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AOD Support Staff II Registered MC Positive Steps - Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Date Posted: Nov 17, 2022

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Full-timeEstimated: $32,000 - $45,000 a year1 day ago
  • Health insurance
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Addiction counseling
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • EHR systems
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Associate's degree
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About Us:
Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Inc. (SCADP) was established in 1972 in a grassroots effort by community members seeking alternatives to prison for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). SCADP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing residential treatment services and outpatient counseling services to individuals throughout Los Angeles. Offering services with a continuum of care to underserved and disadvantaged populations.


Southern California Alcohol & Drug Programs provide Residential and Outpatient Treatment for adults age 18 and over with a substance-use disorder. Our services engage in an evidence-based trauma-informed care model of utilizing cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. Program emphasis includes instruction on developing coping and life skills allowing each individual to maintain a healthy, productive lifestyle and overcome the stress and barriers to successful daily living. We provide wrap-around services including assessments, individualized treatment planning, group and individual therapy, group and individual counseling, case management and linkage to community resources. All potential beneficiaries must have or qualify for Medi-Cal or My Health LA health coverage and reside in Los Angeles County. Our program services are provided in a multicultural setting with individuals of diverse ethnicities and lifestyles.

Positive Steps is a 47 bed facility serving the male population for substance abuse treatment in a residential setting for 30 to 120 days.


In training to be an AOD counselor, the AOD Support Staff II, Registered - MC provides services to beneficiaries participating in treatment while monitoring the program premises for safety and security. The Support Staff II participates in group counseling sessions and crisis management, has completed the education required to achieve certification, and is accumulating the work hours required. Monitors clients’ self-administration of prescribed medication, has knowledge of withdrawal symptoms and the ability to assist or call for required aid in crisis situations, under supervision of a certified AOD Counselor or licensed therapist.

Meets annual registration renewal requirements and submits annual renewal of Registration until Certification is earned.


Under guidance and supervision of a Certified AOD Counselor, the Support Staff II learns alcohol and drug counseling functions including screening, assessment, and intake; collects specimen from clients for drug and alcohol screening in accord with organization Policy and Procedures.
Collaborates with case manager and therapist to assist treatment and other plans; assists in required intervention; participates in group and educational sessions
Completes discharge and transition plans and completes required Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Monitors client self administration of prescribed medication, keeps required treatment records and shift reports
Transports program participants in the company vehicle to offsite appointments, as needed.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE MONITORING: The front door to the facility is the only permitted entrance and exit for participants, partners, vendors, visitors or any other persons. In collaboration with program specialist and other treatment staff, the Support Staff II will observe and maintain entrance and surrounding property to permit only authorized persons entry (as per program guidance), in order to guard against theft and maintain security of premises. Program monitor will review and ensure all beneficiaries leaving or returning to premises sign in and out according to program policy

Support Staff II search all participants’ belongings being brought into the Program each time a participant enters, including their pockets, while monitoring for any signs of substance use or bringing contraband into the program. This is a critical step in ensuring the safety and security of everyone. It is important to treat every participant with equal dignity and professionalism every time they are screened
Monitor premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of the program by walking the floor and monitoring surroundings when outside accompanying beneficiaries and making reports as needed

While monitoring premises and assisting clients, observe Program premises to ensure safe operations; report and correct any spills, unsafe working conditions, or defective equipment.
Know location of fire exits, be prepared to assist participants in case of any emergency.
Monitor clients and conduct room checks; maintain records of client compliance of program rules, report to clinical/case management staff, assist clinical/case management staff as required
Call Police or Fire Department in cases of emergency, such as fire, medical or psychiatric issues, or presence of unauthorized clients/persons

As a non-profit agency, SCADP must utilize all limited resources effectively and protect from theft loss or damage to the Program’s assets. Report all suspicious events to direct supervisor.
Responsible to complete written reports and incidents logs of daily activities and irregularities, such as: unusual occurrences, equipment or property damage, theft, and presence of unauthorized persons

Learn, understand and practice the professionalism expected – Put clients’/participants’ needs first

Answer telephones and take messages for clients and staff, monitor doors and greet visitors.
Maintain office housekeeping; verifies all common areas, laundry areas and restrooms are clean and disinfected & fully operational
Monitor and records client self-administration of medication in accordance with organization Policies and Procedures
As required by the Program, assist Program staff during provision of services to clients/participants, including meal preparation/serving, set-up for classes, meetings, recreation, and other Program events
Inputs required data to computer systems and logs (EHR and other databases as required)
Other duties that may arise to support the Program mission and goals

Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
Must be able to work flexible schedule especially during the evenings and weekends as required

High School diploma or GED
Registered and in good standing in an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification program by an approved accrediting organization (CCAPP, CADTP or CADEE)
Completed statutory AOD coursework requirements

1 year of experience in mental health or substance abuse treatment

Knowledge of substance use disorder and family dynamics related to substance abuse

Basic Microsoft operating system skills: Outlook, Office, Word, and Excel
Database Experience

Knowledge of substance use disorder and family dynamics related to substance abuse
Effective English written and oral communications skills
Ability to monitor self-administration of medication and complete forms for compliance
Ability to observe withdrawal symptoms and (under supervision of Certified AOD Counselor) provide needed therapy, complete records for compliance
Ability to complete end of shift report
Ability to manage crisis situations
Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients
Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards

Patient, able to be a calming influence in stressful situations
Culturally sensitive and competent

AA or higher degree in related field
Completed modules 1 and 2 of ASAM
Experience with Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Bi-lingual in Spanish and English (written and verbal)
Understanding of harm reduction (non-abstinence) approach with participant substance use
Willing to work with substance abuse clients, that may have mental health, LGBTQ and/or HIV/AIDS concerns

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Inc. (SCADP) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify as required by the federal government and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.

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