Co-Occurring Counselor

UCS Healthcare

Healthcare | Full Time | Onsite | West Des Moines

Posted: 5/24/24

Job Description

We have a full-time position available for a Co-Occurring Counselor primarily located in West Des Moines, IA with regular time split per week in Knoxville, IA. UCS Healthcare is a CARF-accredited, non-profit health care organization based in West Des Moines, Iowa with additional offices in Knoxville and Ankeny and medication units across the state offering medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opiate/alcohol use disorder. We offer a competitive hourly wage and benefits package.

“UCS Healthcare values me as an employee.” “I’m given the latitude to do my job.” “UCS Healthcare is making a difference in our community.” “My supervisor is caring and understanding and is rooting for my success!”

These are just a few quotes from a recent employee survey. Many employers promise competitive salaries and benefits, but more than that is required to provide a fulfilling career. What will? How about an organizational culture of mutual respect? Or maybe a career that is not ‘corporate,’ where profits come before people?

As an integrated healthcare non-profit, we put people first. We pay for a vast majority of your health insurance premium as part of our robust benefits package. We provide real opportunities for advancement and growth while doing work that makes a difference in our communities. We are inclusive and firmly believe that bringing your authentic self to work improves teams and helps our clients thrive.

If you're seeking a workplace that aligns with your values, where your contributions are appreciated, and where you can make a tangible impact, consider joining our team. Rather than waiting for others to catch up with UCS Healthcare, apply with us. Our team members tell us that they are grateful they did. Join us in our mission to create hope for healing and lifelong well-being.

UCS Healthcare has earned the Best Place for Working Parents® Designation several years running (2021-2024) in recognition of our commitment to supporting working parents through our family-friendly policies and practices.

Job Summary:
Co-Occurring Counselors assist patients in achieving goals through counseling services. Provides personalized approach to substance use and mental health treatment, and recovery to patients.

As part of UCS Healthcare, team members will follow all laws and regulations, including those at the Federal, State, and Local level. They will also adhere to all UCS policies and procedures, including patient confidentiality, HIPAA/ 42CFR part 2, and all CARF requirements. All team members will operate in alignment with UCS Healthcare's core values, work effectively in a team environment, provide or support patient-centered services, and strive to assist UCS Healthcare in delivering the highest level of care.

Reports To: Clinical Supervisor

Physical Requirements:
A valid driver's license is required (an Iowa driver's license is required within 30 days of hire) and liability insurance or an equivalent means of personal transportation and coverage as travel within the state of Iowa may be necessary.
Communicating with others to exchange information

Work Location: Split between West Des Moines (3 days a week) and Knoxville (2 days a week).

40 hours per week. Working hours may vary due to program need.

Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Deadline to Apply 7/1/24


1300 Woodland Ave

Essential Job Functions

Essential Functions (65%):

Assesses clients referred for substance abuse and mental health evaluations and makes appropriate treatment recommendations.
Provides individual and group counseling to patients.
Maintain a client caseload in accordance with assigned duties. With each case, the counselor will provide for detailed records which reflects a comprehensive treatment plan, treatment progress, aftercare, referral, and patient management as set forth by UCS Healthcare policies and State Licensure Requirements.

Other Functions (35%):

Performs case management functions such as maintaining case records and coordinating additional services as necessary.
Participate in quality assurance meetings and counselor staffing's.
Maintain credential to supervise licensed interns that are working at the agency and assigned for your supervision of the intern.
Attend approved conferences and meetings to secure and maintain credentials.
Apprise supervisor of problems encountered in case loads
Monitor and provide coverage for agency crisis line.
Additional duties as assigned.
Implement any curriculums identified as appropriate by management.
Interpret referral paperwork to determine appropriate level of care.


Master's Degree in social work, mental health or related field. Experience with group facilitation, understanding of substance use disorders and comprehension of counseling theories.

Other Formal Training

Licensed in Iowa as an independent clinician (LMFT, LMHC, LMSW, or LISW) or be working on independent licensing within one year of hire. At minimum, must have a temporary license (tLMHC, LMHC, tLMFT).

Certified or working towards Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification with the Iowa Board of Certification.


Experienced in both the disease of addiction and mental health diagnosis and treatment


Medical, Vision, Dental, Paid time off, 403(b) match, FSA or HSA plans, Life insurance, Tuition reimbursement and Student loan repayment, Commuter assistance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Health Advocate Service, and more.

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About the Company

Since 1997, UCS Healthcare has been dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of our communities. As a clinic based organization, we offer a wide range of licensed services, including substance use disorder treatment, mental health therapy and counseling, and primary healthcare. But what truly sets us apart? It's our unwavering commitment to personalized care. Here, you're not just a number – you're a valued member of a community dedicated to tailoring holistic wellness plans for each client and their families and ensure that our clients have access to the support they need to thrive.

With over 140 committed professionals spread across 14 locations, UCS Healthcare is where expertise meets compassion. From certified counselors and licensed mental health therapists to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychiatric professionals, patient service support specialists, and a myriad of other essential support positions, each member plays a crucial role in our collective mission.

So, if you're ready to be part of something bigger – to be part of a team that is changing lives and shaping futures – then join us at UCS Healthcare. Your journey to a rewarding career starts here! Welcome to a place where passion meets purpose. Welcome to UCS Healthcare.

Travel Required

Weekly time split between West Des Moines (3 days a week) and Knoxville (2 days a week).

Resume Required


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Deadline to Apply 7/1/24

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