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ACT Substance Abuse Specialist

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc in Mesa, AZ, USA


$45,000 to $55,000 Annually

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“Make your career your calling. Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a non-profit organization and one of the largest Hispanic Community De”


As a member of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) clinical team will function as the substance abuse specialist on the ACT Team. ACT team members provide the highest level of care in the Maricopa County behavioral health system. Under general supervision, provides chemical dependency treatment, direct and indirect, covered services and treatment to individual clients, coordinates with community supports and stakeholders. Responsible for managing appointment schedule, assigned caseload as a clinical liaison, conducting assessments, implementing treatment plans, facilitating out-of-office services, performing crisis services when needed, and participate in ongoing learning experiences and treatment team consultation and coordination.


  • To be considered a qualified behavioral health technician, a person must have one of the following combinations of education, license and/or behavioral health work experience:

    · High School/GED. Field of Study: Behavioral Health discipline, Social Science, Mental Health.

    · 1 year of direct substance abuse treatment experience.

    · 3-5 years experience.

    · Education and/or experiences may run concurrently.

    · Master’s degree in a behavioral health-related field.

    · Bachelor’s degree in the behavioral health-related field required. Two (2) years behavioral health work experience preferred.

    · Master’s degree in non-behavioral health-related field and 30 semester hours in behavioral health education (PM Form 3.20.1, see page 11) and two years of behavioral health work experience.

    · Bachelor’s degree in non-behavioral health-related field and 30 semester hours in behavioral health education (PM Form 3.20.1, see page 11) and four years of behavioral health work experience.

    · Associate’s degree in a behavioral health-related field and four years of behavioral health work experience.

    · Associate’s degree in non-behavioral health-related field and 30 semester hours in behavioral health education (PM Form 3.20.1, see page 11) and five years of behavioral health work experience.

    · Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP), certified through the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program.

    · Has a high school diploma or equivalent and 18 credit hours of post-high school education in a field related to behavioral health completed no more than 4 years before the date of proposed employment and 2 years full-time behavioral health experience OR 4 years of behavioral health work experience.

    · Interpersonal skills that allow for professional and positive relationships with co-workers, consumers, families, and other community members. Good communication skills, evidenced by a non-judgmental approach, effective listening, and positive interactions. Basic understanding of the DSM-IV.


  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary team in providing treatment for clients.
    • To communicate with and coordinate services with other treatment providers when appropriate.
    • To attend and actively participate in team meetings.
    • To schedule staffing for primary clients, as needed.
  • Manage and monitor individually assigned caseloads.
    • Maintains personal contact with clients/families and not exceeding 30 days.
    • Accurately documents progress notes the same day as service, not to exceed 24 hours; crisis documentation completed the same day as service.
    • The follow-up to service commitments, engagement, re-engagement for missed appointments, letters of intent, welfare checks, and appropriate discharge functions completed within required time periods.
    • Maintains and monitors caseload statistical information, including presenting issues, length of stay, and outcome measures when assigned.
  • To be available for shift coverage and crisis resolution.
    • To provide on-call coverage for crisis situations as needed.
    • To share in weekend and holiday coverage as scheduled.
    • To coordinate additional community treatment services, as needed.
  • Educate adult individuals and their families.
    • Ability to demonstrate education and verbalization of information in a culturally competent and sensitive manner.
    • Working knowledge of lifespan development.
    • Working knowledge of harm reduction models.
    • Ability to provide illness self-management education for initial, ongoing and discharge transitions.
  • Performs Clinical Record Reviews.
    • Understanding of all licensing, regulatory and agency guidelines.
    • Document significant information in each file in a clear and timely manner.
    • Provides appropriate feedback.
  • Assist in working with clients with medication and case management services.
    • Consults and coordinates with the prescriber, prescriber liaison, laboratories, medical providers, pharmacies, and assists with eligibility and access to prescription services when needed.
    • Consults on initial and ongoing psychiatric evaluation requests.
  • Achieve assigned weekly/monthly productivity expectations.
    • Know and match individually assigned productivity value amounts on a weekly basis, as set for the position, throughout the fiscal year.
    • Monitor appropriate productivity needs, variables, and opportunities.
  • Provide individual/family counseling and are able to facilitate groups. Engage consumers, their families, and their community supports in treatment, provide illness self-management education, and coordinate services with referral sources and discharge planning.
    • Coordinates and conducts group functions and facilitates cohesiveness in its entirety that demonstrate improvement in a client’s/family’s symptom and functioning level.
    • Conducts home visits, other community-based services, as needed and requested by client and/or family.
    • Demonstrates ability to de-escalate and de-brief disruptions to group and /or family content and process.
    • Ability to assist clients to learn skills required to successfully engender psychological stability and personal independence.
  • Works with the individual that present with a range of behavioral health presentations, including co-occurring disorders.
    • Recognize symptoms to the full and broad range of DSM diagnoses.
    • Ability to provide routine, urgent, and emergent interventions.
    • Application and integration of American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria in service planning and implementation.
    • Ability to apply motivational enhancement, stages of change, family systems, and appropriate family communication process.
    • Ability to understand and screen for serious mental illness, and complete requests for determination.
  • Responsible for maintaining and coordinating service plan development and updates, when applicable.
    • Integrate needs identified in assessment with service plan development and review.
    • Evidence of client participation in service plan development.
    • Evidence of stakeholder participation in service plan development.
    • Accurate and timely completion of service plan/review.
  • Performs comprehensive intake and ongoing assessments.
    • Accurate documents the assessment service, including assessment tools and progress notation.
    • Assessment information includes individual and family voice and participation, informed consent, and integrated into initial and ongoing treatment planning.
    • Conducts ongoing assessment, documents functional and symptomatic improvement, cultural values, crisis planning, functional family assessment, and addenda.
  • Facilitate and coordinate group therapy process.
    • Able to promote individual/family culture.
    • Knowledge and ability to effectively engage adults in-process and maintain safety and cohesiveness.
    • Knowledge and understanding of group therapy models and stages
    • Utilizes informed consent in interventions, understands and is able to apply the value and limitation of didactic approaches.
    • Collaborates, coordinates, and consults with other involved service providers and treatment team members.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc

About Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc:

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a non-profit organization and one of the largest Hispanic Community Development Corporations in the United States. The organization began with a group of student and community activists in 1967, and was incorporated and received non-profit status in 1969. CPLC is committed to empowering individuals through health & human services, housing, education, and economic development.

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Only candidates who meet or exceed the presented criteria and skills required to perform the duties and responsibilities will be considered. Please apply online by clicking on the LINK for the position in which you are interested.

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., Human Resources
1112 East Buckeye Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Chicanos Por La Causa participates in E-Verify: Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer.

Company address: 325 N Stapley Dr Mesa, AZ 85203

Posted date: 23 days ago

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