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SUD Counselor III - Be Well - Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Date Posted: Sep 05, 2023

Job Description

HealthRIGHT 360 gives hope, builds health, and changes lives for people in need by providing comprehensive, integrated, compassionate care that includes primary medical care, mental health services, and substance use disorder treatment.
HealthRIGHT 360 offers residential treatment services designed to serve individuals and families with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our program helps clients address addiction and related issues, increase skills, manage stressors, connect to supportive service, and build a foundation for lasting recovery. Residential programs run 24/7 and Individual and group therapy, family therapy, individualized case management, treatment planning, drug and alcohol counseling, Medication support services, and crisis intervention.

Benefits and perks:
  • HR360 offers a robust benefits package, including PTO, 15 paid holidays, commuter benefits, retirement plans, and more!
  • Employees qualify for public loan forgiveness programs
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Work with mission driven, compassionate colleagues and make a difference every day in the work that you do.
Job Overview

This is a union position.

The HealthRIGHT 360 Adult Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program at Be Well is located on the Be Well Orange County campus, which brings together mental health care services uniting public, private, academic, and faith-based organizations in a cooperative partnership that helps facilitate communication, bridge gaps, and eliminate barriers to care. The result is a more compassionate system of care that works better for everyone in the community.

The 24/7/365 residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment program provides 3.1, 3.3, and 3.5 ASAM levels of care for males and females, as well as 3.2 withdrawal management. There are 15 beds allocated for 3.1/3.5, 15 beds for 3.3 and 12 beds for 3.2, for a total of 42 beds.

The SUD Counselor III is a certified substance use disorder professional who maintains certification from an approved/accredited California agency. The SUD Counselor III is responsible for facilitating patient education, group and individual counseling sessions. The SUD Counselor III works in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure best possible treatment outcome for the client and provide treatment in accordance with HealthRIGHT 360’s philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision. The SUD Counselor III (Group) facilitates Evidence Based Practices and follows group curriculum to maintain fidelity. Services may be provided in: outpatient office, residential treatment, or the field, based on client and program need. As per the contract, all staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have the most recent booster.

Key Responsibilities

Direct Service:
  • Facilitates patient education, individual and group counseling sessions as assigned by the agency.
  • Completes case management and care coordination activities.
  • Is familiar with group Evidence Based Practices and is able to deliver sessions with fidelity.
  • Follows the group manual and engages in session preparation when needed.
  • Carefully tracks client progress in group to facilitate accurate documentation of clinical services.
  • Provides the clients with orientation to group treatment culture and norms.
  • Facilitates groups in residential, outpatient, or field depending on assignment and agency need.
  • Seeks clinical consultation and supervision when encountering new and/or high-risk clinical circumstance.
  • Works collaboratively with other members of the treatment team including the Case Manager, Clinical Therapist, and Medical.
  • Utilizes trauma informed care while applying motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and evidence-based practices.
  • Assists with client program oversight by ensuring groups start and finish on time and that clients maintain compliance with group attendance and expectations.
  • Meets expected client care hours (productivity expectation is 25 client care hours per week).
Clinical Documentation:
  • Write and complete all progress notes within 72 hours of service delivery.
  • Maintains compliance with due dates for all clinical documentation.
  • Documentation must maintain in compliance with agency policy and procedures, HIPAA, 42-CFR, and DMH standards.
  • Completes all assigned URC’s within a timely matter.
Training, Supervision and Quality Improvement:
  • Maintains full compliance with CCAPP, CAADE or CADTP requirements for registration and certification.
  • Attends and actively participates in assigned Clinical Group Supervision.
  • Actively participates in agency and team meetings.
  • Participates in training opportunities and pursues training in Evidence Based Practices.
  • Communicates collaboratively with all members of the behavioral health team including: medical, mental health, substance use disorder, and other staff.
  • Completes all assigned trainings and Relias trainings in a timely manner.
Professionalism and Other Duties:
  • Arrange work schedule in accordance with the agency’s needs.
  • Attend regular staff meetings and other meetings as assigned.
  • Reads emails daily and responds when appropriate.
  • Completes client UA tests and documents test results.
And, other duties as assigned.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education Requirements:
  • Certification as Substance Abuse Counselor from an approved/accredited California agency.
  • Preferably a minimum of two years’ experience in the human service field and demonstrated expertise in substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention, and recovery.
  • Experience working with clients experiencing acute withdrawal from substances.
  • Knowledge of and experience with providing trauma informed services.
  • Experience delivering evidence-based practices.
Background Clearance Required:
  • Must be able to pass live scan fingerprinting.
  • Must not be on parole or probation for a minimum of two years.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster shots; there are no medical or religious exemptions available for this position.
  • First Aid certified within 30 days of employment.
  • CPR certified within 30 days of employment.
  • Must be able to pass TB test upon hire and annually.
Knowledge Required:
  • Knowledge issues of related to substance abuse, mental health, and criminal background.
  • Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word Outlook and internet applications.
Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative.
  • Strong computer skills, including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Action oriented.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to multitask and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of interdisciplinary team and independently assume responsibility.
  • Strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed.
  • Able to communicate well at all levels of the organization including working with organization leadership and high-level representatives of partner organizations.
  • Able to work within a frequently changing project scope while maintaining overall direction and structured priorities.
  • Bilingual
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

In compliance with the California Department of Public Health's mandate, all employees must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Medical and religious exemptions are available.

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