RCA Unveils Push to Hire Nearly 700 Behavioral Health Workers

Recovery Centers of America (RCA) announced plans Wednesday to fill nearly 700 positions across six states.

Based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, RCA is a substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider with 10 inpatient treatment centers, eight outpatient facilities and five opioid treatment programs across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Indiana and Chicagoland.

The positions span a variety of specialties and locations, with jobs available at at least 10 RCA facilities and its corporate headquarters, according to a press release announcing the news.

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Most of the new jobs are for skilled positions. Examples include registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed therapists, licensed practical nurses, psychiatric nurse practitioners and counselors. The company is also looking to add a substantial number of recovery support specialists who will assist patients with their daily living, as well as helping to support the provider’s nursing and medical staff.

Hundreds of the available positions are the result of recent expansion by RCA. For example, it’s hiring 94 workers at its suburban Chicago facility in St. Charles, Illinois, which opened in September, as well as 81 at its Indianapolis location, which opened in December.

The hiring push comes amidst a spike in overdose deaths due to substance use disorder (SUD), in addition to a rise nationwide in individuals experiencing anxiety and depression since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year.

More than 81,000 people died from illicit drugs like fentanyl in the 12-month period ending in May 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number is the highest ever recorded for SUD overdose fatalities during a 12-month span.

The number of people seeking treatment at RCA facilities last year significantly increased from 2019, according to company CEO and founder Brian O’Neill

Speaking to Behavioral Health Business in November, O’Neill said that the number of patients across the company’s business lines had increased nearly 300%. Additionally, 2020 saw the company expand into the Midwest and start a digital health network to meet new patient demand.

“My philosophy was to be in-network, to be in the neighborhood, to answer the phone in one ring or less and to help patients,” O’Neill told BHB during the November interview. “And I wanted to enable patients to go down the street to our behavioral hospitals in exactly the same way they would to treat strep throat or a broken arm.”

The newly announced positions are a mix of full-time and part-time. In addition to clinical positions, RCA’s corporate office is looking to fill positions in the executive, finance, recruitment, compliance, operations and contact center specialists realms.

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