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Qualified Behavioral Health Professional - Repost

Recruitment #23-001565-0001


This is a repost. Previous applicants need not reapply.




Backbone Mountain Youth Center 
124 Camp #4 Road 
Swanton, MD 21562

Main Purpose of Job

The Alcohol and Drug (A/D) Professional Counselor Provisional is the entry level of work, at the non-licensed Master’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. The Alcohol and Drug Professional Counselor, Provisional represents the Behavioral Health team in the Department of Juvenile Services facility providing direct clinical services to youth based on a comprehensive assessment & service plan.


  • Provide individual, family and group therapeutic counseling to assigned youth, including leading Seven Challenges groups, TAMAR-Y and other assigned groups to address behavioral health issues including social adjustment as indicated through the development of the youth’s Individual Treatment Service Plan (ITSP);

  • Provide Crisis and On-Call Services for Behavioral Health Emergencies both on and off-site working in rotation with other licensed clinicians to provide emergency coverage in a 1-week duration, rotating schedule.

  • Work as a leader, consultant, and/or member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team to assist the team’s understanding of social and emotional factors underlying the juveniles’ involvement with DJS and the implementation of the Behavior Management Program;

  • Maintain all documentation & reports including therapy notes, admission & transition reports, bio-psychosocial assessments, treatment plans, Court reports, and recommendations in the youth’s health file and/or ASSIST, and complete facility and operational and service delivery reports.


Education:   A Master’s or Doctorate degree in a health or human services counseling field from an accredited college or university approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists or completion of a program of studies judged by the Board to be substantially equivalent in subject matter and training.

Experience: None.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • Experience providing substance abuse counseling to clients.

  • Experience creating treatment plans.

  • Experience performing intakes and assessments for admission to alcohol and drug counseling programs.

  • Case management experience.

  • Experience in crisis intervention.

  • Letter of Authorization to practice as a trainee from the MD Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists – if you possess a Letter of Authorization, please upload it with your application or fax it to Jakiraman Jones at 410-333-4188.

  • Possession of an Alcohol and Drug Trainee Status letter, a CAC-AD or CSC-AD from the MD Board of Professional Counselors. If you possess an Alcohol and Drug Trainee Status letter, a CAC-AD, or CSC-AD please upload it with your application or fax it.


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations 10.58.07, candidates placed in this classification must apply for and receive a letter of authorization to practice as a trainee from the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists within 90 days of their date of hire.

2. Employees must successfully obtain licensure from the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor within one year of meeting the experience requirements for Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

3. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. 

We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment will be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related experience and education. 

For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. Please note that your answers on the Supplemental Questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your application to receive credit.



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred. A paper application may be mailed to the address below or faxed to the fax number below. If you choose fax or regular mail you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application or paper application. Applications must be received by the closing date no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

OHR-Recruitment and Examination Unit

217 E. Redwood St., 15th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202

Attn: Jakiraman Jones

Fax Number 410-333-4188

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact DJS Office of Human Resources at Include the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Bilingual applicants are welcome to apply for all recruitments.

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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