Substance Use Counselor

Job Description

Summary of Position:
The Substance Use Counselor helps the homeless veteran, substance-using population understand their addictions to alcohol, illegal substances, and unhealthy behaviors. The counselor also supports the collaborative efforts of the Intensive Case Management Team to handle the substance-use treatment, recovery, and stabilization efforts of program participants.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Intake, assessment, orientation, referral of Drug and Alcohol clients
• Reinforce long-term self-sufficiency goals and efforts and document progress
• Drug and Alcohol treatment planning
• Drug and Alcohol individual counseling and case management
• Must work in a team environment to provide comprehensive services to program participants.
• Assist client with referrals to AA/NA meetings
• Assisting client with transportation and support to AA/NA meetings. Also attend random recovery meetings in the community
• Collect and maintain log sheets that document client substance-abuse meeting attendance
• Conduct client drug testing as needed
• Assist client with transportation to court dates and other mandatory events
• Conduct mental-health screenings and facilitate necessary treatment
• Make in-home visits to observe indicators of the client recovery progress
• Facilitate relapse-prevention services
• Screen for potential use of Naltrexone therapy
• Make appropriate referrals to SPC Programs or other appropriate Substance Abuse Programs that include in-patient and long-term facilities
• Conduct and document 30- and 60-day follow-up on program placements
• Input client contacts, documentation and verification requirements into Caseworthy
• Complete daily and monthly departmental paperwork
• Update daily clients’ electronic files in the Caseworthy to include any contact with clients
• Cultivate strong relationships with area drug programs and/or hospitals to ensure placement and retention
• Refer clients to resources to address other service needs
• Research additional benefits available to enhance services.
• Coordinate and maintain client discharge records
• Participate in ICM team duties and tasks such as:
1. Team meetings
2. ISS development
3. Home visits
4. Programming
5. CTS documentation
• Keep an up-to-date and accurate listing of clients
• Responsible for the completion of departmental goals of case management as outline by grants
• Responsible for maintaining records and statistics for the completion of the Annual Reports
• Provide instruction in parenting and living skills classes as needed (crisis only)
• Assist with various clerical duties as needed (crisis only)
• Assist and complete special case management projects as directed by Department Management Staff
• Facilitate groups
• Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in related field required, MSW preferred
• MAADC, CADC, LCSW or LPC (preferably with substance use experience) required
• Experience with homeless veterans preferred
• At least one year experience working with low-income or homeless individuals/families
• Experience with wrap-around services preferred
• Experience in conducting home visits and family-centered casework
• Understanding of area resources to provide quality referrals for client needs
• Competent in cultural issues
• Well-versed in ethical issues in drug/alcohol counseling

Skills and Attitude:
• Adhere to the agency mission and policies
• Understands the importance of client confidentiality
• Understanding and empathy for the needs and concerns of low-income individuals
• Excellent listening, writing, and communication skills
• Ability to analyze problems and make sound decisions
• Excellent organizational skills
• Creativity in designing and implementing effective programs
• Able to give and receive useful feedback and instructions
• Ability to use Microsoft Office computer software
• Capable of working independently and/or in high stress environments

Relationship Requirements:
• Attend and participate in all St. Patrick Center and Employment team meetings
• Participate on community boards and committees that deal with veterans, homelessness, and substance use issues
• Veteran Service agencies
• Employment Department program staff

Resources accountable to:
• St. Patrick Center
• Catholic Charities

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St. Patrick Center

At St. Patrick Center, we’re one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We take an action-based approach to service and offer nationally recognized programs that assist more than 8,000 people each year. Our mission, at its core, is to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence in dignified, cost-effective and permanent ways. This approach transforms our clients as well as our entire community. For more information about our organization, please visit

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