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Substance Use Crisis Counselor

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

Job Description

Overdose Prevention Through Intense Outreach Naloxone and Safety (OPTIONS), is the offering of substance use and crisis intervention services in conjuncture with local law enforcement that seeks to engage individuals with a chronic health condition of addiction to enter into substance use treatment.

The OPTIONS Substance Use Crisis Counselor, who is dually trained in substance use recovery treatment methods as well as Crisis Intervention approaches, will provide Opioid Use Disorder/Substance Use Disorder (OUD/SUD) overdose response in their designated community. The Counselor will provide a brief behavioral health assessment, behavioral health crisis de-escalation, offer referral(s) to community treatment modules, attend to system navigation, offer short-term SUD interventions, educate regarding use of Naloxone with individuals, family, friends and aid in the completion of the State’s Medicaid program application for uninsured population to support individual(s) entering and successfully remaining in treatment.  

Repsonsibilities & Expectations:

Develop and promotes strong community relationships with law enforcement and first responders to support good communication in the identification of individual(s) and their families who need substance use treatment intervention and engagement.

Responds to SUD/OUD-related emergency calls along with law enforcement, or other first responder agencies, prioritizing nonfatal overdose calls.

Determines if the individual is a person in Crisis and coordinates response with AMHC’s Mobile Crisis team, and/or advocacy services from AMHC’s Sexual Assault Services or that of the local Domestic Violence Center.

Support individual(s) completing a Crisis Intervention plan that supports all involved knowing what works best for this individual(s) who need crisis services.

Attend to referrals from law enforcement or first responders concerning emergency calls they have completed to offer follow-up communication to engage the individual(s) into Behavioral Health and/or health care services.

Works in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies in their catchment area to utilize Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) to the Counselor will receive overdose alerts for notification of incidents occurring during off-hours. Ensures follow-up with the individual in need during normal working hours. 

Within seventy-two (72) hours after a non-fatal overdose event, provides:

  • Post-overdose response and support to overdose survivors.
  • Information around Harm Reduction, treatment, and SU Recovery support services that are available.
  • Coordinates with a Recovery Coach, Peer, or Patient Navigator, as available
  • Offers system navigation assistance for necessary services and referrals.

Completes and sends in CradleME referrals for any pre-natal or post-partum women that presents as an individual in need.

Provides linkage to syringe service programs and other Harm Reduction sites as available and facilitates connectivity to a medical provider or other provider site that can provide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis testing.

Provides Naloxone kits and Naloxone administration training in the specific type of Naloxone being provided to the individual and/or affected others during the post-overdose follow-up.

Conducts community-based informational sessions to support the understanding of SU and addiction to reduce stigma by promoting healthy options for those who have  SU/OUD.

Participates in technical assistance sessions which will be provided by the Maine Medical Association and informed by the Behavioral Health Response unit within the Portland Police Department.

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 Clinical Review meetings to review cases on-site and potential referrals to the service.

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Job Posting: 663629

Posted On: Jan 05, 2022

Updated On: Feb 04, 2022