Chemical Dependency Counselor 1, Crisis Team/Hawthorn Walk-In Center 178

LifeWorks NW's Hawthorn Walk-In Center provides crisis intervention with people who are experiencing mental health or substance use concerns.

The Chemical Dependency Counselor 1 position provides screening and referral for substance use disorder treatment services and transitional case management while individuals engage in on-going substance use disorder services.  Services will be provided at both the Hawthorn Walk-In Center and by mobile response in the community.  Responsible for screening, service coordination and referral, brief crisis counseling, short term support to individuals while engaging in substance abuse treatment services.  Consultation and coordination with treatment providers as needed to support referrals to services.

Location: Hillsboro, OR

Days/Hours: This job posting is for full-time position, working 40 hours per week. Tuesday through Saturday.  9:30am - 6:00 pm.

Pay/Benefits: $19.80 to $21.18 per hour. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities: (These responsibilities must be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • Responsible for screening assessments including initial intake interview, formulating a substance use diagnosis, identifying appropriate referrals for treatment services. 
  • Observe and evaluate individual's behavior, social development, and physical health and motivation and readiness for treatment.
  • Identify and diagnose substance use disorders, using information obtained from interviews, records, and reference materials. 
  • Develop a plan to connect the individual to substance use disorder services and an interim plan for the person to access support between the time of screening and the date the person can be admitted to treatment. Plan will be based on individuals' interests, abilities, strengths and clinical needs. .
  • Provide accurate screenings for mental health, health, gambling, suicide ideation, trauma and domestic violence issues, and make referrals to appropriate services providers as necessary.
  • Provide referral services to individuals and their families, e.g., residential services, health care, mental health services, community resources, recovery support services, etc.
  • Counsel individuals or families, using evidence-based treatment practices, to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
  • Notify individual, of diagnosis and initial treatment recommendations in a timely manner, complete written narrative of the screening assessment, obtain necessary authorizations for disclosure.
  • Involve significant other(s), care givers and care providers in the care plan as indicated and planned with the individual. 
  • May be responsible for service coordination.  Coordinate/collaborate with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, referents, etc. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with substance use treatment providers to ensure smooth transition into care for individuals. 
  • Maintain awareness of community referral resources. Helps to build positive relationships with other community providers and provides appropriate referral services.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with referral sources. 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of screening and referral to services
  • Document and maintain client records in electronic healthcare system within 24 hours of meeting with client to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality.
  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and family regarding issues of substance use as it relates to clients.
  • Complete required reports for Washington County Addictions.
  • Provide crisis intervention and support.
  • Serve as back-up for other staff when needed.
  • Identify situations involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting clients' development and determines whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists. Follows through with mandatory reporting duties.
  • Provides culturally appropriate resources and support linkage, advocacy and community collaboration as well as evaluation for individuals.
  • Travel between sites or in the community, may transport clients in the LifeWorks NW vehicles.
  • Requires some evenings or weekends.
  • Participate in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Attend informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff, and required trainings.
  • Attend meetings and coordinate with Washington County Staff regularly. 
  • Meets performance standards for direct service, documentation (including progress notes, assessments) proficiency in clinical model and evidence based practices, quality of care (including engagement and linkage to services) and teamwork as defined in the Performance Review.
  • Check e-mail/voice mail throughout the day when working and respond appropriately.

Requirements:  (Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for qualifications.  Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)

  • If recovering from a substance use related disorder, must be able to demonstrate continuous sobriety under nonresidential, independent living conditions for the immediate past two years.
  • Requires a current CADC 1 or equivalent national certification; or a submitted application for CADC 1 with a formal plan to obtain certification within six months of hire.
  • Have knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrating competence in:  treatment of substance-related disorders including client evaluation and individual, group, family, and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for client case management and record keeping; and accountability for recording information in the client files assigned to them consistent with those policies and procedures. 
  • Should be familiar with theory or concepts of prevention, trauma informed care, cultural awareness and dual diagnosis.  .
  • Must have a working understanding of cultural values and norms, acculturation and generational issues within a culture; extensive knowledge and understanding of resources and appropriate support linkage available within the community; effective inner-cultural communication skills in order to advocate for culturally diverse clients.
  • Knowledge of human development across the span of life. 
  • Sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
  • Requires ability to work evenings and/or weekends, depending on the particular work assignment
  • Requires access to a car and valid driver's license.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to over 30,000 youths, adults, and older adults in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan. Core values include Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. LifeWorks NW is committed to advancing our equity and inclusion work with an emphasis on ensuring an anti-racist organizational culture and practice.  We strive to continuously improve the cultural competence and cultural humility of LifeWorks NW, its staff, and its services to clients and consumers in all aspects including race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and status, age, religion, veteran status, citizen status, and ability. LifeWorks NW creates and upholds a work environment that is respectful and inclusive for all. LifeWorks NW services are effective across cultural groups.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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