Job Description

Job Title: Drug & Alcohol Counselor (Altoona, PA)
Job ID: 90005738
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight/Variable
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Mon Yough
Department: Drug_Alcohol Adult OP
Location: 500 E Chestnut Avenue, Altoona PA 16003


The Drug & Alcohol Counselor will provide drug and alcohol services for clients and their families in the Altoona, PA area. This will be done in a manner consistent with efficiency, cost effectiveness and regulatory compliance.


The ideal candidate will have prior experience in the drug and alcohol field working directly with patients. Dress code is business casual Monday through Thursday, with jeans permitted on Fridays. Parking is provided. The starting rate for this position is $16.66 before crediting for anything over the minimum requirements. 



  • Verify client funding coverage and inform staff regarding benefit coverage.Obtain treatment authorization as required by various funding sources.
  • Participate in educational programs, orientation, quality assurance, and quality improvement activities.
  • Demonstrate support of Agency mission and philosophy in delivery of services.
  • Provide drug and alcohol services for clients and their families utilizing skills applicable to the role of counselor in cooperation with other professional staff.Develop individual client treatment and aftercare plans. Provide drug and alcohol education on a group and individual basis. Provide individual counseling required by licensure regulations. Provide therapeutic group activities for clients. Evaluate client progress on a regular basis.
  • Monitor and obtain treatment authorization and reauthorization as required by payors.
  • Work to achieve and maintain quality and customer satisfaction in the delivery of services to internal/external customers.
  • Maintain and protect patient, client and Agency confidentiality.
  • Represent and participate in Agency professional and community activities as requested.
  • Promote personal and co-worker safety during work duties.
  • Maintain linkages with related community service agencies for the purposes of referral to and from the program and clinical consultations.
  • Complete triage, intake and assessment process for drug and alcohol clients referred for clinical services.Initiate contact and establish interviews.Schedule appointments with appropriate staff for assessment at time of triage.Complete intake and history forms as appropriate to collect social, emotional, clinical and economic information.Obtain ancillary clinical information from referral sources and other providers.Present summary of information and recommendations for services to supervisor and/or treatment team.
  • Provide case management services to clients needing assistance with finances, housing and transportation.
  • Assist in compiling statistics for county and state reporting requirements.
  • Generate research, respond to, distribute, and track billing communications through RLSolutions system.
  • Function as member of the clinical team responsible for admission, evaluation, recertification and discharge of clients.
  • Complete funding related paperwork as needed to secure authorization for all services provided and maintain compliance as outlined in payer contract.Ensure appropriate client information is released to funding sources in compliance with agency, federal, and state regulations.Ensure all outgoing funding paperwork is correct, completed in entirety, and is within payer's timeframe guidelines.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Dependency, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology, Social Work or Human Services required. 
  • Minimum of 1year clinical (must be in counseling role) experience required. 
  • Direct experience in drug and alcohol field preferred. 
  • Competency in computer skills in a Windows based environment.
  • Access to transportation in the Agency service area with valid Pennsylvania driver's license and auto liability insurance.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    Addiction counselor certification preferred.

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 33
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


    Salary Range: $16.66 to $26.63 / hour

    Union Position: No

    Apply Current Employee?


    At UPMC, our shared goal is to create a cohesive, positive, experience for our employees, patients, health plan members, and community. If you too are driven by these values, you may be a great fit at UPMC!


    UPMC provides a total rewards package that can help you achieve the goals you have for your career and your personal life. Whether you want to learn a new skill through a training course, reach personal health and wellness targets, become more involved in your community, or follow a career path that provides you with the right experience to be successful, UPMC can help you get to where you want to be.


    Now more than ever, YOU can help us shape our communities and UPMC into a better place for everyone to work, study, play, and thrive.

    Learn more about working here and check out our policies and recent updates.

    UPMC Health Plan Named Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality in 2019

    UPMC Ranked #1 Best Places for Women and Diverse Managers in 2019

    Talent Network