Substance Abuse Specialist
As a Substance Abuse Specialist, you’ll lead the team in working with persons served to understand how substance use and potentially addictive behavior impacts the person’s health. Your goal will be to help the team develop a plan to address the level of use and the impact of substance use and addictive behavior and the persons’ readiness for change.
The Adult Community Clinical Services Program (ACCS) assists more than 450 adults diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness who have been referred by the Department of Mental Health. This is a clinical program based on the principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, person-centered planning, and the belief that recovery is possible. Persons served may live on their own, in group homes or in North Suffolk owned properties. Each person served works with an Integrated Team that includes licensed clinicians, psychiatrists, nurses, addiction specialists, peer specialists and community support specialists.
What you'll do:
- Work collaboratively with Recovery Coaches to provide teaching and modeling to the teams on addressing substance use concerns.
- Provide direct interventions and supports to persons.
- Refer persons to community treatment and support programs.
- Provide, as needed, individual, group, and family counseling and psychoeducational services regarding addictions.
- Practice evidence based practices including SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change model and Harm Reduction.
- May provide functions of LPHA in the Integrated Team if person possesses LADC-1 licensure level.
- Document each person’s progress in the confidential record according to established methods and procedures.
- Carry out the assigned interventions and action steps of the treatment plan, to people on an individual, group, and family basis in the office and in community settings.
- Teach behavioral symptom-management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms not reduced by medication and to promote personal growth and development by assisting people to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses.
- Provide interventions to assigned persons in GLE settings
What You’ll Need:
- Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (LADC1)preferred.
- LADC-II, CADC and CADC-II may suffice depending on overall experience.
- Previous experience in the provision of clinical or rehabilitative services to adults with substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors required.
- A valid Driver’s license.
- Must be MAP certified and CPR/1st aide certified within the first five months of hire (training provided).
- At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.
How You’ll Stand Out:
- Previous experience in the provision of clinical or rehabilitative services to adults with psychiatric disorders preferred.
- Previous supervisory experience preferred, but not required.
Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits
- Two Weeks’ Vacation per year (Three Weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 10 Paid Holidays per year
- Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
- Employer Paid Life Insurance
- 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
- Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
- Access to Credit Union Banking
- Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
- Employee Referral Bonus Program
- Discounted Movie Tickets
- Comprehensive Training Program
- Internal Advancement Opportunities