Substance Abuse Tech in Salem, VA at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 7/28/2018

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  • Location:
    Salem, VA
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    Not Specified
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Job Description


The substance abuse technician is a non-professional staff member or certified nursing assistant who under the provisions of the Center’s policies and procedures demonstrates basic understanding of alcohol and drug treatment modalities and methodologies in a comprehensive inpatient treatment setting. The SAT also provides physical and emotional support to patients in all levels of care.

 The substance abuse technician demonstrates distinct knowledge and skills in patient management and patient care support services for the provision of efficient and productive support and program services.


  1. Assist the nursing staff in the admission of patients to the Center,
  2. Conduct contraband searches of patients personal belongings,
  3. Collects specimens for toxicology testing,
  4. Serve food trays to detoxification patients,
  5. Assist with ADL’s as needed and offer fluids on hourly rounds to patients in detox,
  6. Change linens and provide bath towels for detoxification patients,
  7. Monitor and chart routine vital signs,
  8. Transports and accompany patients medical, nursing consultations and/or services and for clinical interviews, and/or transfers,
  9. Assists if needed and if nursing department is covered transporting of patients or participation in scheduled recreational activities.
  10. Assists if needed and if nursing department is covered transporting patients to scheduled A.A. and N.A. meetings,
  11. Ensure the timely and orderly attendance of patients, in scheduled treatment activities,
  12. Respond to “Help Line” and routine telephone calls to the Center,
  13. Assure neatness and organization of the facility,
  14. Assist the staff nurse in maintaining, reproducing and filing copies of all records relating to Treatment, i.e. medical, nursing, clinical forms,
  15. Participate in change shift report, staff report conferences and staff continuing education sessions,
  16. Identify and report to the staff nurse any signs and symptoms denoting a change in the patient’s condition and/or participation in the treatment process,
  17. Assist the staff nurse in patient discharge procedures.
  18. Goal notes: Label with patient demographic labels accordingly
  19. Stock supplies as needed daily checking.
  20. Charts: fill empty charts, be sure all pages in the chart are stamped, and add stamped progress notes and MD order sheets.
  21. Copies: check all folders in the file cabinet and in the wall unit make copies of anything that is getting low.
  22. Lab Reports: Label with patient demographic labels and date. Copy the lab reports for the treatment director. Punch holes for filing. File after the nurse has verified and removed any critical labs for MD’s folder.
  23. Follow infection control policies and procedures.
  24. Filing: any papers that need to be placed in the patient’s chart, any papers that have been pulled from the patient’s chart unused, and any papers pulled from the file cabinet or the wall unit and not used need to be filed. Check the folder labeled TO BE FILED.
  25. Store Runs: are for necessities only. This does not include food items, beverages, clothing, magazines, etc. If the Treatment Director deems these articles necessities, special arrangements will be made.
  26. Fitness Center: may assist in transporting if staffing available; the tech’s duty is to monitor the patients and assure all patients are following the rules placed in their packet. There should be no unscheduled stops that have not gotten prior approval and patients should not leave the fitness center.
  27. Rounds: to be made every hour and a check off sheet kept daily. At no time should a patient be unaccounted for. This is also a good time to visit with the patients and make yourself available.       It is also a good time to do room checks for any unmade beds and make them.
  28. Orientation: this needs to be done on arrival if the patient is stable and up to it. It can be marked “reinforced” after a formal orientation is completed. We will be going back to the informal group setting to cover the handbooks with the patients. Please chart on the education sheet when oriented.
  29. Report: any deviations from MRC policy or any changes in patient’s mood or behavior or health to the nurse on duty.
  30. Chart any pertinent subjective or objective information you have regarding a patient’s well-being or behavior.
  31. Always set an example by your behavior.       The patients look to you for modeling of MRC philosophies and principals. Be aware of what you say and how you say it.
  32. Make rounds, take food containers to the dining room, make sure food warmers are turned off and lock up before leaving for the evening.
  33. It is okay to listen to a patient, but with any behavioral concerns/issues, please refer them to their individual counselor assigned.