectives required.   
  • Applicants should be able to multitask, possess excellent problem solving skills, be committed to providing quality care and enjoy working with people.  
  • All bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Proven ability to work within team setting and to act as self-starter.
  • Must be able to pass a CORI background check

Community Healthlink is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
If applicable, Community Healthlink shall also abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability. These regulations require affirmative action by Community Healthlink to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Keywords: Community Healthlink, Leominster , Residential Counselor Crisis Stabilization Unit, Other , Leominster, Massachusetts

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