Treatment Advocate

Job ID
Job Locations
US-CA-Aliso Viejo
Posted Date
1 month ago(10/29/2020 9:06 AM)
Mental Health Counseling


Company Summary:

At American Addiction Centers, we take pride in our role as a national leader in addiction treatment. Together, we share a vision to revolutionize the care provided to the 20+ million adult Americans who need treatment for substance related disorders. To elevate the standard of care provided to our patients, we seek talented leaders, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals to join us in our efforts to provide exceptional clinical care. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, our research-based, empathetic care we instill hope that long-term recovery is attainable. Our purpose and passion are to empower patients, their families, and our communities by helping individuals achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.


Reports to:         Clinical Manager

FLSA Status:       Non-Exempt


Job Summary


The Treatment Advocate will observe client’s daily activities and assist in their recovery. TA will collaborate with the Treatment team and assist with service coordination as needed for patients. American Addiction Centers strives to ensure that all of our patients receive the most comprehensive care to address the issues that may impede their recovery.


Core Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for welcoming new patients, assisting with orientation of programming schedule and rules.
  • Conduct patient belongings search when new patient admitted.
  • Complete rounds and security checks.
  • Participate in coordination of patient’s daily schedule including treatment meetings, behavior interventions, and overall general observation of behavior and level of particiapation.
  • Provide support and encouragement to patients.
  • Support and encourage patient participation in group, individual, and family counseling services.
  • Support clinical services of patients as assigned by clinical manager.
  • Participate in weekly treatment team meeting and program staff meetings.
  • Ensure that all documentation necessary meet contract, licensure, accreditation and standards for services in a timely manner following the AAC’s documentation policy guidelines.
  • Communicate efficiently with other departments to ensure the best care for patient.
  • Provide supportive clinical services to outpatient and inpatient adult population.
  • Identify situations which may be potentially harmful to patients and report any patient or safety concerns to Clinical Manager and/or CEO.
  • Understand and abide by State Department standards, facility accreditation, AAC’s policy and procedures.
  • Adhere to company code of ethic and maintain professional boundaries with patients at all times.
  • Respectful of patient rights as well as understanding of patients unique recoevry needs.
  • Communicate with all staff, patients, and families using excellent professional written and verbal skills.
  • Demonstate dependability and adaptability with patients and staff.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patient and company information.
  • Abide by the standards of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 guidelines.
  • Assists in monitoring and managing patient community as a therapeutic milieu.
  • Intervenes in crisis situations to deescalates and resolves crises.
  • Maintain upkeep of personal professional certification and CEU’s as required by state board without lapse, holds, suspensions, or investigation.
  • Other task as assigned by direct supervisor within scope of practice.


Education, Experience, Skills & Abilities  (To include but not limited to the following): 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Behavioral Sciences required (social sciences, human services, counseling or psychology).
  • State recognized (IC&RC) alcohol and drug certification (or within six months of completing certification) required.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a behavioral healthcare field.
  • Knowledge of utilizing electronic health record software and documentation.
  • Ability to read, write and interpret written information, type documentation, present information to groups and participate in meetings.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Must be able to work overtime, weekends, holidays, and flexible hours.
  • Valid driver license and insurable driving record (If driving a company vehicle or if driving personal vehicle for company business; refer to Guidelines for Driving Company Vehicles).  


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