UnityPoint Health

Substance Use Disorder Counselor

Requisition ID
Behavioral Health Services - Non-Nursing
3500 New Leaf Ln
5420 UP Human Service Center
New Leaf
Scheduled Hours/Shift
8a - 4:30p Mon-Friday/Some holidays
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Substance Use Disorder Counselor

UnityPlace-New Leaf

Full-Time 40 hours/week, Benefitted

8a - 4:30p Monday-Friday/Some holidays


The Counselor is an important part of high-quality behavioral health services provided to both inpatients or/and outpatients of UnityPoint Health.  Foremost among the responsibilities listed below is the delivery of competent and professional services that are in accordance with the overall institutional goals and objectives, regulatory standards and requirements and their own professional ethical standards.  Reflects a commitment to compassionate, competent care delivered by the interdisciplinary team.  Care is provided through a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family.  A spirit of inquiry is encouraged and supported.    Evidence-driven protocols are utilized to assure reliable and consistent care. The patients to be served may include adolescent, adult and geriatric.


About UnityPoint Health - UnityPlace:

UnityPoint Health - UnityPlace is proud to offer the most comprehensive addiction and mental health services in the Peoria, Illinois region to you and your family. UnityPlace was formed by the joining of UnityPoint Health®, Human Service Center and Tazwood Center for Wellness in April of 2019. UnityPlace is a new non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the growing behavioral health care needs of the community. Our compassionate and committed treatment team is comprised of many experts from psychiatry and addiction medicine. 

Our goal is to deliver comprehensive behavioral healthcare to optimize the patient's well-being. It is our privilege to partner with our patients on their journey of healing. 

As a member of the UnityPlace Team, our team members are eligible for a benefits package including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Retirement
  • Paid Time Off

Additional benefits are available, apply today to discuss our full benefits package!

Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

Visit us at UnityPoint.org/careers to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list).  Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty.  Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task.  Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future.  Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements. 

% of Time


Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

 ·         Provides evaluation, counseling and therapeutic services to chemically dependent patients/families assessing patient’s social, psychological, emotional, financial, cultural problems and chemical abuse history. 

·         Makes recommendations for treatment and acts as a liaison and patient/family advocate with the treatment network. 

·         Maintains open communication with referral sources, families, or others involved in the patient’s treatment regarding the patient’s progress, discharge plans and aftercare plans.

·         Supports the patient and family throughout treatment by maintaining open communication with referral resources, patient and family.  Assists the patient and family in working towards positive outcomes.

·         Coordinates the patient’s care with the interdisciplinary treatment team.

·         Develops individual treatment plans based upon information gathered. 

·         Facilitates programming for court ordered referrals.

·         Assists patient and family with adjustment to illness, motivation for treatment and realistic planning for post treatment care.  Coordinates the completion of the Aftercare Plan with patient and recommends post-treatment referrals for patients.

·         Documents per department guidelines.

·         Maintains current knowledge of behavioral managed care and the precertification and utilization review activities necessary to obtain treatment approval.

·         Participates in covering weekend inpatient evaluations on a rotating basis.

·         Provides statistical data or special reports as required

80 %

Development & Patient Education

          Continues professional development and involvement in professional activities that enhance clinical practice by sharing knowledge through networking and research.

·         Participates in community education as assigned. 

·         Serves on professional organization committees or boards as appropriate.

·         Assess and chooses teaching strategies and therapy modalities appropriate to the patient’s and their families’ age specific needs, culture, gender, readiness to learn and level of comprehension.

·         Consults appropriate resources within Behavioral Health Division to provide specialized education.

·         Demonstrates knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.

·         Provides educational in-services as assigned.

·         Participates in conjoint conferences with patients, concerned persons and referral sources as appropriate.

·         Develops, promotes and maintains a good relationship with self-help programs such as AA, NA and Al-Anon.

·         Participates in mandatory education and department staff meetings, per established guidelines.

·         Other duties as assigned.



Basic UPH Performance Criteria         

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.





Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


Preferred education or experience as listed.

Prefer Bachelor’s degree in behavioral health care or allied fields, or CADC certification.




1-3 years of experience in a structured, supervised treatment setting may be substituted for the education requirement.







Must obtain IAODAPCA certification, Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor, Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, or Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker within 2 years of start date in position and must maintain licensure or certification.


CPR certification within 60 days of hire date

Membership in a professional organization, such as NADAAC is recommended.






Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.


Multicultural sensitivity.


Microsoft Office- basic computer skills.

Customer/patient focused.


Critical thinking skills using independent judgement in making decisions.


Demonstrated skill, organization and efficiency in performing required patient activities.


Must possess conceptual knowledge of chemical dependency treatment, continuum of care options and the legal system impacting patients.






If chemical dependent or co-dependent, must have two years sobriety from mood altering chemicals and be actively participating in AA, NA or Al-


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.



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