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Substance Use Counselor

Substance Use Counselor

locationFort Worth, TX, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

Description 

Pay is determined by relevant experience, work history, education and internal equities. As part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices, MHMR offers the maximum compensation for candidates based on their experience, education and internal equities of the agency. This practice removes biases in compensation and assist hires and/or promotions on pay equity in their appropriate position(s) at MHMR.

The average rate for this position is… 19.57

I) Job Purpose

As a Substance Abuse counselor, you will provide individualized, trauma-informed, culturally, and linguistically competent services to youth with Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders receiving care through our residential or outpatient programs. You will use Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat and support youth receiving services. In this role, you will need to be an effective communicator, have a friendly and welcoming disposition, exhibit flexibility, and be an exceptional team player. You will impact youth, families, and the community by supporting strong recovery and ensuring youth are healthy and prepared for life.

II) Essential Functions

A) Provides assessments, individual counseling, group therapy, and referrals for youth with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Coordinates with the Youth Center Clinic team.

B) Assesses SMI using CANS scores and Addiction Severity Index.

C) Documents all services in the Youth Center Clinic record.

D) Conducts assessments and makes therapy and residential treatment recommendations.

E) Coordinates inpatient treatment referrals.

F) Develops SUD treatment plans with youth, family, and team.

G) Provides ongoing care coordination services, participating in training meetings.

H) Develops discharge plans and summaries, referring youth to community resources.

I) Conducts group and individual sessions as assigned.

J) Encourages and maintains youth and family involvement based on individual needs.

K) Delivers evidence-based treatment for mental, emotional, behavioral, and substance use disorders.

L) Provides direct care services to youth and families in various locations.

M) Maintains current health records, including registrations, assessments, and treatment plans.

N) Facilitates the development of person- and family-centered recovery plans.

O) Coordinates additional treatment and services at appointed behavioral health clinics.

P) Assesses and provides referrals for care management needs.

Q) Coordinates and monitors access to programs and services, including skills training, therapy, support services, and crisis prevention.

R) Submits all documentation accurately and within established guidelines.

S) Participates in regularly scheduled supervision, teaming meetings, and committees as requested.

T) Performance standards are performed as applicable with MHMR’s We CARE values “We Connect People in Our Community. We Provide Access to Services. We Link People to Resources. We Empower People.”

U) Performs other job duties or responsibilities as requested or assigned.

III) Knowledge of Laws, Regulations, Policies/Procedures, Skills, and Abilities

A) Knowledge of typical, atypical, and disordered development, and medical diagnoses and conditions impacting children and youth prenatally through age 17.

B) Knowledge of CFS program’ eligibility requirements and services provided.

C) MHMRTC Policies and Procedures

D) FERPA and HIPPA compliance

E) Knowledge of Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and other applicable federal, state, and local regulations and rules.

F) Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

G) Analytical and time-management skills or ability to be flexible and productive at a fast pace and produce quality work.

H) Knowledge of protective factors and family-strengthening strategies.

I) Ability to multitask, maintain focus, and complete assigned tasks within defined timelines.

J) Use of coaching and/or motivational interviewing and trauma-informed approaches while building capacity of children, youth, families, co-workers, and teams.

K) Knowledge of Texas laws regarding reporting adult and child abuse/neglect.

L) Working knowledge of community resources and case management principles.

M) Ability to proficiently operate a computer, software, and systems utilized by CFS, such as: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint; myAvatar; UKG/Kronos; Teams; VPN; Salesforce, AgencyFinder and FINDConnect.

N) Knowledge of evidence-based treatment modalities for co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders and ability to apply current DSM and ICD diagnostic criteria to special populations.

O) Knowledge of Transformation Waiver.

IV) Internal & External Customer Service

A) Interact and respond using a compassion mindset, awareness of need for felt safety, and consideration of all variables affecting families and teammates.

B) Work effectively with families/adults from various cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, cognitive, social-emotional, and educational statuses.

C) Build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers, including families, characterized by mutual support, open communication, trust, and respect. Always considering what is best for families in decisions about treatment and support.

D) Discuss uncomfortable and potentially conflict-producing, stressful topics in a professional and effective manner with internal and external customers and maintain courteous interaction.

