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Substance Use Disorder Counselor

Location:Portland, ME
Employment Type:Full Time

Come join a vibrant, interdisciplinary team serving the complex needs of adults with and opioid use disorder in the greater Portland area. We are looking for a collaborative, engaging, and driven Substance Use Disorder Counselor to join our new Medication Assisted Treatment program.

This is a full time year-round position providing individual, group, and family substance use disorder counseling to individuals in community, home, and office based settings. Counselors work in partnership with the Opioid Health Home treatment team to help individuals meet their recovery goals.


1. Provide intake/assessment when individuals are referred and ongoing assessment as required, including identification of physical health, behavioral health, and substance use disorder related risk factors.

2. Facilitate Individual Service Plan team meetings and develop a plan of care (ISP) for individuals with input from the team. Plan will include a relapse prevention plan, and a crisis plan.

3. Oversee implementation of ISP, monitor and document progress.

4. Provide individual, group, and family client substance use disorder counseling utilizing best practices, culturally competent, trauma informed, and evidenced based models.

5. Provide care coordination and support through phone contact, face-to-face meetings, home visits, and community outreach. Ensure that individuals are aware of all community services and resources. Assist individuals and families in accessing resources.

6. Partner with all Opioid Health Home team members, including clinical supervisor, nurse, peer recovery coach, and medication assisted treatment provider.

7. Collaborate with all of an individual’s external treatment team, including providers and natural supports. Maintain thorough communication and positive and collaborative partnerships and continuity of care with other providers.

8. Know and comply with program policies and procedures. Adhere to Spurwink and mental health licensing standards re: confidentiality, client rights, etc.

9. Maintain current licensure and/or certification as required for the position.

10. Maintain current client records and documentation according to Spurwink and licensing standards (i.e. psychosocial assessments, service plans, quarterly reviews and progress notes).

11. Participate in monthly/weekly supervision depending on licensure requirements and keep supervisor apprised immediately of emergencies, situations that require mandated reporting. Implement supervisory recommendations and directives, seek supervision as needed and be receptive to feedback. Participate in staff meetings and consultation calls.

12. Manage and monitor MaineCare usage and authorizations for caseload. Complete continued stay reviews as needed and insurance re-verification. Manage client billing to ensure payment of services.

13.Maintain monthly productivity standards.

14. Be adaptable to change and promote positive changes in the workplace and agency. Consistently contribute to a positive work environment, remaining aligned with the agency mission.
Exhibit self-motivation, dedication to assignments, and flexibility.

15. Transport clients as appropriate, and as it relates to an individual’s treatment plan.

16. And those other assignments appropriate to the position as determined by the Program Supervisor and/or Director of Adult Behavioral Health.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school. Maine state certification of at least CADC. Clinical licensure preferred: LMSW-CC, LCSW, LCPC-C, LCPC with CADC or LADC. 1-2 years of relevant work experience preferred (i.e. mental health, social services). Must maintain required licensing and certification throughout the duration of employment with Spurwink in this role.

Spurwink is an equal opportunity employer.

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