Express Employment Professionals – Mohawk Valley, NY | 118 Columbia Street, Suite 103 The Landmarc Building Utica, NY 13502


Chemical Dependency Counselor

Our Client, The Rescue Mission of Utica, is seeking a Chemical Dependency Counselor to support their expanding and dynamic organization.

 Our Mission Statement:  The Rescue Mission of Utica, Inc. is a Christian Ministry, established to proclaim, in word and deed, the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, by unconditionally endeavoring to assess and meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those individuals seeking assistance.

  Job Title:  Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDC)                   

 Job Summary:  The CDC works under the supervision of a Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) or other Qualified Health Professional (QHP) as designated by the Program Director.  The primary role of the CDC is to provide coordination and implementation of direct substance abuse clinical services for clients experiencing withdrawal.  The CDC participates in case review with the multidisciplinary treatment team, completes client assessments, provides referrals for substance abuse treatment, participates in the client discharge planning process, completes all necessary forms and documentation, supervises interns and provides assistance with the orientation and training process for new employees.

 Essential Job Functions

  • Complete client admissions with LPN/RN.
  • Complete Psycho Social Assessment (PSA) assessment of clients.
  • Complete Recovery Care Plan and reviews
  • Assist in prescreening and routing incoming phone calls to appropriate staff.
  • Report all observations, interactions and behaviors of a medical nature to the LPN/RN.
  • Correctly document shift notes, opening notes, behavior incidents, client activity logs, discharges and complete all NYS OASAS forms as required.
  • Utilize sound clinical judgment with regard to assessment and referral for client services.
  • Participate in daily case review meetings.
  • Direct observation of client urine screening.
  • Responsible for the discharge planning including but not limited to making appropriate recommendations for continued Substance Abuse, Mental Health and community support meetings under the supervision of QHP.
  • Provide individual motivational counseling for our clients.
  • Prepare records and reports within the time frame as required by NYS OASAS Regulations Part 816.
  • Attend all pertinent in-service training sessions.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled clinical supervision meetings with the Program Director
  • Provide didactic groups related to the disease of addiction using lectures and various audio/visual materials.
  • Provide problem centered, solution focused group therapy under the supervision of a QHP.
  • Maintain positive liaison relationships with other community agencies, i.e. Department of Social Services, Probation, VESID, and other Addiction Services, Alcoholic Anonymous, Al-Anon and ACOA.
  • Assist in general daily duties such as: complete client laundry, stock shelves, request and stock kitchen and refrigerator items, clean kitchen and dishes, supervise clients in kitchen at all times, supervise client in lounge area, supervise clients during meals, clean client areas and clean and remake beds after discharge, and receive and document deliveries.
  • Strictly follow all established infection control policies.
  • Follow established emergency procedures including fire drills, evacuation procedure and disaster plans.
  • Help maintain safety and security by monitoring cameras, checking client belongings and monitoring client activities, performing building checks and practicing defensive driving.
  • Update the Clinical Coordinator and/or Director in a timely manner about all matters, seek advice and counsel and develop a spirit of cooperation in carrying out the job responsibilities.
  • Participate as a member of the Treatment Team and attend staff meetings as requested by supervisor.

 Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of (1) year of internship and/or work experience in an OASAS certified substance abuse program or comparable setting.
  • AAS degree in substance abuse and/or human services or related field.
  • Currently a CASACT and/or eligible to apply for CASACT.
  • Prior experience with treatment centered activities preferred.
  • Ability to perform comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments.
  • Ability to develop appropriate recovery care plan and reviews.
  • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Current and valid New York State driver’s license preferred.
  • Ability and commitment to the Ethical Principles of Substance Abuse Counselors.
  • Enthusiastic support of our Mission Statement.

Status/Hours:  Full- time  M-F,  Part – time M-F evenings 4 pm – 8 pm & Sat/Sun 8 am – 8 pm – up to 28 hours/wk.

 Pay Rate: CDC 1 – $12.00 per hour, CDC 2 – $14.00 per hour, CDC 3 – $16.00 per hour

Benefits:  We offer a competitive pay rate and comprehensive benefit package for eligible employees to include medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k), voluntary benefits, paid time off, holidays and paid training.

 Express Employment Professionals and The Rescue Mission are Equal Opportunity Employers