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Substance Abuse Counselor

Location: Meridian, MS
Job ID: 57047
Facility: East Mississippi Correctional Facility

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Pay: $16/hr

Location: 10641 US-80, Meridian, MS 39307

Status: Full Time, 8hrs

Benefit package includes:

  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance
  • 401(k) with company match 
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Opportunities for job advancement

We have jobs with a purpose—and you will make a real difference every day. Begin a career in criminal justice and work towards becoming a law enforcement professional. Now Hiring a Substance Abuse Counselor at East Mississippi Correctional Facility.

 Position Summary:

Reports to the lead substance abuse counselor.  Responsible for the implementation and maintenance of an effective alcohol and other drug abuse program with emphasis placed on awareness, prevention, staff training and networking with community resources in compliance with American Correctional Association (ACA) standards, Management & Training Corporation (MTC), and Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) directives.

Essential Functions:

  1. Develop and implement a system to promote the coordination and integration of the substance abuse prevention components with other facility programs.
  2. Assess inmates with identified substance abuse problems; develop and implement a plan to modify or control the behavior by working with inmates, counselors, instructors and the mental health consultant, as appropriate.
  3. Ensure the documentation of all assessments and plans are in inmates' medical records regarding substance abuse problems.
  4. Provide ongoing comprehensive training for all staff members in the substance abuse area with specific goals toward staff education and awareness, staff skills in identification and reporting substance abuse problems, individual staff member counseling skills and general team building throughout the facility.
  5. Assist in providing substance abuse related materials and information in the health education program and development of health services standing orders and facility operating procedures regarding substance abuse.
  6. Conduct substance abuse and tobacco cessation classes, group educational, peer support and other prevention sessions for inmates/staff.
  7. Encourage awareness of substance abuse issues throughout the facility.
  8. Develop linkages with community resources for substance abuse services.
  9. Promote the development of positive social skills through modeling appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed. 
  10. Maintain accountability of inmates 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:

Bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, psychology, criminology or related field required and where applicable, must possess appropriate certification.  Two (2) years of substance abuse treatment experience preferred.  Directly related experience may be considered in lieu of formal education requirements if approved by management.  Valid driver's license in the state of Mississippi with an acceptable driving record required, unless waived by management.

Post Hire Requirements:

Must successfully complete annual in-service training requirements.


Why: Make a real difference every day by helping to change lives.             


Management & Training Corporation (MTC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabled status, veteran status, genetic information, national origin, or any other category protected by federal law. MTC participates in E-Verify. We strive to provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans, in our job application and hiring process. If you are interested in employment opportunities with Management & Training Corporation and need assistance, please contact our staffing department through [email protected] or 801-693-2888.


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