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Substance Abuse Counselor - CCI
Summary
Title:Substance Abuse Counselor - CCI
ID:4064
Department:CCI
Location:253 SE Corrections Way, Lake City, FL 32025
Description
Salary Range: $12.74/hr - $18/hr DOE
Working Hours: 40 hrs week; Mon-Fri; 7:30am-4pm
Non-exempt

*** This position is located at the Columbia Correctional Institute in Lake City, FL ***
 

This is responsible and specialized direct service work with adults.  Clients may have serious mental, emotional, psychological illnesses, be dually diagnosed, be addicted to narcotics, and/or have developmental disabilities.

Work involves responsibility for providing individual, group, family supportive, or crisis counseling; non-clinical treatment services; screening and monitoring clients; work with outside agencies; providing information and referral; assisting clients with their needs/goals through the development of service plans.  Works with individuals who are incarcerated within the State Department of Corrections.  Work also involves working with community resources advocating and linking clients to appropriate services. Employee works under general supervision of the Program Director/Manager/Supervisor, or responsible designated supervisor.  Work is performed in accordance with established policies, procedures, and state and federal regulations.  Work is reviewed through personal consultation, results obtained, discussions, and a review of reports and client service records.

Qualifications
  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in any of the social sciences; and    

      two (2) years of Professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental    

      health counseling; or

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in any unrelated area of study; and three (3) years Professional  experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or
  2. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in any of the social sciences; and one (1) year of Professional  experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or
  3. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in any unrelated area of study; and two (2) years of Professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or
  4. A Ph.D from an accredited college or university in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or
  5. A Ph.D from an accredited college or university in any unrelated area of study; and one (1) year of Professional  experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or
  6. Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJAP), Certified Associate Addictions Professional (CAAP); Certified Criminal Justice Associate Addictions Professional (CCJAAP); or
  7. An Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of Professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or
A High School diploma/GED and six (6) years professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling.
 
  • Good knowledge of mental illnesses, emotional disturbances, addiction, and/or co-occurring disorders and proper treatment techniques.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, methods, practices, and procedures of behavior management and counseling.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic techniques and psychotropic drugs.
  • Ability to conduct individual and group supportive counseling.
  • Ability to assess and monitor clients and develop realistic goals and objectives.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with client, co-workers, professionals, and the general public and other service agencies in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to handle verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and utilize aggression control techniques to ensure the safety and well being of the client, other clients, and employees in the unit.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment.      

Responsibilities
 
  • Assesses clients condition and needs to determine eligibility according to program requirements. Performs initial functional assessment; psychosocial history, mental status exam, financial information, demographics, etc.; performs periodic assessments/updates as needed; determines appropriate services; completes referral forms.
  • Develops a service/treatment plan with client and establishes attainable goals; updates service/treatment plans when required; ensures that plans are current and meet all documentation requirements.
  • Provides group and individual life skills training and activities daily; remains in close contact with clients, parents, counselors, teachers; writes and oversees non-clinical services and activities for clients.
  • Provides competency restoration services as defined by program using a standard developed protocol.
  • Links clients to available resources in the community; provides information and referral; arranges appointments for clients; maintains an up-to-date roster of all community resources.
  • Advocates to obtain services for clients.  Helps clients obtain food, shelter, utilities, etc.; releases to treatment centers; receives complaints and advocates for improved services for clients.
  • Identifies individual client needs and links them to services prior to release from post booking incarceration within local correctional facilities.
  • Monitors service delivery; clients progress; mental and physical well being. Observes behavior patterns; implements behavior modification techniques if required.
  • Performs individual and group supportive counseling in correctional facility; conducts groups regarding daily living skills, self esteem, drug addictions, 12 stepwork, recreation, etc. Conducts collateral counseling with family and significant others.
  • Provides immediate crisis counseling by phone or in person to those with varying degrees of lethality.
  • Conducts pre-admission screening and coordinates discharge plans;  follow-ups with case managers, and treatment teams.
  • Documents all contacts and services provided through service activity notes/logs, attendance rosters, daily log sheets, and other tracking forms; provides updates; completes tracking forms.
  • Plans, conducts and/or attends meetings/hearings as required; staffing meetings; committee meetings; treatment team meetings; peer review; case consultations, clinical risk committee, etc.  Advises, recommends and staffs at various program related meetings; may take minutes.
  • Completes required program reports
  • Communicates verbally and in writing with the public, other service agencies, criminal justice system, pretrial intervention services,  schools, family, and significant others, etc.;  may serve as a liaison or resource person
  • Controls verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and performs aggression control techniques if necessary.
  • Provides suicide and violence assessments and immediate crisis intervention, either in person or by telephone to diffuse potentially life threatening situations and provide appropriate treatment/intervention and follow up to individuals who are in crisis.
  • Maintains an awareness of proper safety procedures and guidelines.
  • Provides group interaction for parental respite.
  • Participates in in-service training.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Makes commitment to SMA’s mission and core values the SMA Way
  • Abides by principles of EEO compliance and a workplace of dignity and respect.
  • Works cooperatively in a group/team setting.
  • Shows respect to others.
  • Takes guidance and direction from supervisors.
  • Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.
SMA Behavioral Health Services, Inc. is a tobacco and drug-free workplace.
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