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Lead Clinician (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, LADC)

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Meriden, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
Shift Details: Primarily, Monday to Friday first shift. Could include occasional second shift coverage when necessary for EIOP.

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Rushford Center, one of Connecticut’s leading providers of addiction and mental health services, is nationally recognized for delivering outstanding prevention, treatment and recovery programs. We offer a wide range of programs including Acute Care and Evaluation, Residential Addiction Treatment, Individual, Group & Family Therapy, Intensive Outpatient programs and Community Support Programs. Through the passion of our specialists, we continue to treat every patient with care, compassion and respect, while providing affordable and accessible services.

Job Summary

Provides inpatient/outpatient and/or community care for clients and families across the continuum of care by assuring access, providing assessments and coordinating clinical summary treatment plan determining level of care.  Assumes a caseload and performs behavioral health, substance use services, and/or crisis intervention services independently. Assumes leadership responsibilities as assigned by program manager.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Provides direct client care using individual, couple, group and family therapy specific to each client’s needs as indicated on treatment plan.
  2. Prepares appropriate medical documentation to meet regulatory requirements of licensing and third party agencies as well as internal policies.
  3. Assesses and plans care by evaluating the psychiatric and psychosocial needs of the client; organizes and prioritizes care and treatment and advocates appropriate resources for the client and family.
  4. Provides in home clinical services and/or direct crisis intervention to clients and families in multiple sites in the system and in the community.
  5. Provides continuous education to client and family members and refers them to appropriate levels of care, to support groups and to other available resources in order to maximize care and facilitate recovery or treatment process.
  6. Proficient in working effectively across programs for clients with both mental health and substance use disorders.
  7. Negotiates level of care and length of stay with managed care companies; continually re-evaluates client’s needs and informs the third party payers of ongoing changes in the client’s status.
  8. Works collaboratively with internal and external partners along the continuum of care to provide an integrated delivery of healthcare to all clients and families.
  9. Conducts Emergency Evaluations for clients in the community if required by the program.
  10. Participates and leads administrative activities including, team meetings and staff education as designed by the Program Manager. 
  11. Assumes clinical oversight of daily operations in manager’s absence.
  12. Assumes leadership responsibilities and initiatives as directed by Program Manager.


  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field.
  • Three years' experience providing direct services to psychiatric patients, substance use population.
  • Previous experience in assessment, diagnosis, individual/group therapy, and crisis intervention.
  • 1-2 year of leadership experience is preferred.
  • Valid CT driver's license.
  • Active CT LCSW, LPC, LADC, or LMFT license.
  • Demontrated experience using a computer; basic keyboarding skills.
  • Flexible with schedule per program needs, inclduing evenings/weekends and travel in own vehcile between sites across the organication and/or community per job responsibility requirements.


As a Hartford HealthCare entity, Rushford provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package consisting of:

  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire, including paid holidays
  • Higher Education Partnerships with select universities and colleges.
  • Tuition reimbursement. HHC provides the maximum benefit allowed by the IRS to cover educational expenses with no additional tax burden for you.
  • Success Sharing Program
  • Leadership growth opportunities and trainings
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs     
  • Flexible schedule

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth. Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children. We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance. Every moment matters. And this is your moment.

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