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Is a member of the Recovery Support Team and reports to the Recovery Team Leader. Provides and coordinates substance use assessment, individual action planning and service delivery tailored to the individual needs of persons with substance use disorders and dual disorders of mental illness and substance use. As a member of the Recovery Support Team, also provides case management services as assigned. The Substance Abuse Specialist is a fully integrated team member who provides highly individualized services in the community and promotes self determination and decision making. Provides services in varied formats including consultation, education, group and individual settings to address substance abuse issues.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Communicate with people who have psychiatric disabilities in order to develop collaborative relationships, meeting as often as needed, and whenever required; by way of traveling throughout the community.
- Use motivational enhancement and readiness development strategies to initiate and sustain the recovery process.
- Take intentional personal action to support the recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities.
- Provide direct services to people with identified substance use needs and provide consultative services to other staff working with these individuals to support recovery from substance use or co-occurring disorders
- In collaboration with Clinical Specialists and other members of the Recovery Support Team, participate in comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships. Takes primary responsibility for assessment of substance use issues for each assigned client.
- Escort people to AA and other self help meetings and start up self help meetings on-site as needed.
- Develop relapse prevention strategies for substance use and co-occurring disorders.
- Identify and maintain a directory of the community resources for substance abuse issues.
- Provide training and education to staff and people related to substance abuse issues.
- Provide individual and/or group support on substance abuse issues.
- Provide people with support and education for relapse prevention.
- Utilizing the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation, provides the following case management functions for clients assigned:
- In collaboration with other team staff facilitate the assessment process and development of intervention plans (IAP), and carries out the implementation of those intervention plans/utilizing behavioral techniques.
- In collaboration with other team staff, assess and provide functional teaching in the areas of self-help skills, medication, activities of daily living, socialization, use of leisure time, housing maintenance, and community integration (not limited to).
- Complete all required documentation.
- Provide on-call beeper services as required.
- Ensure proper administration and documentation of all medication, following MAP policies and procedures.
- In collaboration with Health and Wellness Specialists, schedule, or assist people in scheduling, routine and preventive medical appointments.
- In collaboration with other team staff assist people with mail and follow-up activities related to bills, insurance, SSA/SSI re-determination, and any other official correspondence.
- In collaboration with Housing Specialists, assist people in obtaining and maintaining decent, affordable housing.
- Complete a minimum of one safety audit per residence per month.
- Complete all required training within mandated timelines.
- Transport (drive) people throughout the community to attend to doctor appointments, shopping needs, important errands, etc…
- Develop and implement training curricula in assessment and treatment of addictions and substance use disorders..
- All other duties as assigned by the Program Manager or CBFS Director.
Education and Experience Required:
High School Diploma/GED equivalent required. Bachelor’s Degree highly preferred. Must have at least (2) years experience with population who has severe and persistent mental illness in lieu of degree required. Must have at least two years experience with substance abuse recovery/treatment. Must have a driver’s license. Must be MAP certified, CPR/first aide certified within five (5) continuous months of employment/date of hire.