Substance Use Disorder Counselor I/ii

Butte County
27.28 per per week $42,348 - $62,670 Per year CA Butte County Department Of Behavioral Health, 560 Cohasset Rd Ste 175, Chico, CA 95926, United States Apply before 6/15/2024 11:59


Under general supervision (Substance Use Disorder Counselor I), or direction (Substance Use Disorder Counselor II), provides assessments, treatment planning, and counseling for clients acute and chronic problems related to substance abuse; works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to provide optimal client assessment and treatment options; provides education, consultation services, and training for other staff, community agencies, and the public; specializes in performing actions designed to prevent alcohol and drug abuse in the County; and performs related duties as assigned. 


Receives general supervision (Substance Use Disorder Counselor I), or direction (Substance Use Disorder Counselor II) from assigned supervisory or management staff.  Exercises no direct supervision of staff. 


Substance Use Disorder Counselor I: This is the entry-level class in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor series.  Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Substance Use Disorder Counselor II level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods.  Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern.  Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise.  As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence. 

Substance Use Disorder Counselor II: This is the journey-level class in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor series responsible for performing the full range of duties required of the classification.  Incumbents are expected to work independently and exercise judgment and initiative.  Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.  

Positions in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor class series are flexibly staffed; positions at the II level may be filled by advancement from the I-level; progression to the II-level is dependent on (i) management affirmation that the position is performing the full range of duties assigned to the classification; (ii) satisfactory work performance; (iii) the incumbent meeting the minimum qualifications for the classification including any licenses and certifications; and (iv) management approval for progression to the II-level.

Essential Job Functions


Typical functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Conducts initial screenings and assessments of potential clients by phone, in person or video platform; gathers and assesses relevant background information; evaluates the severity of client problems and determines the appropriate level of care; formulates treatment and discharge plans designed to aid in social adjustment.
  • Facilitates and completes required housing and residential referrals and is responsible for appropriate linkage to necessary levels of care not provided by the department. 
  • Provides individual and group, counseling, crisis intervention, collateral services, case management services, and other services as identified in the treatment plan with a focus on rehabilitating substance use disorders; monitors treatment and evaluates progress; advocates for clients with outside agencies.
  • Develops and utilizes curriculum and facilitates educational sessions for groups and the community relating to substance use and early intervention including schools and other agencies.
  • May participate in community groups and stimulates community interest in identifying and eliminating conditions which contribute to substance use problems.
  • Conducts outreach and engagement in the community to pre-consumers, community members, or other identified stakeholders to assist with individuals accessing substance use disorder services. 
  • Keeps current on prevention literature, statistical information, legislative activities and community resources and activities relevant to substance use disorder services and clients.
  • Attends training sessions, workshops, and meetings to enhance job knowledge and skills and maintain required certifications.
  • Adheres to the standards of the Privacy Act of 1974, {U.S.C. § 552A} as amended; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 (Public Law 104-191); 42 CFR Part 2 Confidentiality and Privacy for Substance Use Disorder Treatment; maintains and enforces all aspects of confidentiality of client information.
  • Serves on various committees, task forces, as appropriate and/or assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Psychological, physiological, sociological and behavioral aspects indicative of substance use disorders.
  • Substance abuse life cycle symptoms and behaviors.
  • California mental health system and county system, current psychiatric theories/evidence based practices, Butte County policies and procedures, laws and regulations (5150 welfare institution codes), ethical standards (California Consortium of Addiction Providers and Professionals, California Association of DUI Treatment Programs, California Association of Drug and Alcohol Educators, Butte County Behavioral Health Mission).
  • Recognized methods of treatment in dealing with individuals with behavioral, emotional, alcohol and/or drug related problems.
  • Evidence Based Programs, curriculum, or psychoeducational materials related to the treatment of substance use disorders. 
  • Medications associated with medical alcohol and drug treatment and their effects.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) level of care placement criteria 
  • Alcohol and drug diagnoses and admission criteria for persons served in a specific program.
  • Principles and practices of crisis intervention, group and individual therapy, and case management.
  • Methods and techniques of interviewing clients to assess and evaluate service needs.
  • Methods and techniques of observing and accurately describing/documenting client behaviors. 
  • Community demographics including socioeconomic and cultural factors.
  • Community resources available which assist clients in recovery including housing, employment, education, medical and behavioral health sources.
  • Principles and practices of case documentation and maintenance of complex and comprehensive records.
  • Applicable state and federal laws governing substance abuse, and drug and alcohol programs including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42 CFR Part 2
  • Principles and practices of complex record keeping and charting.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and County staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

 Ability To:

  • Assess and evaluate client’s program eligibility and treatment option needs.
  • Conduct effective individual and group counseling.
  • Recognize potential crisis situations and intervene accordingly.
  • Work effectively with staff in carrying out the work of the team.
  • Maintain client confidentiality.
  • Work independently in the establishment of individual/group treatment interventions.
  • Assess situations involving clients and respond in a timely and effective manner utilizing a variety of appropriate techniques.
  • Carry out a variety of treatment or special project activities under the direction of senior or clinical staff.
  • Prepare thorough documentation and maintain accurate, systematic records.
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate technical and administrative reports.
  • Develop educational and information materials for community meetings and workshops.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Substance Use Disorder Counselor I: Equivalent to an associate degree in behavioral science, social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field;  and

 Two (2) years of experience providing substance abuse counseling OR

Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field

 Substance Use Disorder Counselor II: Equivalent to an associate's  degree in behavioral science, social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field; and

Four (4) years of substance abuse counseling or related experience at a level equivalent to the County’s Substance Use Disorder Counselor I; OR
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field; and 
Two (2) years of substance abuse counseling or related experience at a level equivalent to the County’s Substance Use Disorder Counselor I.

 Certifications and Licenses:

  • Must possess a valid US driver’s license upon date of application. Must obtain California driver’s license following hire date per California DMV regulations.
  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor I: Possess and maintain registration or certification equivalent to Registered Alcohol Drug Technician (RADT) or higher from a California Department of Health Care Services approved credentialing program.
  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor II: Possess and maintain certification equivalent to Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC-I) or higher from a California Department of Health Care Services approved credentialing program.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements


  • Mobility to work in out-patient, clinics, jails or juvenile facilities and standard office settings; use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to operate a motor vehicle to visit various County and meeting sites; standing in and walking between work areas is frequently required;   frequently bend, stoop, kneel, and reach to perform assigned duties, as well as push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information; ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.   
  • Vision to observe client behavior, and to read printed materials and a computer screen.
  • Hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.  
  • Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, hand-held radio, or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.