Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist II (Grant Funded)

  • Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Alameda, California
  • Jun 22, 2022
Full Time Fundraising or Grants Administration Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: 64,001.60 - 87,276.80 USD

Job Description

Salary Range

64,001.60 - 87,276.80

Condition of Employment

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Job Description

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda is accepting applications for the position ofSubstance Abuse Treatment Specialist II.The Court is seeking to fill one vacancy in the Office of Collaborative Court Services. Please note that the position is grant funded with an expected conclusion of 12/31/2023. Continuance in the position is dependent on the availability of funding at the end of the period.

This recruitment will remain open and will accept applications continuously. Please be aware that this recruitment may be closed at any time should the Court receive a sufficient number of qualified applicants.The Court will be reviewing applicants as they come in. The first round of oral interviews is tentatively expected to occur in mid-July 2022. Subsequent reviews of applicants and interviews will be held on an ongoing basis untilthe positionis filled.

Under general direction, to perform responsible professional level work involving the evaluation and recommendation for referral of alcohol and drug offenders to appropriate programs, which includes the identification and provision of services, and the tracking and monitoring of program participants to ensure compliance with their service plans and terms of release.

The Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist II (SATS II) is responsible for managing a caseload of high-risk/high needs participants in a specialized treatment court program and provides the judge and collaborative court team with substance use and mental health treatment/recovery recommendations. Incumbents assigned to the classification are responsible for coordinating a grant-funded collaborative court program, developing programmatic tools, and participating in data collection and evaluation. The SATS II works with each participantto complete the phase system in a timely manner, ensure their basic needs are met through targeted service referral, abstain from all drugs and alcohol, successfully engage and make gains in treatment, create a recovery support network, successfully completethe treatment court program, and remain out of the criminal justice system.

This class is distinguished from the lower class of Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist I in that the Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist II advises judicial officers on addiction and mental health issues, refers participants directly into treatment, facilitates pre-court case review, supervises subordinate positions, or facilitates therapeutic groups. In addition, the SATS II reports directly to the Principal Analyst, or designee, and may be assigned supervisorial duties over the Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist I.

This position may work in a satellite office, require frequent travel within the County, and is required to work independently with minimal oversight and direction.

Ideal Candidates will : be highly organized; be self-motivated; be comfortable working collaboratively with a diverse range of staff, clients, and stakeholders; have excellent writing skills; have a professional demeanor; be solution-focused; have strong interpersonal skills; be able to describe their personal self-care program. People in recovery and those with prior justice involvement are encouraged to apply for the position.

Certification Pay: This position is eligible to receive an incentive pay of 3% of base salary for possession of a current license in good standing issued by the State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Example of Duties

NOTE: The following are duties performed by employees in this classification. However, each individual in this classification may not necessarily perform all listed duties. Further, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.

1. Provides pre-placement services that include psycho-social assessments/evaluations and referral services for several treatment courts; collaborates with key stakeholders such as the Probation Department, Social Services, and community treatment providers; provides services to other courts on an on-call basis.

2. Develops treatment plans; identifies available residential and outpatient treatment options and community resources; matches clients with the appropriate treatment services.

3. Uses evidence-based risk and needs assessment instruments to determine eligibility and services needed. Prepares court reports for the judge and team and recommends program assignments to specified treatment modalities. Assessments may be administered on candidates who are in-custody and out-of-custody. Stays up to date with continuing education and training on assessment tools.

4. Works closely with partner agencies to ensure program participants are engaged in and supported by services that may include substance use disorder treatment, mental health treatment, treatment for co-occurring disorders, recovery meetings, employment-readiness training, education, housing, and other services.

5. Coordinates and monitors treatment court drug testing schedule; coordinates services to meet the basic needs of each participant; updates all required databases; compiles necessary statistical data; compiles periodic reports of activities for evaluation purposes; and prepares comprehensive Progress Reports for judicial officers and stakeholders. Ensures the judge and team understands the phase system and is supporting it through appropriate messaging to participants. Ensures the judge and the team understands the administering of evidence-based incentives and sanctions.

6. Ensures the judge and the team understands the structure of a peer-learning court.

7.Facilitates the pre-court staffing meeting. Updates the court team on all participant progress and challenges. Recommends evidence-based incentives and sanctions. Provides the judge and multidisciplinary team with the addiction/treatment/recovery/relapse/mental health perspective on participant progress or lack of progress.

