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BridgeWays Juvenile Recovery Specialist Alcohol an in San Diego County

  • San Diego Youth Services
  • Full time
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  • San Diego County
  • 04/09/2019
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SDYS Job Announcement:

Juvenile Recovery Specialist

Alcohol and Drug Wellness (AODW)

BridgeWays: Clinic

Status: Full-time, $36,000/year plus excellent benefits, including comprehensive health insurance coverage, wellness program and generous PTO plan.

Specific Responsibilities: The Juvenile Recovery Specialist will report to the Program Manager.  Direct service duties include comprehensive alcohol and drug counseling, AOD treatment planning, facilitate groups as needed on a variety of youth related topics (i.e. AOD, Healthy Relationships, and Self-Care/Wellness). Juvenile Recovery Specialist is working towards the goals to help youth remain alcohol and drug free, reduce juvenile crime and recidivism related to alcohol and other drugs. Additionally, responsible for ensuring that standards relating to safety and inclusivity are maintained.


  1. The development, implementation and evaluation of an integrated treatment approach for youth with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders and trauma informed youth programs that adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.
  2. Comply with the standards of quality and efficiency as established by Behavioral Health Services.
  3. Develop and maintain linkages with community referral and recruitment sources.
  4. Maintain accurate and timely records for each service including discharge plans.
  5. Contact Supervisor weekly to update on current weekly schedule, concerns, etc.
  6. Participate on a multi-disciplinary treatment team to provide expertise regarding youth and family centered alcohol and drug services.
  7. Provide screening, assessment, treatment, crisis counseling, and referrals.
  8. Provide intensive, individual drug and alcohol education/relapse prevention counseling, and group counseling.
  9. Weekly contacts include individual sessions and multiple groups.
  10. Provide advocacy, and updated alcohol/drug linkage and information services to Service Partners.
  11. All contacts are to be documented. These contacts shall be entered into the CCBH system within 24-hours.
  12. Maintain an alcohol and drug intervention program resource system.
  13. Adhere to agency dress code.
  14. Participate in case conferences with the clinical team.
  15. Update treatment agencies in respective area and keep staff informed of any/all changes in treatment program policies.
  16. Submit accurate end-of-the-month reports to your Program Lead.
  17. Attend agency/program staff meetings as directed and attend trainings.
  18. Welcome and support volunteers in the organization and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.
  19. Work hours consistent with an eight (8) hour work schedule.  Five days per week, usually Monday – Friday. Weekend and evening coverage may be required.
  20. Mileage documentation shall be kept and turned in monthly according to policy; noting beginning and ending destinations.  This shall coincide with Google Maps.
  21. Any absence, sick/vacation, trainings, etc., are to be reported to Program Lead.
  22. Maintain confidentiality and privacy of service partner’s protected health information and other applicable information in accordance to agency policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements: 

Must have ability to bend at the waist, kneel or crouch to assist students. Must have ability to hear and speak to exchange information and make presentations. Must have ability to lift and carry 20 pounds--lifting books, materials and equipment to execute lessons and presentations. Seeing to read, prepare and review a variety of activities and to monitor youth activities. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Walking extended lengths to move around sites. Potential exposure to physical injury from aggressive behavior. 


Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or another closely related field or equivalent knowledge or experience, with a minimum of two years’ experience providing case management to adolescents and families. California State Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor such as CAADAC or CAARR is preferred. If not Certified, must be registered with State approved certifying organization within six months from date of hire and once registered shall complete certification as an AOD counselor within three year of being hired. 

Experience with high risk adolescents, preferably those who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking is preferred. Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, My Life My Choice curriculum is a plus. Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment; experience working in trauma-informed and dual diagnosis programs preferred.

Experience in crisis intervention preferred. Familiar with the Juvenile Justice/Probation Systems and with all areas in the San Diego County area. Able to work in a very diverse setting with people of all backgrounds, culture and orientation. Must possess excellent oral and written skills.  Demonstrated ability to work well autonomously and within multi-disciplinary team. Cooperate and collaborate with colleagues and supervisors, and positively contribute to the culture of the program and agency.

Able to obtain and maintain CPR/First-Aid Certificate.  May be required to complete Probation Departments’ CORI/CLETS and PREA trainings; as well as, maintain PCMS documentation requirements. Must be available to work weekends and evenings as assigned by supervisor and/or as needed. Employment subject to clearances (including Probation Department), which include fingerprinting, background checks, TB test, driving record and drug testing. Must have reliable vehicle, relevant auto insurance, a clean driving record, and be willing to drive own, properly insured vehicle for job related tasks. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended,
all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

Job Opened: 5/10/2019 

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San Diego Youth Services

San Diego Youth Services is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that has helped improve the lives of more than 700,000 homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth and their families. Founded in 1970 as one of the nation’s first shelters for homeless youth, we now provides services to ...

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