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Substance Use Technician

  • Expired: January 26, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.
"Every person deserves compassion, dignity, and the safety of a place to call home."

Homelessness is the largest social and public health crisis in California. Illumination Foundation (IF) is a growing non-profit organization dedicated towards disrupting the cycle of homelessness by providing targeted, interdisciplinary services in our recuperative care centers, emergency shelters, housing services and children's and family programs. IF currently has 13+ facilities with 22+ micro-communities scattered across Orange County, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire.

Job Description:

The Substance Use Technician provides clinically sound, harm reduction-based substance use counseling
services to all clients served by IF. The pay range for this position is $20-23 per hour depending on experience, with the opportunity to earn up to $2 more per hour, depending on the shift time.

  • Within a Harm Reduction Model complete substance use assessment, treatment planning, goal setting, and discharge planning to clients interested in services
  • Provide individual and group counseling to clients struggling with substance abuse
  • Recognize the need for and provide crisis intervention to clients
  • Complete ACE's Assessment and other related assessments as indicated
  • Initiate CIWA's as needed
  • Within 5 days of service provision, documents all client interactions or activities completed on behalf of the client (including collaboration with other disciplines, case consultations, telephone calls, leaving voicemails, and collateral contact) in KIPU
  • Meet documentation standards as assigned by Clinical Supervisor, Manager or Director
  • Inform Associate Manager, Manager or Director, within 12 hours of making an incident report, APS/CPS report and complete required APS/CPS reports within the mandated time frame
  • Collaborate (on a need to know basis) with teams including site, nursing, case management, behavioral health therapists, food service and transportation regarding client's substance use counseling needs, ensuring the highest level of client care
  • Must maintain confidentiality of work-related information and materials according to HIPAA standards
  • Drive to any IF location for coverage, trainings, or support, as directed
  • Research and build relationships with community agencies for client resources and linkage
  • Familiarization with supportive services in county/counties served, including but not limited to linking clients to outside therapy, psychiatry, substance use treatment, job training, schooling, church, AA/NA Meetings, etc
  • Support volunteers as needed; may be required to supervise volunteer(s)
  • Possess an understanding, and demonstrate a passion for meeting the needs of the low-income, dual diagnosis, homeless population
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and incorporate trauma informed care, motivational Interviewing, and the wellness and recovery models when assessing and treating clients
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity to the needs of staff and clients
  • Ability to conduct clinically sound substance use assessments, treatment planning and discharge
  • Ability to work with ambiguity and solve complex problems by utilizing critical thinking, creativity,
    thinking outside of the box, and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently, stay calm, use good judgment and effective communication in crisis
  • Demonstrate superior organizational skills, thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Ability to make decisions, meet targets and work under pressure
  • Be a self-starter, skilled at working with little direction
  • Demonstrate and foster a positive attitude toward change
  • Demonstrate tactful and diplomatic communication skills with clients and team members
  • Ability to manage, coordinate and collaborate with others (clients, staff and community agencies) in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Build supportive relationships in community/actively search out relevant resources
  • Advanced knowledge of, and ability to comply with, HIPPA regulations and professional ethics

Preferred Experience/Minimum Qualifications:
  • Two years of experience working with homeless and dual diagnosis (mental illness and comorbid substance abuse problem) populations.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is helpful, highly desirable
  • Basic computer skills including the ability to prepare simple correspondence and reports in Microsoft Word, and summarize and report data in Excel spreadsheets.

  • Addiction counseling: 1 year (Required)


  • Medical Insurance funded 80-94% by Illumination Foundation
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life, AD&D and LTD Insurance funded 100% by Illumination Foundation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 401K with Company Matching
  • 10 days vacation PTO/year
  • 6 days sick PTO/year
  • 10 days holiday PTO/year

Illumination Foundation


Riverside, CA
92501 USA



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