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Substance Abuse Counselor

Posted: June 17, 2024
Salary:US$24 - US$28.85 per hour
Job type: Permanent
Discipline:Care Management
Work Location:On-site

Job description

Medix Healthcare is hiring for Substance Abuse Counselors in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx!

**CASAC Required**

Pay: $24-$28.85/hr

Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-3pm

Locations: Onsite at your preference of location in either Manhattan, Brooklyn, or the Bronx


  • On an ongoing basis, the Counselor holds regularly scheduled sessions with all his/her patients concerning their problems and psycho-social needs.
  • Serves as a Case Manager for each patient to ensure that services are coordinated to meet each assessed need.
  • Conducts therapy groups.
  • Assists patients in the identification of problems.
  • Works with patients in the definition of problems.
  • Ensures all necessary forms are completed.
  • Maintains accurate and confidential patient records.
  • Attends training seminars where instruction on treatment techniques and theories underlying these approaches are provided, and obtain the CASAC credential.
  • Identifies and records significant data in the case folder regularly. Develops treatment plans for presentation to the IDT.
  • Holds individual conferences with other disciplines when necessary to facilitate effective treatment throughout the agency.
  • Meets weekly for clinical supervision with the Behavioral Health Supervisor, concerning work performed, problems encountered in the treatment process, and for case conferences.
  • Refers to other clinic disciplines when appropriate.
  • Meets periodically with other staff to obtain feedback necessary for case management and treatment planning.
  • Performs all forensic collection for patients on their caseload and monitors for treatment related issues in order to update the treatment plan.
  • Provides vocational/educational assessment, counseling and follow-up for patients not assigned to the Vocational Specialist, as well as voc/ed support and follow-up of all patients as required.
  • Completes the Vocational Profile Form (HS 305) for each caseload patient.
  • Provides as an integral service, counseling toward vocational/educational readiness, motivation for vocational rehabilitation, provides initial evaluation for in-house voc/ed services, and provides exploration of voc/ed goals.
  • Provides patient referrals to the Vocational Specialist and Educational Specialist for in-depth evaluation, counseling and referral for voc/ed programs.
  • Provides case management, referral follow-up and supportive counseling to patients referred to in-house voc/ed programs and external job/school training.
  • Meets periodically with the Vocational Specialist and Education Specialist for case consultation and feedback.
  • Presents vocational treatment objectives at each IDT.
  • Counselors are expected to work on a rotation basis on Saturdays and select holidays. Assigned shifts may change at the discretion of the Clinical Director according to the needs of the Program.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the manager.


  • CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) required
  • Possess a demonstrated ability in delivering patient treatment including: communication skills, successful engagement in specialized Human Services training, understanding of human interaction and personality development, and the ability to write and record case documentation.
  • Familiar with Regulatory Agency Regulations regarding the operation and practices of patient care.
  • Understanding of group dynamics is essential.
  • Must be computer-literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Competent in computerized programs that support treatment plans and case notes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to participate in various committees and work well with others in team settings.
  • Bilingual in any language a plus.