Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)

May 07 2024
City and County of Honolulu |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description
SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR (CSAC)

 

$5,076.00/month
Job Type: Full-Time Temporary
Location:    1060 Richards Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Department: P​rosecuting Attorney

 

*This is a Full-Time Temporary Contract Position (Extension of Contract Term Subject to Funding Availability)

 

 

 

POSITION SUMMARY: The position works under the supervision of the designated Supervisor or Manager, and carries out direct therapeutic interaction with clients, in accordance with the Department’s Substance Use Disorder Assessment-Fast (SUDA-Fast) program. The position is primarily responsible for conducting substance use assessments for pretrial defendants at the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) and the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC) as an augmentation to the services provided by the Department of Health and/or its Hawaiʿi Cares contracted provider. Follow-up services include matching the level of care with appropriate community programs, and facilitating the client’s release into the appropriate program. The position protects the confidentiality of clients and client records in accordance with all applicable federal regulations.

 

 

 

DUTIES:

I. Essential Functions (85%)

1. Serve as SUDA-Fast’s primary substance use assessor for each client referred to his/her caseload.

2. Coordinates with the Department of Public Safety for case assessment referrals, and referrals for treatment.

3. Drives to and from OCCC and WCCC to conduct substance abuse assessments.

4. Conducts and prepares substance use assessments of clients by utilizing a bio-psycho-social screening instrument to determine a client’s need for treatment and level of motivation, and makes recommendations for the appropriate level of care.

5. Coordinates with the Department of Health and/or Hawaiʿi Cares to facilitate approval of care and placement into treatment, and with the treatment programs to schedule a proposed release date from OCCC.

6. Communicate with the Department of Public Safety, defense attorneys and deputy prosecuting attorneys to effect activities for SUDA-Fast pretrial releases.

7. Maintains client records in accordance with the Department’s policies and procedures, and in compliance with all state and federal laws.

8. Perform statistical reporting tasks as required, and collaborate with the Department’s grant planners.

II. Other Functions (15%)

1. Participate in SUDA-Fast or other related meetings as required.

2. Perform other related duties as assigned.

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education/Experience and Training: Eligible applicants must meet any of the following three categories and have received certification as a CSAC by Hawaiʿi’s Department Health, Adult Drug Abuse Division.

 

I. Certification: CSAC with High School Diploma/Equivalent; Education Hours: 300 hours of 270 SUD specific; Supervised Work Verification: 6000 (400 of which is in the 12-Core Functions); 12-Core Functions: 400 (20 minimum in each core); Required Education 6 hours in each: HIV & STD SUD Ethics Confidentiality, to include 42 CFR Part 2

 

II. Certification: CSAC with Bachelor in behavioral health (BH) sciences; Education Hours: 300 hours of 270 SUD specific; Supervised Work Verification: 4000 (400 of which is in the 12-Core Functions); 12-Core Functions: 400 (20 minimum in each core); Required Education 6 hours in each: HIV & STD SUD Ethics Confidentiality, to include 42 CFR Part 2

 

III. Certification: CSAC with Masters in BH; Education Hours: 300 hours of 270 SUD specific; Supervised Work Verification: 2000 (400 of which is in the 12-Core Functions); 12-Core Functions: 400 (20 minimum in each core); Required Education 6 hours in each: HIV & STD SUD Ethics Confidentiality, to include 42 CFR Part 2

 

Additional Qualification Preferences:

1. Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) by Hawaiʿi’s Department of Health in any of the above categories. An Advanced Degree in Social work, Psychology or Behavioral Sciences is preferred.

2. Experience working with the behavioral and mental health population preferred.

3. Eligible for certification in CPR and First Aid.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Ability to work with and relate to clients with substance abuse disorders, including dually diagnosed and the criminal population.

2. Ability to respond calmly and efficiently to stressful situations with crisis management skills.

3. Well-organized and able to maintain accurate and concise records.

4. Able to work with a multidisciplinary team.

5. Efficient in Microsoft Programming and familiar with Electronic Health Record systems.

 

LICENSE REQUIREMENT: Possession of an appropriate valid Hawaii State driver’s license (Type 3).

 

 

 

In addition to providing important services to the public, employment with the City & County of Honolulu has many excellent benefits including:

  • Vacation: Employees may earn up to 21 days per year.
  • Sick Leave: Employees may earn up to 21 days per year.
  • Holidays: 13 days a year; 14 days during election years.
  • Training and Development: Computer, career, and personal enhancement courses are offered; curriculum designed for employee, supervisory, and management development.
  • Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug, and Vision Care: Various health insurance plans are available. Premiums are subsidized by the City and deductible from pre-tax income for participants of the Premium Conversion Plan (PCP).
  • Group Life Insurance: No cost for eligible employees.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan: Invest in your future…choose to defer part of your pre-tax income for retirement.
  • Retirement Plan: The Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) of the State of Hawaii administers retirement benefits for State and County employees. Employee contribution required.
  • Commuter Choice Pre-Tax Benefits: Employees may designate certain transportation expenses (TheBus, LOTMA, Vanpool Hawaii, etc.) as a pre-tax item
  • Parking: Some job locations offer parking on-site; others may have access to parking at low monthly rates.
  • Direct Deposit: Direct deposit of paychecks to a designated financial institution is available.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Confidential, professional counseling and resource referral.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: A federal program forgiving the balance of federal student loans for individuals working in public service. For program requirements and additional information, please visit: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgi​veness-cancellation/public-service

 

To view additional information, please visit our Benefits of City Employment page: https://www.honolulu.gov/hr/benefi​ts.html

 

* All benefits as stated above, are subject to eligibility requirements and to legislative and/or negotiated changes. Individuals are responsible for any related fees or charges that may apply.

 

At time of application, you must be a citizen, national or permanent resident alien of the United States or a non-citizen eligible under Federal law for unrestricted employment.

 

The City and County of Honolulu is an Equal Opportunity Employer