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6 Aug 2020

Full-Time On-call Substance Abuse Specialist

Mental Health Partners – Posted by MentalHealthPartnersCO Boulder, Colorado, United States

Job Description


The Substance Abuse Specialist provides direct services to intoxicated and newly sober persons in an inpatient substance abuse facility.

Job Summary: 

To provide direct services and assistance to clients in a milieu environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts client screening; including client histories, case notes and discharges
  • Assists with client education
  • Provides support in the management of the milieu and the work environment
  • Evaluates crisis situations and escalated behaviors and provides appropriate interventions and support
  • Intervenes in situations to promote health and recovery face to face contact with clients in order to facilitate progress toward recovery
  • Works collaboratively with clients and other pertinent staff to coordinate appropriate care
  • Monitors clients’ vital signs and assesses the need for medical or higher level care and coordinates those sources as appropriate
  • Maintains up-to-date clinical records on assigned clients
  • Completes documentation of services consistent with clinical and administrative policies and procedures
  • Promotes and demonstrates MHP’s mission, vision and values through both behavior and job performance on a day to day basis
  • Effectively interacts and communicates with other MHP staff/clients/customers/partners/etc.
  • Regular and consistent attendance is required to perform other essential functions of the job
  • Other duties as assigned



Skills & Other Requirements
Minimum qualifications

  • BA degree in a behavioral health field, OR High School diploma and CAC II/CAC III OR unrelated BA with at least one year work experience in the behavioral health field required
  • Current CPR certification, or ability to obtain CPR certification within 30 days of hire
  • QMAP certification required; if not already certified must become certified within 30 days of hire
  • Must receive the flu shot annually
  • Registration in the State of Colorado DORA database as an approved addictions counselor or mental health licensure is required within 90 days of hire


  • Working knowledge of addictions and their treatments
  • Ability to learn and understand program policies and procedures
  • Ability to make good judgments regarding client related issues of a confidential, legal or medical nature
  • Ability to monitor client vital signs
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to effectively work with other staff, partner agencies and the public
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work effectively with intoxicated clients
  • Excellent de-escalation and problem solving skills

Working Environment

  • General office environment and a 24-hour, inpatient substance abuse facility
  • Includes working with people in acute distress or crisis
  • May require travel to several MHP sites throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties to attend meetings

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Mental Health, on-call, and substance abuse.

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