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Substance Use Disorder Professional (Program Specialist 4)

Department of Children Youth and Families
Yelm, WA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity.

If you are a service driven professional who is committed to ensuring that all persons impacted by substance use disorder deserve excellent treatment please consider applying. You will be part of a team committed to improving outcomes for young people and significantly changing the school to prison pipeline. This Program Specialist 4 position is an in-training position so if you are an SUDP-T, you are eligible to apply and will then move up a level once you’ve completed your credentialing process. You’ll have fantastic clinical supervision and an opportunity to change lives. JR is a space of innovation and service. Join us.

The Opportunity (Program Specialist 4):
We need your leadership to provide Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program services and to ensure high-quality counseling is provided for young people demonstrating emotional, cognitive and/or behavioral disorders. A primary responsibility is delivery of all modes of SUD and Prevention services. You will provide leadership and management of treatment programs in a JR institution. Provide SUD diagnostic evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and case management services in a multi-disciplinary outpatient and inpatient setting, and consultation and education to other SUD, mental health and health care professionals. You will provide supervision for prescribed treatment, maintenance pf case records, participate in data collection and research, and perform management functions.

The in-training plan period is two years to complete education, supervision, and testing with DOH. During the 18-month progress review the supervisor can request a six-month or 12-month extension to the training plan through HR.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Complete substance use assessments and diagnose substance use disorders.
  • Provide individual and group counseling, referral, case management services, and timely documentation.
  • Ensure all diagnostic assessments are reviewed.
  • Recommend placement into SUD prevention and treatment.
  • Inform referral source (with required release of information) of the outcome of the assessment and treatment recommendations.
  • Maintain safety and security within a secure juvenile justice treatment milieu; recognize symptoms of psychiatric distress and intervene to de-escalate using JR approved methods and techniques to maintain safety of youth within a juvenile justice mental health treatment milieu in individual and group settings.
  • Place the client with an appropriate clinician for the development of an Individualized Treatment Plan and/or Case Management Plan of Care
  • Provide clinical program leadership in screening and assessment for SUD programming.

What we are looking for:
A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Public Health, Psychology, Mental Health, Healthcare Administration or a related field, and 2 years of experience in the juvenile justice or social service field providing therapeutic or rehabilitation services with clients from diverse backgrounds who have complex needs.
An Associate's Degree or equivalent course work in Social Work, Public Health, Psychology, Mental Health, or a related field, and 4 years of experience in the juvenile justice or social service field providing therapeutic or rehabilitation services with clients from diverse backgrounds who have complex needs.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

  • Previous obtained Bachelor's Degree and/or license in psychology, social work, public health, healthcare administration, human services and other related fields of social sciences.
  • Previous obtained three years of experience in SUD prevention/treatment, juvenile justice/social service positions with clients from diverse backgrounds who have complex needs.
  • Previous obtained three years of professional experience with adolescents and families with substance use disorders.
  • Previous demonstrated professional experience with cognitive behavioral interventions in a social services or treatment setting.
  • Previous demonstrated knowledge and skill with assessment and treatment applications of best-practice, principles, and strategies associated with trauma-informed and culturally responsive treatment, cognitive behavioral theory, social learning theory, and mindfulness-based practices.
  • Previous demonstrated knowledge, experience, and personal insight about racial justice, system inequity, disparities and disproportionality in legal systems, and the post-traumatic impact of racial discrimination.
  • Previous demonstrated ability to coach and support others.

How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile:

  • Current resume detailing experience and education
  • College transcripts

  • Supplemental Information:
    Per Governor Inslee's Directive 22-13.1 state employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.

    Applicants selected for an interview will be required to pass a criminal history and national fingerprint background check, and complete a questionnaire mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) inquiring about any sexual misconduct. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

    This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

    This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

    DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

    The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.

    Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388

    Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627.

    To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.

Company Description
DCYF is the lead agency for state-funded services that support children and families to build resilience and health, and to improve educational outcomes. It oversees several services previously offered through the state Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Early Learning. These include all programs from the Children’s Administration and Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration in DSHS such as Child Protective Services’ investigations and Family Assessment Response, licensed foster care, adoption support, and Juvenile Rehabilitation. Also included are all DEL services, such as the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program for preschoolers, Working Connections Child Care, and Home Visiting. Our focus is to support children and families at their most vulnerable points, giving them the tools they need to succeed. This agency was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families — an agency that prioritizes early learning, prevention, and early intervention at critical points along the age continuum from birth through adolescence.

Department of Children Youth and Families


375 S.W. 11th Street Chehalis

Yelm, WA