Classification: Full Time – Non Exempt
The Substance Abuse Specialist will develop, oversee and implement substance abuse recovery program for dually diagnosed adults living in ACOF’s buildings. This position will coordinate services, including leading on-site support and recovery groups and 12 Step meetings or coordinating these groups through service sub-contractors; consulting with supportive services and residential management staff regarding tenants’ progress and participation; making referrals to Addiction Counselors and Clinicians as appropriate; conducting and/or arranging for provision of related RSC training; providing crisis support as needed; and developing and maintaining a resource file/manual on services and resources available in Los Angeles County. The Specialist will also continue to establish relationships with clinics, substance abuse programs, treatment centers and clinicians; attend community association and coalition meetings; and refine specific intervention strategies and programming, as needed In addition, the Specialist will work with two peer support counselors providing direction and support. This position requires a comprehensive understanding of substance abuse issues within the mentally ill population.
- Accesses resident’s mental health, substance abuse and independent living needs.
- Supports the establishment of tenant driven recovery activities and groups within the building.
- Assists residents in linking with resources in the community, primarily recovery services and activities aimed at increasing the resident’s knowledge of community resources and ability to use those resources.
- Maintains a service provider referral network for residents that entails identifying and establishing effective relationships with agencies that provide recovery and treatment services.
- Prepares and submit reports as required by funding agencies to document outcomes and quality effectiveness of services.
- Maintains individual resident files in an organized and professional manner; updated case notes.
- Provides crisis response and management as necessary
- Participates with case management and property management staff in case consultation and recovery options with tenants.
- Excellent verbal and written skills
- Ability to provide direction and support for two peer support counselor.
•Two (2) years professional experience working with adults with disabilities within a residential setting providing substance abuse counseling.
•Three (3) months prior use of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
•Valid California driver’s license.
•Ability to meet California minimum and ACOF insurance requirements.
•Access to a personal vehicle to be used to conduct ACOF business.
•Current Substance Abuse Certification.
•Sound judgment and excellent problem solving skills.
•Ability to work with diverse resident populations to promote independent living skills.
•Interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with staff and tenants.
•Knowledge of public benefit & social service systems.
•Proficiency with Microsoft software programs.
A Community of Friends is an equal employment and affirmative action employer F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
A Community of Friends
Why Work Here?Great opportunity for growth, 100% paid benefits including year end recess. No probation period!
A Community of Friends (ACOF) is a nonprofit affordable housing development corporation founded in 1988 with the goal of developing housing for individuals and families with special needs. Its mission is to end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness. ACOF’s values are Dignity, Excellence, and Community. A Community of Friends is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Employer F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity