SUD Counselor

Job Overview

The Correctional Health Services - Substance Use Disorder (CHS-SUD) program is a collaboration between the Department of Public Heath - Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (DPH-SAPC), the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD), and the Department of Health Services (DHS), and establishes in-custody substance use disorder treatment services at Century Regional Detention Facility (female general population) and Twin Towers Correctional Facility (co-occurring mental health needs).  The CHS-SUD program is built upon evidence-based treatment models that address such issues as substance abuse , trauma, risk for criminal recidivism, and relapse prevention. The program addresses the varied needs of the inmate population, by offering programming focused on SUD education, treatment services with different levels of care, including individual and group counseling services, case management, and community reintegration. 

 

Key Responsibilities

Responsible for alcohol/drug use assessments, individualized treatment plans for SUD participants, and delivery of treatment services for participants involved in the CHS-SUD program.

  • Part of the multi-disciplinary team, under the supervision of the Clinical Director and/or Program Manager.
  • Responsible for alcohol/drug use assessments, individualized treatment plans for SUD participants, and delivery of treatment services for participants involved in the CHS-SUD program.
  • May facilitate SUD education and treatment counseling in the forms of individual & group counseling sessions and SUD brief interventions.
  • Develops and promotes interest in the substance abuse and/or mental health fields by speaking before community groups or coordinating speakers or resource persons.
  • Monitors and documents participant progress in substance abuse/mental health recovery. Consults with the Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor on content and process of counseling.
  • Maintains a caseload as required by the funding agency.
  • Maintains records according to HIPAA and 42 CFR, adheres to all participant confidentiality requirements and standards.

 

  • Treatment Planning: Develops an individualized treatment plans for SUD participants, and delivery of treatment services for participants involved in the CHS-SUD program. Evaluating needs and developing a comprehensive treatment plan. Updates treatment plan as participant’s progress through phases of treatment. Part of the multi-disciplinary team, under the weekly supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and/or Program Manager.
  • Caseload Responsibilities: Holds regular individual and group counseling sessions with participants. Encourages participants to capitalize on strengths, develop coping skills and make like changes. Provides assistance with behavior modification through teaching and encouraging participants to utilize program tools. Evaluates participant progress.
  • Administration and Compliance: Acquires a clear understanding of EBI program elements provided to the participant population and blends and overlays beneficial elements of the CHS-SUD program. In accordance with guidelines established by HealthRIGHT 360 to satisfy internal and external administrative demands and other evaluating agencies, maintains up to date, accurate paperwork on all participants. Maintains a caseload as required by the funding agency. Maintains participant records according to HIPAA and 42 CFR, adheres to all participant confidentiality requirements and standards.
  • Clinical Responsibilities: Maintains safe and gender responsive program environment. Facilitates specialized groups, substance abuse education, relapse prevention and cognitive skill building classes, and workshops. Takes responsibility for all participants as unforeseen situations arise. Communicates with participants’ primary counselors verbally through the staff log. Monitors and documents participant progress in substance abuse/mental health recovery. Consults with the Clinical Supervisor and/or Program Manager on content and process of counseling.

And, other duties as assigned.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience

Required:

-2 years of experience

-High School Diploma/GED

- Certifcation from a recognized organization, agency, or Board evidencing training and expertise in areas appropriate to and related to CHS program elements (CAADA, CCAADE, or CADTP)

Desired:

-Bachelor’s Degree in related field  

Background Clearance

Required:

-Must not be on active parole or probation 

Knowledge

Required:

-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

Skills and Abilities

Required:

- Ability to enter data into various electronic systems while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the data

- Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative

-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

Desired:

-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

Compensation: $19.00-$21.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Status: CA
Benefits: HealthRight 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: Los Angeles
Hours/wk: 40

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