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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: COMCARE
Job Title: Substance Abuse Counselor
Salary: $15.13 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Usual working days/hours:

Monday - Thursday Noon- 9 PM, Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location of work:

940 N. Waco or 3803 E. Harry, Ste. 121 | Wichita, KS

Job Objectives:
Provides goal-directed, client-centered, medically necessary group/individual therapy to adults with substance abuse problems to enable them to improve the quality of life and ability to function more successfully in the community.

Essential Job Functions:
Direct Service Provision

  • Group therapy to address issues related to the symptoms of substance abuse.
  • ndividual therapy using identified and accepted methods to remediate symptoms of substance abuse, improve emotional and functional well-being.
  • Assessment/intake to include personal, mental illness and substance abuse history, presenting problems.
  • Conduct risk assessments as needed to address consumer and community safety.

Treatment Planning

  • Prepare treatment plan including client participation in conjunction with intake and/or upon referral to therapy services and at regular intervals thereafter per COMCARE guidelines and established statutes governing treatment (30 days for IOP, 90 days for OP).
  • Collaborate in review, updates and progress on goals with treatment plan coordinator or other members of the treatment team.


  • Complete progress notes in accordance with COMCARE guidelines which meet requirements for medical necessity, goal-directed therapy and client response to treatment within prescribed timelines.
  • Complete Notes for Record, precautions statements and authorizations for release of records as required and/or recommended.
  • Enters no show and cancellations for accuracy and completeness of medical record.

General Administrative Duties

  • Respond to Utilization Review staff feedback forms and make corrections as needed.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary or peer team meetings to improve treatment and develop interventions strategies as needed.
  • Enters AIMS data at intake and discharge.
  • Completes discharge summary when closing to therapy services.
  • Completes court reports or treatment summaries within required timelines as set by the entity requesting these documents.
  • Participate in scheduled court hearings or drug court team staffing as requested.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Professional Development

  • Maintain certification as required by Social and Rehabilitation Service Department of Addiction and Prevention Services to provide substance abuse treatment in a licensed substance abuse program and/or Community Mental Health Center.
  • Identify and attend continuing education/training to enhance or expand clinical practices and implement best practices related to the employee s area of practice within COMCARE.
  • Participate in individual supervision.

Job Standards:

  • Must be Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) or Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC).
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work or a related field. and / or
  • Two - Three years’ experience counseling in a service agency and in drug and alcohol treatment preferred or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Good verbal, computer and written skills necessary.
  • Must have good attendance
  • Must possess good organizational skills and be detailed oriented
  • Must have multi-tasking abilities
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Applicable knowledge of Word, Excel and PsychConsult preferred.
  • Meet the specifications as outlined in the CMHC licensing standards and pass KBI, DCF child abuse check, adult abuse registry and motor vehicle screens.
  • Must complete orientations provided by Sedgwick County and COMCARE.
  • Must have a valid Kansas Driver’s license, current proof of automobile insurance and be able to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must maintain a valid Kansas Driver’s license and current proof of automobile insurance at all times.
  • Ability to cope with psychotic episodes of adults.
  • Knowledge of community services and benefit programs.
  • Ability to develop and maintain rapport with patients, the general public and all levels of staff.
  • Ability to keep client documentation current.
  • Possess the awareness and judgment to intervene appropriately when dealing with escalating emotional situations.
  • Possess the ability to negotiate several flights of stairs at a time and move effectively in varied settings throughout the community.
  • Possess the mobility and judgment to execute personal protective measures.
  • Able to calmly and effectively deal with agitated individuals or high risk situations.
  • Demonstrate autonomous critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate good professional judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Able to work with minimal direct supervision.
  • Demonstrate good time management and organizational skills in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to handle competing urgent priorities.
  • Possess basic or intermediate computer skills: able to learn complex software related to an electronic medical record.

Testing/Screening Requested:

  • Pass background checks including by not limited to KBI, DCF child abuse check, adult abuse registry
  • Motor vehicle screens
  • Urine drug screen


  • Complex electronic medical record.
  • Basic understanding of computers to include Outlook and Word.
  • Basic office equipment.

Work Environment:

  • Office based, some work may be required at other program locations or in the community as requested.



*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.
Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.
Immediate family and family of the employee’s spouse shall be considered husband, wife, son, step-son, son-in-law, daughter, step-daughter, daughter-in law, brother, step-brother, brother-in law, sister, step-sister, sister-in-law, mother, step-mother, mother-in law, father, step-father, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents and grandparents-in-law.

Vacancy Number: 20005539

Open Date: 9/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 10/7/2017 11:59:59 PM