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Substance Abuse Counselor

Date Posted: 
Requisition ID:  23901

Richmond, IN, US, 47374


The Substance Abuse Counselor provides substance abuse information and counseling at Richmond State Hospital.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Interacts professionally with residents, offenders and other facility staff
  • Teaches substance abuse concepts in both large and small group settings
  • Provides case management at a state facility
  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to perform duties related to mental health illness concepts and behaviors
  • Communicates with and works under the supervision of licensed psychologists.
  • Works collaboratively with Psychology staff and interacts with interdisciplinary Treatment Teams.
  • Provides consultation for Substance Abuse services as referred and/or assigned by direct supervisor.
  • Complete treatment documentation including but not limited to progress notes, documentation, and treatment planning.  Documentation is consistent with SOF, departmental, and HIPAA guidelines.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) or Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) required.
  • Knowledge of treatment of Substance Abuse and Addiction with components of mental illness. 
  • Have a high degree of interpersonal skills to work with various disciplines, staff, patients, and family members of patients. 
  • Treatment documentation including but not limited to progress notes, documentation, and treatment planning.  Documentation is consistent with SOF, departmental, and HIPAA guidelines.
  • Lead and/or co-lead individual and/or group programs or classes based on evidence based practice under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist (HSPP).
  • Basic computer skills in order to handle email and computer generated forms
  • Case management skills and ability to develop and implement treatment plans
  • Ability to complete paperwork requirements in a timely fashion
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides supervision for offenders and requires a high level of judgment and care.
This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.
Difficulty of Work:

Duties range from a moderate to hard level depending on service functions being managed. The Substance Abuse Counselor uses judgement to provide counseling for patients.


The Substance Abuse Counselor is required to cover classes related to substance abuse and recovery each week. This role is responsible for providing unit coordination when assigned. This individual must develop effective solutions to issues on addictions service for the treatment team. Must be able to work with other disciplines to coordinate services and assure quality control. This role will report goals and problems related to effective program outcomes to direct supervisor. Position performs duties/responsibilities as assigned or indicated based on the needs of the organization and at the discretion of the direct supervisor. 

Personal Work Relationships:
This individual will be expected to partner with agency personnel and related stakeholders working towards completion of assigned functions. Exceptional customer service is provided to agency partners and/or the general public.
A high level of judgement and effective communication is required during times of contact with facility residents/offenders.
Partnership with relevant public agencies, federal, state & local governments and/or community leaders may be required.
Facility residents or offenders may have family, friends, community partners and/or other interested parties come to the facility requesting information or to visit with the resident according to policies and procedures.
Physical Effort:
This role performs work in an environment where sitting for extended periods of time could be expected.
This role requires the ability to lift, carry, protect or care for children in tense, uncomfortable situations.
This role requires keen observational and hearing skills to stay alert for possible dangerous situations.
This role requires legible handwriting to help partners in understanding written communication.
Working Conditions:
This role performs work in a standard office environment.
There is potential for exposure to infectious diseases in this role.
This role performs work in a state operated hospital facility.

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Nearest Major Market: Richmond Indiana