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Company: Downtown Emergency Service Center
Location: Seattle, WA
Career Level: Hourly
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Title: Part-Time Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUD) - 18.75 hours per week Days Off: Saturday, Sunday
Pay Range: $39,016 - $43,077 annually
Shift Differential: N/A
Location: International District/Downtown
Shift: Office Day
Insurance Benefits: Medical (no premiums/payroll deductions for employee coverage) , Dental, Life, Long-term Disability
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan The Substance Use Disorder Professional works cooperatively with agency staff & community resources to provide a range of services to clients with drug & alcohol problems. Many clients have a sustained and/or complicated substance abuse history in addition to their co-occurring mental disorder. Often people suffering from mental illness who lack access to psychiatric treatment, attempt to self-medicate with street drugs or alcohol to lessen the symptoms. The ability to provide highly integrated services to people with concurrent mental health and substance use concerns is rare among homeless service providers. At DESC, our network of clinical services allows counselors to work in coordination with mental health case managers in both the emergency shelter and in supportive housing projects so that services meet clients at their current level and offer the support that can lead to significant change. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform alcohol and drug assessments, and intake evaluations on selected clients; with the client's participation, develop support and treatment plans; facilitate linkages to collaborative resources when appropriate.
  • Plan, organize and facilitate treatment and support groups for clients, as appropriate.
  • Provide substance abuse consultation to Mental Health Program and Housing Program staff.
  • Provide staff training on substance abuse issues as appropriate.
  • Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team providing ongoing advocacy and integration of services to mentally ill, homeless and formerly homeless adults.
  • Advocate for client access to community resources and services, ensuring that client needs are met and rights maintained; consult and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of care.
  • Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program meetings and in‑service trainings; participate in clinical reviews and case conferences for clients on caseload.
  • Comply with the agency's clinical accountability policies and procedures; maintain current and complete clinical records; participate in quality assurance reviews when assigned.
  • Comply with data gathering/submission requirements of DESC and reimbursement agencies.
  • Comply with applicable program research and evaluation procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Licensed by the state of Washington as Substance Use Disorder Professional and any other government-required certification, registration or license as may be appropriate.
  • Interest or experience in working with clients who are difficult to engage and maintain in traditional mental health programs.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.
  • Bicultural and/or bilingual background/experience preferred.
  • Experience working with adults experiencing homelessness and severe mental illness preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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