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Alcohol & Drug Counselor/Chemical Health Assessor - Roots Recovery
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Position: Health Assessor
Salary: $47,000-54,000 per year
Type: Full Time
Location: Saint Paul,
Come work for a company driven by social-justice, and committed to reducing disparities in behavioral healthcare! We
have a family atmosphere and a culture of acceptance and flexibility. Be on the front lines of the recovery movement! Are
you a motivated, ambitious, visionary? Help us serve individuals who face barriers to care in a revolutionary new model!
The Alcohol & Drug Counselor will be the primary counselor and primary contact for the Co-Ed Adult Evening Intensive
Outpatient Program at Roots Recovery. Our outpatient program is growing, and we are seeking someone who is able to
help build this program to continue the Minnesota CarePartner/Roots Recovery mission of reducing disparities in the
behavioral health care industry.
The schedule for this program will be one of the following:
Tuesday-Friday: 11:30am-9:30pm (4- 10 hour days) OR Tuesday-Friday 12:30pm-9:30pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
There is flexibility based on the right candidate’s needs.
Responsible for performing substance use disorder assessments, participating in and contributing to interdisciplinary
treatment and discharge plans and providing individual and group substance use disorder counseling services. The alcohol
and drug counselor will have skills to carry out the 12 core functions and all other counseling duties identified by Minnesota
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties are typical for this position. Employees may not perform all of
the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address
Function as a member of a treatment team, comprised of the other LADC, Treatment Director, Mental Health Professional,
and other staff members, as needed
Complete assessments and treatment plans utilizing ASAM criteria and sound clinical writing Facilitate intake, orientation,
group activities, individual counseling and family counseling for clients in the program
Manage an individual caseload not to exceed 16 clients
Work closely with clients to engage them in the decision-making process and help them understand the benefits of
assessment and accessing the appropriate level of care as indicated
Collect and review referral information upon assignment of clients from the referral source and consult with others as
needed to support coordination of services and scheduling of client interviews
Coordinate with the Intake Coordinator as needed to contact clients to confirm appointment dates, times, and assessment
Collect information from collateral resources to aid in determining diagnosis and need for treatment
Work collaboratively with client’s funding sources to obtain initial authorizations for reimbursement for intervention and
recovery support services
Work cooperatively with the legal system to ensure coordination of services including Court appearances when appropriate
Complete paperwork requirements and maintain quality, up-to-date clinical records, including Outcomes Survey
information and information for invoicing; enter necessary information into the electronic medical records (EMR) system
Attend and participate in staff meetings with other staff members
Prepare and facilitate lectures and educational materials related to Substance Use Disorder to the entire client population
and family members as assigned
Provide supervision, if qualified and requested, for interns or trainees
Perform related duties as required
Competencies & Requirements:
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:
Must demonstrate competence in screening for and working with clients with co-occurring disorders, through education,
training, and experience.
Must comply with the rules adopted under MN Statutes, chapter 148F.
Must possess good verbal skills and present a positive professional image.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully;
Develops alternative solutions; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting;
Keeps emotions under control.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification;
Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and
welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build
morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Recognizes
accomplishments of other team members.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet
needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically;
Upholds organizational values.
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to
best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent;
Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps
commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies
appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent
actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for
improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’
Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains
reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self
against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals
and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and
consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to
improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports
potentially unsafe conditions ; Uses equipment and materials properly.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements
listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
At the time of hiring, must be free of chemical use problems for at least the two years immediately preceding and sign a
statement attesting to that fact.
Must pass a background check through the Minnesota Department of Human Service/Office of Inspector General
Bachelor’s degree (B. A.); or two or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education
270 Classroom hours in alcohol and drug counseling curriculum
Completion of 880 hours of alcohol and drug counseling practicum
Must have completed 30 hours of classroom training or one 3 credit college course in adolescent development
Must have 150 hours of supervised practice as an adolescent counselor
Certificates and Licenses:
Licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, or eligible for a temporary permit to practice alcohol
and drug counseling. Individuals may also be eligible to practice alcohol and drug counseling due to exemption from 148C