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Director of Clinical Services

Acadia Healthcare Chattanooga Full-Time
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Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

Social Services Director

Erlanger and Acadia Healthcare have joined to develope Erlanger's new Behavioral Health Hospital to open May of 2018.

This 88-bed hospital is a joint effort between Erlanger and Acadia Healthcare, which owns the nation's largest network of mental health facilities.

The two-story, 69,000-square foot facility is being built on the corner of North Holtzclaw and Citico Avenues. It will include 24 beds for geriatric patients, 24 for adults, 18 for children and adolescents, and 22 for substance abuse patients.

Position Summary:

The Social Services Director will provide direction, supervision, monitoring, and disciplinary action for clinical staff, coordinator of therapeutic recreation, and utilization review/case management coordinators/specialist at all locations, according to Joint Commission, Federal and State regulations, and PI standards and facility policies and procedures.

  • Provides a work environment that is conducive to the delivery of optimum patient care and supportive of active staff involvement in problem solving and planning.
  • Develops the clinical services program's standards, policies and procedures with appropriate staff input.
  • Responsible for hiring, training and ongoing supervision of clinical services staff.
  • Ensures that staffing is maintained according to staff management system based on programs' acuity levels and census.
  • Ensure that department staff comply with all mandatory/educational requirements with the required time frame.
  • Plans, organizes, staffs, directs and controls Acute Clinical Services program activities as they pertain to social services, therapy, case management, patient retention, AMA management, customer service, developmental needs of patients, and ongoing maintenance and program development.
  • Responsible for setting and monitoring department/unit goals of providing safe patient care are met by ensuring that staff adheres to appropriate patient intervention methods, documentation, understanding of the basic principles of the program and demonstration of therapeutic communication with patients.
  • Ensures entries in the medical records are professional, factual thorough, legible, and patient specific.
  • Ensures that new staff are oriented to the department and to the hospital in collaboration with General Orientation.
  • Responsible for directing a system of case management and utilization management which is efficient and produces reimbursement for patients admitted to all programs.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other departments through effective teamwork, communication and collaboration.

  • Master's degree in human service or related field preferred.
  • Licensed in the state as a LCSW or LPC.
  • Minimum of 4 years of clinical experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.

Skills required

Decision Making
Team Building
Performance Improvement
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