Community Drug & Alcohol Counselor/Case Manager (Southside)

ABOUT PITTSBURGH MERCY We’re a community-based health and human services organization using person-centered care to treat our area’s most vulnerable populations. We work with families in settings that are safe and familiar to them, and view them as equal partners when planning, developing, and monitoring care. Our mission is to be a compassionate, transforming presence within our communities. We reach out to offer help – and hope – to people who are experiencing: • Mental illness and substance abuse • Physical health needs • Traumatic events or circumstances, including homelessness + abuse ABOUT THE ROLE We're currently looking for a Community Based Drug and Alcohol Specialist to serve on the front lines of one of our most integral programs, helping adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses/emotional disorders get access to services, build support networks, and resolve conflicts. The Community Based Drug and Alcohol Counselor is a member of the Community Treatment Team.  Community Treatment Team (CTT) is a consumer-centered, recovery-oriented mental health service delivery model that has received substantial empirical support for facilitating community living, psychosocial rehabilitation, and recovery for persons with the most serious mental illnesses who have not benefited from traditional outpatient programs.  CTT serves adults with serious mental illnesses that are complex and have devastating effects on functioning.  CTT services merge clinical, rehabilitative and support staff expertise within a multidisciplinary team that includes a psychiatrist, nurses, mental health professionals, and a variety of specialists (drug and alcohol dependency, vocational, forensics and peer support).  The team is mobile and delivers services in community locations to enable each consumer to find and live in their own residence and find and maintain work in community jobs rather than expecting the consumer to come to the program.  The primary function of the IDDT Specialist is to provide substance use interventions including but not limited to: evaluation & assessment, harm reduction strategies, CBT therapy, group therapy, case management and mental health supports. ABOUT YOU We’re looking for someone who is positive, resourceful, and can maintain solid working relationships with internal and external providers/resources. While you’ll be part of a team, your work will largely be independent, and you’ll require consistent discretion and judgment to carry out your daily duties. So, some of the keys to this job are: adaptability, reliability, and the ability to remain composed in stressful situations. If you believe you’re a good fit for this position, we’d love to hear from you.

RESPONSIBILITIES/ REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in Human Service and one year of practical experience in essential areas of substance abuse treatment, including assessment, evaluation and clinical interventions.  Knowledge of harm reduction strategies preferred, or bachelor’s degree in sociology, social work, psychology, criminal justice, gerontology, counseling, education or nursing and three years experience in a related field.
  • CADC, CAADC, CCDP or CCDPD required.  (If candidate does not posses the certification, the candidate must have the experience, supervision and training hours required for the certification and must sit for the exam to receive certification within 4 months of hire.
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License

SCHEDULE

Primarily Monday-Friday with flexibility to meet consumer needs.  Some non-traditional hours (evenings, weekends, holidays) may be required. Rotating on call as part of a team.