Starting salaries are assigned considering the applicant’s qualifications and experience measured against internal factors; the successful applicant is typically appointed at the beginning steps of the salary range.
The Alcohol and Drug Counselor 1 provides professional Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) evaluation, treatment, referral, and monitoring services. The Drug and Alcohol Counselor 1 position requires a CADC 1 (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor 1), and it provides services within the scope of that certification. This position works as part of a treatment team and provides SUD services to adult individuals who are diagnosed with a Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). Clients live in the community; their needs have not been well met by more traditional services. The position also provides services to teens and adults who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis.
- Provide screening and assessment in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. Evaluate and screen clients in accordance with procedures and policy guidelines; verify personal information and records; determine level of care, education and treatment. Make referrals as necessary.
- Provide individual, group and family therapy services as appropriate.
- Coordinate client placement into residential treatment and/or transitional housing as necessary.
- Performs joint case planning and coordination in substance abuse treatment and prevention issues with other community agencies such as schools; group homes; community corrections and detention facilities; community hospitals; and other Department of Human Services programs.
- Provide timely and accurate clinical documentation utilizing Agency clinical software system; this includes treatment records, service plans, progress notes and other required documentation. Maintain the integrity of the electronic records system within the scope of practice.
- Provide screening and participate in the treatment of mental health issues. Actively participate in joint case planning and coordination with internal multi-disciplinary team and agency psychiatrists.
- Regular and reliable attendance.
- Participate in all team and agency meetings as scheduled.
Any qualifying combination of education, licensure and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying. This would typically include:
- Certification as CADC 1, OR
- Documented equivalence to CADC 1 certification standards (i.e. 1,000 hours supervised experience in substance abuse counseling, 150 contact hours of education and training in alcoholism and drug abuse related topics as required by ACCBO, and [if recovering] 2 years of sobriety) AND ability to achieve a passing score on the NCAC 1 national certification exam within 60 days of hire.
- Work experience in a behavioral health service milieu and knowledge of SPMI populations is preferred.
- Bilingual fluency Spanish/English is desirable.
- Must pass all criminal history check requirements as required by ORS 181.536-181.537 and in accordance with OAR 407-007-0200 to 407-007-0370.
- Must possess a valid Oregon or Washington Driver’s license, maintain an acceptable driving record, and be insurable for client service purposes and for travel between business offices, meetings and/or trainings. The successful applicant must be able to be approved to provide transportation for clients using Agency vehicles.