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Substance Use Counselor II

Community Medical Centers, Inc. Tracy, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time


The primary focus of the Substance Use Counselor II is to use a patient centered approach and effective communication to assist patients to cope with the substance abuse and dependence issues and practical arrangements related to the patient’s illness. Effective outreach and engagement strategies that establish trust and overcome barriers resulting from isolation, stigma, and the symptoms of mental health and/or substance use problems will be utilized. A sustained support model to meet basic needs and respond to individual preferences as well as trauma-informed services that restore hope will be utilized. The Substance Use Counselor II is a member of the healthcare team providing assessments, coordination, treatment planning, information and referral to community resources and other social work services. The primary goal and offered individualized and group intensive substance use services using a multidisciplinary approach, including, but not limited to: Mental health and substance use assessment; health system navigation; housing and benefits advocacy; health coaching, referrals and brief treatment, pharmacy consultation and supportive counseling. The Substance Use Counselor II reports to the Associate Director of Substance Use.


· High School Diploma or GED.

· One year of experience as a Substance Use Counselor

· Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate issued by the State of California.

· Must possess knowledge of chemical dependency, substance use and personality dynamics of the substance user.

· Excellent Microsoft Office Program skills.

· Must be in possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

· Current CPR Certificate or ability to obtain a CPR Certificate.

· Fluent Spanish preferred but not required.


· Conducts individual counseling related to substance use, substance use treatment and

recovery services.
• Transports/escorts patients to/off hospital grounds to patient care activities.
• Performs patient and family interviews/ assessments to obtain psycho social histories.
• Conducts environmental and patient safety rounds to ensure safety of the patients.
• Participates with the multidisciplinary treatment team in the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment or therapy approaches for patients and their families in all phases of comprehensive substance use and/or mental health programs.
• Maintains communication between patients, family, care-team and other employees utilizing

appropriate channels and assists in coordinating patient linkage with substance use

recovery services.
• Monitors and documents client and patient progress in substance use/mental health


  • Develops and promotes interest in the substance use and/or mental health fields by speaking before community groups.

· Uses effective communication skills and motivational interviewing techniques to obtain

relevant psycho-social information from patients and families

· Identifies financial, environmental, emotional, and social factors which greatly contribute

to the condition/illness or work against the ability of the patient and family/caregiver to

benefit from medical and health care.

· Creates and implements an efficient and sure social work treatment scheme for patients

and families/caregivers based on analysis of the psycho-social factors as well as the

medical illness of the patient.

· Conducts home visits that would help identify the need for added equipment or service

and arranges supportive services as appropriate.

· Collaborates with primary care providers, the behavioral health clinician, pharmacist and

other members of the treatment team through a multi- or interdisciplinary approach.

· Performs other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Knowledge of principles and practices of counseling techniques

· Knowledge of community resources and referral agencies

· Knowledge of group dynamics

· Knowledge of office management principles and practices

· Skill in counseling

· Skill in interviewing and communicating to elicit information and cooperation from

· patients

· Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, staff,

· and the public

· Skill in public speaking

· Skill in facilitating support groups

· Ability to write reports, correctly reflecting intervention and document progress


May require sitting for long periods of time; also stooping, bending and stretching for files and supplies. May require lifting up to 25 pounds. Vision must be correctable to 20/40 and hearing must be in the normal range for telephone contacts. Requires ability to drive to outreach areas for presentations and other activities.


Work is performed in an office environment. Involves fre­quent contact with staff, patients and the public. Some extended workdays and weekends may be required. Work may be stressful at times. May require contact with individuals with communicable diseases. May encounter individuals who are violent, abusive and/or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Community Medical Centers, Inc.

Why Work Here?

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Community Medical Centers, Inc. (CMC) is a well-established community health center with more than 40 years of history serving diverse communities. CMC provides health services to those in greatest need. CMC provides a great range of services to the uninsured and limited insured populations. Leadership and vision quality initiatives support CMC strategic goals. CMC is driven to implement best practices and is focused on quality. CMC operates 14 primary care clinics, two dental clinics, HIV early intervention program, and a clinic for the homeless. CMC also provides other services to the community that include Health Education, Women’s Infants and Children (WIC), and a Sweet Success program that is aimed for pregnant women at risk for diabetes. CMC has a staff of about 70 plus Providers and has about 270,000 patient encounters yearly.

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