Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Certified Addiction Counselor (40 Hour)

Recruitment #191016-2351FX-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) seeks qualified individual for the position of Certified Addiction Counselor (PCN26130) Brief Care Residential Program, Norwich, CT.  This is a full time, 40 hours per week position. 

The schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.,
  • 1 swing shift Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.. 

The Certified Addiction Counselor will provide counseling and case management services to clients suffering from substance abuse and mental health concerns. 

In this role you will:

  • Provide counseling, case management, community outreaching, linking and collaboration with providers, therapeutic groups, referral and intake assessments to clients whose primary diagnosis is alcohol, cannabis dependence and or substance abuse;
  • Play a crucial role, providing psychoeducation, and helping clients develop the knowledge, insight, and skills for managing their substance abuse disorders;
  • Provide interventions at the individual and group level and assist with connecting clients to higher levels of care (such as Partial and Intensive Outpatient Services);
  • Orient clients to treatment programs, participate in treatment planning;
  • Assist staff with treatment plans for clients with substance abuse issues and recommend interventions regarding substance abuse concerns as well as educate staff on substance abuse issues;
  • Be responsible for case management activities such as recovery plans, all BCP team required documentation including WITS notes and other clinical records;
  • Maintain confidential reports and client data records, conducts staff training and assistance with substance abuse issues;
  • Act as a liaison with other teams and outside agencies;
  • Prepare reports and correspondence;
  • Facilitates substance abuse groups for BCP team and agency clients;
  • Provides individual counseling services for alcohol and drug dependent clients, coordinates counseling services for clients.

Please be advised the applicants new to state service start at the bottom of the salary range.

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the 'Resume Tab' of your application.  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. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Edra Knight,, (860) 418-6866.


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.


  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.


  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 may 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.


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.

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