Acadia Healthcare Intake/Admissions Specialist- Options Behavioral Health System in Indianapolis, Indiana

Coordinates the referral and intake process for the inpatient psychiatric services program; acts as a resource to families, outside agencies and staff. Provide assessments of incoming patient’s mental health/psychiatric condition. Interface with attending psychiatrist who will formulate level of care recommendation and immediate patient disposition. Enters and maintains referral/intake information using a database; processes referrals including preparing intake and initial assessment packets; contacts parents/family of referred patients and provides information regarding the program and the intake/assessment process; documents family’s concerns, priorities and resources available; conducts informational presentations to community based organizations and outside agencies regarding the referral/intake process; attends staff meetings; assists in planning parent support activities; provides program support for team/staff as needed; maintains cooperative working relationships with staff, families and agency personnel.

Works as an hourly employee in accordance with established policies as outlined in the employee handbook. The employee in this position is expected to provide a two week notice prior to voluntary resignation. A probationary period of 90 days is required.


  • Masters degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related field

  • Clinical experience in a psychiatric or mental health setting

  • Experience with patient assessment, family intervention, and treatment planning

  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.

  • Strong communication and documentation skills.

Physical, mental, special demands and working conditions:

  • May have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases

  • May have some risk of injury from assaultive/abusive residents.

  • May be exposed to disagreeable conditions.

  • Ability to work assigned hours per week.

  • Ability to walk, sit, stand, for long periods of time.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to run, squat, and kneel.

Machines, tools, equipment:

  • Telephone, switchboard paging system, walkie-talkie.

  • Copy machines, fax machines.

  • Computer with basic word processing skills including Microsoft Office, E-mail, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of: Normal child/Adolescent and adult development and developmental disabilities.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and/or written form with parents, staff and outside agencies.

  • Ability to maintain cultural awareness and sensitivity to differing attitudes.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with individuals and groups; utilize time management techniques to organize and prioritize work; remain flexible and adapt to changing program needs;

  • Knowledgeable to operate standard office equipment; utilize a computer at a level which allows for the maintenance of a database system; prepare reports, forms, letters and other related materials; follow instructions; read, interpret and apply rules, laws and procedures.