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Safer Foundation

Location: ChicagoIL 60612 Document ID: AD096-002A Posted on: 2019-03-1203/12/2019 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: Not Specified2019-04-11

Substance Use Counselor

The Safer Foundation is a social service provider to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, including case management, educational instruction and advocacy, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment.

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Substance Use Counselor
Chicago, IL 60612

General Summary:
Reporting to the Clinical Director, this position will be a critical component to the successful launching of substance use and mental health outpatient treatment services within Safer's community sites, starting with the location of 808 S. Kedzie. The Substance Use Counselor will be a key member of the treatment team providing assessments, treatment planning, and counseling to clients referred for services, as well as contributing to the overall design, start-up, and implementation of services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct assessments using standardized assessment tools
  • Based on assessment results, provide appropriate referral to other service providers inside and outside of Safer
  • Develop treatment plans that are appropriate to the needs of the individual
  • Facilitate individual and group counseling sessions with clients; possibly evening groups
  • Provide group education
  • Complete clinical documentation and progress notes in a timely manner consistent with contract requirements, agency, state, and federal guidelines
  • Complete individualized treatment plans for each client within guidelines set
  • Complete treatment plan reviews for each client at least monthly
  • Administer, interpret and document urine analysis drug testing
  • Adhere to agency policy and procedures
  • Maintain high standards of professional and ethical conduct
  • Complete training and/or quality assurance activities within given time-frames
  • Establish and maintain a good working relationship with community stakeholders/referral sources
  • Complete discharge, discharge assessments and discharge summaries for each client
  • May serve as back-up for treatment staff inside the Adult Transitional Centers

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests, learning and motivation; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for treatment and rehabilitation of substance abuse
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics and societal trends and influences
  • Computer/Technology Literate: knows how to leverage the internet and computer applications to obtain information
  • Experience using electronic health record systems to document services and progress notes. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience using CareLogic
  • Skilled in active listening and conveying information to others effectively
  • Skilled in critical thinking, judgment and decision-making
  • Experience in and passion for program design and implementation
  • In-depth knowledge of ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and the CANS, ANSA, or IM-CANS assessment(s)
  • In-depth practical knowledge of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2
  • Knowledge of Rule 2060 governing substance use treatment services in Illinois; Knowledge of Rule 132 is a plus
  • Knowledge of Medicaid-reimbursement requirements as they relate to service delivery
  • Knowledge of Medicaid managed care

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in a human service discipline (counseling, psychology, criminal justice, etc.) with 2 years providing substance use in an outpatient setting. Individuals who also have experience providing mental health assessments and therapy will be given special consideration.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • CADC certification required
  • LPC or LSW is a plus

Safer Foundation is a drug-free workplace.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Veterans
No Phone Calls Please

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