Substance Use Disorder Care Coordinator (2 Open Positions)

King County Public health King County Public health

King County is seeking to hire 2 TLT Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care Coordinators within Public Health – Seattle & King County, Jail Health Services (JHS) Division.


Salary: $73,340.80 – $92,955.20 Annually
Location: King County Correctional Facility – Downtown Seattle and Maleng Regional Justice Center – Kent, WA
Job Type: Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk
Department: DPH – Public Health
Division: Jail Health Services


The SUD Care Coordinators provide patient-centered, trauma-informed care and engage participants while they are in-custody and as they connect with health and social services upon release. Regular tasks include screening, assessment, brief intervention, supportive counseling, and discharge planning.
This is a unique opportunity for someone who wants to be part of a multidisciplinary health team that works to remove barriers to medical, behavioral, treatment and social services and is committed to reducing stigma and building power with people who use drugs.
People with lived experience of substance use, incarceration, houselessness, and/or sex work; people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities; and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.
Term-limited temporary positions are “at-will” positions but are eligible for benefits. The funding for these positions is anticipated to last for two years. However, funding is dependent upon decisions being made at both the federal and local levels. As a result, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on those decisions. JHS is actively working to secure long-term funding for these positions.

Work Schedule: 40-hour work week including weekend and evening shifts; flexible schedule, rotating schedule.

Work Location: The primary location for this position is at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle. However, the position will also work at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent and requires travel between facilities. There will also be minimal work in community locations to meet with patients. The MRJC is located at 401 4th Ave N, Kent, WA 98032 and KCCF is located at 500 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.

Job Duties
-Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to honing your clinical skills, especially those related to cultural humility, anti-racist practices, and shared decision making.
-Engage with people who use drugs (including alcohol) using a collaborative, person-centered approach grounded in harm reduction and trauma-informed practice.
-Promote diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, patient preferred languages, health literacy, and other communications needed for participants referred to care.
-Conduct standardized screenings to identify emergent social, physical, and behavioral health needs and determine if referrals are necessary.
-Facilitate access to care, including access to community and recovery resources using standard case management practices (e.g., outreach, screening, assessment, brief-intervention, crisis counseling, and psycho-educational support services).
-Facilitate shared treatment decision making with participants by sharing information and providing education on the in-jail and in-community options to treat opioid use disorder.
-Advocate for participants while in custody and as they transition back to the community, to include assisting with enrollment in healthcare coverage and disability-related benefits, linkage to substance use disorder treatment, accessing community resources, and communicating with partners in the criminal legal system.
-Distribute harm reduction supplies and provide accurate health and safety information using established messages on safer drug use and overdose safety planning. Adapt health information based on clients’ priorities, cultural beliefs, and value systems using accessible realistic language to convey pertinent, complex information.
-Assist participants as they release from custody with resources, referrals, and scheduling same-day or next day appointments.
-Document patient contact and services delivered in electronic health record system.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
–Registration as a Substance Use Disorder Professional under WAC 440-22-240.
–At least two years of recent, relevant work experience with people involved in the criminal legal system within King, Pierce, or Snohomish County with priority given to people with experience providing harm reduction and recovery-related services for participants with substance use disorders
–Demonstrated skills, experience and knowledge of anti-racism concepts and approaches.
–Knowledge of specific challenges, trauma responses, behavior and needs for people experiencing legal involvement, housing instability, poverty, substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses that are compounded by discrimination and systemic oppression.
–Demonstrated clinical skills, experience, and knowledge of the following:
1- Participant-centered concepts and approaches to case management, including outreach, screening, intake, assessment, intervention, and referral
2- Trauma-informed care concepts, approaches, and trauma responses.
3- Recovery-oriented concepts and approaches.
4- Crisis intervention and suicide risk assessment.
5- Building and maintaining appropriate boundaries with participants.
–Familiarity with Microsoft programs such as Outlook, and the ability to use drop down menus, point and click software, and multiple screens.
–Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
–Ability to travel on a flexible schedule as needed.
–Must possess valid Washington Driver’s License to drive a county vehicle.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
–An electronic application through or (use the “Apply” link) including work history and position duties.
–Candidates must submit a resume
–Responses to ALL supplemental questions.

If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact please contact: Alexis Owens, Human Resource Analyst, at

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