PRN Residential Counselor (Great Starts)


At the Helen Ross McNabb Center, our mission is "Improving the lives of the people we serve."  Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: PRN Great Starts Residential Counselor. 


The PRN Great Starts Residential Counselor, under the direct supervision of the Service Coordinator, is responsible for maintaining the overall structure of the treatment environment by: Monitoring client self-administered prescription and over the counter medications; Conducting nightly prescription medication counts, tracking and documenting discrepancies; Supervising and verifying completion of routine tasks of daily living and community environmental upkeep; Conducting and documenting routine checks of facility equipment to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies;  Conducting routine room checks to ensure client, child, and infant safety; Facilitating and monitoring nightly client phone calls; Transporting or arranging transportation for routine and/or emergency medical appointments or situations; Completing and submitting Serious Incident Reports; Supervises family visitation at regularly scheduled times; Inventorying and searching new client belongings and conducting room searches as necessary to maintain a safe living environment; Administering and documenting routine and unscheduled drug screens; Communicating daily and/or nightly with clinical staff about significant client issues; Encouraging and supporting clients in their efforts towards short term and long term recovery; Enforcing program rules as outlined in the client handbook - issuing rule infractions and merit memos when appropriate; and Implementing the daily routine of the program which includes:  assisting clients in Residential and Detoxification levels of care by direct monitoring of clients, facilitation of educational and activity groups, co-facilitation of process groups, observation of client breaks, assisting with admissions and assessments when needed,  writing daily progress notes, and other duties as assigned by the Service  Coordinator and requested by the medical and counseling staff, as well as acting in behalf of the clinical staff in their absence. 

This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.


Education/Knowledge: Must have graduated from high school with a diploma or have a GED.

Experience: Experience in alcohol or drug facility or health related field preferred but not required.  Potential hires will be assessed depending on how close their work experiences in other areas have prepared them for the job.

Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity.  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation.  Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients. Transporting clients in a personal vehicle or Center vehicle is an essential function of this position.

Physical: Normal residential treatment environment.  Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as close eye work. Valid driver's license. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. To ensure the safety of the clients and staff, this position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care) that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center ( is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

HRMC is an EOE. HRMC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.