Substance Abuse Specialist

Job Description

ACTS is committed to the health and safety of our workforce and persons served. At this time, ACTS is requiring potential employees to be fully vaccinated before their first day of employment.

The Substance Abuse Specialist provides community-based assessment, skills training, case management, and/or crisis intervention to participants with substance abuse or co-occurring disorders utilizing evidence-based practices of psycho-social rehabilitation.  Serves as expert in substance abuse/use for other members of clinical team.


Pre-requisite Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in human services or related field.

1) year of training and/or experience in integrated mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment.

Preferred: Florida Certified Addiction Professional (CAP)

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Conducts assessments and identifies treatment services individuals should receive based on severity of substance use diagnosis, stage of change and immediate needs and recommends treatment objectives for the client's service plan

Provides individual and group substance abuse education/interventions by utilizes evidence-based practices (i.e. Motivational Interviewing) in service delivery

Provides consultation and assistance to team in the area of substance abuse and its effects and assist team in identifying and addressing co-occurring issues and the appropriate interventions.

Works collaboratively with the team to engage, educate, communicate, and coordinate care for clients and their family to community resources and ensures that all services prescribed in the service plan are implemented.

Works with individuals to develop a role for themselves outside of their mental illness, while focusing on expected outcomes of increased employment, education, independent living status, and social network, as well as decreased substance use/abuse.

  • Serves as a point of contact and to ensure ongoing collaboration including the communication of appropriate clinical information with other involved parties as appropriate.
  • Ensure each recipient has a current and complete service plan and that all covered services identified on the service plan are evaluated and updated monthly.
  • Provides outreach and follow-up of services including, but not limited to, crisis and missed appointments to ensure adequate resources are available and in place.

Attend scheduled interdisciplinary team meetings or clinical supervisory sessions to discuss quality of client care. 

Provides transportation to clients as appropriate and determined by the clinical team

Links individuals and their families to self-help recovery groups 

Act as liaison for individuals in securing emergency detoxification and rehabilitation care when needed

Utilizes electronic health record for maintaining documentation and management of records for assigned clients

The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position.