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Employment Type: Part-Time
  • Lancaster County
Program/Department: Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Services


Join the team at Ponessa Behavioral Health as a Care Coordinator for the Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Services Program. This is a part time, fee for service position, with the option to transition into full-time.

Job Description:

The Care Coordination services are comprised of the non-clinical services including but not limited to: Education, Vocation, Employment, Physical health, Emotional/Mental health, Family/Social needs, Living arrangements/housing, Legal status, Basic needs of food, clothing, and utilities, Life skills, Child care, Transportation, Engagement into Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). These non-clinical services are an effort to assist individuals in their attempt to recover from substance use disorder-related problems. Care coordination of these recovery support services is essential before, during, and after the treatment episode. Linking and coordinating a client to the available support services for the identified non-clinical treatment-related needs before, during, and after the treatment episode increases the probability that a recovery-oriented self-sufficient lifestyle may occur. The ability to identify and match the Client to the non-clinical treatment-related support services prior to the treatment episode, during the treatment episode, and following the treatment episode enhances the foundation of the recovery process for the Client, establishes a collaborative process between the systems working with the Client, and contributes to the evolution of a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC).

The role of a Care Coordinator is an individual with personal, lived experience of their own recovery. By offering insight into the recovery process, Care Coordinators are able to share a unique perspective with those with similar life experiences. Care Coordinators accept and agree that their experience as a person in recovery from a substance use disorder will be known by their colleagues, individuals served, and others with whom they may share that they have achieved this credential. The Care Coordinator is a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator. Care Coordinators advocate for the individual, the recovery system, recovery-oriented services and assist to identify and reduce stigma. Care Coordinators advocate to eliminate barriers, increase natural supports and build community. Services provided by the Care Coordinator substantially improve an individual’s and family’s ability to sustain recovery and wellness.

Staffing qualifications/credentialing/clearance requirements:

Qualifications: Associate’s Degree from an accredited college with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing (with a clinical specialty in the human services) or another related field. Proficiency in documentation is essential. A valid driver’s license, a personal cell phone, and an insured vehicle for transporting clients is required. Staff in recovery from a substance use disorder, must have a minimum of two years of uninterrupted recovery and currently working a personal program of recovery. For Staff in recovery from co-addiction, must be working a personal program of recovery. Must possess the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) or Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential one-year post hire. These trainings are required to meet the credentials of a CRS or CFRS. Upon certification, the individual must attend 30 hours of training per two years and continue to update their certification every two years. Any individual who does not have an Associate’s Degree, CRS, and/or CFRS will be required to actively work on obtaining these degrees and/or certifications.

Clearances: (Prospective employee must have the following clearances before servicing clients.) 1. PA State Child Abuse Clearance (Upon hire, before working with clients, and every year thereafter) 2. Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check (Upon hire, before working with clients, and every year thereafter) 3. FBI Clearance. It is also required for all employees to complete and provide a certification of completion for Mandated Reporter Training.

Benefits: Ponessa Behavioral Health offers a comprehensive Employee Benefit Package to eligible employees after 30 days of full-time employment. Benefits include but are not limited to medical & prescription drug coverage, dental and vision coverage, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) including mental health support, paid time off, and paid holidays. Additional benefits include clinical supervision for licensure, PTO cash out, employee anniversary recognition, paid time off increases, leave of absences, and unpaid time off. Optional benefits include life insurance, professional liability insurance, disability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, ABLEPAY, critical illness and cancer insurance. Part-time employees are eligible to enroll in Dental, Vision, and Voluntary Benefit plans, after 30 days of part-time employment, working a minimum of 15 hours/per week. Ponessa Behavioral Health supports retirement planning through 401K & Roth IRA Retirement Savings Options with matching. Paid training, continuing education credits, and company equipment (i.e. tablets) are provided to eligible employees. Ponessa Behavioral Health provides postsecondary educational support through the Tuition Discount Program and is a Pennsylvania Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Practitioner approved site.

Loan Repayment Program(LRP) Approved Practice Site: Ponessa Behavioral Health is a primary outpatient behavioral health care loan repayment program (LRP) approved practice site, offering educational loan repayment to practitioners who provide care within a designated region. The LRP offers grant funding to be used to repay qualifying educational debt in exchange for a two-year full-time or half-time service commitment at an LRP-approved practice site. Primary care providers including Physicians, Physician Assistants, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are eligible to apply for the educational loan repayment in response to a competitive Request for Applications (RFA) from the PA Department of Health. Physicians are eligible to receive up to $100,000 of loan repayment for a full-time service commitment or up to $50,000 for a half-time service commitment. All other disciplines are eligible to receive up to $60,000 of loan repayment for a full-time service commitment or up to $30,000 for a half-time service commitment.

How to Apply for Employment

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Employment application
  • Résumé with cover letter
  • Evidence of Degree (Official Transcript and Copy of Diploma)
  • PA Criminal History Clearance (Act 34) - Follow the instructions to "Submit a New Record Check" online using a credit card
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) - If you have a legible copy of the child abuse history clearance dated January 1 or later of this year, bring it with you or go to to request your clearance online. A paper copy will be mailed to you automatically but you can also receive an emailed copy. This option is much faster than mailing in your request. The cost of this clearance is $13.00
  • FBI Criminal History - Follow the instructions, and enter service code 1KG738
  • Mandated Reporter Training Certificate

To start the application process, please email your resume, cover letter and any additional required documents that you have at this time to: or mail/fax to:
Ponessa Behavioral Health
410 N. Prince St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 735-1901

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