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Substance Abuse Specialist

Location: Henderson, TX
Job ID: 50704
Facility: Corrections

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Work with a purpose! Join a team with values that match your own and make a difference in the lives of people needing second chances.

Ready to begin a career in addiction treatment but not sure where to start? At East Texas Treatment Facility, beginning with this entry-level position, we will provide you with a clear pathway and the resources to become a credentialed substance abuse treatment professional.

Position title: Substance Abuse Specialist

Facility name: East Texas Treatment Facility

Location: 900 Industrial Drive, Henderson, TX 75652

Rate of pay: $15.00 per hour

Work schedule: Monday-Friday; 6:30A-3:30P or 8:00A-5:00P

Benefit package includes:   

  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance
  • 401(k) with company match 
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays (9 total)
  • Professional development assistance
  • Career advancement opportunities are available

Job responsibilities: A Substance Abuse Specialist is responsible for performing moderately complex substance abuse education work within the DWI/SAFPF/ISF programs. Work involves planning, coordinating and implementing substance abuse education activities as well as coordinating with other departments to ensure the maximum utilization for resources available in compliance with Management & Training Corporation (MTC) and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) directives.

Essential functions:

  1. Ensure safety and well-being of offenders by continuously supervising therapeutic and recreational activities. Monitors offender break periods and movement. Intervenes as necessary to control or channel inappropriate behaviors. Makes rounds, takes census counts and so forth. Reports missing offenders or physical symptoms to appropriate personnel and records improvement of same in accordance with program expectations.
  2. Provides didactic sessions according to designated curricula within the program. Presents chemical dependency education and life skills classes to assist offenders with basic education on these topics.
  3. Guides and assists clients in complying with facility rules and regulations. Supervises client offender work functions in accordance with program policies such as morning wake up routines according to established schedules. Notifies appropriate personnel of offenders failing to comply with policies and procedures.
  4. Monitors offender behavior and reports incidents, inappropriate or unusual behaviors to appropriate treatment team staff.
  5. Updates and maintains offender records which include recording direct and indirect hours, therapeutic treatments, activity or group participation, job readiness progress and so forth in accordance with all local, state and federal contractual requirements.
  6. Ensures records are complete, accurate, and up to date. Serves as member of the treatment team by reporting offender observations, incidents or unusual occurrences. Contributes to decisions regarding treatment plans, discipline, conflict intervention or privileges. Assists team in maintaining consistent setting for treatment and planning and coordinating client interaction events.
  7. Performs a variety of related office and technical duties as necessary such as answering telephones, relaying messages, responding to inquiries regarding program services and policies, filing, photocopying and faxing documents, planning special events and assembling intake packets and discharge packets.
  8. Promote the development of positive social skills through modeling appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed. Provide regular feedback to staff regarding social skills procedures and intervention techniques.
  9. Maintain accountability of staff, offenders and property. Adhere to safety practices.

It is expected that the incumbent shall perform other duties as assigned within his/her capabilities as determined by management.

Education and experience requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited senior high school or equivalent or GED.
  • Current registration in, or completion of, a substance abuse practicum program is preferred.
  • A valid driver license in the state of Texas with an acceptable driving record required, unless waived by management.

Post hire requirements:

  • Must successfully complete annual in-service training requirements and pass an annual background check, both of which must be approved by Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
  • Upon hire, must complete a total of 124 hours training in correctional awareness; training for trainers; abuse, neglect, and exploitation cross-curriculum; screening and intake; therapeutic communities and non-violent crisis intervention.

Why: Help individuals break the cycle. Join our team and transform lives!

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