Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselor (Full-time, Washington DC)
Latin American Youth Center - Washington, DC

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I. DESCRIPTION The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) seeks a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselor to provide outpatient substance abuse and mental health services including: crisis intervention, and individual, family and group counseling to youth and their families presenting substance abuse and or mental health disorders.

  • Conducts admission intake assessments and orientation according to the DC Department of Mental Health (DMH) and DC Addiction Prevention Recovery Administration (APRA) procedures.
  • Performs appropriate substance abuse and mental health assessments (e.g. GAIN- I, GAIN-90, GAIS SS, LOCUS/CALOCUS,) and assessment updates with referred Youth.
  • Conceptualizes and summarizes assessment information in written form (including diagnostic impressions) according to DSM-IV-TR within 72 hours of assessment.
  • Develops Individual Plan of Care (IPC) with the client. Consults with Clinical Supervisor and obtains required signatures on diagnostic assessments and IPCs within 7 days of assessment for DMH clients and 10 days for APRA clients.
  • Updates IPCs at least every 180 days and/or when client's condition(s) change(s) and obtains Clinical Supervisor's approval.
  • Updates the diagnostic assessment every six months and submits it to the Clinical Supervisor for approval.
  • Makes referrals to the psychiatrist for medication evaluations/diagnostic assessments as needed.
  • Provides individual, group and family counseling services.
  • Provides crisis intervention to enrolled clients.
  • Makes appropriate referrals in client's IPC; ensures required services are delivered promptly.
  • Follows-up on mandated or required medical tests, medication management, or urinalysis and documents results in client's chart.
  • Documents all contacts with youth, family members, LAYC staff, and representatives from other agencies involved in the provision of client services.
  • Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor, conducts group sessions on issues pertaining to anger management, acculturation, and/or trauma.
  • Administers CALOCUS/LOCUS via DMH web-based line and LAYC's data software every 90 days.
  • Prepares monthly client summary reports to monitor clients' progress; submits summary reports to the Clinical Supervisor for review by the fifth working day of each month.
  • LGSW, LGPC license in DC.
  • DC Certified Addiction Counselor Level I (CAC I).
  • Knowledge of clinical theories within the substance abuse and mental health fields.
  • Knowledge of problem resolution and crisis intervention techniques.
  • Experience conducting clinical assessment, case management, monitoring and reporting.
  • At least two years of experience working with youth presenting substance abuse and mental health issues.
  • Ability to relate to a culturally-diverse population.
  • Ability to networking with community organizations.
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Complete FBI and local police clearances.
  • Complete physical evaluation.
  • Complete child abuse and neglect clearance.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Driver's license.
IV. TO APPLY Send a résumé and cover letter to Eleni Getachew, Social Services Clinical Director.

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