GENERAL STATEMENT The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. POSTION SUMMARY The counselor is responsible for providing case management services for participants enrolled in The Salvation Army/Hope Harbor Center. Hope Harbor Center is a state-licensed residential drug and alcohol recovery program. Counselor role is to promote the recovery and self-sufficiency of participants during their stay in accordance with licensing, funder, and Salvation Army requirements and policies, including maintaining timely and current participant documentation in charts and electronically (HMIS and SAGE systems). ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Counselor is responsible for providing the following services to DMC patients based on their individual needs: Individualized case management, advocacy, and referral services for participants, who are generally persons experiencing homelessness with histories of substance abuse, possibly with co-occurring mental health disorders. Referrals for group and/or individual mental health counseling; educational, vocational, and/or employment preparation and placement services; and a variety of social and recreational activities - on or off site. One-on-one case management meetings with each participant at least once per week, with appropriate documentation of participant progress and case notes documented in the participant's chart and HMIS and SAGE computerized notes. Updating of participant's progress notes, recovery plans, and other documents required by State Licensing Standards, funders, The Salvation Army, and Hope Harbor. Inputting all appropriate data for DMC billing purposes into the SAGE system. Ensuring that all newly arriving clients are interviewed and participate in a comprehensive needs assessment within 24 hours of written notice of the participant's assignment to the case manager's case load. Providing advocacy, counseling, and support in applying for and accessing mainstream benefits, including but not limited to Unemployment Benefits, General Relief, SSI, and other federal, state, and local assistance programs. Establishing and/or maintaining positive working relationships with all other Hope Harbor employees. Discussing, developing, and following through on personal program development through weekly program review with program department. Facilitating group sessions as assigned and overseeing client chores and assignments. Participating in all in-service training classes as scheduled. Establish and/or work with alumni group and all other related duties as assigned. Collaborate with other staff members to ensure adherence to safety and security measures and assist with client medication monitoring. Perform all other duties as assigned by Program Manager, Clinical Director and Director
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or a similar field, or five years' experience in counseling
Use the ASAM criteria to develop a thorough, written diagnostic assessment that includes client's addiction history, mental health history medical health history and social functioning to determine medical necessity for treatment.
Develop and write up a comprehensive initial treatment plan.
Superior verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills.
Basic knowledge of The Salvation Army Policies and Procedures.
Ability to multi-task with critical attention to details and follow through.
Thrive in a team-oriented environment.
Capable of meeting deadlines.
Able to keep confidential all business office, client, and staff information.
Ability to work with all people in a nondiscriminatory manner.
Bi-lingual in English and Spanish languages.
Minimum of four (4) years' experience in staff development and staff training.
Experienced with Therapeutic Community as a treatment modality.
BSL -First Aid & CPR Certificate
Must obtain a pre- employment medical clearance. (DHCS Form C3)
TB test upon hire.
Must be a certified addiction counselor by a state-approved agency.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously while paying critical attention to detail.
Thrive in a team-oriented environment.
If working in vicinity of children a criminal background check is required with certification for Protect the Mission policies and procedures.
Must be able to sit, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist on an intermittent or continuous basis.
Must be able to grasp, push, and pull objects such as files, file cabinet drawers, reach overhead, and lift to 25 pounds.
Microsoft word/ Office Suite and Adobe software resources.