Substance Use Disorder Counselor - Solano County Probation

Job Overview

The Solano County Probation substance use disorder counselor is responsible for providing substance use treatment services clients who are under the supervision of the Solano County Probation Department.  Counselors will adhere to the curriculum provided by the department for those clients referred to the Center for Positive Change, an internal program for transitioning the criminal justice involved population.

Key Responsibilities

Individual Treatment Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a case load of 12-36 clients.
  • Facilitates group counseling sessions and teaches classes according to specified curriculum topics.
  • Facilitates individual counseling sessions with each client on case load.
  • AOD counselor will offer clinical support and counseling to assist clients in meeting their treatment goals including providing feedback, setting boundaries and celebrating successes.
  • Conduct and participate in case conferences for each client assigned to caseload.
  • Attend required trainings and meetings.
  • Maintains appropriate boundaries to ensure the adherence to the identified safety and security of a criminal justice setting.
  • Collaborates with CPC case managers in all areas of client care.
  • Proactively links clients to both internal and external resources based on their treatment needs and follows up on the progress/status.

Documentation Responsibilities:

  • Properly documents all individual and group counseling sessions and completes the discharge paperwork/process and required agency assessments in a timely manner.
  • Works with clients and other available internal and external resources to develop/maintain treatment plans, progress notes and appropriate updates in support of health and recovery needs of the client.
  • Maintains accurate records by data entering documentation into various electronic systems for all caseload clients in accordance with guidelines established by HealthRIGHT360 to satisfy internal and external evaluating requirements.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • The Certified AOD counselor shall possess and Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a granting institution accredited by the WASC or equivalent and/or high school diploma or equivalent; and a minimum of three (3) years full time experience of counseling duties with a criminal justice populations in a substance abuse program; and have a Certified AOD Counselor Certification by an agency approved and recognized by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). 
  • A valid California driver’s license.
  • Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Outlook and Internet applications.
  • Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, criminal background and other potential barriers to economic self-sufficiency.
  • Ability to enter data into various electronic systems while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the data.
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability.
  • Able to pass extensive background check for clearance to the facility.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • 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.
  • Must not be on active parole or probation.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
  • Relevant experience working in residential settings.
  • Experience working with a criminal justice population.
  • Application of Gender Responsive and Trauma Informed principles and interventions.
  • Knowledge of co-occurring disorders and trauma informed treatment.
  • Knowledge of Clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.).
  • Experience working with criminal justice population.
  • Bilingual.
  • Will need to pass probation clearance during hiring process.
Compensation: $42,000.00-$50,000.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: Fairfield, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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