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Substance Use Specialist (ACT 2)

Job Location

New Orleans, LA, USA


Starting at $23 an hour

Type of Job

Full time

Published Date

June 4, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM

Job Description

Substance use specialist needed to provide individualized supports for dual diagnosis clients.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master Degree in social services field 

  • 2 years of specialized training or supervision experience in populations with substance use 

  • Be over 18 years of age. 

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Core Competencies

  • Communicates respectfully and effectively and establishes professional relationships through active listening and demonstration of empathy and positive regard.

  • Promotes recovery, independence, and personal choice for participants.

  • Assists clients in identifying strengths, needs, and realistic goals to develop a treatment plan to address behavioral health and co-occurring disorders.

  • Accurately identifies risk and responds appropriately.

  • Effectively teaches daily living skills, social skills, and household management skills. 

  • Demonstrates knowledge of behavioral health symptoms, interventions, and impact.

  • Maintains professional boundaries and operates within agency / ethical guidelines.

  • Knowledge of agency and community resources and referral processes.

Job Duties/Skills Required

  • Participates as part of a multidisciplinary team providing substance abuse counseling, support, and resources for referrals when appropriate. 

  • Completes assessments on client’s current and previous substance use to better provide services individualized to client needs. 

  • Conducts in a manner of professionalism that is conducive to recovery from mental illness, co-occurring disorders and overall wellness. 

  • Provides supportive services for clients and arranges for the provision of services from community resources based on individualized treatment plan.

  • Participates in setting treatment plan goals/objectives with clients within 30 days of admission and updated every 3 months.

  • Interviews clients and completes assessments and other clinical documentation.

  • Conducts co-occurring groups and treatment as outlined in the ACT Fidelity Manual with supervision of Team Lead and other licensed professional staff.

  • Performs regular case maintenance activities including documenting actions, making narrative entries, preparing necessary reports and/or social summaries, etc.

  • Consults with facility personnel and administrative field personnel; collects and analyzes data to identify needs for the assigned special services program within the particular service area. 

  • Ascertain resources outside of Start when necessary to meet client’s specific needs. 

  • Maintains a clear driving record in order to be able to drive company vehicles to provide transportation to clients. 

  • Attends daily, weekly and/or monthly staff and supervision meetings.

  • Assists Team Leader or Director with additional duties, oversight or specific functions, or serving as lead role to other ACT team members.

  • Attends daily staff meetings and supervision.

  • Assists ACT team and ACT Team Leader with additional duties, oversight or specific functions, or serving as lead role to other ACT team members. 


Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, paid time off, 13 paid holidays per year for regular full time staff,  401(k), and 401(k) matching.

About Start Corporation

Start Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984. Our Mission is to promote opportunities, which enhance the self-sufficiency of people to empower them to live and function independently.

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