Substance Use Counselor - 1563 Adult Outpatient

Job Overview

HealthRIGHT 360 is currently looking to fill a Substance Use Disorder/AOD Counselor position opening at our Adult Outpatient Services program in San Francisco, CA! The ideal candidate has experience working in counseling, case management, substance use disorder treatment, harm reduction, group facilitation, collaborating as part of a team, and partnering with other organizations. In this position you will gain invaluable experience working with a diverse population in a harm reduction and trauma-informed treatment setting as you help clients navigate needed services to reach health and recovery. Sound interesting? Below you will find a more detailed description of some of the duties and requirements for this position.

HealthRIGHT 360 has provided outpatient services for behavioral health disorders since 1985. The San Francisco Outpatient Program is specifically designed for people who struggle with substance use disorders, mental health issue/co-occurring disorders, and criminal justice involvement. The Outpatient Program works with high-risk populations from a variety of backgrounds providing trauma-informed care aimed at reducing the harmful impacts of substance use. Our programs are open and welcoming to adult participants of any gender identity. We accept the majority of participants who seek Outpatient treatment; including walk-in’s, referrals from other agencies, and step-down transitional clients from residential treatment programs. Participants and their counselors work collaboratively to design an integrated, individualized, strengths-based treatment experience geared towards addressing each client’s specific needs and goals. HealthRIGHT 360 adheres to all city, county, state, and federal guidelines regard COVID-19, including social distancing and use of PPE.

The SUD Counselor provides individual substance use disorder counseling and group counseling sessions via telephone, telehealth, and in-person, and completes all required service documentation within internal and external deadlines. The SUD Counselor manages a caseload of clients, providing care coordination and maintaining current and thorough records to support clients in their outpatient participation. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Works as part of an integrated, multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Maintains an assigned caseload of clients seeking substance use treatment and mental health treatment.
  • Conducts assessments, individual counseling sessions, and progress reviews with each client face to face, via phone or telehealth.
  • Utilizes principles of a trauma-informed care and harm reduction to attend to client milieu.
  • Facilitates group counseling sessions focused on substance use recovery, trauma recovery, addressing mental health symptoms, and other personal change topics.
  • Proactively links clients with available internal and external resources to develop/maintain treatment plans, transition plans, progress notes and appropriate updates in support of the health and recovery needs of each caseload client.
  • Attends regular trainings, meetings, and events related to furthering professional development.
  • Responsible for documenting all individual and group counseling sessions.
  • Maintains accurate records by data entering documentation into various electronic systems for all caseload clients in accordance with guidelines established by HealthRIGHT 360 to satisfy internal and external evaluating requirements.


Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Registration with drug and alcohol certification organization recognized by DHCS (CAADE, CCAPP, or CADTP).
  • Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, trauma, harm reduction, as well as criminal justice involvement and other potential barriers to self-sufficiency.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, Teams), video-conferencing applications (Zoom), and ability to navigate multiple applications simultaneously in order to provide and document services.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • First Aid Certified within 30 days of employment.
  • CPR Certified within 30 days of employment.
  • Must not be on parole or probation.


  • Certification with drug and alcohol certification organization recognized by DHCS (CAADE, CCAPP, or CADTP).

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.

Compensation: $40,000.00-$50,000.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: San Francisco, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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