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Counselor AOD II Certified MC CCR

Company: Volunteers of America Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

About Us:

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.


Central City Recovery is an adult age 18 and over gender specific program offering substance abuse treatment for those who meet medical necessity for residential treatment and are eligible or have Medi-Cal or My Health LA benefits and reside in LA county. Wrap around services are provided including assessments, case management, treatment planning, individual and group counseling and linkage to community resources.

Clients are assessed using the full American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessment and receive the following services: Education and counseling groups, individual counseling sessions with Substance Abuse Specialist and/or a therapist, case management, transportation, and random drug screening. Services will be provided, free of cost, to Medi-Cal and My Health LA qualified individuals who meet medical necessity. Assistance with enrolling in Medi-Cal or My Health LA programs is available.


The Counselor AOD II - MC is responsible for the provision of alcohol and drug treatment services to clients and their families, engaging in treatment plan process with therapist and case manager and ongoing clinical documentation to support the whole person care of the client. This position reports to the Program Manager and the Clinical Director, who will supervise the duties and job performance.


As -part of a multi-disciplinary Case Management team, performs primary alcohol and drug counseling functions including screening, assessment, and intake;
Provides one on one mentoring and support to clients

Teaches clients independent living and problem-solving skills develop, plan and initiate methods of exposing clients to healthy lifestyle activities designed to alter former lifestyles, attitudes, images and other negative behavioral patterns.

Acts as advocate for client before outside social service and legal organizations

Collaborate with Case Manager and therapist to ensure that critical linkages to support services meeting the medical, mental health, housing and education needs of the participant are consistently and effectively delivered;
As part of the Case Management Team, conducts crisis intervention

Leads or coordinates group, individual, and educational sessions

Coordinates treatment services with members of the multidisciplinary Case Management team

Conducts discharge and transition planning; drafts discharge summary

Meets regularly with supervisor and multidisciplinary Case Management Team to ensure the implementation of prescribed treatment protocol, the success of the client in the execution of the treatment/case plan.
Attend and participate in scheduled supervision meetings with assigned supervisor;

Attend and participate in shift exchange meetings, case conferences, staff meetings and other treatment team meetings in accordance with program needs

Ensures timely and accurate records are kept, both hard (paper) copy and electronic health records. These records shall document all treatments and client progress, including records of client self-administration of prescribed medication.
The Counselor shall monitor Self-administration of medication, and shall monitor and collect drug screens as may be required.

All record-keeping shall support clients privacy rights under HIPPA, be in accord with State and Federal law, and SCADP policy and procedure.

Prepare reports as required by funder.

Adheres to professional standards of care and conduct, as set forth by licensure/certification and SCADP policy, including ongoing professional education and organizational training sessions as may be required.

Transports program participants to scheduled appointments, events and meetings as may be required and as assigned.

Assist with program and outreach events as may be required.

Participates in coverage of telephone hotline, pursuant to organization training and procedure.

Other duties as may be required to support the programs mission and goals



Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification by an approved accrediting organization (CCAPP, CADTP or CADEE)


A minimum of 3 years of experience in the provision of SUD treatment services working with the target population


Knowledge of substance use disorder and family dynamics related to substance abuse

Culturally sensitive and competent

Understanding and experience working with recovering individuals and their impacted family members

Knowledge of/experience with substance abuse services in L.A. County

Understanding and familiarity with 12 Step Programs, substance abuse recovery and related issues


Basic Microsoft operating system navigation Outlook, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office.

Familiar with Database use/data entry and retrieval


Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients

Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards

Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards

Ability to work evenings and weekends


Good organization skills


Strong crisis management skills

Conflict resolution and de-escalation skills

Demonstrated ability with EHR

Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal) preferred


Choice of 3 medical insurance plans

Choice of 2 dental insurance plans (one plan for employee only; has no premium)

Vision insurance plan

Voluntary Supplemental Coverage

Accidental Injury Coverage

Hospital Care Coverage

Critical Illness Coverage

Pet Insurance

Paid vacation time

Paid sick time

10 company paid holidays

Company funded 401a retirement pension plan

Optional employee contribution to 403b retirement savings plan

Life and AD&D insurance

Programs to maintain your health and well-being

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) (No cost to employee and 100% confidential)

Company funded Short-term Disability Insurance (STDI) Insurance

Company funded Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify as required by the federal government and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.

Keywords: Volunteers of America Los Angeles, Los Angeles , Counselor AOD II Certified MC CCR, Other , Los Angeles, California

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