Metrocare Services

  • Substance Abuse Specialist

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Posted Date 1 week ago(11/8/2018 9:43 AM)
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Working for Metrocare isn’t just a job. It’s a career where
    your skills and passion for delivering quality care make
    a positive difference to the individuals that we serve.


    Metrocare is the largest provider of mental health services in Dallas County, serving more than 57,000 adults and children annually.  For more than fifty (50) years, Metrocare has provided an array of services available to people with mental and developmental disabilities. In addition to behavioral health services, Metrocare provides primary care centers for adults and children, accessible pharmacies, housing and supportive social services. Through the Altshuler Center for Education & Research we are advancing mental health beyond Dallas County.


    The Substance Abuse Specialist provides interventions to assist consumers with both mental health and substance abuse issues. The Substance Abuse Specialist assures services as defined on the treatment plan are implemented, that the consumer is actively working toward stated objectives and the family is involved as appropriate.


    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Other duties may be assigned.) 

    • Provide Community Support services to assigned cases on caseload as well as cases assigned to the treatment team
    • Possess knowledge of mental illness, substance abuse issues and symptomology, DSM IV diagnostic criteria and treatment methods
    • Strives to attain successful consumer outcomes in coordination with treatment team members
    • Implement Clinical Algorithms as defined by the Mental Health Division of Metrocare Services
    • Complete documentation of services provided to consumers within 24 hours of service
    • Conduct CD assessments, provide CD/substance abuse intervention and prevention in individual and group settings 


    The competencies listed here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    • Analytical skills, professional acumen, business ethics, thorough understanding of continuous improvement processes, problem solving, respect for confidentiality, good communication and presentation skills.



    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus two years experience in substance abuse or mental health services. LCDC licensure preferred.



    • Ability to be responsive to consumer, family and community needs.
    • Ability to conduct CD assessments
    • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision
    • Ability to provide CD/substance abuse intervention/prevention in group and individual settings
    • Ability to work flexible hours and work “on-call” status
    • Ability to maintain composure in stressful environments and respond appropriately
    • Ability to provide Community Support Services to consumers.

    COMPUTER SKILLS:            

    • Intermediate level on MS Excel, Email and word processing programs
    • Ability to utilize Internet for resources.


    • In-county travel required. Overnight travel is negligible.


    • The work environment describe here is representative of that which an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • The noise level may vary between low and mild.
    • The work environment should not be unusually hot or cold.

    Metrocare couldn’t have a great employee-first culture without great benefits.  That’s why we offer a competitive salary, exceptional training and an outstanding benefits package:

    • Medical/Dental/Vision
    • Paid Leave
    • Paid Holidays
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Retirement Plan, including employer matching
    • Health Savings Account, including employer matching
    • Professional Development Allowance
    • Bilingual Stipend – up to 6% of the base salary
    • Many other benefits

    Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


    Tobacco Free Facilities - Metrocare is committed to promoting the health, well-being and safety of Metrocare team members, guests, and individuals and families we serves while on the facility campuses. Therefore, Metrocare facilities and grounds are tobacco-free.


    No calls from staffing agencies or independent recruiters


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