Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number

$53,120 - $71,120

Closing Date
May 19, 2022
Posted May 9, 2022

Agency Name
Wake County Health and Human Services

Work County

Job Location
Human Services Center Swinburne
North Carolina
Job Description

The Child Welfare Division seeks a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, that will provide clinical substance abuse assessments and referrals, for parents involved with Child Welfare services. This dynamic individual must be able to work independently, be familiar with Child Protective Services, Permanency Planning and have experience with adolescents and adults with co-occurring diagnosis. Experience with Motivational Interviewing and Motivation for Change is important to help engage families and keep them safely intact. This position must be proficient in assessment and evaluation skills, and in crisis situations. Knowledge of facilities and programs to refer clients for the appropriate ASAM treatment needed is required. We are looking for a team player who will be responsible for working collaboratively with approximately 60 Child Welfare staff, providing case consultations. The Clinical Addiction Specialist is responsible for on-going research and workshops to maintain up to date knowledge of substances, testing and treatment options. Primary duties: 
  • Gathers and reviews information for an assessment including review of the case record, medical records, previous assessments, and criminal histories
  • Schedules and facilitates the substance abuse assessment and formulates recommendations using validated tools. Writes reports and maintains documentation of contacts and services. Collaborates with co-workers and supervisor on cases. Initiates referrals and coordination to services. Performs tracking including drug testing
  • Participates in case meetings, testifies in court, and provides consultation and education to staff
  • Performs a variety of administrative tasks. Participates in required meetings. Serves on committees if requested.  Completes day sheets, time sheets, mileage reports, tracking forms, and other required documents.  Completes all required trainings  
  • Testifying in court; providing accurate documentation of contacts, services recommended/or followed through  Competent computer skills are necessary for this position
  • The Substance Abuse Clinician provides educational workshops to staff as needed
NOTE: Wake County Human Services employees are required to be in their current role for a minimum of one (1) year to be eligible to apply for another Human Services position. Upon acceptance of employment you acknowledge that (i) you will rescind your application for any other positions within Wake County Human Services, (ii) after accepting your position with Wake County Human Services you must remain in your role for one (1) year before you are eligible to apply for another position within Wake County Human Services, (III) if you work in the Health Clinics and Public Health Division, influenza immunization is a condition of initial and continued employment, subject to compliance with federal law.

About Our Team

Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is the consolidation of programs and services that include social services, public health, job search assistance, child support, and transportation. Our mission, in partnership with the community, is to facilitate full access to high quality and effective health and human services for Wake County residents. In addition to our numerous standard programs, Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is engaged in a number of special initiatives that are impacting services and programs throughout our entire agency. Whether legislated down from the changing regulations on the Federal or State level or bubbling up from the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff, you can always look forward to Wake County Health and Human Services implementing new and exciting enhancements to our services and programs.

The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

  • As required by license
  • Licensed professional in the area of employment
  • Equivalent education and experience are NOT accepted

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

  • Must be a fully licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist
  • The ability to speak Spanish is highly desired, but not required
  • Knowledge of community resources for substance use

How Will We Know You're 'The One'?

  • Application of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) best practice indicators
  • Proficiency with drug and alcohol testing, to monitor treatment plans and understand medical instructions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; proficient skills
  • Experience with Home Visiting Services
  • Experience with co-occurring health and mental health problems
  • Must have sufficient knowledge of the substance abuse population, treatment planning and the field of human social services to work toward the rehabilitation of the patient community
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