Job Description

Addiction Therapist-Behavioral Health Clinician

Responsible for behavioral health evaluations, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual and group therapy, with primary clinical emphasis on patients with unhealthy substance use, and secondary emphasis on general behavioral health patients. Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is a primary care clinic designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Duties and responsibilities

The Certified Addiction Counselor – Behavioral Health Clinician will care for patients in an integrated primary health care clinic.

Typical tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate and diagnose mental, emotional, developmental and behavioral difficulties in individuals, couples and families based on clinical standards of practice and formulate treatment plans and treatment plan reviews based on evaluations
  • Provide individual and group psychotherapy, with a primary emphasis on patients with unhealthy substance use; provide clinical and consultative treatment services that are strength based and client centered to individuals, groups, families, and/or couples; respond to mental health crises, assessing need, formulating disposition, and implementing appropriate care; and provide mental health crisis triage assessments as needed for patients on the primary medical services
  • Participate in a team of physicians, advanced-practice providers, nurses, care coordinators and medical assistants focused on integrated addiction treatment. This position will be responsible for brief psychotherapy, consultation and crisis management oriented services
  • Coordinate with the general body of FHCHC clinical providers (medical, behavioral health and dental), social service providers, and care coordinators in assisting with and following up on client referrals and with patient care
  • Complete all required documentation for intakes, progress notes, treatment plans and reviews, authorizations, billing, and licensure accurately and within a timely manner
  • Participate in professional activities such as: continuing education activities, clinical conferences, meeting with representatives of community groups


The successful candidate will:

  • Be independently licensed LADC, LCSW, LMFT, LPC or Psychologist, licensed in the State of Connecticut is preferred. Not independently licensed individuals will be considered based on experience, however license in the State of Connecticut is required.
  • One year of treating patients with substance abuse diagnosis is required.
  • Preferable have both oral and written fluency in both English & Spanish
  • The ideal candidate will have the following: The ability to work well in a team and regularly communicate with other behavioral health and primary care clinicians about shared patients; the ability to use computer and telephone; experience using an electronic health record management program and a strong knowledge base of medical terminology and procedures to work in an integrated medical clinic. Experience with running psychotherapy groups and substance abuse recovery and previous experience in health care setting, ideally in an outpatient setting, is highly desirableAmerican with Disabilities RequirementsExternal and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job specific responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

    Fair Haven Community Health Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FHCHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


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