Kitsap County, WA - Bremerton, WA

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Under the direction of the assigned supervisor, the incumbent performs specialized work in the field of chemical dependency treatment services. The incumbent is responsible for providing individual, group and family counseling for persons dealing with alcohol and drug related problems; conducting educational classes and lectures to inpatients and families; assisting administering the UA testing process; conducting intake assessments and maintaining required paperwork per program policies and procedures and WAC requirements; as well as maintaining records and documents in support of programs and services administered by Kitsap Recovery Center, maintaining professional standards, including adhering to Kitsap Recovery Center Ethical Standards, following the treatment policies and procedures of Kitsap Recovery Center, and complying with Federal, State and local regulations.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the second level in a three level Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) classification series. The Chemical Dependency Professional classification is distinguished from the Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee classification by performance of the full scope of the work and by responsibility for providing training and work direction to trainees, volunteers, and support staff. The Chemical Dependency Professional 1 classification is distinguished from the Chemical Dependency Professional 2 classification by the lead and/or supervisory responsibilities of the latter.

The incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment and make decisions within established policies, standards and professional ethical behavior. Work is reviewed by the supervisor through individual conferences, reports, observation, and regular staff meetings.


Required Education and Experience
  • Must be a Chemical Dependency Professional, registered in good standing with the Washington State Department of Health; AND
  • Six months case management experience in a substance abuse/chemical dependency, mental or behavioral health treatment environment is required. Six months Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDPT) experience as an employee of Kitsap Recovery Center will be accepted as equivalent to the required six months case management experience.
Note: Chemical Dependency Professional Trainees may be eligible to promote into Chemical Dependency Professional position provided, a budgeted position is available and the incumbent has completed the following requirements: Registered Chemical Dependency Professional, in good standing with the Washington State Department of Health; six months employment as a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDPT) with Kitsap Recovery Center; and the incumbent received a performance evaluation score of 3.5 or better and provided the promotion is recommended by the Human Services Manager 1.

Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Services or a related field from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examination/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note : The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Current Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional Registration (CDP)
  • Pass a criminal background check through law enforcement agencies.
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Provide references that demonstrate reliability, a good attendance record and a positive work ethic/attitude.
  • Declare understanding of and willingness to comply with the requirement that there be no misuse of alcohol or drugs while employed at Kitsap Recovery Center and during the past two years.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate must:
(Evidence of ability to obtain these by appointment may be required at any time in the selection process.)
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification
  • Have the ability to fulfill all traveling requirements of this position and meet the qualifications and guidelines of the Fleet Risk Control Policies in the operation of a motor vehicle on County business.
Within 30 days after employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Complete Bloodborne/Airborne Pathogens training and receive Hepatitis B vaccine or sign a waiver.
  • Complete a Tuberculosis Test (and yearly thereafter)
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • The physiological, psychological and social/cultural affects of alcohol and drug addiction.
  • The evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of alcoholics and drug addicts.
  • Group and individual counseling techniques.
  • Case management techniques.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous 12 steps.
  • Current research about AIDS Virus transmissions.
Skills and/or Ability to:
  • Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Effectively plan and organize work and complete assigned tasks of the prescribed training program within a reasonable period of time.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships using tact, patience and courtesy; work successfully within the context of a team as a team player.
  • Effectively use professional skill, objectivity, good judgment and insight to secure the confidence, respect and cooperation of patients while counseling them about their chemical dependency issues.
  • Deal constructively with both positive and negative reactions, anticipate problems and respond quickly and decisively to unexpected situations and behaviors.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication.
  • Lecture to groups and conduct group process, communicating information in an effective understandable manner.
  • Operate required equipment such as a computer and related software, movie projectors, and video equipment.
  • Maintain confidentiality per 42.CFR, Part 2.
  • Understand and follow policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Work over 40 hours in a week, holidays and weekends, as needed.
Working Conditions/Physical Activities
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

Positions in this class typically require:
  • Work is performed primarily at Kitsap Recovery Center, which is a 24-hour facility.
  • Requires clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately both in-person and on the telephone.
  • Positions in this class typically require: reaching, handling/grasping documents, sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time, walking short distance, vision sufficient to read source materials and computer screen data and repetitive motions for computer use.
  • Requires exertion of force of 20 pounds occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently to lift/carry/move objects, files, and other material.
Incumbents may be:
  • Subject to exposure to physical hazards such as: restricted work areas or blood and body fluids requiring the use of safe biohazard and blood borne pathogen prevention methods.
  • Exposed to potentially violent or hostile individuals in volatile and dangerous situations within the facility.


(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.)

Essential Job Functions:
  • Conduct intake interviews/assessments and individual, group and family counseling sessions with clients.
  • Lead discussions and presents lectures and films for group sessions, including, but not limited to, the disease process of chemical dependency, physiological effects of alcohol and other drugs, family dynamics, recovery, etc.
  • Enter, retrieve and maintain accurate client records and information using a computer.
  • Maintain accurate and current records on each client in accordance with the agency procedure for client records including intake data, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries. Complete required Federal, State and local forms for each client.
  • Provide appropriate contact with referring agencies including assessment centers, courts, probation officers and the Department of Social and Health Services.
  • Coordinate efforts with local agencies and the community to provide necessary services for clients. Provide appropriate contact with referring agencies including assessment centers, courts, probation services and the Department of Social and Health Services.
  • May oversee or assist with special assigned projects such as Emergency Homeless Housing Programs.
  • Conduct quality reviews of charts and files completed by assigned program staff to insure compliance with established requirements and standards.
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the program without prejudice.
Other Job Duties:
  • May assist in maintaining database of detoxification, triage and emergency homeless housing program patients.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.


This position is:
  • Classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.

This position is open until filled. The first review for this position
is scheduled for February 8 - 13, 2013.