The AOD Counselor coordinates with the program team members to provide community based, comprehensive, strength-based, culturally competent, trauma informed, flexible, effective, SUPT services and supports to eligible children, youth, and families. The AOD Counselor provides services in accordance with County SUPT and Family Centered Practice principles, including family voice and choice provided in collaboration with those individuals and agencies involved with the child or youth. Supports the Mission, Vision, and Values of the agency.
Education & Experience
·Equivalent to a high school diploma, plus additional specialized training equal to two years of college in Addiction Studies/Alcohol & Drug Studies or related behavioral health/behavioral science fields, and two years of related experience and
·Certification as an Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor equivalent to the education and experience level described above from 1 of 3 California approved certification organizations
·Lived experience preferred, minimum 2 years sobriety required
·Bilingual, in a threshold language is preferred
Skills & Requirements
·Knowledge of the principles and practices of substance abuse diagnosis, treatment, and prevention; counseling and interviewing techniques; the dynamics of interpersonal relationships; and community resources/programs
·Prepared to work independently with flexible hours that may include evenings, weekends, and holidays
·Proven documentation skills and intermediate level computer skills including all MS Office programs
·Verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, community partners, consumers, and all levels of management
·Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects and assignments effectively
·Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment within program/department and agency wide
·Ability to work in a mobile, fast paced environment
·Ability to use a laptop computer
·Fulfillment of TB test, background check clearance, and any other mandatory State/Federal requirements
· Valid California driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, can maintain a driving record acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier, if applicable to position
·Must provide and operate a registered, properly insured automobile, if applicable to position
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
·Provides services to assigned children, youth, and families in the home, office, school, or other community-based settings. May utilize telehealth per current agency and contractor guidelines.
·Possesses specific cultural competence to work with and outreach to culturally diverse populations and communities.
·Provides services to children and youth involved in the identified systems meeting all County requirements as listed in program scope.
·Provides Drug Medi-Cal individual rehabilitation to youth as identified in youth’s treatment plan.
·Provides Drug Medi-Cal collateral support to caregivers and significant support persons as identified in youth’s treatment plan.
·Develops and facilitates Drug Medi-Cal rehabilitative and/or skill building groups.
·Completes Functional Assessments and Crisis Plans prior to providing rehabilitation as assigned.
·Model and coach positive, constructive attitudes and behaviors in managing difficult situations in school, work, and living situations.
·Completes Drug Medi-Cal Screening, Intake, Core Assessment, Mid Assessment and Discharge packets as assigned per scope of practice.
·Develops and maintains positive relationships with agency and community partners.
·Develops and prepares updates to individualized safety plans in coordination with youth’s child family team, maximizing the use of natural supports and community-based resources.
·Provides other case management functions as necessary, securing formal resources, and keeping team members informed of progress and challenges presented.
·Participates in Child Family Team (CFT), multi-disciplinary team, hospital, crisis, psychiatric, court, school, and provider meetings as scheduled.
·Provides and documents all Drug Medi-Cal eligible billable and non-billable services, including but not limited to assessment, plan development, group session, collateral, rehabilitation, and crisis intervention within required timelines.
·Attends all staff meetings, consumer meetings, and consultation meetings as scheduled.
·Participates in the agency 24 hour family support on-call rotation.
·Able to provide or arrange for safe transportation for youth and families to services as needed.
·Participates in utilization, accreditation, peer review process as assigned.
·Works collaboratively with all internal programs, departments, and staff to provide support as needed.
·Maintains positive relationships with consumers and customers.
·Responsible for meeting all outcomes as documented in Employee Development Plan.
·Coordinates with other services provided under the Drug Medi-Cal model, acting in collaboration with other partners and ensuring documentation reflects standards that meet or surpass the agency’s, state and federal Drug Medi-Cal/Medicaid standards.