Substance Use Disorder Counselor

at Aroostook Mental Health Center in Marshfield, Maine, United States

Job Description

The Substance Use (SU) Counselor–Outpatient is responsible for establishing a strong clinical relationship with those individual seeking substance use assessment and treatment interventions to begin their Recovery process. The goal is to positively engage the client, work directly with referral sources, and educate the Outpatient team and the community about different treatment interventions that have shown to be successful with this complex clinical presentation. The Substance Use Counselor will offer a dynamic intervention with the substance user and/or their families. Offer advocacy to access community resources that offers a coordinated effort to support the substance user in meeting their individual needs.  

Responsibilities & Expectations:

Specific duties involved in carrying out this responsibility include but are not limited to:

Provide services (i.e., bio-psycho-social assessment, consultation, individual/ group/family substance use counseling, professional in-service training, and community education services, etc.) at a rate that achieves or exceeds the minimum units of service standard as established annually

  • All clinical services offered will be done in an Integrated Behavioral Health fashion as defined by AMHC.
  • Will attend to “No Wrong Door” in working with clients, family members, and community resources.
  • Offer, when needed, in-home assessments and treatment services.
  • Assist in the assessment areas of need for mental health, substance abuse, and program services, which includes engaging referral sources and providers into the assessment and treatment intervention process.
  • Offer Co-Occurring services with those individuals with both a substance use diagnosis and a mental health diagnosis or developmental disability.
  • Work closely with those who are considered Affected Others as part of the continuum of care of SU services.

Develop and maintain strong community relationships that will support AMHC programs and the development of cooperative relationships with related agencies.

Participate in supporting the Mobile Crisis AMHC’s 24-hour Emergency Services staff who may cover cases that the Substance Use Counselor works with to support the best crisis intervention needed for that individual client.

Create and maintain crisis safety plans in AMHC electronic record to support Mobile Crisis effective interventions.

Work closely with the Substance Use Peer Recovery Centers in the area.

Work closely with the AMHC’s continuum of care services offered internally to meet the needs of the client and their family.

  • Opioid Health Home (OHH).
  • County Jail Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) and other SU services on-site.
  • Residential Treatment Facility (RTF).
  • Detox Management services on-site at the local hospital (DMS).
  • Downeast Treatment Center.
  • Drug Court.
  • Criminogenic services .
  • Other services AMHC is contracted to do as-needed.

Follow all established AMHC policy and procedures and for all service and documentation requirements.

It is the expectation of AMHC that all employees provide a welcoming environment for individuals seeking mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring, community support, and rehabilitation services.

Participate in on-site Team Meetings and scheduled Behavioral Health Sub-team meetings.

Attend to being a strong member of the Outpatient team by following the agency‘s High Performance Team model supporting both colleagues in the office and coverage as needed for all services to meet client needs.

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Job Posting: 646643

Posted On: Nov 30, 2021

Updated On: Dec 30, 2021