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Substance Abuse Specialist - A.C.T. Program

The Bridge


The Bridge, an innovative and well respected mental health agency serving adults with serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, and co-morbid medical conditions is seeking Substance Abuse Specialists for it's A.C.T. Programs.

The Substance Abuse Specialists provide 80% of services in consumers’ homes, shelters, and other community locations. The specialists’ lead the team’s integrated treatment addressing the needs of consumers a various stages of recovery. The integrated substance use services are delivered individually and also through group treatment. The specialist will use assertive outreach and engagement strategies, motivational interviewing and stage-wise interventions that target readiness for change.


Complete the ACT comprehensive assessment and lead the assessment of the addiction related components of the assessment
Identify the treatment services consumers should receive in ACT based on severity of substance use diagnosis, stage of change and immediate needs and recommend treatment objectives for the consumer’s service plan. During the assessment obtains information: a) to establish the degree risk for substance use and associated harmful behaviors, and interventions required to promote progress towards recovery, and b) lead the ACT team in daily meetings and weekly clinical meetings around addiction issues and incorporate findings into service plans
Build in review and evaluation points, and modifies the service plan in the light of feedback from recipients and relevant others. Develop comprehensive service plans and 6-month service plan reviews in collaboration with the consumer and the consumer’s support system
Run weekly co-occurring disorder treatment group. Involve family and significant others in the consumer’s treatment with the ACT team
Complete 6-month comprehensive assessment and crisis intervention and relapse prevention plans, progress notes and significant data
Provide individual mental health, relapse prevention, harm reduction and substance abuse counseling based on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral responses to mental illness and substance abuse. Work effectively with the consumer’s support system, education and vocational training providers, and self-help groups providing services to ACT consumers. Link consumes to self-help recovery groups. Direct standards for toxicology screens, along with team psychiatrist and in accordance with Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) orders. Assess and provide supports to consumer to address needs for problem-solving, wellness self-management, housing, income support, education and vocational training, social supports, employment, and primary care. Act as advocate and liaison for consumers in securing emergency detox and rehabilitation care, and other community supports that promote integrated dual disorder treatment. Evaluate, on a continuing basis, use of services and expected outcomes. Involve family, significant others, and housing providers in treatment. Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis. Provide culturally competent services in accordance with the Bridge policies and practice


LMSW or LCSW, LMHC or CASAC with current New York State license or credential, plus three years of experience working with the substance abuse population. Bilingual (Spanish) desirable. Driver’s license preferred.




Sheryl Silver, Senior V.P. of Community Support Programs.


Posted on 10/18/17; CVMHA ID #11489