LifeLong Medical Care

  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-Oakland
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Come join LifeLong Medical Care and make an important contribution to improving the lives of our patients. Our East Bay Community Recovery Project is looking for a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor at their Oakland site. This is a full time, 40 hours/week, benefit eligible role. Under the supervision of the Program Manager(s), the Substance Use Disorder Counselor will counsel individuals requiring assistance dealing with substance use, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, criminal justice and/or other life difficulties by performing outreach, assessments, group and individual counseling. The SUD Counselor may provide substance use counseling, individual and group, to clients on US Probation/Pretrial, and may provide post-incarceration groups as well as occasional workshops for clients inside county jail.

    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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



    We offer competitive salaries and 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. 


    • Provide individual and group substance use counseling to HIV+ individuals at multiple locations, including clients’ homes in some cases.
    • Perform client assessments, collaborate with clients to develop treatment plans, and update periodically.
    • Abide by HIPAA, Office of HIV Care Services, other laws and regulations regarding confidentiality and consent, and staff code of conduct. Explain these regulations to clients.
    • Develop curriculum for groups/workshops/events, appropriate for clients served; become proficient in established curricula
    • Coordinate treatment and participate in case conferences with mental health, social service, medical, and other SUD providers
    • Attend trainings and meetings on site, off site, and online
    • Network with many types of agencies/service providers, to increase mutual referrals
    • Provide outreach to substance users, and to agencies and professionals who serve them.
    • Assist with program development
    • Assist in discussing HIV and Hepatitis transmission and risk reduction with consumers
    • Other duties deemed necessary and appropriate by Program Manager(s)
    • Responsible to Program Manager; attend clinical supervision with licensed counselor.
    • Serve as client advocate, directly facilitate client access to services, including accessing public benefits and health insurance, and promote self-advocacy
    • May provide individual and group substance abuse counseling, assessments, and reports for clients under supervision of US Probation and Pretrial (regardless of HIV status), at EBCRP offices
    • May communicate frequently with US Probation and Pretrial Officers. Provide recommendations for appropriate level and frequency of treatment.
    • May provide back-up to staff who present workshops 3 times weekly at Santa Rita jail for prisoners with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
    • May provide post-incarceration workshops on substance use, treatment, harm reduction, and re-entry issues to clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
    • May network with wide variety of re-entry service providers.


    • Must be certified as an SUD/AOD Counselor by one of the two certifying organizations in California; or have a Master's Degree in Behavioral Health and either an LMFT, LPCC, LCSW or Registered Associate status.
    • Experience in providing substance use assessment, and individual and group counseling
    • At least one years’ experience working with HIV positive population
    • At least one years’ experience working with clients who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
    • Familiarity with trauma-informed care
    • Knowledgeable about community resources
    • Familiarity with SSI/SSDI, ADAP and other public benefits
    • The ability to listen attentively, empathically and respectfully
    • The ability to work well independently and as a member of a team and to develop and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, participants, co-workers and medical providers, may include criminal justice staff
    • The ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written forms
    • Computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office software
    • Sensitivity to HIV/ AIDS, substance use, ethnic, LGBTQ and gender issues
    • Ability to pass security clearance at Santa Rita jail
    • Familiarity with re-entry resources and the challenges facing re-entry clients


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