Mental Health Counselor: Intake Specialist

Intake Specialist Job Description

Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you wanting to join a team that fosters a fun, healthy and balanced work culture? Pend Oreille County is seeking a Mental Health Counselor to join our team!

Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Salary: $3,893.87-$5,405.07

4 day work week optional after 6 month probationary period is completed.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Basic Functions:

Provide professional mental health services to consumers or prospective clients of this Agency. Primary focus is to perform multi-diagnostic clinical evaluations for the purpose of determining Medical Necessity, obtaining initial service authorization, and/or initial coordination and referral of services. Services include, but are not limited to, outpatient individual, group and family therapy, crisis services and case management. Works cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees.  This is an exempt, union position with designation as a DMHP.


  1. Master’s degree from an accredited institution in mental health counseling, social work or other closely related field.
  2. Possess a valid State of Washington issued credential to practice as a counselor, without restriction, probation, or limiting condition or threat thereof, or proof of application must be provided within 30 days of beginning employment.
  3. Possess a valid National Provider Identification Number (NPI), or proof of application must be provided within sixty (60) days of beginning employment.
  4. Possess education, training and experience conducting intake assessments, using appropriate tools, including mental status exam, risk assessment, biopsychosocial and developmental history, substance abuse screening, psychiatric symptomology and differential diagnosis, with a demonstrated understanding of DSM-IV, DSM 5, ICD 9 and ICD 10 codes.
  5. Possess education, training or experience, which clearly demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  6. Must be able to exercise discretion and independent judgment in all areas of job performance including adherence to appropriate professional boundaries and strict confidentiality practices in regard to client activities and documentation.
  7. Able to apply clinical judgment, ethics and accountability to formulate and implement person centered intake evaluations, treatment plans and other clinical documentation.
  8. Must demonstrate the ability to handle stressful and crisis situations tactfully and appropriately.
  9. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  10. Must successfully pass a background check, a driving record check and a pre-employment physical.
  11. Is not a State or Federal (OIG) and System for Award Management (SAM) excluded provider, in any capacity for the Medicare, Medicaid, and all Federal health Care programs.

Pend Oreille County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.