Requisition Number: LVACT-CLSVP-H-06-2021-02
Job Title: Substance Abuse Specialist 
City: Bethlehem
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 2
Salary Range: $19.00 - $23.00/hour, plus stipends

Substance Abuse Specialist 

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Description/Job Summary

LVACT Substance Abuse Specialist holds a vital clinical role on a diverse team providing Assertive Community Treatment to the Lehigh Valley. Using an evidence based model that positively supports and empowers individuals with serious and persistent mental illness with a uniquely comprehensive, community based approach, the Clinician directly participates and provides leadership to individual treatment teams focused on individual recovery outcomes. This is an hourly position with competitive wage, on-call stipends, and a $500 sign-on bonus after 90 days!


Responsibilities/Duties

The responsibilities of the Substance Abuse Specialist  include; assessment of individuals referred for therapy and the provision of clinical direction for services planning and treatment goals, conducting individual therapy, utilizing member in vivo experiences to maximize learning and use of skills and developed insights, participation in team and individual case management activities, facilitation of treatment team meetings, discharge planning, participation in Performance Improvement and Clinical Issues activities, and the collection of outcomes measurement data. 


Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Collaborate with LVACT members, formulate a strengths based assessment of physical, emotional, spiritual and social status.
  • Participate in clinical supervision and assume an active role in identifying areas where additional training and/or support is needed.
  • Provide training, direction for services/recovery planning and activities designed to expand member competencies. When designated as the primary team member on the member’s ITT, the clinician will conduct reviews of service/treatment plan, assuming the role of convener for individualized treatment team meetings.
  • Use advanced clinical skills, competence and best practice knowledge in collaborating with team leaders and team members in interventions designed to engage LVACT members in a trusting and supportive relationship, providing emotional support within professional boundaries.
  • Assist the Director, LVACT, in planning and/or conducting conferences and specialized trainings for members of the team and other, appropriate agency personnel. 
  • Promote quality and continuity of service delivery


The successful candidate will receive a $500 sign on bonus after 90 days!

Required Experience

 Two years experience working, preferably in a community based setting, with adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or counseling with CADC certification 
  • Master's degree and CADC certification preferred

Required Qualifications

  • The ability and experience to make independent decisions.
  •  Strong written and verbal skills.
  •  Must have a valid driver’s license.
  •  Substance Abuse Specialist is understanding of and interested in working with persons with severe mental illness in the community and home environment.

    The Substance Abuse Specialist has professional energy and competence in mental health, as well as a desire to expand their knowledge base. The Substance Abuse Specialist is flexible and able to respond appropriately and effectively in a crisis situation, providing leadership in crisis resolution activities.

    The position requires the individual to be assertive and able to communicate well with other team members, service recipients and the various persons and organizations with which the team has contact in the community.  The Substance Abuse Specialist  is organized, goal oriented, and be able to follow through with numerous and varied responsibilities.

Program Summary

RHD is a different kind of company – no divisive walls, no cubicles, no private offices. Our experience has shown that in a relaxed atmosphere where employees have the chance to deal openly and directly with each other, the work environment is significantly better, communications are clear, and attitudes remain positive. We emphasize group decision-making and decentralization, so that staff has maximum authority, creativity, freedom and support to help meet the needs of the people we serve. We believe that RHD demonstrates its commitment to employees by listening and responding to employee concerns. Eligible employees of RHD are provided a wide range of benefits. Eligibility depends on a variety of factors including salary level and job status. In addition, RHD provides a wide range of employee resources that include a credit union, employee assistance and internal education and leadership development programs. Recently RHD announced a unique partnership with Capella University that includes discounts on tuition and scholarship assistance. 

Lehigh Valley ACT's Recovery-focused, multidisciplinary, assertive community treatment programs provide intensive, individual support for people in Lehigh and Northampton counties who are working to overcome the barriers to recovery from mental illness. Assertive Community Treatment Teams provide: Psychiatric assessment, medication education and monitoring, treatment for co-occuring disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, psychosocial services and education (including Wellness Management and Recovery, SAMSHA evidence-based IMR) and intervention help strengthen the individual’s networks. Blended Case Management Services affords the collaborative coordination of services and resources supportive of recovery and growth. Individuals work with case managers to increase personal and financial independence, overcome barriers compromising access to treatment, build and expand capabilities in roles and relationships within the community and, acquire skills to support self-determination and self-management of the symptoms or challenges related to their illness.

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.