Certified Addiction Counselor (40 Hour) (Office/On-site) – State of Connecticut – Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services – Middletown, CT

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ABOUT US

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. We promote and administer comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.

At Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), individuals receive services that assist them to better manage their illnesses, achieve personal goals, and develop skills and supports that lead to living the most constructive and satisfying lives possible. We aim to promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe and caring environment.

THE POSITION

CVH seeks a qualified individual for the position of Certified Addiction Counselor within the Addiction Services Division (ASD), Merritt Hall 2 D/E-Male Rehab. The reporting location is 1000 Silver Street in Middletown. This position is full-time, forty (40) hours per week, 1st shift, with a work schedule of Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The position number is 25397.

Merritt 2 D/E is a 30-bed male intensive rehabilitation unit using evidence-based practices with an emphasis on gender-specific treatment trauma informed services guide aspects of care planning. As part of the discharge planning process, clients are assisted in connecting to continuing care and associated community support services, including medication assisted treatment when indicated.

Our mission is to work to stabilize, assist clients in develop coping skills, and help clients move into the recovery zone. We provide services to individuals requiring an inpatient level of care as a consequence of their dependence on alcohol or other drugs; safely restore people with acute alcohol or other drug dependence to an appropriate level of physical and mental health in a caring, therapeutic environment; provide clients with an optimal range and intensity of rehabilitative services that will empower them to successfully cope with the next phase of their recovery efforts; and assist clients in making connections with a community resource network that will support their recovery, medical and psychiatric needs following discharge. These programs are evidence-based practices with an emphasis on gender-specific treatment and trauma informed services guide aspects of care planning.

Discover the opportunity to:

  • Be instrumental in providing substance abuse counseling and related services to our clients that will empower recovery;
  • Serve as the facilitator in substance abuse group;
  • Develop and monitor treatment plans and group programming;
  • Prepare required reports according to hospital policy, Joint Commission and other regulatory standards.

For more information, please refer to the job specification.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME

  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees.
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth.
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.

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This position may be subject to Federal requirements of COVID-19 Vaccination.

TO APPLY

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to [email protected]
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

AFTER YOU APPLY

  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting’s closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question’s expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user’s spam.
  • NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.

CONNECT WITH US

  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jensine Tran at [email protected]

In the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Veterans’ Affairs this class is accountable for providing specialized counseling services to clients in a behavioral health treatment program.

Provides counseling services to alcohol and drug dependent clients; screens clients to determine eligibility for programs; assesses strengths, weaknesses and treatment needs; orients clients to treatment program; participates in treatment planning and individual and/or group counseling; responsible for case management activities; provides crisis intervention services in response to emotional and/or physical distress; makes referrals to outside or other programs for medical and/or psychological intervention; maintains confidential reports and records of client data; represents program at community events and seminars; educates clients on substance abuse issues and availability of resources; consults with service providers to assure comprehensive integrated care; may escort clients; may provide coverage duties; may collect urine for drug screening; performs related duties as required.

Knowledge of physical, psychological, social, family and economic effects of substance abuse; knowledge of counseling principles and techniques; knowledge of community resources; knowledge of confidentiality provisions; some knowledge of infectious diseases; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to gather, analyze and evaluate information pertinent to treatment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of an individual.

Certification from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and three (3) years of experience involving risk reduction education and counseling to assist alcohol and drug dependent individuals.

  • Licensure from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor may be substituted for the General Experience.

  • For state employees three (3) years as a Certified Addiction Counselor Trainee may be substituted for the General Experience.

  • Experience with counseling services to alcohol and drug dependent clients;
  • Experience in facilitating group counseling services to alcohol and drug dependent clients;
  • Experience with other Agency service providers and community outreach;
  • Experience with case management activities;
  • Experience with discharge planning.
  • Incumbents in this class must retain the certification and/or licensure outlined above.

  • Individuals recovering from addiction to alcohol or drugs are required to have two (2) years of substance free time to be considered for a position in a substance abuse program.

  • Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language or be fluent in American Sign Language.

  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid driver’s license.

  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

A medical and/or psychiatric examination may be required prior to appointment.

Incumbents in this class may be required to perform moderate amounts of lifting or restraining of patients and exposed to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive patients.

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