Admission and Referral Specialist

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We continue our commitment to raise the bar on the quality of behavioral health care provided to those in our community who suffer from mental illness. Finding the best people to join our team is crucial in meeting our goals. If you thrive in a team environment and you want to contribute to the safe and efficient flow of patients, join us as we build an integrated, qualified team dedicated to behavioral health.


In collaboration with Unity Center leadership, Crisis Intervention and Social Work teams, we’ll rely on you to coordinate details to ensure an effective patient discharge . Your exemplary work will reflect the values of teamwork, respect and compassion, effective use of resources, and initiative that are inherent to an organization committed to making life better for others.


Unity Center for Behavioral Health is a 24-hour behavioral and mental health services center located in the greater Portland metropolitan area. We provide immediate psychiatric care and a path to stabilization and recovery for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.  Unity Center offers mental health treatment to adults and adolescents aged 9 to 17.  We also have the only emergency department specifically for behavioral health emergencies in Oregon. The Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) serves adults 18 and older.  We believe in a trauma informed approach to assessment and treatment.  For more information, please visit our website:  . 



Receives and coordinates all inquiry and hospital-based referrals for Unity Center for Behavioral Health.  Coordinates and helps prioritize admission to Unity Center programs (PES, Adult Inpatient and Child and Adolescent Inpatient).  Maintains on-going communication with Unity Center unit leadership and house supervisor regarding bed availability, bed placement, and service capacities. Maintains accurate records of referral and admission documentation.  Performs health plan eligibility, benefits, initial authorization, and concurrent insurance reviews.  




BS/BA in a Behavioral Science field or equivalent experience, required.  Preferred:  Master’s degree in Behavioral Health field with Oregon licensure. 



Minimum of three years’ experience in a psychiatric setting.  Preferred experience working with adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations with either intake, triage, ED or inpatient experience.



Demonstrated computer skills including word processing and database.

Demonstrated professional behavior and relationships with ability to maintain confidentiality within the work setting.

Ability to foster high morale among staff.

Knowledge of crisis assessment/intervention; medical necessity, insurance verification.

Communicates professionalism by appearance, verbal communication skills, actions and self-development.

Exercises judgment and discretion.

Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic health systems applicable to job functions.



Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action


Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled

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