State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $39,768.00-$62,882.00 Yearly






The Alcohol and Drug (A/D) Supervised Counselor is the full performance level of work, at the Certified Associate’s Degree level, counseling clients with substance use disorders by using intervention, treatment and rehabilitation. Employees in this classification do not supervise other Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from an Alcohol and Drug Professional Counselor Supervisor or other supervisor approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Employees in this classification may be required to work evenings and weekends. The work is performed in addictions programs located in State institutions and facilities, such as inpatient and outpatient facilities, halfway house facilities and community-based programs.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Alcohol and Drug Supervised Counselor and Alcohol and Drug Supervised Counselor Provisional are differentiated on the basis of certification status and supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Alcohol and Drug Supervised Counselor is certified and performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision. The Alcohol and Drug Supervised Counselor Provisional is noncertified and learns to perform duties under close supervision.


Provides counseling and case management services to clients with substance use disorders with the least complex problems as defined by standard treatment criteria;

Screens clients with substance use disorders to determine the most appropriate initial course of action with regard to substance treatment;

Assesses clients with substance use disorders to gather and interpret information necessary for planning treatment and evaluating client progress;

Develops client treatment plans and strategies to obtain the desired treatment outcomes;

Makes referrals to facilitate the client's use of available support systems and community resources in response to needs identified in clinical evaluation;

Responds to clients in crises;

Provides life skills education relevant to the recovery process to clients with substance use disorders, their families, significant others and community groups;

Documents client-related information in accordance with accepted principles of client record management;

Adheres to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and participates in continuing professional development;

Performs other related duties.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class Descriptions are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies.  Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.  

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work and General Requirements for a classification in the Management Service.   Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; specific Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

This is a Professional Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Professional Service positions.  Some positions in Professional Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, Annotated Code of Maryland, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305, Annotated Code of Maryland.

Date Revised

May 30, 2017

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 006813; EST: ; REV: 7/1/2019;

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