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.
Works under the supervision of a Supervising Addiction Counselor or other health care professional of a higher grade.
May supervise Mental Health Assistants or employees of a lower grade as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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, SKILL AND ABILITY
physical, psychological, social, family and economic effects of substance abuse;
counseling principles and techniques;
oral and written communication skills;
Ability to gather, analyze and evaluate information pertinent to treatment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of an individual.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
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.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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 of experience as a Certified Addiction Counselor Trainee may be substituted for the General Experience.
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.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for class of Certified Addiction Counselor (35 Hour) in Salary Group HX 21 approved effective March 23, 2012. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-204