Substance Abuse Counselor 1
$36,000 - $80,000
Job Description and Requirements:

    Offer initial contact and critical support to those who need services and help with addiction via traveling to various community sites and events with the HOPE One Monmouth County’s Sheriff’s Office Mobile Unit. Performs field and office work to provide intake, referrals, and community outreach for substance abuse treatment services.


    1. Assists in identifying individuals with substance use disorders by obtaining information from jails, streets, homes, referral agencies, courts, and schools.
    2. Assists in the development of preliminary treatment and rehabilitation plans.
    3. Prepares and submits preliminary interviews and impression intake reports.
    4. Investigates and verifies pertinent facts and information necessary for an effective treatment plan.
    5. Develops working relationships with relevant agencies including local inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, welfare departments, police agencies, courts, probation and parole officers, clinics, hospitals, physicians, lawyers, clergy, employers and employment agencies.
    6. Makes referrals and appointments for clients.
    7. Creates connections with community facilities and rehabilitation centers to refer potential clients for treatment.
    8. Coordinates and develops working relationships with community organizations, local municipalities, police departments and businesses to promote and approve HOPE One visits at community events.
    9. Screens for alcohol, opiate abuse and SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment).
    10. Investigates and verifies pertinent facts and information necessary for an effective treatment plans as required.
    11. Attends and takes part in conferences, training institutes and meetings concerned with programs and activities of the unit.
    12. May conduct and deliver substance abuse training/education classes to staff and community members.
    13. May also be required to facilitate individual and group therapy sessions.


    • One (1) year of experience in counseling or social work having responsibility for gathering and analyzing social or health information from clients, the determination of their needs, and the planning and carrying out of a treatment plan geared to the needs of individual clients.


    • Applicants must possess a certificate as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), issued by the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Department of Law and Public Safety.
    • Applicants who possess the credentials as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) are considered to have met the above certification requirements.
    • Valid NJ Driver’s License


    • Must be able to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
    • Has strong working knowledge of screening tools including SBIRT to determine appropriate referrals
    • Has ability to communicate effectively with members of the community as they approach the Hope One van (potential clients, family members, etc)
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    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a compassionate nature.
    • Ability to resolve problems and make decisions.
    • Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret regulations and procedures.
    • Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the County.
    • Knowledge of current facts, theories, hypotheses, programs, and research in the area of alcohol and/or other addictions.
    • Knowledge of and familiarity with techniques used in group and individual counseling.
    • Ability to analyze, comprehend, interpret, and apply basic laws, rules, regulations, and procedures to specific situations.
    • Ability to comprehend and adjust to frameworks of reference other than one's own cultural and educational standards.
    • Ability to relate and adjust to individuals of varied types including professional workers, staff, clients, and patients and their families.
    • Ability to learn to collect and make appraisals of factual information and the social relationships of individuals and families, , to weigh and evaluate such facts, and to take appropriate action.
    • Ability to maintain a firm, correct, and professional attitude at all times.
    • Ability to comprehend the problems of persons who are physically and/or emotionally maladjusted.
    • Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.


    To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential function as well as possess the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required for the position. Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

How to apply:
  • Individuals will only be considered if they possess the minimum requirements listed above.
  • All applicants: In order to be considered for a job opening, an Application for Employment must be completed for each position. Resumes may be attached but are not considered as substitution for a fully completed job application form.
  • Mail: Completed applications referencing the job title code on the application to: County of Monmouth, Human Resources Department, 1 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
  • Phone: To request a Job Application be mailed to you, call 732-431-7300
  • In Person: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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