V) Travel

A) Adhere to MHMR Mileage and Travel reimbursement policy and any other aspect regarding travel.

B) This position may require periodic travel within service delivery area to home, school and community-based visits or meetings. Refer to addendum for specific travel requirements.

VI) Equipment Used

A) Utilized as required for position.  

Minimum Requirements 

Lifting Requirements
55 pounds

VII) Minimum Qualifications

A) Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree

B) Defined Education: Health and Human Services related field

C) Preferences: One (1) year minimum experience treating Chemical Dependency/Substance Use Disorders and/or dual Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders; Master’s degree with current Texas licensure as an LCDC, LPC-A, LMFT-A, LMSW, LPC, LMFT, or LCSW; Spanish fluency.

D) Substitutions: None

E) Years’ Experience: None

F) Defined Experience: None

G) License/Certifications: Currently Texas licensure as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern

H) Special Courses: None

I) Supervisory Experience: None

VIII) Agency Requirements

A) All staff are required to participate in agency Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Safety programs and may be assigned by their department as a key/essential staff level function during critical events or for the purpose of sustaining business continuity.

B) This position may require temporary or permanent re-assignment to any MHMR Tarrant facility as determined by program needs and/or the Division/Director.

C) Assigned work hours may change as the needs of the agency change.

D) The Functional Title of this position may change as the needs of the agency change.

E) All work will be completed within the scheduled work hours. All non-exempt (hourly) employees are expected to clock in and clock out for each work shift, no work should be done off the clock.

F) MHMR reserves the right to change, add to or eliminate positions as it deems appropriate. 

G) Employment is at will, as well as agency needs may change.

H) Agency dress code is to be followed at all times.

I) Physical on-site presence, including regular attendance and punctuality, is an essential function of this position. Any changes or adjustments to your assigned work schedule or shift hours must be approved by your supervisor in advance.

Our Benefits:

All staff are required to participate in agency Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Safety programs and may be assigned by their departments as a key/essential staff level function during critical events or for the purpose of sustaining business continuity.

This position may require temporary or permanent re-assignment to any MHMR Tarrant facility as determined by program needs and /or the Division/Director.

Assigned work hours may change as the needs of the agency change.

The functional Title of this position may change as the needs of the agency change.

All work will be complete within the scheduled work hours.  All non-exempt (hourly) employee are expected to clock In and out for each work shift, no work done should be done off the clock.

Prior approval from supervisor is required for all Paid Time Off (PTO) and Overtime.

MHMR reserves the tight to change, and to or eliminate a position as it deems appropriate.

Employment is at will, as well as agency needs may change.

Agency dress code is to be followed at all times.

Physical on-site presence, including regular attendance and punctuality is an essential function of this position.  Any change or adjustments to your assigned work schedule or shift hours must be approved by your supervisor in advance.

Our Benefits:

Our total rewards program offers benefits* to full time employees beginning 1st of the month following hire date including but not limited to:

• Comprehensive healthcare options (Medical, Dental, and Vision)

• Life insurance and additional supplemental accident and hospitalization plans

• 401a match and 457 deferred compensation plans

• Paid vacation and holidays; varied flexible work environment locations

• Annual tuition reimbursement program

• Student Loan Forgiveness

• Professional development programs and training

• And more…..

Insurance eligibility:

• Full time employees begin 1st of the month following hire date

• Market driven positions (full time or part time) begin immediately after hire date

• Select part time market driven positions are eligible for most insurance plans

• Substitute status jobs are not eligible for benefits

For more information, click https://www.mhmrtarrant.org/benefits/

Additional Information
*MHMR of Tarrant County (“MHMR”) and its affiliates and subsidiaries have an internal recruiting department. MHMR may supplement that internal capability from time to time with assistance from temporary staffing agencies, placement services, and professional recruiters herein after referred to collectively as “Recruiters"). Recruiters are hereby specifically directed NOT to contact MHMR employees directly in an attempt to present candidates – MHMR recruiting team or other authorized MHMR personnel must present ALL candidates to hiring managers. For more information please visit our website www.mhmrtc.org