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SUD Counselor for ROAM Program - Indian Health Council - Valley Center, CA 92082 - Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Date Posted: Nov 29, 2021

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Job Title: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor for ROAM Program

Department: Behavioral Health

Reports To: ROAM Program Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Classification: Regular, Full Time, 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday

Location: Valley Center, CA (and surrounding area)

Funding: Grant (end date is July 2022)

Benefits: Eligible for benefits on date of hire. Low employee contribution for PPO Medical, DPPO Dental and Vision. 403B retirement plan with company matching. Generous PTO & sick time. 13 paid holidays per year plus Employee birthday paid day off. Company paid Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability policies. Bereavement and jury duty paid time off. Eligible for company paid CMU, CEU, licensures. Corporate discount programs. Monthly employee appreciation events. Service award program. Birthday and work anniversary acknowledgments.

We are a Tribal Healthcare organization that gives hiring preference to applicants with Native American blood and/or tribal membership. Preference shall be given in accordance with Indian Health Council's Policies and Procedures upon Indian Preference Application submission and supporting documents.



ROAM (Roaming Outpatient Access Mobile) is a fully mobile mental health clinic that is grant funded. The ROAM SUD Counselor provides outpatient and aftercare services to adult and clients.

The ROAM unit is staffed with a culturally competent Licensed Mental Health Clinician, SUD Counselor and support staff. The ROAM program provides comprehensive services to children and youth with serious emotional disturbances, adults with serious mental illness (e.g. individual/group counseling, medication management, case management, peer and family support, care coordination, and prevention and services as well as Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) screening, referral and linkage. The program will also apply and incorporate relevant cultural practices that are widely accepted and utilized by the Native American communities and are complimentary with traditional western treatment approaches. The target population will be children, youth, families, adults, and older adults of Native American descent living on the various Reservations across San Diego’s rural areas.



Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Provides individual alcohol and/or substance abuse counseling in the ROAM mobile unit or other suitable setting.
  • Performs necessary substance use/abuse assessments. Understanding of ASI and /or ASAM.
  • Treatment plans will be developed and agreed upon by both client and counselor. Treatment plans may also include case management services.
  • Provides group interventions for individuals experiencing alcohol and/or substance use issues as appropriate for the population.
  • Experienced in UDS collection process.
  • Facilitates placement in an adult treatment facility when necessary and as available.
  • Follows client progress through necessary case management.
  • Facilitates needed referrals for clients to internal programs and outside agencies.
  • Maintains continuous review of referrals to assure client’s services are provided in an efficient, expeditious and professional manner.
  • When assigned to a grant funded project will execute objectives as they are established by the grant.
  • Provides community substance abuse prevention education or programs.
  • Counselor will collaborate with other IHC departments and outside agencies for the provision of treatment services.
  • Participates in department development activities, conferences, seminars and workshops programs as directed.
  • Assists with the development of department communication guidelines with outside agencies.
  • Maintains client case files in accordance with both HIPPA and IHC regulations.
  • Drive the 40-foot mobile therapy unit (training will be provided). Train staff in operating the mobile unit by accompanying them on 20 hours of driving; complete daily safety inspection of mobile unit.



This position has no supervisory responsibilities.



Driving a 40-foot mobile unit is required for this position. Must be comfortable and familiar with driving around our service area.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




  • Minimum high school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred.
  • Three (3) years related experience required.




  • Current CAADAC or CCAPP CAADE certification required. LAADC preferred.
  • A valid California driver’s license and a good driving record will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Current CPR certification or attain within 6 months of hire.
  • Applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam, tuberculin skin test or x-ray and urine drug screen test to include marijuana. Health must be adequate to perform all duties of the position.
  • Must pass criminal background check.



  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling techniques.
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral agencies.
  • Knowledge of group dynamics.
  • Knowledge of dual diagnosis
  • Skill in using ASAM/ASI or similar assessment instruments.
  • Skill in interviewing and communicating to elicit information and cooperation from patients.
  • Ability to correctly reflect treatment and document patient's progress.



Must be proficient (or able to learn quickly) the following:

  • Productivity software: Microsoft Office 365, Teams (video conferencing and meetings) and Share Point
  • Electronic health records software (NextGen preferred).
  • San Diego County system (SanWITS) for Medi-Cal billing is preferred.
  • Utilization of Relias Learning, ADP and PolicyTech systems.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents. Possess adequate written and oral language skills to communicate clearly and effectively. Ability to respond appropriately to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to create and deliver effective presentations to public groups, peer groups and/or leadership.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.



Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Ability to apply critical thinking skills to problem solve.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; may frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to drive. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Normal office environment.



  • Responds promptly and with caring actions to patients and employees. Acknowledge psychosocial, spiritual and cultural beliefs and honor these beliefs.
  • Maintain professional working relationships with all levels of staff, clients and the public.
  • Be part of a team and cooperate in accomplishing department/organizational goals and objectives.



1. Displays knowledge of normal signs of human development and ability to assess and provide age-appropriate care.

2. Contribute to the success of the organization by participating in quality improvement activities.


  • Maintain current knowledge of policies and procedures as they relate to safe work practices.
  • Follow all safety procedures and report unsafe conditions.



  • Maintain privacy of all patient, employee and volunteer information and access such information only on a need-to-know basis for business purposes.
  • Comply with all regulations regarding corporate integrity and security obligations.
  • Report unethical, fraudulent, or unlawful behavior or activity.

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