Substance Use Disorder Professional

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The Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) engages patients to assist them in treatment and recovery. The SUDP motivates patients utilizing recovery language and principles. The SUDP works closely with medical personnel to create an evidence-based, patient-centered, comprehensive, and integrated treatment model for substance use disorders and mental health disorders to include medication management. The SUDP will assist in creating meaningful Individual Service Plans (ISPs) to promote safety and other desired outcomes. SUDPs provide compassionate care through various mediums which include both individual and group counseling sessions.
Job Responsibilities
This job description includes but is not limited to the following duties:
Prepares and maintains a confidential, accurate, organized, and updated case file for each assigned patient.
Assess, track, and monitor the possible side effects as well as the efficacy of each medication utilized during treatment.
Adheres to documentation deadlines as outlined in the Treatment Training Manual.
Complies with documentation requirements as outlined in program policies and procedures for activities (e.g., assessments, individual service plans, dose evaluations, re-engagements, treatment procedures, and discharge summaries) and the preparation of required reports.
Diagnose patients with Substance Use Disorders using the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) criteria, and determine the appropriate risks and levels of care utilizing The ASAM Criteria Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related and Co-Occurring Conditions.
Assists with intake documentation as necessary (e.g., consent for treatment, consents to release information, initial assessment, etc.) and maintains this information in the case file.
Effectively orients patients to the facility as needed by explaining issues including, but not limited to, OTP rules and regulations that may result in termination of services, the hours of service availability, patients’ rights and the grievance procedure, and costs for which they may be responsible.
Uses the appropriate forms and instrumentation to assess patients’ strengths and weaknesses.  Develop with the patients’ participation, individual service plans to address recovery goals and objectives.
Facilitate immediate and long-term goals, and determine the associated interventions in the treatment process, offer and support the necessary resources to be utilized toward these goals and processes.
Identifies and explores barriers and their ramifications with attention to the patients’ associated readiness to change, attitudes, and feelings. Examines alternative solutions and develop plans of action with the patients’ participation.
Coordinates the delivery of integrated services and acts as an advocate in accessing other needed services.
Identifies and responds to crises that may negatively impact treatment and uses negative events to enhance treatment efforts when possible.
Becomes proficient in and adheres to the Agency’s treatment philosophy which incorporates CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Contingency Management, and self-determination.  Becomes proficient in the delivery of the approved curriculums and maintains the integrity and fidelity of the approved curriculum.
Maintains familiarity with community resources and their limitations, the procedures for making referrals, and the confidentiality requirements inherent to the referral process so that community resources are used to benefit patients.
Recognizes the need for case consultation by adhering to continued supervision including, but not limited to:  case reviews, group supervision, individual case reviews, teach backs, role plays, and unsuccessful case reviews.  Maintains contact with referring professionals and seeks assistance in matters that exceed the Counselor’s level of expertise and/or scope of practice.
Identifies program needs and suggests improvements to the Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Administrator, and/or Clinical Director.
Acts as a resource to “team” members.
Assists the Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Administrator, and/or Clinical Director in managing staffing adjustments.
Effectively acts as a representative of the Agency at court and community proceedings.
Continues professional training and stays current in professional development.
Maintains licensure and/or certification required for the job assignments.

The SUDP will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by the SUDP’s supervisor.
Maintain professional boundaries and set a positive example of behaviors for patients.
Work cooperatively and professionally with patients, coworkers, and community representatives.
Demonstrated ability to maintain current, accurate, and complete patient records.
Commitment to the vision, values, and mission of the agency.
Ability to work with diverse ethnic populations and a variety of people with different problems.
Familiar with Microsoft Word, Office, and Outlook.
Facilitates and maintains productive communication while maintaining a professional, prosocial relationship with patients and employees.
Maintains appropriate boundaries with patients and employees as outlined in NWIH Policies and Procedures.
Expresses empathy regarding patient situations as appropriate.
Recognizes antisocial thinking and behaviors.  Addresses them immediately, positively, and in a non-threatening manner.
Interacts professionally with employees, visitors, guests, law enforcement, court, and safety personnel.
Assists patients in role-playing difficult situations to achieve a more positive result.
Assists patients in efforts to problem solve.
Obtains required training hours on an annual basis.
Attends staff meetings and required training sessions.
Ensures patients’ rights are upheld.  Maintains patient and staff confidentiality according to Agency policies and procedures; state law; and federal regulations to include Confidentiality on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patients Records, 42 C.F.R. Part 2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164.
Manages time and organizes work demands appropriately.
Maintains the ability to type/use computers and all programs implemented by the Agency including but not limited to those maintaining electronic health records.
unction in a computer environment.
Demonstrates effective written and verbal communication.

Academic training in the social service field and the area of substance use disorder treatment is required per the qualifications for a Department of Health Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) certification and as stipulated in the Washington Administrative Code.
The counselor is required to maintain this status and complete continuing education requirements throughout their employment.
Maintain current TB test and First Aid/CPR documentation.
The Counselor must also provide the agency with current documentation of their current Washington Department of Health SUDP or SUDPT license credential throughout their employment.
Associate degree required, Bachelor or Master’s degree preferred.
1year of work experience in the social service field and/or in the area of substance use disorder treatment
Prefer previous experience working with medication-assisted treatment

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The duties are performed primarily in an office setting requiring sitting up to 3 hours at a time, with occasional lifting of up to 10 pounds in files. Intermittent keyboarding, generally under 2 hours per 8-hour day. Occasional lifting and carrying of patient files weighing up to 10 pounds.

NWIH reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the company desires. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including primary responsibilities, to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at-will.” The job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.

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