Licensed Master’s Level Counselor (Emphasis on Substance Use Counseling) – Salida

Be a part of our integrated healthcare team! Solvista Health is located in beautiful southern Colorado, serving a rural four-county region. We are located close to excellent outdoor activities such as mountain hiking trails, mountain biking, and whitewater river sports.

Solvista Health is seeking a master's level counselor (emphasis on substance use counseling) for our Salida office.  The Licensed Counselor provides and oversees the provision of psychosocial and mental health care for selected clients and families.  This counselor will primarily work with those enrolled in the Addiction Recovery Treatment programs. The Counselor conducts bio-psychosocial assessment, short-term treatment and referral, as indicated. Identifies high-risk psychosocial factors of clients/families that impact health status and helps hospital or law-enforcement staff understand the influence of those factors upon the course of medical care. Assumes clinical evaluation, intervention and planning for clients with complex psychosocial risk. Works effectively as part of interdisciplinary health care teams. Provides clinical services to clients/families that address environmental, age specific and cultural issues in order to maximize emotional, social and physical well-being and the effective use of health care and community resources. Collaborates with and provides consultation to other disciplines within the setting and community. Participates on Center, Hospital, Satellite, community task forces and committees. Supports the missions of Solvista Health. 

Essential Functions

  • Provides comprehensive emergency evaluations in cooperation with client/family, psychiatrist and interdisciplinary team, and develop treatment plans based on client needs/goals.
  • Continually assesses client’s behavioral health status, and provide evidence based interventions and strategies to improve clients/families functioning and/or medical adherence.
  • Provides risk assessment and intervention as part of the interdisciplinary team, with emphasis on harm reduction. When necessary, refers to and coordinates with appropriate emergency services.
  • Provide a care management approach around psychosocial/behavioral health needs using an evidence-based collaborative care management approach.
  • Acts as the lead liaison between client and psychiatrist and other key treatment providers for clients receiving care management.
  • Provide group therapy, with content determined by client/clinic need.
  • Provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, in conjunction with the psychiatrist, and develop treatment plans for clients receiving care management.
  • Provide resources as needed to encourage client’s progress, and provide evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions to assist patient in accomplishing treatment goals.
  • Collaborate with various medical providers and/or additional service providers to coordinate care.
  • Crisis interventions implemented in the community, emergency room, consumer residence and other areas as requested, using supervisory consultation as needed. Crisis intervention may include initial imminent risk evaluation to determine the level of danger to self, others or extent of being gravely disabled, with appropriate referrals to inpatient, outpatient and/or county designated mental health professional for involuntary inpatient investigations. Crisis intervention may include referral and/or active linking to community supports.
  • Documentation of all patient contacts and other important clinical information in the electronic medical record and in accordance with Solvista Health and department procedures.
  • Community-based crisis assessment and intervention
  • Community outreach and education
  • Telephonic and in-person crisis assessment, triage and intervention


Supervision Received:

Work is performed under the supervision of the Clinical Director or Deputy Chief Operating Officer.  Work is reviewed through the department’s quality assurance program for accuracy, policy compliance, abilities and completeness. 


Job Qualifications

      Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of specific medical/psychiatric illnesses, procedures and treatments
  • Familiarity with DSM and the ability to assess Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including negotiation skills necessary to work within a team
  • Ability to provide rapid clinical psychosocial assessments and brief, short or long term treatment/management with individuals, families, couples and/or groups
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated competency in age specific behaviors
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of community agencies/resources. Ability to advocate/negotiate systems for/with patients.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to prioritize decisions based upon multiple criteria and identifiable standards of policies and procedures.
  • Ability to multitask under stressful situations.
  • Any other duties as assigned by management
  • Ability to work within a Windows operating system and related programs.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population.

      Education or Formal Training:

  • Master’s degree in related human service field is required.
  • Licensure required
  • CAC II or III preferred


  • Three years of clinical experience as a licensed mental health professional; or combination of training, education, experience, and licensure or registration that is equivalent and provides the required knowledge and abilities.Working Conditions and Physical Demands
  • Serve as an information resource to clinical team. Locate requested information through additional sources.
  • Ability to work competently and consistently through sleep interruption or deprivation situations.
  • Ability to work in a busy, high-stress environment; prepare and maintain accurate records; interpret rules and regulations; read and understand client records
  • Ability to work tactfully and effectively with staff, clients, families, fiscal intermediaries, and providers
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Ability to maintain objectivity and confidentiality
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both one on one and in groups; use word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications on personal computer.
  • Participate in job-related training sessions and seminars.
  • Attend required staff meetings.
  • Maintain prompt and regular attendance.
  • Perform related work as required.

Position Type

Full-time exempt position

Conditions of Employment

  • Annual TB, federally required drug screening, and Influenza vaccination or compliance with policy and procedure.
  • Required possession of a valid state driver's license.
  • Successful candidate must submit to and pass, post-offer drug screen