Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor - Employment / HERO
St. Patrick Center 5 reviews - St. Louis, MO

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The Substance Abuse Counselor helps the homeless veteran substance-abusing population understand their addictions to alcohol, illegal substances, and unhealthy behaviors. Supports the collaborative efforts of the Intensive Case Management Team to handle the substance-abuse treatment, recovery, and stabilization efforts of program participants.


Intake, assessment, orientation, referral of Drug and Alcohol clients
Reinforce long-term self-sufficiency goals and efforts and document progress
Drug and Alcohol treatment planning
Drug and Alcohol individual counseling and case management
Must work in a team environment to provide comprehensive services to program participants.
Assist client with referrals to AA/NA meetings
Assisting client with transportation and support to AA/NA meetings. Also attend random recovery meetings in the community
Collect and maintain log sheets that document client substance-abuse meeting attendance
Conduct client drug testing as needed
Assist client with transportation to court dates and other mandatory events
Conduct mental-health screenings and facilitate necessary treatment
Make in-home visits to observe indicators of the client recovery progress
Facilitate relapse-prevention services
Screen for potential use of Naltrexone therapy
Make appropriate referrals to SPC Programs or other appropriate Substance Abuse Programs that include in-patient and long-term facilities
Conduct and document 30- and 60-day follow-up on program placements
Input client contacts, documentation and verification requirements into CTS
Complete daily and monthly departmental paperwork
Update daily clients’ electronic files in the CTS to include any contact with clients
Cultivate strong relationships with area drug programs and/or hospitals to ensure placement and retention
Refer clients to resources to address other service needs
Research additional benefits available to enhance services.
Coordinate and maintain client discharge records
Participate in ICM team duties and tasks such as:
1. Team meetings
2. ISS development
3. Home visits
4. Programming
5. CTS documentation
Keep an up-to-date and accurate listing of clients
Responsible for the completion of departmental goals of case management as outline by grants
Responsible for maintaining records and statistics for the completion of the Annual Reports
Assist with the coordination of agency-wide or seasonal projects such as School Supply Distribution, Thanksgiving Distribution, and Christmas Distribution.
Provide instruction in parenting and living skills classes as needed (crisis only)
Assist with various clerical duties as needed (crisis only)
Assist and complete special case management projects as directed by Department Management Staff


Bachelor’s degree in related area required, MSW preferred
CSAC required
Experience with homeless veterans preferred
At least one year experience working with low-income or homeless individuals/families
Experience with wrap-around services preferred
Experience in conducting home visits and family-centered casework
Understanding of area resources to provide quality referrals for client needs
Competent in cultural issues
Well-versed in ethical issues in drug/alcohol counseling


Adhere to the agency mission and policies
Understands the importance of client confidentiality
Understanding and empathy for the needs and concerns of low-income individuals
Excellent listening, writing, and communication skills
Ability to analyze problems and make sound decisions
Excellent organizational skills
Creativity in designing and implementing effective programs
Able to give and receive useful feedback and instructions
Ability to use Microsoft Office computer software
Capable of working independently and/or in high stress environments


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Since 1983, St. Patrick Center has helped lead more than 123,000 homeless and impoverished men, women and their families to lives of...