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Behavioral Health Care Job Openings

Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. (PBH), located in Huntsville, AL, provides behavioral health services for adolescents and their families. PBH programs are accredited by The Joint Commission and its school is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED). Programs serving boys and girls from ages 12 - 18 and grades 6 - 12 include:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Ages 13 - 18
  • Residential Facility, Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP), Ages 12 - 18
  • Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy, Grades 6 - 12

Pinnacle leaders recognized the need for an adolescent IOP that specializes in treating substance use disorders and mental health challenges that often co-occur with substance use. We acknowledge that there are many treatment options available and not every teen requires a residential treatment setting. Some experts believe that if the child is not a safety risk, the least intensive treatment option is the best starting place. Our experience researching insurance has taught us that IOP services are more commonly covered - especially prior to covering residential services. At Pinnacle, we advocate against allowing someone to "hit bottom" or wait until the problem becomes so severe that it is difficult to reverse in a less restricted outpatient setting.

Pinnacle Behavioral Health's Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is licensed by the Alabama Department of Mental Health to provide substance use and mental health services for youth ages 13 - 18. Located at 4812 Commercial Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35816, Pinnacle IOP is staffed with mental health professionals that provide a directive, person-centered approach to therapy that focuses on improving an individual's motivation to change. We recognize that substance use disorders are often a symptom of underlying beliefs, feelings and/or mental health challenges that are difficult for a child to address appropriately. Recognizing and treating core issues that drive negative behaviors is crucial to developing and sustaining healthier and happier lifestyles.

Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) is a therapeutic residential treatment program that specializes in treating individuals with emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse issues. While in our program, boys and girls in grades 6 - 12 continue their education through our accredited, college-prep school located on the 120+ acres in Elkmont, AL.

Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy is designed for any student who has not completed his/her high school courses and wishes to earn a high school diploma.

Pinnacle Behavioral Health (PBH) also provides individual Outpatient Counseling services for children, adolescents and adults. PBH incorporates treatment and intervention techniques to increase the strengths and resources of each client and his or her family. Outpatient counseling is delivered by licensed providers with strong credentials and clinical experience in child, adolescent and adult behavioral health.

If you are considering a career in adolescent counseling, education or nursing, please print and submit the Employment Application at the end of this web page and/or send us your resume. Qualified individuals must pass federal, state and local screenings before employment at one of our programs.

Recreational Therapist

Our residential treatment program, located in Elkmont, AL, has an opening for a Recreational Therapist/Activity Therapist. Elk River Treatment Program was established in 2006 and has since helped thousands of young people struggling with behavioral issues, mental health challenges, substance use and/or learning challenges.

As the Recreational Therapist, you will play a vital role in improving the lives of adolescents through the application of therapeutic recreational activities and programs. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary team to assess client needs, and facilitate therapeutic interventions that promote wellness, personal growth, and overall mental well-being.

• Oversee and facilitate high quality residential activity services for all clients, and provides activities (e.g. team building) for staff as requested.
• Oversee the development of, and ensure the facilitation of, experiential programming (i.e. ropes course, climbing wall, low ropes activities).
• Ensure that comprehensive therapeutic recreation services are scheduled and facilitated.
• Organize and oversee facility-wide activities and events.
• Organize and oversee vocational training programs for clients, as appropriate.
• Plan and implement an activities program including, but not limited to, therapeutic leisure skills and activities, leisure education and leisure awareness.
• Facilitate and lead activity sessions to improve clients' mental and physical well-being.
• Instruct clients in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art, yoga, or relaxation techniques designed to meet their specific needs.
• Engage clients in therapeutic activities, such as exercise and games.
• Help clients learn social skills needed to become or remain independent.
• Perform other functions and tasks as assigned.

Bachelor's (Required)
License/Certification: Certified Recreational Therapist (CTRS)

For more information, contact Elk River Treatment Program's Chief Clinical Officer Penny Baker, LPC-S at 256-518-9998 or 866-906-TEEN (8336).

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Do you want to make a difference in the life of an adolescent? Do you enjoy working with a dynamic team? If you do, then we have a career for you. Pinnacle Behavioral Health has an opening for a full time Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who will be responsible for providing leadership and expertise in the subject area of substance use and substance abuse disorders as part of our interdisciplinary treatment team. Job responsibilities include staff training, program development, assessment, treatment planning, therapy services (group, individual, and family), documentation, case management, and aftercare planning.

Qualifications: Must hold a state certification in substance abuse (CSAC) or equivalent certification and experience working with individuals with substance use disorders. Must be experienced in providing individual and group counseling in addition to working successfully as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team.

Key Responsibilities: Include assessment, treatment planning, documentation of progress in treatment, case management, and coordination of treatment with other entities, transition, discharge and aftercare planning.

The link for employment application is located at the end of this web page. Please complete and email Pinnacle Behavioral Health Chief Clinical Officer Penny Baker, LPC-S at [email protected].

Supervisor - Youth Behavioral Health Specialist

Pinnacle Behavioral Health is seeking a supervisor for the oversight, supervision, and guidance of direct care staff at our 60-bed residential treatment program for adolescents. The supervisor is responsible for assisting the implementation of the behavior management system, the daily schedule, and safety of the program. Supervisors carry out all job responsibilities with fidelity and accountability to the Mission, Vision, Values, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan of Elk River Treatment Program. The ideal candidate will have experience in residential therapeutic treatment and supervision.

Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in the treatment industry and one year supervisory experience. A Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Services field is preferred.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for supervision of the direct care staff in a residential, therapeutic program for boys and girls, ages 12 – 18, with emotional, behavioral, psychiatric and substance abuse issues.
  • Responsible for assisting in the training and supervision of direct care staff.
  • Promotes health, safety and confidentiality of individuals served.
  • Responsible for assisting with the implementation of the behavioral management system, daily schedule and supervision of residents.
  • Provides on call and emergency response support.

The link for employment application is located at the end of this web page. Please email resume to [email protected].

Youth Behavioral Health Specialist

Transform lives and become a role model to boys and girls ages 12 - 18 while receiving some of the best training in the industry. As a youth behavioral health specialist, you will support our young clients by overseeing the implementation of individualized treatment plans, ensuring that residents are safe at all times and supervise daily activities to ensure proper coordination of residents' routines and initiatives. We have day and night shift positions available.

Requirements: Bachelors level degree in Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, or related field. Training/ benefits/Proven history of excellent staff retention.

The link for employment application is located at the end of this web page. Please email resume [email protected].

Registered Nurse

We have an opening for an on-call Registered Nurse at our residential treatment program for adolescents. Elk River Treatment Program is located on 120+ acres in Elkmont, AL.

Requirements: Graduate of an approved School of Nursing, current State License, four years nursing experience minimum. Work with adolescents as a School Nurse, in Emergency Departments, or General Medicine preferred but not required. Good communication and computer skills required. Behavioral Health Care experience a plus but not required.

Please send your questions or resume to our medical staff director at [email protected].

Application for Employment

Unless otherwise specified in the employment ad, please download and complete this application before emailing it along with a cover letter to [email protected]. Download application