8. Helps create a dynamic and positive treatment court culture by implementing best-practices in the courtroom. Stays current with continued education and training on drug court best-practices.

9. Collaborates with multidisciplinary team members to support participant progress. Problem solves as collaborative concerns arise between the stakeholders. Protects the non-adversarial model by negotiating the personalities and various mission statements of the stakeholders.

10. Visits all treatment programs regularly, creating relationships with the intake coordinators, treatment counselors, and program leadership. Is available on-site to problem solve and attend case conferencing meetings with client and treatment staff. Makes weekly contact with each provider for client updates.

11. Attends and understands all community recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Lifering, and Refuge Recovery. Ability to explain these organizations to clients. Keeps up-to-date meeting schedules and literature available for all recovery groups.

12. Facilitates alumni and therapeutic support groups. Chaperones outings to pro-social activities in the community.

13. Takes direction from the Principal Analyst, or designee, on a variety of administrative and program activities including data collection, research, grant preparation, program evaluation, and special projects.

14. Participates in a variety of meetings, including staff meetings, quarterly workgroups, steering committees, site visits from grant funders, and county departmental meetings; participates in peer-review process of other case managers' files; and develops agendas, chairs meetings and conducts presentations as necessary.

15. Participates in on-going training and skills-development, staying current with developments in the fields of addiction treatment, case management, and collaborative courts.

16. Works with court administration and program evaluator to perform all required data collection, evaluation, and grant reporting practices. Keeps program in compliance with all grant requirements.

17. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Option I

Possession of a Master's degree in psychology, social work, therapy, counseling, or other behavioral science.


The equivalent to one year of full-time experience performing counseling, psychotherapy, or social-services case-management, preferably in a substance abuse treatment program.

Option II

Possession of a Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, therapy, counseling, or other behavioral science.


The equivalent to two years of full-time experience performing counseling, psychotherapy, or social-services case-management, preferably in a substance abuse treatment program.


Option III

Possession of a current certificate as a Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor from the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) or Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II from the California Consortium of Addicted Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).


The equivalent to two years of full-time experience performing counseling, psychotherapy, or social-services case-management, preferably in a substance abuse treatment program.

Knowledge of current trends as they relate to alcohol and drug issues in society and criminal justice administration; court organization, functions, responsibilities, and procedures; grant funding and grant management; basic mathematics; report writing techniques; current recovery models, substance abuse, alcoholism, and addiction; State regulations pertaining to client confidentiality; community resources; current substance abuse, mental health services, and community resources in Alameda County; trauma-informed systems and practices; motivational interviewing and counseling techniques; case management practices; group facilitation skills; cultural humility with awareness of privilege and respect for diversity; co-occurring disorders and their effects on justice-involved and formerly-incarcerated individuals; social and psychological barriers to successful reentry; program development.

Ability to analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate statistical data and reports; communicate orally and in writing on a variety of issues; understand, interpret and apply procedures, laws, rules and regulations as they apply to assigned area; work collaboratively with judges, staff, and attorneys; use computer applications; work with individuals from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; collaborate with other multidisciplinary team members; communicate effectively; motivate a justice-involved population in a positive, constructive manner; facilitate self-determination and self-care through the tenets of advocacy, shared decision making and education; navigate the health care and community provider system to achieve successful care; create detailed progress reports that can be relied on in a court of law; efficiently manage time and prioritize multiple tasks; use computer systems proficiently in word processing, email, internet and spreadsheets.License Requirement: A valid California Class "C" driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out essential job functions.

This position includes a one-year probationary period. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of fingerprint check and the provision of appropriately identifying documents to certify eligibility to work in the United States.

Hiring Process

The hiring process will include the following components:
  • An initial screening of all application materials receivedincluding a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. A resume does not substitute for completing the application. An incomplete or partial application or supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification.
  • A review of the completed application and supplemental questionnaire to select the best-qualified candidates for the oral panel interview process.
  • An oral interview that will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

The Court reserves the right to change the components of the examination process and may limit the number of candidates invited to the oral interview process to include only the best-qualified candidates should there be a large applicant pool.

The application and supplemental questionnaire are used to evaluate the candidate's qualifications. If you are interested in the opportunity it is recommended that you submit your application and supplemental questionnaire as soon as possible since this recruitment may be closed at any time should the Court receive a sufficient number of qualified applicants.

If you require accommodation in the examination process because of disability, please call (510) 891-6021 to discuss.

Open Until Filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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