Substance Use Counselor – Brooklyn, NY

Position Overview

Housing Works’ East New York OASAS Clinic provides specialized Substance Use Treatment Services for multiple underserved populations, including persons with mental illness (i.e. MICA) who suffer from ongoing mood and/or perceptual disorders; LGBTQ individuals; the unstably housed; persons with chronic health concerns; and persons involved in the criminal justice system. Housing Works’ OASAS Clinic uses a trauma-informed, harm reduction approach (including abstinence-based treatment in accordance with legal mandates) as its foundation for the treatment of substance use disorders.

Treatment will include individual and group counseling based on client needs and preferences. The Substance Use Counselor reports to the Program Director and is responsible for providing multiple aspects of clinical services to clients through varied clinical assessments of high risk behaviors, mental health/substance use treatment needs, crisis intervention, individual counseling and group facilitation. The counselor will also facilitate psycho-educational/therapeutic support groups, encompassing Harm Reduction and Recovery Ready treatment approaches.


Completes initial andepisodic psychosocial,substance use assessment, treatment plans, and timely discharges. Remains aware ofall clinical documentationpolicies thatensure comprehensive client care in order to meet the regulatory agencies’ guidelines. Provides individual counseling with a case load of 35 active clients and facilitation of weekly groups. Facilitates harm reduction, recovery readiness, relapse prevention and active user groups. Participates in all programmatic meetings and trainings.

Establishes substance use treatment goals and interventions with clients, as part of the interdisciplinary treatment planning process. Coordinates with and develops linkages with detoxification, rehabilitation, methadone maintenance programs, and other needed resources to facilitate client referrals. Completes weekly, monthly program reports, including familiarity with STARS, HRA-HASA Harm Reduction Report, parole/probation/ACS and collaboration with the courts around client mandates.

Performs crisis intervention services and, if necessary, refers clients for psychiatric assessment, psychotherapist counseling. Consults with supervisor and completes incident reports on all including trauma or behavioral problems related to substance use requiring OASAS interdisciplinary intervention. Assist with the development of effective interventions and treatment plans Participatesin agency wide continuous quality improvement activities aimed at improving health outcomes for program participants Maintains HIPAA confidentiality standards Performs other duties as assigned by Program Director and/or Director of OASAS services. Supports and participates in advocacy efforts to end the twin crises of homelessness and AIDS.

Educational Requirements

CASAC/CASAC-T required Minimum requirement is Associate Degree, Bachelors preferred from accredited school and/or certified CASAC or experienced CASAC-T within the scope of OASAS program regulations. Candidate should have at least two years of experience in providing counseling services to HIV/AIDS individual, mentally ill population and substance use. Experience in chemical dependence/harm reduction/recovery program is required. Skill in group facilitation and counseling are preferred. Ideal candidate should be able to employ a variety of clinical techniques, theories and skills set to elicit sensitive information, handle crises and work effectively in an interdisciplinary team. Strong organizational skills and proficient in Spanish are highly preferred.

Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements. Housing Works complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. Housing Works also does not request prior salary information during the hiring process. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.



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