Substance Use Counselor
May. 3 2024

Substance Use Counselor

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job description

Full time positions are available with an excellent benefits package in a brand new program providing quality evidence based clinical services to individuals with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders

Make a difference in the lives of families!

  • $58,000/yr.
  • 37.5-hour work week
  • M – F, 7.5 hour shifts, between the hours of 8:30 am – 6 pm (some flexibility required)
  • 27 paid days off in year 1 (vacation & holidays), plus paid sick time!
  • 4% flat 401k contribution (after 1 year)
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available
  • Supportive and inclusive organizational culture

Standard work schedule of 37.5 hour work week, M-F, with flexibility as needed between the hours of 8:30-6:00.

Clinicians have continuous access to program management and excellent administrative and clinical support in regards to credentialing, caseload management, scheduling, and billing. Clinicians have direct access to crisis support and Care Management for high needs cases. Formal Clinical Supervision is provided as well as informal peer/group supervision with a dynamic team that has a wide variety of backgrounds. Supervision is focused on supporting the well-being and development of the therapist as well as ensuring the best care of their clients. Opportunities to assist in providing clinical supervision to interns and/or peers may be available depending upon credential.

The organization’s focus on enhancing Evidence Based Practices has led to training opportunities in advanced clinical interventions for therapists that are not commonly available in community mental health settings including EMDR, DBT, and PCIT.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The mission of The Neighborhood Center Outpatient Program is to treat, promote and empower individuals on their road to their recovery from the effects of substance use, mental health disorders, and/or other behavioral healthcare issues. The Licensed Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Counselor will provide mental health and/or Substance Use Disorder counseling to our patients diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. The Licensed Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Counselor will work on a Full-Time basis at The Neighborhood Center Outpatient Program.


  • Maintain a case load of patients seeking treatment from the effects of substance use and/or mental health disorders.
  • Perform essential counseling responsibilities including screening, intake and orientation, assessment, evaluation and intervention, treatment planning, referrals, crisis intervention, counseling, group therapy, patient education, case management, reporting and record keeping.
  • Completes required client documentation both electronic and paper (as necessary), adhering to applicable OASAS procedures and confidentiality regulations.
  • Assist with the training of staff, volunteers and student interns as assigned.
  • Exhibit exemplary knowledge of the biopsychosocial process of substance use disorders/recovery, behavioral health, self-help group processes and principles of counseling.
  • Monitor patients’ compliance with treatment goals.
  • Participate in program, administrative and clinical committees as assigned.
  • Relate effectively with staff, clients, and community while upholding confidentiality requirements.
  • Maintains relationships with vocational, educational, social services, probation, parole, referral agencies and other community agencies associated with client rehabilitation to ensure continuity of services.
  • Maintains a professional manner at all times, adhering to OMH guidelines, Neighborhood Center policy and procedures and in keeping with the Agency’s mission statement, as well as NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each employee. Employees are expected to report to work as scheduled, on time and prepared to start working.
  • Performs other duties as requested by Agency Administration.


  • Extensive knowledge of mental health and substance use disorders affecting clients and their families.
  • Experience in providing individual, family and group therapies to diverse populations and their families.
  • Ability and prior experience working with a multidisciplinary staff.
  • Ability and prior experience to handle the assignment of emergency and/or difficult cases.
  • Ability to maintain expectations for timeliness and accuracy in the performance of the job functions.


  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work from a regionally accredited or New York State registered graduate school


  • A NY state Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMSW/LCSW/LMHC) is preferred but not required


  • Possess a minimum of three (2) years post Master’s experience working with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

At The Neighborhood Center, Inc, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the success of our organization and are dedicated to creating a workplace that welcomes and values all individuals. We strive to create a culture that fosters respect, openness, and understanding, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for open positions.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $58,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to Relocate:

  • Utica, NY: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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