Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Certified Addiction Counselor (40 Hour)

Recruitment #190906-2351FX-001

Introduction

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. 

The DMHAS, CT Valley Hospital (CVH) is currently recruiting for a Certified Addiction Counselor within the Addiction Services Division, Blue Hills Acute Unit.  Location: 500 Vine Street, Hartford, CT 06112.  The schedule for this position is 40 hours weekly, 2nd shift, 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., every other weekend. This is a bilingual, Spanish speaking position.  The position number is 24575. 

Please ensure that your application is complete.  You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. Applicants invited to interview may be requested to supply the following: Certification OR License from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and copy of driver's license. 

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov, DMHAS HR, 860-262-7116.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

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

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.

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

  1. Licensure from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor may be substituted for the General Experience.
  2. For state employees three (3) years as a Certified Addiction Counselor Trainee may be substituted for the General Experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class must retain the certification and/or licensure outlined above.
  2. 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.
  3. Incumbents in this class will be required to speak a foreign language or be fluent in American Sign Language.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid driver's license.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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

WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.