Substance Abuse Specialist

Boulder: (Crisis/Addiction Center)

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Job Description

Mental Health Partners offers a diverse, quality work environment, a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Our benefits include a very generous paid time-off policy (paid holidays, paid vacation and paid personal days-off), medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, and percentage match-up retirement contribution. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MHP application and background check required

If selected as a provider for this clinical service position, you will be required to provide proof of education and transcripts (and proof of licensure, if applicable) and pass all required background checks prior to hire.   You will also be required to complete MHP’s credentialing process and attend new hire orientation/training before you will be able to begin work.

MHP pays an evening differential from 3:30pm-11:30pm of 10%

and an overnight differential from 11:30pm-7:30am of 20%

Hours are: Thursday-Saturday 10:30pm - 8:00am plus meetings and supervision outside of normal hours as needed


The Substance Abuse Specialist provides direct services to intoxicated and newly sober persons in an inpatient substance abuse facility.

Job Summary: 

To provide direct services and assistance to clients in a milieu environment. 

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts client screening; including client histories, case notes and discharges
  • Will be required to manage Suboxone administration as well as completing comprehensive assessments, run groups, and do individual therapy as it relates to the MAT program
  • Assists with client education
  • Provides support in the management of the milieu and the work environment
  • Evaluates crisis situations and escalated behaviors and provides appropriate interventions and support
  • Intervenes in situations to promote health and recovery face to face contact with clients in order to facilitate progress toward recovery
  • Works collaboratively with clients and other pertinent staff to coordinate appropriate care
  • Monitors clients’ vital signs and assesses the need for medical or higher level care and coordinates those sources as appropriate
  • Maintains up-to-date clinical records on assigned clients
  • Completes documentation of services consistent with clinical and administrative policies and procedures
  • Meets defined individual and department goals, activity metrics and Key Performance Indicators    
  • Promotes, supports and demonstrates MHP’s mission, vision and values through both behavior and job performance and adheres to policies, procedures, Compliance Plan and Standards of Conduct on a day to day basis
  • Effectively interacts and communicates with other MHP staff/clients/customers/partners/etc.
  • Regular and consistent attendance is required to perform other essential functions of the job
  • Other duties as assigned

Specialized Duties: 

  • n/a

Supervisory Duties: 

  • n/a

Skills & Requirements


  • Substance Abuse Specialist I:  High School diploma and CAC I 
  • Substance Abuse Specialist II:  Bachelor’s in a related human service field (strongly preferred) or one-year experience in the behavioral health field for non-related Bachelor’s degrees OR High School diploma and CAC II or higher.
  • CAC II or higher strongly preferred. 
  • Previous work experience in the human services field preferred
  • Current CPR certification or ability to obtain CPR certification within 30 days of hire
  • QMAP certification required; if not already certified must become certified within 60 days of hire
  • Must receive the flu shot annually
  • Registration in the State of Colorado DORA database as an approved addictions counselor designations or mental health licensure is required within 90 days of hire


  • Working knowledge of addictions and their treatments
  • Ability to learn and understand program policies and procedures
  • Ability to make good judgments regarding client related issues of a confidential, legal or medical nature
  • Ability to monitor client vital signs
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to effectively work with other staff, partner agencies and the public
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work effectively with intoxicated clients
  • Excellent de-escalation and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting and with a larger treatment team
  • Must be competent in working with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency including use of electronic health record and MS Office products and ability to learn new tools as needed
  • Advanced computer skills including use of electronic health record and MS Office products and the ability to learn new tools as needed
  • Bicultural/Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

Working Environment

  • General office environment
  • Must be able to work in a shared office space with frequent interruptions
  • May include working with people in acute distress or crisis
  • May require travel to several MHP sites throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties to attend meetings