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AFP Chief Substance Use Counselor

Company: Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Location: Vernon
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Substance Abuse Counselor III

Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

Apply now to join our team.

The Substance Use Counselor III works under the immediate supervision of the Program Director and the Coordinator of Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders Services, this position has two major functions, which encompasses duties related to each of these areas. This position plans and coordinates specialized substance abuse and COPSD services based on the needs of the population served. Work duties include: 1)supervision to Counselor Interns, 2)scheduling of services provided, with the Program QIT, 3)competency monitoring and evaluation of employees, 4)timely position descriptions and evaluations, 5)orientation of staff to policies and procedures, 6)keeping current on the Joint Commission Standards and DSHS Licensure Regulations and provides discipline representation to ensure that these standards and regulations are in compliance, 7)conducts and participates in in-service training, 8)participation in Drug Free Awareness Week activities, and 9)maintains competencies as described in the Policy and Procedure manual. Acts in the absence of the Program Director and the Coordinator of Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders Services. Provides Substance Use/COPSD services for patients who have a history of substance use and mental illness. Works with the Treatment Teams to assess the patients' needs and writes objectives and progress notes. Because of the diverse group of patients served, objectives and progress notes shall be tailored to the specific population: age, gender and culture of same to ensure relevant treatment strategies. Conducts Substance Use/COPSD groups to patients and attends other programmatic groups. Licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor by DSHS Substance Abuse Division. Must be knowledgeable of Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders and demonstrate the ability to perform COPSD Cognitive, Technical and Interpersonal competencies.

This position requires advanced management and supervisory skills, ability to prioritize workload and the ability to employ and model CQI and Social Learning principles. Additionally, requires a willingness to work flexible hours in order to interface with all shifts. This position has wide latitude for the exercise of initiative and independent judgment.

Employee has access to limited set of records in accordance with HIPAA Regulation, access level of Health Care Operations PHI 2-B. Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

  1. Facilitate Substance Use/COPSD group counseling and support groups while utilizing modalities which enhance the patient's awareness of addiction, psychiatric illness and recovery in order to increase patient's knowledge and skills.

  2. Develop patient objectives and communicate them to the treatment team to enter into the Recovery Plan. Record progress of group activities in RadPlus.

  3. Complete and finalize COPSD assessments on SSRP patients as requested. Assessment process will be completed within 7 days of admission, or within 7 days of being notified of the physician's order for COPSD assessment.

  4. Supervises the facilitation of substance use support groups for patients. May also facilitate assigned support groups and community speaking events.

  5. Perform Treatment Team, QIT, and Substance Abuse Discipline responsibilities by completing all duties assigned as part of the treatment team, the Quality Improvement Team (QIT) and the Substance Abuse discipline meetings. This includes meeting attendance and any in-services assigned.

  6. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to assigned Substance Use Counselors in order to ensure a constant line of communication exists and insure that patients are receiving appropriate substance use services from Substance Use Counselors. Follows all requirements of supervisors that is in the HR Manual or NTSH Policy.

  7. Initiate, plan, organize, and facilitate special activities such as Drug Free Awareness Week, hospital and community related functions requiring the representation of the Department to provide education about Substance Use in accordance with guidance from the Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services.

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Knowledge Skills Abilities:


  • Chemical dependency and alcoholism
  • Addiction
  • Co-dependency and related disorders
  • Counseling techniques
  • Recovery processes
  • Laws and regulations regarding the treatment of substance use


  • Interviewing
  • Listening
  • Counseling clients
  • The operation of computers and applicable computer software


  • Screen and evaluate clients
  • Counsel and instruct clients
  • Prepare reports
  • Plan, develop and implement chemical dependency treatment programs
  • Communicate effectively
  • Assign and/or supervise the work of others

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) through the Texas Department of State Health Services Initial Selection Criteria:

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) through the Texas Department of State Health Services

Completeness of Application Additional Information:

Req # 473922

This position serves as a Substance Use Counselor on the Adolescent Forensic Program on the Vernon Campus of NTSH. This position qualifies for Hazard Duty Pay of 6.8%.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility. Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service. MOS Code:

Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure this position may include, but not limited to: 42A, YN, 0111, 3A1X1. All active duty military, reser guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at Http://www.jr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescrition

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your 1-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

Keywords: Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Wichita Falls , AFP Chief Substance Use Counselor, Other , Vernon, Texas

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