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Full Time Substance Abuse Counselor

Community Research Foundation Chula Vista, CA
  • Expired: 15 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Substance Use Counselor - Mental Health Services Assertive Community Treatment Program, ACT
Locations: Chula Vista, CA

Hours: 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Pay: Competitive + excellent benefit package

Community Research Foundation (CRF) is the leader in providing behavioral health care in San Diego County, helping thousands of individuals each year recover from serious mental illness and co-occurring substance conditions. With almost 40 years of dedication, hard work, and commitment, CRF has earned an enviable reputation among our clients and the community for cutting edge programs and services. We are seeking an experience Substance Abuse Counselor, CADAC, to join our growing team.

We Offer:

  • Generous PTO, up to 24 days per year
  • Up to 11 paid holidays
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans
  • TSA Retirement Saving 403B
  • Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Account, FSA
  • Employee Assistance Program, EAP
  • Active Wellness Program
  • Professional and Clinical Trainings
  • Free Life Insurance and more

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required with at least 1 year of experience working with individuals who have a severe and persistent mental illness, as well as co-occurring disorders
  • CADAC certification strongly preferred
  • Candidates who are license-eligible with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences are encouraged to apply
  • Two years’ experience training in substance abuse and/or addictions and previous experience providing substance abuse services within a mental health rehabilitation program
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred
  • A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • Able to pass criminal/background clearance

Duties of the Substance Abuse Specialist

The Substance Abuse Specialist provides rehabilitation supports, training, and resources to clients in the Adelante program.

Duties include:

  • Provides crisis intervention, case management and rehabilitative counseling services and provides and/or coordinates substance abuse assessment, treatment planning, and service delivery tailored to the individual needs of the clients served
  • Provides individual and group substance abuse counseling
  • Assists in developing and designing curriculum and facilitates co-occurring disorders groups
  • Facilitates substance abuse groups and networks with community substance treatment providers
  • Develops and maintains client service plans that address the needs of each individual served in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team
  • Provides cross-training for the rest of the team to deal effectively with substance abuse issues and optimize collaboration and support
  • Services are provided in the clients’ homes as well as in community-based sites

Program Overview:

Located in Chula Vista, CA, the Adelante Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program provides intensive, community-based case management services for homeless adults in the South Bay Region of the County. We deliver fully-integrated services to clients diagnosed with a serious mental illness, as well as individuals with co-occurring, mental health, and substance disorders.

Our program utilizes the evidence-based practice of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) to support our clients in the higher level of community care and to assist them in reaching their goals and living a life that is not dominated by mental illness. Our team is a model of care, providing treatment, rehabilitation, and case management supports.

CRF: A Great Place to Work!

Community Research Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit behavioral health agency with 33 community-based mental health programs throughout San Diego, CA serving individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Our CARF-accredited programs utilize innovative and evidence-based treatment models and serve a wide range of people, offering an exciting opportunity to gain experience with multiple sectors of mental health services. We are constantly evolving and developing fresh approaches to meet the needs of San Diego County residents experiencing behavioral health challenges. You will enjoy working within a collaborative and supportive team-based structure that offers a fresh perspective and on-going training. Best of all, you will help and support people in changing their lives for the better!

Community Research Foundation

Why Work Here?

We inspire and mentor the next generation of behavioral health professionals.

Vision Statement IMPROVING AND ENRICHING THE LIVES OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY WE SERVE Mission CRF, in partnership with our clients and stakeholders, designs, delivers and evaluates innovative and exemplary behavioral health services in a manner that is both culturally and trauma competent, providing these services with integrity, compassion, and a strong focus on wellness. We also inspire and mentor the next generation of behavioral health professionals. Philosophy CRF embraces the concept that persons affected by mental illness and co-occurring mental health and substance use problems can and do recover when provided with appropriate and adequate treatment, activities and supports. This includes access to culturally appropriate, recovery-focused care within the individual's own community provided in the least restrictive level possible. Our child, youth and family programs are family-centered and designed based upon wraparound philosophy. Persons Served Community Research Foundation serves adults with serious mental illness, many with a co-occurring substance use problem, as well as seriously and emotionally disturbed youth and children. General Areas of Service Short Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) programs (alternative to hospitalization for adults) Transitional Living Residential Program for Adults Outpatient Clinics for Children and Adults Walk-In Urgent Care Clinic for Adults School-Based Counseling Programs Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Outpatient Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs Client-Directed Psychosocial and Vocational Clubhouses CalWorks Specialized Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Violence Program


994 Gateway Center Way, San Diego, CA 92102
Chula Vista, CA