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State of Massachusetts Substance Abuse Counselor in Boston, Massachusetts

The Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center is seeking a substance abuse counselor to provide substance abuse and mental health services for adult clients who are in various stages of change regarding recognition and treatment of substance use disorders. Primary focus is to reduce relapse and recidivism through assessment, engagement, education and person center care in an inpatient setting that provides forensic mental health evaluations, care and treatment.. The substance use counselor collaborates with members of a multidisciplinary team and refers individuals with substance use issues to community based care upon discharge.

Please Note:This is a full time, first shift position 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with Saturday and Sunday off.

/Duties and Responsibilities:/ (these are a general summary and not all inclusive)

  • Provides skilled substance use screening and assessments to individuals served, utilizing clinical interviews with individuals, families, significant others and community providers (with appropriate authorization), review of collateral information including medical records, police and court documents and observation of the individual.

  • Engages with individuals served, clarifies the individual’s goals and readiness for change, and develops person centered goals and interventions for inclusion in the person’s treatment and recovery care plan.

  • Collaborates with the individual served and with members of the person’s multidisciplinary treatment team in order to develop a care plan that is based on individual strengths, needs, goals and aspirations.

  • Provides direct individual counseling to support clients in addressing issues of substance use and the effects of substances in their lives.

  • Develops and provides direct group education and recovery services to clients with Substance Use/Mental Health and Co-occurring disorders.

  • Documents substance use screening, assessment, treatment plan goals and interventions, and individual and group services using the Electronic Medical Record.

  • Collaborates with assigned clinical social worker, and other treatment team members, in identification and accessing community based substance abuse services (inclusive of Acute Residential, Sober Living, Intensive Outpatient Support, Outpatient substance use/mental health services, and self-help groups).

DMH Mission:

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

The Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental health Center, (Fuller) 60 bed inpatient psychiatric facility provides comprehensive, information and timely forensic evaluations for individuals to determine pre-trial competency and or criminal responsibility. We also provide quality, integrated care to support an individual’s recovery process through ongoing psychiatric treatment and care.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of addiction and evidence based practices for assessment/treatment including: Motivational interviewing, Stages of Change, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, and Mutual-help meetings.

  2. Knowledge and understanding of Cultural diversity in implementation of substance use and mental health treatment programs

  3. Ability to work independently and demonstrate creativity in promoting and advancing program intiatives.

  4. Ability to demonstrate empathy and respect for all clients and to integrate client’s strengths, goals and aspirations in treatment planning.

  5. Demonstrates skill in report writing and documentation.

  6. Demonstrates knowledge of professional and ethical standards.

  7. Ability to develop, implement and evaluate treatment programs

  8. Ability to provide a leadership role in collaborating with other agencies, for the purpose of treatment and discharge planning.

Preferred Qualification:

A Master’s Degree in mental health counseling and one year or more experience counseling clients with substance use / mental health and /or co-occuring disorders. Broad knowledge and experience in working with diverse client populations who have SU/MH and/or COD issues. Experienced in assessing SU/MH and/or COD and providing individual counseling and recovery based groups in an inpatient unit. Ability to develop and conduct educational trainings on SU/MH and/or COD

License Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or eligible for licensure within two years of hire.

Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Long-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

  • A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

  • Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

  • For Information reguarding this posting please call Human Resources at 617-626-9255.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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Based on assignment as a Mental Health Case Manager or Forensic Transition Team Coordinator, within the Department of Mental Health, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, human services, rehabilitation counseling, education or other a related field is required.

In addition applicants must have at least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, case management of clinical/therapeutic experience.

Based on assignment, travel may be required. Incumbents who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: Substance Abuse Counselor

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-85 East Newton Street

Requisition ID: 200008KN