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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Acadia Healthcare
Physical Address

New Castle, DE 19720
Job Description


Ensures that patients and family members are included to the extent possible in treatment decisions.

Addresses any patient/family questions or concerns regarding consents or commitment procedures.

Clarifies custody/visitation issues where applicable and encourages resolution of conflicts.

Takes responsibility for obtaining as quickly as possible copies of advance directives, power of attorney or living wills where identified as part of the admissions process.

Provides information, when requested, to adult patients regarding advance directives and living wills.

Utilizes state and hospital policy guidelines to assist the team in identifying and contacting the appropriate surrogate decision-maker for patients assessed by the physician to lack the capacity for independent decision-making.

Facilitates family contact and involvement.

Assesses appropriate level of family involvement based on the age, maturational status, and specific needs and goals of each patient.

Identifies whether adult patients have any family members whom they wish to inform of any significant changes in their condition and insures that such persons are identified in the treatment plan and in fact notified of significant events in keeping with hospital policy.

Addresses family concerns or misunderstandings regarding communication with patients, visitation, and therapeutic leaves.

Ensures respect for patient needs and ethical concerns

Integrates into practice the Mission, Vision and Values of the organization.

Maintains confidentiality and addresses any questions or concerns which patients or families have regarding the patient’s rights.

Identifies any special family needs resulting from a cognitive, linguistic or physical difference and assists the program in accessing any special resources (e.g. translator) to facilitate appropriate care.

Reviews the cultural and ethnic portion of the interdisciplinary assessment to help identify any special needs which the patient or family have in this area and assists team in taking these needs into account in the education and treatment provided to the patient and her/his family.

Insures that older adults are treated with dignity and respect regardless of physical and cognitive status.

Assists the program director in processing patient/family grievances and in ensuring that patients are treated ethically and respectfully and

all times.

Demonstrates and utilizes understanding of the specific age-appropriate cognitive, emotional and developmental needs of children/adolescents in the investigation and processing of allegations of physical or sexual abuse of minor patients.

Demonstrates and utilizes understanding of the specific age-appropriate cognitive, emotional and developmental needs of older adults in the investigation and processing of allegations of the abuse of dependent adult patients.

Reports physical and/or sexual abuse, when appropriate, to the Department of Child Protective Services or the Department of Adult Protective Services. Completes reporting form and documents all action in the patient’s chart.

Plans care based upon assessment information and the patient’s age and cognitive development in coordination with the patient, family and multidisciplinary treatment team.

Sets a goal to provide family therapy at least once a week for adult patients based on needs and goals of the patient.

Is flexible in meeting with families, including being available during evening hours if necessary.

Provides crisis stabilization with the emphasis on verbal de-escalation and restraint/seclusion when necessary.

Assesses and addresses the maturational needs of adult patients around marital, parenting, education, financial and vocational issues and identif-ies appropriate resources for follow-up in these areas at a later level of care.

Identifies the maturational needs of the older patient in terms of aging, isolation, losses, and need to adjust to changing bodily functions and identifies resources for follow-up.

Participates actively in treatment team meetings, participates actively in developing the patient’s treatment plan, and delivers care based upon the treatment plan.

Educates patients and their families

At the time of admission, assesses learning needs of the patient and family.

Utilizes an understanding of the age-appropriate cognitive and developmental needs of children, adolescents, adults and older adults in planning and executing educational interventions for each age group of patients.

Educates patients and/or families regarding parenting issues, abuse issues, appropriate emotional management, mental health, stress and crisis management skills, conflict resolution and active participation in the process of treatment in accordance with the developmental capacity of the patient.

Work with patients and staff on issues related to organ, tissue and eye donation

Follows up with patients admitted to our facility to address their questions related to organ donation and to insure full documentation of the patient’s organ donor status is included in the medical record.

Facilitates continuity of care

Contacts outpatient therapist (when applicable) within one day of admission and maintains contact as needed.

Participates in the discharge planning process.

Communicates follow-up needs to patient and family via the Discharge Instruction Sheet.

Has an understanding of the full continuum of care and the implications and criteria for treatment.

Improves Organizational Performance

Reports perceived under or over-utilization of services.

Identifies areas that need improvement, helps to identify creative solutions and participates in monitoring and evaluating performance.

Is accountable to self and others for areas of practice needing improvement, asks for and accepts help in developing own practice.

Provides leadership

Makes and communicates decisions based upon sound clinical judgement.

Adapts to changing work loads with flexibility, re-prioritizing need and guiding other staff in adjusting workloads.

Assists in team building, program development, and ways to improve the morale and motivation of others in the discipline.

Arranges coverage as needed.

Manages the Environment of Care

Reports any safety concerns promptly.

Follows all fire and safety policies and procedures.

Makes recommendations and participates in improving the environment for patients and staff.

Participates in training

Improves clinical skills through taking part in in-services and staff training opportunities and helps identify training needs for the discipline.

Manages information appropriately

Utilizes the information obtained from all disciplines in treating the patient.

Documents in a timely manner all contacts made in relation to patient care in the progress notes utilizing focused documentation.




+ Customer Focus: Advanced

+ Communication: Advanced



+ Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



+ Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or

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