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Substance Use Disorder Counselor

at MAAC Project

Posted: 1/11/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2018-CV-HM-RH-AD-006

Job Description

Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Job Code:2018-CV-HM-RH-AD-006
Department:Health Services & Healthy Homes
Location:Administration - Chula Vista, CA
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Range16.45-20.96

Under direct supervision, the Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) is responsible for assisting with the case management of individuals who have been referred to the program to receive treatment services provided by the MAAC Health & Wellness Program. The incumbent will provide evidence-based, gender specific substance abuse related groups in a structured, safe and sensitive setting. The SUDC assists participants in completing treatment plan goals through group facilitation that includes, but is not limited substance abuse recovery skills, strategies for coping with trauma, parenting interventions, family relationship skill building, enhancement of educational skills, health awareness, vocational development, etc., based on participant need. Responsible for delivery of program orientation, coordinated case management, substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention and cognitive skill building classes/process groups, milieu management and crisis intervention when needed. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Conducts Intakes; Creates Discharge Plans, Initial Needs Assessments and Treatment Plans in a professional manner and within the time guidelines as required by the applicable county and/or state regulations, guidelines and MAAC policies.
  • Conducts and facilitates one-on-one and group counseling sessions and workshops for residents on a variety of subjects, including drug and alcohol education, domestic violence, psychological and physiological effects of substance use and addiction, health education, self-esteem, anger management, relapse prevention, eating disorders and AA/NA step studies.
  • Administers the Addiction Severity Index (ASI); evaluates patients and prioritizes severity of problems/issues initially and on an ongoing basis.
  • Determines clinical necessity of counseling services based on the clinical assessment and evaluation of the client.
  • Conducts new clients’ orientations to the program including an overview of rules, policies, procedures and patients’ rights.
  • Includes clients in their own assessments, evaluations, Treatment Plans and the Clinical Severity Index (CSI), providing the clients with a sense of responsibility toward their own recovery.
  • Participates in client’s case-conferences; and provides referrals to community resources.
  • Performs and participates in Quality Assurance activities.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of all client information in compliance with guidelines and follows all Codes of Conduct.
  • Accurately records all sessions for appropriate billing.
  • Transports clients to appointments as needed.
  • Logs, dispenses and disposes of prescribed medications for residents.
  • Attends trainings required to meet certification, registration, and/or Medi-cal standards to include, but not limited to: ASAM trainings, Motivational Interviewing, Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Maintains compliance with the requirements for continuing education hours and/or units (CEH or CEU) as determined by the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and/or other regulatory agencies.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Comprehensive understanding of alcoholism and drug abuse.
  • The Twelve Step programs including Al-anon, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
  • The principles of case management in a social model, inpatient treatment setting.
  • California state code, rules and regulations and general policies and procedures pertaining to residential recovery programs.
  • Community and social service needs of low-income people and relevant community resources.
  • General office administration practices and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication.
  • Standard business software, including Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, databases, and use of the internet.
Ability to:
  • Effectively conduct individual interviews and facilitate group discussions.
  • Accurately assess individual dependency problems and develop treatment goals/objectives.
  • Effectively communicate orally to work effectively with program participants, program staff, diverse government agency representatives and community groups.
  • Work a variable schedule including evenings and weekends as assigned.
  • Graduation from High School or GED AND one year of college-level education that includes the satisfactory completion of at least 12 semester units of alcohol and drug studies, psychology, counseling, social work, or a related field.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in providing counseling services to persons with alcohol and/or drug problems AND one (1) year of experience (2,080 total hours) of full or part time, compensated or uncompensated, with a recovery program in a social service setting.
  • Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor (AOD) Registered from a California State approved program.
  • First Aid and CPR training and certification must be obtained within thirty (30) days of hire and maintained throughout employment.
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) preferred.
  • Valid California Drivers’ License and an acceptable driving record.

  • Listens attentively to others.Asks clarifying questions to gain a better understanding of the other person’s views and underlying assumptions
  • Works effectively in a team environment and actively participates in joint problem solving; willingly cooperates with co-workers
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Attends work consistently and punctually.Arrives to meetings prepared and on time; honors work commitments; follows through on what was agreed upon; meets deadlines
  • Honors the private and confidential matters of co-workers.Protects the proprietary information of MAAC systems
  • Follows rules, regulations, and policies; positively contributes to implementing changes
  • Deals with issues directly, in a respectful and timely manner. Focuses on resolving the issue while not criticizing the person.


Must have a physical examination, drug test and TB clearance as required by state and federal regulations by a doctor/clinic designated by MAAC prior to the first day of employment.


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

Union Membership ( if applicable):

This position is represented by Service Employees International Union, Local 221, CTW. Dues/deductions begin after 30 days of employment.

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