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Youth Substance Use Counselor



Reports To: Director of CEP

Location: Brooklyn & Manhattan

Overview: CASES' Court Employment Project (CEP) provides alternative to detention (ATD) and alternative to incarceration (ATI) services to youth ages 16-24 across the five boroughs. The mission of CEP is for youth to gain competence, confidence, positive connections with peers and adults, build character, receive support from caring adults, contribute to their communities, and live crime-free lives. Our services are youth development centered. We operate from the belief that if young people have mutually beneficial relationships with the people and institutions of their social world, they will be on the way to a hopeful future marked by positive contributions to self, family, community, and civil society. Our approach is distinguished by individualized case management, family engagement, supportive therapeutic counseling, evidence-based programming, and group activities that build positive peer associations and contribute to community development.
Under the direction of the Director of CEP, the Substance Use Counselor will be part of an interdisciplinary team with a director, team leader, case coordinators, behavioral health specialist and court representatives. The Substance Use Counselor will be the internal specialist on substance use and will carry a caseload, administer assessments as well as facilitate groups of youth involved in the justice system from diverse backgrounds. The objectives of this role are to ensure participants receive services that are strengths-based, culturally-sensitive and adherent to the core principles of risk, need and responsivity to reduce recidivism, increase engagement in community treatment services and support participants to achieve their self-identified goals for treatment, recovery, rehabilitation, and crime-free community integration.


• Lead the Enhanced Behavioral Health services team substance use assessment, services, and interventions;
• Conduct substance use, mental health, and trauma screening and assessment;
• Assess psychosocial needs communicating with collateral partners (school, family, community providers) to determine level of behavioral health and social needs of participants;
• Engage family and significant others in assessment process including conducting family conferences and home visits to assess home environment;
• Assess risk levels for criminal behavior using validated risk and need assessments and develop recommendations for needed treatment and rehabilitation services to address related risk and needs;
• Collaborate with Behavioral Health Specialist and Case Coordinators in developing recovery-oriented, comprehensive individual treatment plans related to substance use while considering court mandates;
• Engage participants utilizing a recovery-oriented and trauma-informed approach;
• Provide individual substance use counseling and relapse prevention plans;
• Facilitate weekly group-based interventions utilizing cognitive behavioral strategies including using Interactive Journaling;
• Provide the level of intensity of services based on participant needs and treatment plans;
• Monitor and report random drug urinalysis;
• Utilize evidence-based approaches to treatment that respond to behavioral health needs, trauma, substance use, and criminal justice involvement;
• Ensure at least 75% of work time involves delivering direct face-to-face services to participants;
• Provide effective interventions ensuring at least 70% of caseload successfully complete their alternative-to-incarceration supervision with the Court Employment Project (CEP);
• Provide crisis counseling and de-escalation support as needed;
• Accompany participant, as needed, to appointments in the community; advocate and support participants in case conferences with supports and services in the community;
• Develop partnerships and maintain relationships with community treatment providers and maintain regular and consistent contact with treatment providers serving participants;
• Maintain up to date and detailed progress notes and relevant data in Salesforce;
• Provide culturally-competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice;
• Assist Program Director in developing and implementing substance use procedure and policies;
• Attend and prepare for organization and team meetings and supervision sessions;
• Perform other duties as required by Program Director and Team Leader


• CASAC or Masters in Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or relevant
degree. New York State Credential or License required within one year of employment
• At least two years of experience providing services for youth and/or young adults with
substance use or co-occurring disorders
• Experience with using youth development precepts and motivational interviewing
• Knowledge of stages of change, providing cognitive behavioral therapy and evidence
based treatment.
• Highly organized with attention to detail
• Excellent writing and oral communication skills
• Knowledge of the criminal justice system, court processes and alternative to detention/incarceration services
• Spanish speaking a plus

Benefits: Here at CASES we offer benefits that will assist you in making the most of your career and your life. Our programs include health and wellness insurance which is offered through Aetna. A retirement 403(b) plan is held with Principal, education, and training. Additionally, our portable ancillary benefits are offered through Aflac, Legal Shield, and ADP Flexible spending account; which is then deducted through payroll along with commuter benefits, additional short-term disability, cancer, additional income protection, hospitalization coverage, and identity theft protection.


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Posted on 11/13/17; CVMHA ID #11568