Certified Addiction Counselor (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240220-2351FX-001


Elevate your career as a Certified Addiction Counselor!
Play a pivotal role in delivering specialized counseling services to our clients.
Apply now to join a dynamic team dedicated to making a positive impact on individuals struggling with alcohol and drug dependence! 

Join the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a Certified Addiction Counselor! We are recruiting for five (5) exceptional individuals to fill these rewarding positions. Dive into a world of impactful healthcare, where your skills and compassion make a difference. Explore the details below and seize the opportunity to be a part of something meaningful!

  • FACILITY: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • DIVISION: Addiction Services Division (ADS)
  • ADDRESS: 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT
  • UNIT: Merritt 2DE (see below for unit details)
  • HOURS: Full-time (40 hours weekly)
Position Number Shift Schedule
142078 1st 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - Thursday
136836 1st 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday 
136837 1st 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday
136842 2nd 1:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday - Thursday
136843 2nd 1:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday

  • Join an Award-Winning Team: Be part of the prestigious Forbes-ranked State of Connecticut, recognized as one of the Best Employers of 2023. Experience national acclaim for providing unparalleled job growth, competitive benefits, and flexible schedules.
  • Platinum Healthcare Excellence: Enjoy the nation's top-rated healthcare plan for state employees and their dependents. Our Platinum Healthcare Plan, ranked the best by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and endorsed by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., ensures comprehensive coverage and well-being for you and your family.
  • Secure Your Future: Benefit from our robust pension plan and explore supplemental retirement offerings, ensuring a secure and comfortable future for you and your loved ones.
  • Invest in Your Education and Future: As a Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, the State of Connecticut supports your educational journey. You may qualify for student loan forgiveness after just 10 years of dedicated service. Learn more here.
  • Time for What Matters: Embrace a healthy work-life balance with generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. Prioritize your well-being and make the most of your personal time. 
  • Unlock Your Potential: Grow professionally with a range of development opportunities. The State of Connecticut is committed to nurturing your skills and helping you reach new heights in your career.
  • Cultivate Balance: We believe in a healthy work/life balance for all our employees. Join us in fostering an environment where your professional and personal lives harmonize, allowing you to thrive in both.
    • Be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals
    • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve
    • Assist our clients so they can achieve success
    • Make a difference in the public sector
    • Work together in a collaborative team environment
    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.

    Established in 1868, Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) serves as the State's premier public hospital for mental health treatment. As the largest facility within DMHAS, it features 17 inpatient units across Middletown and Hartford campuses, encompassing general psychiatry and addiction services.

    The Addiction Services Division (ASD) is a component of Connecticut Valley Hospital; a State of Connecticut non-profit facility operated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), which provides 24-hour inpatient services. ASD offers inpatient services located in Middletown and Hartford. Both campuses provide two levels of care: 
    • Acute detoxification provides care for individuals who are experiencing acute withdrawal from substances.
    • Intensive treatment is available for those who need structure and education in order to start their recovery process.
    Merritt 2DE is a 30 bed rehabilitation unit providing American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) level 3.7 intensive rehabilitation treatment. This unit specialized in trauma informed care, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and a variety of other clinical approaches to provide holistic care to the individuals we serve. A full range of medication-assisted treatment is also offered. This is a forensic unit serving CSSD based individuals who come from DOC and probation/parole referrals.

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    Selection Plan

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    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.
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    • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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    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; 
      • counseling principles and techniques; 
      • community resources; 
      • confidentiality provisions; 
      • 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 of experience 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.



    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    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.