LifeLong Medical Care

  • Substance Use Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-Oakland
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Come join LifeLong Medical Care and make an important contribution to improving the lives of our patients. 


    LifeLong Medical Care is looking for a Substance Use Counselor. This is a full time, 40 hours/week, benefited position. The counselor will split time between two assigned sites: East Oakland Health Center and Ashby Health Center. CADAC certification (or other recognized certification as SUD Counselor) is required, along with at least two years of counseling experience.


    LifeLong Medical Care is a large, multi-site, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a rich history of providing innovative healthcare and social services to a wonderfully diverse patient community. Our patient-centered health home is a dynamic place to work, practice, and grow. We have 16 primary care health centers and deliver integrated services including psychosocial, referrals, chronic disease management, dental, health education, home visits, and much, much more. LifeLong Medical Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



    We offer excellent benefits including: medical, dental, vision (including dependent and domestic partner coverage), generous leave benefits including nine paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403(b) retirement savings plan. LifeLong is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Under supervision, the Substance Use Counselor provides individual, group and family counseling to primary care patients experiencing problems related to substance use and co-occurring substance abuse/mental health disorders. They conduct evaluations, implement patient driven plans and provide referrals to community resources. This position supports primary care medical providers in the implementation of medication assisted treatment for substance dependence and abuse.

    • Conducts intake assessments to determine client problems and goals and develops client driven service plan.
    • Provides brief interventions with individual clients.
    • Provides substance abuse counseling to individuals, families and groups.
    • Actively involves clients in the design and delivery of services by ensuring they have an active voice in their goal/service plans.
    • Conducts group education programs.
    • Supports clients receiving primary care medication assisted treatment.
    • Develops recovery plans and makes referrals to appropriate service providers.
    • Develops long term and relapse plans with clients and provides client follow-up.
    • Documents services in the Electronic Health Record.
    • Participates in primary care team meetings and training.
    • Participates in development of programs to strengthen substance use screening and counseling services available to LifeLong primary care patients.
    • Prepares reports for other agencies as required.
    • Participates in regular case conference and team meetings.
    • Develops and maintain working relationships with outside treatment and other social service agencies, ensuring that clients have maximum access to community resources.
    • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.



    • High school diploma.
    • Possess and maintain certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor issued by a certifying agency approved by the California Department of Health Care Services.
    • Two year’s minimum experience counseling individuals with substance use challenges.
    • Knowledge and training in substance abuse and related issues and understanding of recovery models including harm reduction.
    • If in recovery, preference for a minimum two years of sobriety.
    • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and ability to be culturally competent.
    • Access to reliable transportation, with current insurance and valid driver’s license.
    • Computer literate in general office systems.

    Preferred Experience/Skills:

    • AA or BS degree in a related field.
    • Work experience on a multi-disciplinary team with a number of professionals with different work styles and support needs.
    • Understanding of dual diagnosis and the interplay of mental health and substance use problems
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.
    • Ability to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds and be culturally competent.
    • Experience with and commitment to working with an underserved, low income community.
    • Conduct oneself in external settings in a way that reflects positively on LifeLong Medical Care as an organization of professional, confident and sensitive staff.
    • Ability to see how one’s work intersects with that of other departments of LifeLong Medical Care and that of other partner organizations.
    • Be creative, flexible, and mature with a “can do,” proactive attitude and an ability to identify and take advantage of opportunities for improvement.


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