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Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) (Queens)  Jamaica, NY  : 10/6/2022
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The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor (Queens) provides alcohol and substance use disorder counseling services in a residential treatment setting. The SUD Counselor provides comprehensive assessment services to clients who may have a substance use disorder, by applying clinical judgment to determine appropriate treatment needs and levels of care. This includes performing diagnostic assessment, evaluation, intervention, referral and alcoholism and/or substance use counseling in both individual and group settings. Must possesses excellent customer service skills and be able to develop internal and external resources and customer relationships. Salary is $50-55K/YEAR
KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                                                                                   
  • Develops and conducts group, individual, and family counseling on a scheduled basis to caseload clients.
  • Obtains weekly random urine samples according to established protocol.
  • Orients clients about program goals, objectives, rules and regulations, client"s obligations, client"s rights and program operation.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of group work management techniques and uses those techniques appropriately.
  • Completes appropriate service planning and clinical interventions.
  • Completes assigned reports in a timely manner in the Electronic Health Record (EHR), STARS, IMA SAAM, etc.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate documentation.
  • Demonstrates a clinical understanding of the role of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in SUD treatment and is able to facilitate client preferences regarding MAT.
  • Provides education and information to the client about alcohol and drug use.
  • Offers case management services as needed, including but not limited to discharge planning, housing assistance, budgeting instruction, and linkage with community-based service providers and support resources.
  • Maintains and updates referral services and resources that may be useful to the resident population; makes referrals when necessary and appropriate.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings.
  • Participates in Quality Assurance (QA) and Utilization Review (UR) activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • High School Diploma required. Associate/Bachelor Degree preferred. 
  • Valid OASAS CASAC certification, or equivalent counseling degree, certification, and/or license. Candidates with a CASAC-T must obtain full CASAC within 12 months, post hire.
  • Must meet the OASAS Scope of Practice requirements.
  • Trained and certified in naloxone delivery to treat opioid overdose, or trained within 7 days, post hire.
  • Strong leadership, excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work on a strong team of professionals in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to multitask and to work and function under pressure.

*Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer*

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