Job Title: Intensive Alcohol and Drug Specialist
Reports To: Counseling Department Clinical
Classification: Exempt, Program
Position Time: 1.0 FTE
The Intensive Alcohol and Drug Specialist, CADCIII, (A&DS) works as a member of a DHS treatment team providing evidence-based substance abuse treatment, case management and recovery support services. The Intensive Alcohol and Drug Specialist will work collaboratively with DHS caseworkers and staff to ensure that families maintain linkages with all the community support services needed by and available to the family. Additionally, upon referral by Department of Human Services (DHS), the Intensive Alcohol and Drug Specialist may be asked to accompany the Child Welfare caseworker in making the home assessment and/or provide screening and assessment services to the parent and family simultaneously with DHS as it conducts child and family risk assessments and evaluates other related safety and risk factors. The A&DS may be asked to screen and assess the parent and family to determine any impact that substance abuse issues may have had relative to the Child Protective Services (CPS) referral and on the family dynamic in general.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participate in direct treatment of clients as program policies protocols dictate.
- Conduct interviews to evaluate the client’s eligibility to A&D program; develop treatment plan with client as appropriate.
- Will provide crisis stabilization services to help address substance abuse issues within the family, working in conjunction with the DHS team to secure alcohol and drug assessments and link clients to ongoing alcohol and drug treatment service providers.
- Will be embedded at a DHS office, but be willing to meet individuals and families in their homes, community setting, emergency departments, or treatment facilities.
- Upon referral by DHS, the Intensive Alcohol and Drug Specialist may be asked to accompany the Child Welfare caseworker in making the home assessment and/or provide screening and assessment services to the parent and family simultaneously with DHS as it conducts child and family risk assessments and evaluates other related safety and risk factors.
- The A&DS may be asked to screen and assess the parent and family to determine any impact that substance abuse may have had relative to the Child Protection Services (CPS) referral and on the family dynamic in general. In these cases, written and detailed reports will be provided to DHS within three calendar days of conducting the screening and assessment, and shall include, among other relevant items, recommendations for treatment and any other recommendations for service.
- In certain situations and upon assignment by DHS, the A&DS may screen and assess the parent and family in the home separate from the DHS response to determine the impact that substance abuse has had on the family dynamic – the report of which may be included by DHS as part of the CPS assessment process. These screening and assessments will be conducted and completed within three calendar days of receiving the referral from DHS and the written reports including recommendations for treatment and other services will be submitted to DHS within three calendar days of completing the screening and assessments.
- Screening, assessment and recommendation for treatment and other services will be based upon the level of care criteria as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and any applicable rule promulgated by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) or other state, local or federal agencies with such rule authority.
- Work collaboratively with the NWFS Health Navigation staff on the overall project deliverables.
- When necessary, be willing to respond to subpoenas.
- Develop strong connections with referral sources for community social services, mental health, healthcare, and provide referrals as needed.
- May provide education to groups of clients, including recovery, and prevention services.
- Prepare individuals for a seamless transition into residential and recovery A & D services.
- Attend clinical staff meetings, case conferences, and DHS meetings in order to facilitate individual treatment plans for clients.
- Maintain client records following HIPAA for the purpose of evaluation and program planning.
- Maintains accurate, complete, and concise client files, including assessment forms, clinical notes, payment records, insurance records, and other related paperwork according to department protocols.
- Participates in clinical and program supervision as required including working with the Medical Director.
- Effectively communicate about NWFS, its mission, and programs to community partners and participants. Utilize NWFS communication plan. Document programs and activities for representation on behalf of Northwest Family Services to the broader community, including, but not limited, to the news media and social media.
- Provide all monthly reports in a timely manner as prescribed in the work plan.
- Additional duties as assigned
- Must be committed to organizational mission and fiscal responsibility.
- Comply with all NWFS policies and procedures.
- Receives Clinical Supervision as defined by the Department of Human Services Addictions and Mental Health Division Integrated Services and Supports rules; (309-019-0125)
- Specific Staff Qualifications and Competencies
- Clinical Supervisors in all programs must demonstrate competence in leadership, wellness, oversight and evaluation of services, staff development, service planning, case management and coordination, utilization of community resources, group, family and individual therapy or counseling, documentation and rationale for services to promote intended outcomes and implementation of all provider policies.
- Accept the guidance and supervision of the Health Department Supervisor, the A&D Clinical Director, DHS Supervisor, and the Executive Director in the spirit of establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship.
Skills and Abilities:
- Training and experience related to counseling/treatment principles for individual, family and group counseling; adolescent development; family systems theory, and treatment/intervention.
- Incorporate a trauma-informed approach whenever working with families.
- Knowledge of current best practice treatment for members and their family members needing addiction intervention and/or treatment services.
- Knowledge of legal requirements for reporting abuse and maintaining confidentiality.
- Working knowledge of accepted best practice protocols and ethical guidelines and behaviors for counselors, as identified by licensing and /or Certifying Boards
- Ability to assess, diagnoses, and treat youth and families
- Able to discern appropriate expressions of feelings in group and 1:1 situations
- Understand difficulties and barriers individuals need to overcome for behavioral change
- Familiar with DSM-V diagnoses and implications for treatment
- Understand pharmacological effects on brain chemistry and development
- Apply ASAM/HIPAA & 42CFR policies to case management and charting
- Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor III (CADC III) as certified by the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO).
- Ability to identify dual diagnosis.
- Must have experience in chemical dependency treatment and demonstrate a working knowledge of evidence-based treatment.
- Able to work a flexible, non-traditional work schedule that will include evening and weekend work periods and willing to conduct home visits.
- Demonstrated knowledge of community and social service agencies.
- Knowledge and skills in chemical dependency treatment methods and crisis intervention.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in counseling and case management techniques with individuals and groups.
- Must pass a pre-employment background check and drug test.
- Must adhere to agency’s policies.
- Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, cultural backgrounds, life-styles, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity.
- Bilingual, bi-cultural English and Spanish preferred, but not required
- Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.
- Ability to multi-task
- Proven ability to follow through
- Works well with others
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office
- Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance
- High energy, self-directed, organized
Able to work a flexible, non-traditional work schedule that will include evening and weekend work periods and will to conduct home visits. Work is performed typically in an office environment and involves periodic use of a computer and phones.
Salary: $21.65 to $23.55 per hour depending on experience
Benefits: Major health and dental insurance, matching 401k, vacation/personal leave.
**Hiring Bonus $1,000.00**
Mail or email NWFS application, cover letter, and resume to:
Northwest Family Services
6200 SE King Rd.
Portland, OR 97222