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Substance Use Counselor (CASAC/LMSW) BONUS $5,000

Center for Community Alternatives

Center for Community Alternatives

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

About the Organization

Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) supports and builds power with people across New York State who have been affected by mass incarceration, criminalization and community disinvestment. Through a statewide network of direct services, advocacy and organizing, and by supporting the leadership of directly-impacted people, we advance civil and human rights for all New Yorkers.CCA works to build a world where everyone has what they need to thrive. This position will work in a nonprofit fund accounting environment, managing revenue and expense for all individual gifts. Institutional giving is managed by the Institutional Giving team.

Why Join the Team?

At CCA, we are committed to fair transparent pay, and we strive to provide competitive market-informed compensation. The successful candidate's salary is determined by the combination of knowledge, skills, competencies, experience, and geography. Our goal is to continue to make CCA one of the most desirable nonprofit places at which to work, and in part, recognize the importance of work-life balance.

Position Summary:

Provides counseling services including identifying, screening and assessing clients to determine the need for substance use treatment. Provides referrals to community-based organizations and coordinates care as needed. Responsible for facilitating therapeutic group and individual sessions. Responsible for completing and maintaining detailed OASAS-compliant case records.

Direct Supervisor: Director of Behavioral Health Services

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intake interviews, biopsychosocial, mental health screenings.
  • Formulate treatment plans and treatment plan reviews, act as participant’s case manager to coordinate care within Crossroads and will external providers.
  • Perform individual counseling duties which include holding weekly individual sessions with clients, providing referrals to community-based resources (healthcare, social services, and administrative e.g. help obtaining insurance), and developing client schedules.
  • Initiate and maintain client records in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Ensure accurate and timely data entry of all client information into the agency’s database; utilize electronic health record system.
  • Facilitate assigned treatment groups.
  • Perform drug testing as needed.
  • Prepare monthly updates for court or other supervising agencies.
  • Participate in treatment team case reviews.
  • Consult with other professionals in support of client’s treatment.
  • Complete discharge documentation as needed.


  • LMSW or CASAC is required (CASAC is also preferred for social workers)
  • Minimum of two years’ clinical/case management experience in working with clients that have substance use disorders is required.
  • Experience working with the criminal justice population is preferred.
  • Computer literacy (word processing, e-mail, internet research, data entry) is required.
  • Ability to use an electronic health record system required.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Relevant personal experience in terms of recovery and/or justice involvement, a plus.


  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 20 days of earned time off (ETO) for full-time staff, with ability to use after 90-days of employment.
  • Time off is earned starting on your first day.
  • 7 days of paid sick time
  • 100% paid family leave
  • 3% retirement contribution regardless of employee contribution, applicable to salary after the 1st 6 months of employment

CCA Website: HERE