Sup,Crd Alc & SubAbuse Counselor

Rochester, NY


Position Summary:

Supervises clinical activities of assigned team in Addiction Psychiatry Service (APS). Includes caseload management support, intake/admission/orientation procedures, access and any direct care related issues, and participation in program development. Provides supervision to clinical and intake staff. Chairs case conference meetings. Assumes teaching and direct clinical care responsibilities. Works with APS Clinical Coordinator to ensure smooth and cost-efficient program operations. Works with Department of Psychiatry Quality Assurance/Utilization Review Administrator and APS Clinical Coordinator to implement QA/UR monitoring within assigned clinics. Reports to the APS Clinical Coordinator. Serves as member of Addiction Psychiatry Program Leadership Team and other committees as assigned and serves as Chair of treatment team meetings. Subscribes to the Department’s goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patients/families, trainees, research subjects and co-workers in a sensitive and caring manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences. Participates in available cultural competence events and trainings.


  • Directly supervises clinical staff in assigned clinic, including orientation of new staff. Supervises the development and implementation of specific chemical dependency treatment goals for all patients in assigned clinic. Monitors implementation of policies and procedures in assigned clinic. Makes hiring and termination decisions regarding clinical staff. Serves as primary consultant to other direct service clinical staff. Sets the tone for an integrated approach to the treatment of patients who have both mental illness and chemical dependency. Coordinates urgent care, access to treatment, special arrangements and complicated cases’ needs.

  • Provides direct clinical care and plays a leadership role in the clinical teams, providing a mixture of intake assessments, and individual, group and family treatment, according to individual interest and program needs. Designs appropriate therapeutic treatment plans with clearly defined treatment goals, and follows through with the course of treatment. Assesses successful completion of treatment goals, and plans termination of therapy accordingly. Completes and maintains patient charts, and other required documentation of services rendered. Communicates with referral sources, including legal and criminal justice representatives, at critical points in treatment. Mobilizes family and natural support networks when necessary, and assumes a leadership role in the multidisciplinary team approach to treatment, case management, training, and community interventions.

  • Prepares, tracks, and plans for changes in census and patient services in assigned clinic. Maintains a working knowledge of Finger Lakes Region substance use treatment services, self-help groups, and other services, and referral for these programs. Ensures that clinical staff members maintain competency in relevant areas of substance use and mental health treatment, and maintains knowledge of referral sources, and eligibility and treatment requirements for other facilities. Performs chart auditing and coordinates incident reporting procedures. Coordinates program evaluation/Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement activities including incident reviews with Clinical Coordinator and Quality Assurance Administrator.

  • Maintains active case records including written treatment plans, problem- oriented progress notes, periodic updates of treatment plans, and appropriate documentation of incidents, discharge summaries, interagency communications, and correspondence.

  • Establishes communication using established rules of confidentiality and laws concerning rights of patients, and uses correspondence with family, other health-related agencies, employers, criminal justice programs, and social service status. Provides senior clinical staff with this data for incorporation into diagnostic team assessment of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patients and their families. Ensures effective liaison with other program components within Addiction Psychiatry. Represents assigned clinic on Department of Psychiatry committees as assigned. Represents assigned clinic within the Department of Psychiatry, to achieve effective liaison with other programs in the Department and continuity of care for patients who may be in more than one program within the Department of Psychiatry. As directed by the Clinical Coordinator of APS operations, the Clinical Supervisor may represent APS to outside agencies, including county and other governmental agencies.

  • Participates in program staff development and informational activities including:

  • Maintains continuing education in knowledge and skills affecting the discipline of chemical dependency counseling, and COD treatment, including attendance at in-service meetings.

  • Provides on-site teaching to multi-disciplinary students observing program components and therapy.

  • May give lectures/talks on specific topics to patients, and their families.

  • Reports to clinical supervisor regularly for supervision of all clinical activity.

  • Regular program staff/team meetings to review policy, and procedures as well as conduct case reviews.

  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to:

  • Milieu management in clinic area

  • Toxicology screen monitoring

  • Assess patients for physical, behavioral signs of drug/alcohol use and perform BAC tests as needed.

  • Assists staff in assessing patient’s acting-out behavior, and develop a plan of action to help maintain the safety of other patients and staff in clinic.

  • Provides supervision and consultation to Interns as assigned.


  • Master's degree in a discipline related to health and human services required.

  • 5 years related of combined clinical and/or supervisory experience, including both substance use disorders treatment experience and/or specific co-occurring disorders treatment experience required.

  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Addiction treatment. Counseling theories and techniques. Clinical writing. Health and human services resources preferred.

  • NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) or (CASAC-T) required.

  • If CASAC-T upon hire, successful completion of examination to remove the (T (training)) designation must be completed within 12 months of hire

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $59,218 - $82,867 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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