Substance Abuse Counselor II

Job Description



Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct- care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.
The Substance Use Counselor II works under the immediate supervision of the Director of Psychology. This position plans and coordinates specialized substance abuse and Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders services based on the needs of the population served. Work duties include: scheduling of services provided, with the Program QIT, conducts and participates in in-service training, participation in Drug Free Awareness Week activities, and maintains competencies as described in the Policy and Procedure manual. Acts in the absence of the Substance Abuse Counselor III. Provides Substance Use/Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders services for patients who have a history of substance use and mental illness. Works with the Treatment Teams to assess the patients\' needs and writes objectives and progress notes. Because of the diverse group of patients served, objectives and progress notes shall be tailored to the specific population: age, gender and culture of same to ensure relevant treatment strategies. Conducts Substance Use/Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders groups to patients and attends other programmatic groups. Licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor by DSHS Substance Abuse Division is required. Must be knowledgeable of Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders and demonstrate the ability to perform Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders Cognitive, Technical and Interpersonal competencies. Essential Job Functions:
1. Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
2. Facilitate Substance Use/Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders group counseling and support groups while utilizing modalities which enhance the patient\'s awareness of addiction, psychiatric illness and recovery in order to increase patient\'s knowledge and skills.
3. Develop patient objectives and communicate them to the treatment team to enter into the Recovery Plan. Record progress of group activities in RadPlus.
4. Complete and finalize Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders assessments as requested. Assessment process will be completed within 7 days of admission, or within 7 days of being notified of the physician\'s order for Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders assessment.
5. Supports the facilitation of substance use support groups for patients. May also facilitate assigned support groups and community speaking events.
6. Perform Treatment Team, QIT, and Substance Use Discipline responsibilities by completing all duties assigned as part of the treatment team, the Quality Improvement Team (QIT) and the Substance Use discipline meetings. This includes meeting attendance and any in-services assigned.
7. Initiate, plan, organize, and facilitate special activities such as Drug Free Awareness Week, hospital and community related functions requiring the representation of the Department to provide education about Substance Use in accordance with guidance from the Coordinator of Substance Use Services.
8. Other duties as assigned include but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency\'s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Knowledge Skills Abilities:
* Chemical dependency and alcoholism
* Addiction
* Co-dependency and related disorders
* Counseling techniques
* Recovery processes
* Laws and regulations regarding the treatment of substance use
* Interviewing
* Listening
* Counseling clients and patients
* The operation of computers and applicable computer software
* Screen and evaluate clients
* Counsel and instruct clients
* Prepare reports
* Plan, develop and implement chemical dependency treatment programs
* Communicate effectively Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) through the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Demonstrated knowledge/experience of Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders and how these disorders effect functioning and behavior required Additional Information:
This position serves as a Substance Use Counselor II on the Kerrville State Hospital.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
COVID-19 Precaution(s):
Personal protective equipment required and provided
Temperature screenings
Social distancing guidelines in place
Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
Vaccines available for employees
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS HR Policy starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range. For internal applicants, there can be limitations in consideration of applicant\'s current classification and salary and is dependent upon available budget.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.
MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68X, 67D, 0149, 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor\'s Military Crosswalk at
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