Prairie Ave- Substance Abuse Specialist, Bilingual

Department: TPC-Prairie Home Health Site.
Operating Unit The Providence Center
Location: Providence, RI
Job ID: 7911
Job Status: Full Time
Shift: Days
End Date: NA

The Providence Center is dedicated to helping each client achieve optimal physical and mental health.  For a patient with many primary medical and mental health needs that might be challenging to manage, Health Homes ensures consistent coordination of all aspects of care, including psychiatry, primary care, specialty care, medication, hospital discharge and wellness needs. Health Homes are based on the concept of person-centered care, a tenet of The Providence Centerís approach to care.

Job Summary:

The Substance Abuse Specialist will coordinate services for consumers to minimize stressors and to facilitate substance abuse treatment. This is a full time position, 37.5 hours per week and the candidate should be fluent in Spanish.

Responsibilities:

Coordinate a variety of services.

Provide individual mental health and/or substance abuse counseling/therapy.

Provide specialty substance abuse services to consumers and serve as a resource to staff regarding issues relative to substance abuse treatment.

Make assessments and/provide appropriate crisis interventions and risk management as needed.

Teach consumers adult daily living skills.

Initiate treatment and advocate for consumer within network of care.

Negotiate on behalf of the consumer, as needed, with landlords, courts, families, the treatment team, and consumers themselves.

Transport consumers in own vehicle or Center van to activities and appointments.

Complete recordkeeping in accordance with Health Information Services and Center requirements within required time frames and abide by Center confidentiality policy.  

Maintain cooperative relationships with Center staff, consumers, community agencies and the public.

Transport consumers in own vehicle or Center van to activities and appointments.

Complete recordkeeping in accordance with Health Information Services and Center requirements within required time frames and abide by Center confidentiality policy.  

Maintain cooperative relationships with Center staff, consumers, community agencies and the public.

Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Bachelorís degree in social work of Human Services or related field. Two yearsí experience in substance abuse therapy, as well as experience dealing with the dually diagnosed. Must have awareness of the general trends in confronting the problems of substance abuse.

Must have valid driver's license and insured auto. CDP/LCDP a plus.

Must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30a-4:30p, must be flexible in work hours, occasionally may have a need to come in early or stay late. 

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel objects, or controls; talk or hear; and smell. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.