SALARY: Beginning biweekly salary:
Substance Abuse Specialist I $1,549.44
Substance Abuse Specialist II $1,624.91
JOB OPPORTUNITY AND APPLICATION PROCESS: There is currently one vacancy for the position of Substance
Abuse Specialist I/II with the Department of Health and Human Services, Behavioral Health Branch. This recruitment
will establish a list of candidates to be used in filling this vacancy as well as an eligibility list that may be used for future
vacancies or temporary help for up to one year. Applications are available at the Del Norte County Human Resources,
981 H Street, Suite 250, Crescent City, CA 95531, (707) 464-7213. A standard application is required. Resumes are
encouraged, but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials. Incomplete applications will be eliminated
Applications accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Essential job duties may include any of the following tasks. The list that follows is not
intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and
Performs alcohol and other drug abuse treatment involving children and adults that include rehabilitation
counseling on an individual, group or family basis.
Evaluates clients in a variety of settings including field situations for development of treatment plans.
Obtains client history, develops service or recovery plans and serves as a primary counselor as needed.
Participates as a member of the quality improvement multi-disciplinary team providing critical treatment input
relating to client diagnosis and recommended service plans.
Participates in case conference and consult with psychiatric staff to review client cases and medication issues.
Prepares detailed client record documentation and maintains case records including intake and referral plans,
progress notes, adolescent and adult assessments.
Serves as staff to the perinatal treatment program or other divisional related services.
Provides consultation to a wide variety of local agencies and resources including medical community, schools,
social services agencies, jail, juvenile hall, etc., courtroom testimony may be necessary.
Performs educational services to various community groups and/or individuals regarding the prevention of
alcohol and other drug use and abuse in the community population.
Performs related duties as assigned or required.
In addition to the above duties, the Substance Abuse Specialist II:
Provides training and support for assigned staff.
Participates in various peer review functions.
Provides community wide training for other groups and the public in areas as parenting, alcohol and other drug
abuse awareness, etc.
Registration or Certification with a Department of Health Care Services approved certifying organization.
Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.
To obtain a level II classification:
A minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a Substance Abuse Specialist I or equivalent position is
Possession of two (2) years of college education in behavioral science, psychology or related field in
addition to two (2) years’ experience as a Substance Abuse Specialist I or equivalent position.