Substance Use Social Worker- Emergency Department

Date: Jun 10, 2021

Location: Indianapolis, US, 46202

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  7511 


Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Varied (Days/Evenings)  


Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.


FLSA Status


Job Role Summary

The Substance Use Social Worker performs assessments, a variety of interventions, and case management services with patients registered in the Emergency Department (ED) with current and/or past substance use. The Substance Use Social Worker will collaborate with ED providers, ED staff and various community agencies in order to obtain needed services for patients.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

•    Assesses Emergency Department patients experiencing or reporting past substance use
•    Completes assessments and creates interventions with patients utilizing stages of change model, motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, and any other relevant social work theories and models appropriate for patient encounter
•    Completes intake for SUD services as appropriate
•    Provides case management services as needed for ED patient
•    Develops a discharge plan for patients from the ED
•    Provides case management and support services to informal supports of patients as permitted
•    Collaborates with inpatient social work to link patients to recovery services and/or develop a harm-reduction focused discharge plan
•    Collaborates with MAT providers and arranges practical follow-up care
•    Collaborates with CIU as needed during patients ED admission to coordinate services
•    Collaborates with SUD providers from Primary Care and SEMHC for referral and follow-up care
•    Practices telehealth appointments as applicable post discharge from the Emergency Department
•    Provides case supervision to Peer Recovery Coaches
•    Completes other tasks as identified 

Job Requirements

•    Master’s Degree in Social Work required.
•    3 years’ mental health/substance use disorder experience preferred
•    Licensed Social Worker (LSW) required; Clinical License Social Work (LCSW) required within 36 months of hire
•    Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) credentialed within 6 months of hire
•    Completion of suboxone waiver course within 3 months of hire
•    Basic knowledge of psychopharmacology for common mental health disorders that is within appropriate scope of practice
•    Experience with evidence-based counseling techniques
•    Valid Indiana Driver’s License

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•    Ability to work with multidisciplinary staff members as a professional team member
•    Ability to analyze problems, identify significant factors, gather pertinent data and recognize solutions
•    Ability to perform duties independently
•    Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively in a team setting
•    Ability to recognize own limitations and seek assistance/guidance from appropriate resources as needed
•    Understanding of and ability to implement a strengths-based, community treatment model
•    Strong interpersonal skills with ability to be both clear and concise in written and verbal communications
•    Advanced knowledge of psychiatric/addiction diagnoses and understanding of their impact on behavior and all life domains 
•    Demonstrates solid knowledge of psychiatric/addiction diagnosis and understands of their impact on behavior and all life domains
•    Demonstrates solid knowledge of psychotropic medications and their uses and side effects
•    Demonstrates a solid knowledge of medication assisted therapy (MAT) and associated medications
•    Willingness and ability to work cooperatively in a multidisciplinary team
•    Ability to interpret and apply complex directives, information and regulations 
•    Crisis intervention skills
•    Leadership and team building ability
•    Experience and training to safely manage therapeutic services to patients and to provide therapeutic services to patients receiving medication assisted treatment
•    Ability to use age appropriate communication skills
•    Ability to work in a fast paced Emergency Department setting
•    Knowledge of federal confidentiality laws related to substance abuse



Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.




Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis