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21 Jun 2022

Full-Time Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor

APLA Health – Posted by APLA Health Los Angeles, California, United States

Job Description

APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at

We offer great benefits, competitive pay, and great working environment!

We offer:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance (no cost for employee)
  • Vision Insurance (no cost for employee)
  • Long Term Disability
  • Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 5 Personal Days
  • 10 Vacation Days
  • 12 Sick Days
  • Metro reimbursement or free parking
  • Employer Matched 403b Retirement Plan

This is a great opportunity to make a difference!



Under the direction of the Program Manager of Substance Abuse Programs, the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) is responsible for the facilitation of a behavioral group specific to gay men or MSM who use crystal methamphetamine. The CADC ensures that services provided are consistent with APLA Health & Wellness harm reduction philosophy and larger health education goals.



  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of group sessions that focus on substance use, harm reduction, treatment education, and behavior modification.
  • Assess whether an individual qualifies and is a good candidate for the group level intervention.
  • Makes referrals to the APLA Health & Wellness behavioral health team, Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) program, or other treatment centers.
  • Act as a liaison between the APLA Health substance use programs and supplementary services to ensure seamless and timely enrollment.
  • Assure client confidentiality as defined by APLA Health policy and procedures.
  • Remain abreast of changes and updates within the substance use field that would be of benefit to the substance use programs and its respective clients.
  • Ensure that client files remain in alignment with contractual standards.
  • Provide appropriate crisis intervention and emotional support to clients.
  • Respond aptly to emergencies and notify appropriate staff and supervisor(s) in a timely manner.Maintain open and accurate verbal and written communications with substance abuse program manager.
  • Provide program updates to department staff that share program findings
  • Assist the substance abuse program manager with the development and implementation of in person or virtual community forums and workshops.
  • Ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • Serve as speaker/facilitator for trainings as needed.
  • Prepare quantitative and qualitative reports as assigned.




Training and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Associate Degree or higher preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Certified as a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselor with a California certificate agency such as CAADE, CCAPP, or CADTP
  • Minimum two (2) years experience working with persons who use crystal methamphetamine.
  • Minimum two (2) years SUD counseling experience.
  • Training and/or experience working in HIV prevention and health education/health promotion.
  • Versed in counseling protocols and techniques associated with the facilitation of substance use interventions.
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Data management

Knowledge of:

  • Twelve-step programs and principles.
  • Health disparities spectrum of HIV and STD disease
  • Harm reduction and behavior modification theories
  • Health and social concerns of gay and non-gay identified MSM

Ability to:

  • Respect client boundaries and maintain professionalism in dress, speech and actions.
  • Coordinate multiple tasks.
  • Enforce program policies and procedures in a fair and firm manner.
  • React calmly and effectively in client crisis situations.
  • Communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Conduct group presentations, operate standard office equipment including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and meet assigned deadlines.



This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper.



Must possess a valid California driver license; proof of auto liability insurance; and have the use of a personal vehicle for work related purposes. COVID-19 Vaccination or Medical/ Religious Exemption required.


Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: AIDS, Alcohol, APLA Health, Drugs, healthcare, HIV, lgbtq, and non-profit. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 86 days.

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