Substance Abuse Counselor

Henderson County Detention Center | Henderson, KY, 42420
Posted from 5/16/2022 to 12/30/2022
Pay: 18.00
Compensation Type: Hourly
Position Type: Full-Time

Henderson County Detention Center is looking to hire a self-motivated, outgoing, organized counselor to provide case management & counseling services to inmates participating in the substance abuse program. All counselors must also perform administrative duties while mentoring inmates and maintaining & establishing professional relationships with co-workers and the community. The counselor will be adhere to the guidelines and professional codes of ethics as determined by the Kentucky Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.



• 21 years of age - Minimum

• Possess & maintain Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License & reliable transportation for all weather conditions;       

• Maintain a clear, acceptable pre-hire & annual criminal history & background check

• Possess & maintain reliable, working telephone;

• Graduate of an accredited college/university with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work or a closely related field with clinical experience in substance abuse treatment and/or counseling.

• Correctional knowledge (preferred);

• Clinical experience (preferred);

• Computer / data entry

• Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (preferred) OR

• Clinical supervisor or within 1 year of certification as a CADC with 3-5 years of experience in supervision (required); OR

• Must be willing to work aggressively & diligently towards CADC certificate;

• Ability to travel, attend & complete all training (required)

• Ability to work flexible hours (required). ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES required for employee:

• Interview & assess SAP inmates.

• Determine individual and group needs;

• On the basis of need, develop and lead programs for both individual & group treatment;

• Plan, develop & conduct seminars, workshops & specialized programs in the specific areas of substance abuse & prevention.

• Serve as a liaison between Henderson County Detention Center, other community & agency programs or interested parties.

• Coordinate SAP admission, treatment, evaluation, & completion or discharge.

• Develop, Enter & Provide \accurate, detailed & complete information regarding inmates and / or SAP with detention center staff and contractors.

• Ability to Compile accurate, concise, & detailed files;

• Review, monitor, update, maintain, & close-out inmate SAP files;

• Prepare progress reports on assigned inmates,

• Assist administrative & supervisory staff in development of statistical reports,

• Utilize established rules, policies, & procedures of the detention center & state in making decisions while performing administrative tasks independently & professionally;


Substance Abuse Counselor

• Use unbiased, professional conduct and sound judgment in meeting requirements & performing the duties of the position while remaining in compliance with all federal, state, local laws and the detention center rules, policies and procedures.

• Monitor & regularly review status of inmates to verify that treatment & therapeutic programs are being completed as required; • Administer personnel and inmate policies in an unbiased manner,

• Prepare & maintain a variety of standard narratives, reports, & logs, statistical, summary and/or operational records, using appropriate grammar, to include filing, alphabetizing and labeling; properly process all reports and documents in a timely manner.

• Screen requests for records and appropriately approve/disapprove in accordance with policies and procedures & Kentucky law.

• Attend scheduled staff & group meetings, training, & activities essential to Henderson County's Substance Abuse Program;

• Openly & professionally communicate with Henderson County staff, contractors & inmates with information relevant to SAP & the safety & security of Henderson County Detention Center;

• Must be honest, trustworthy, motivated, self-directed,

• Must possess & demonstrate a high level of morals and ethics,

• Must demonstrate the ability to provide concise information, instruction and direction to inmates,

• Must possess the ability to compile and relay accurate, detailed information in court and other formal settings.

• Must have the ability to assess & de-escalate an encounter ( when confronted with verbal and mental abuse, hostile views, and opinions of inmates and others. Ex: Visitors and family members, encountered in an antagonistic environment.)

• Must possess the ability to work calmly under pressure including assisting in a rescue function at the scene of an accident, emergency or disaster to include administrating basic emergency medical aid.

• Must possess the ability to take appropriate action in order to prevent or diffuse potentially disruptive situations. • Maintain equipment and supplies as required;

• Order replacement items in a timely manner by written request to the AR/AP office;

• Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

• Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

• Attend seminars, workshops, conferences, training, etc., as required.

• Must comply with the requirements of applicable regulations, laws, rules, procedures, policies, standards and/or contracts.

• Remain alert at all times; react quickly, efficiently, effectively, and calmly in emergency and other high stress situations.

• Other duties as they may be assigned.

  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Health savings account
  • On-the-job training
  • Holiday pay
  • Paid vacation time (after 1 year)
  • Paid sick time (begins accruing immediately)
  • Life insurance policy ($30,000 paid by the county)

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