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Behavioral Health Specialist

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Location: Aurora, CO, United States
Category: Professional/Management
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: 58974
Date Posted: Jan 3, 2023

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This position is set at CeDAR, UCHealth’s award winning treatment center for adults, including professionals, with substance use disorders. CeDAR, the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation, is a division of UCHealth serving patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The main CeDAR campus located on the UCHealth Anschutz academic medical center campus in Aurora, CO and we operate a small outpatient clinic in Boulder as well. It is our honor to educate the next generation of addiction professionals. Apply here to join the #1 ranked treatment center in Colorado by Newsweek in 2021!

For information on CeDAR, visit our website: Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment in Colorado | CeDAR (

Performs services in-person or virtually involving milieu management, assessment, planning, and implementation of therapeutic and educational services for patients in the inpatient, emergency department or ambulatory setting.

Work Schedule: Full Time Days

Facilitates assigned patient assessments, triages for appropriate clinical consultation, individual and group therapeutic activities including coaching milieu management, and case management and care coordination

Systematically and continually assesses the patient's coping mechanisms in collaboration with the patient, care team and family.

Utilizes appropriate teaching methods and/or referrals to ensure patient/family psychoeducational needs are met.

Assesses, collaborates and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs and readiness for discharge with other members of the care team.

Within scope of job, requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgement and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and take appropriate action.


  • Minimum Required Education: Bachelor's degree in psych or related field.

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The pay range for this position is: $20.87- $27.13 / hour. Pay is dependent on applicant's relevant experience.

UCHealth offers a Five Year Incentive Bonus to recognize employee’s contributions to our success in quality, patient experience, organizational growth, financial goals, and tenure with UCHealth. The bonus accumulates annually each October and is paid out in October following completion of five years’ employment.

UCHealth offers their employees a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package. Some of the many benefits included in this package are full medical, dental and vision coverage; retirement plans; paid time off; employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buy-up coverage options; tuition and continuing education reimbursement; and a full suite of voluntary benefits such as identity theft protection and pet insurance. Our employees and their family members have full access to our Employee Assistance Program, which includes up to 5 free counseling visits and work/life solutions, such as one free legal consultation. In addition, other emotional counseling support is available depending upon their need.

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