Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Clinical Services Technician I/II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Jul 15, 2022
Full Time Engineering Public Health
  • Salary: $39,998.40 - $53,601.60 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity


Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Clinical Services Technician I/II. The Clinical Services Technician provides services, intake and input for the development of diagnostic impressions in formulating treatment plans for a diverse patient/client base. This individual ensures a safe, healthy environment that encourages socialization and empowerment. The entry-level position performs under supervision while the experienced, journey-level position performs with much greater independence.

Stanislaus County adheres to all Public Health Orders and is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment. To view the current Public Health orders, please visit the California Department of Public Health website here for more information.

To learn more about Behavioral Health and Recovery Services , click here .

This recruitment is being conducted to fill vacancies for Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and establish an eligibility list to fill future Full-Time, Part-Time, Extra Help and On-Call vacancies.

Programs within Behavioral Health and Recovery Services which primarily utilize Clinical Services Technicians (CSTs) include Stanislaus Recovery Center (SRC) and various other programs within Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.

Stanislaus Recovery Center (SRC) is a comprehensive Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center located in Ceres. CSTs are assigned to the SRC Adult Residential Treatment Program and/or Outpatient Programs. The Adult Treatment Program at SRC has a treatment structure that promotes recovery at every phase of the recovery process. The incumbent's schedule may include shift work, weekend assignments, and may include the applicable 5% inpatient and shift differential pay.

Peer Support (Stanislaus Recovery Center): CSTs supervised under the Peer & Family Support Services Coordinator work within the Substance Use Disorder System providing peer support. This position will typically work business hours of 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and will occasionally work outside of those hours.

The role of a Peer Support Specialist is to provide principles of recovery in an attitudinal way with expertise that professional training cannot replicate. Peer Support Services are specialized therapeutic interactions conducted by current or former consumers of behavioral health/substance use disorder services. Peer Supports include engaging peers into recovery, assisting peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning, and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, supporting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience, supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services, and developing and implementing personal recovery plans. Peer Support Specialists offer role modeling and mentorship by offering their life as living proof of the transformative power of recovery and provides stage-appropriate recovery education. Peer Support Specialists also provide companionship, a social bridge from the culture of addiction and mental illness to the culture of recovery.

The Clinical Services Technician II classification is considered the experienced, journey-level in the series. Incumbents perform under general supervision and with much greater independence, including independently leading groups and individual sessions.

State of California - Health and Human Services Agency, California Code of Regulations requires that all non-licensed and non-certified individuals providing counseling in an Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program licensed and/or certified by Alcohol and Drug Program (ADP) shall be registered to obtain certification as an SUD counselor with one of the certifying organizations currently approved by ADP.

State of California - Health and Human Services Agency, California Code of Regulations will require that individuals providing peer support services within an approved DMC-ODS and/or the SMHS delivery system licensed and/or certified by DHCS be registered to obtain certification as a Peer Support Specialist with one of the certifying organizations currently approved by DHCS.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Community and Health Services bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months.

Incumbents may also be subject to overtime, standby, callback, weekend, holiday and shift assignments as identified in their MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management".

Typical Tasks

Clinical Services Technician I
  • Assist in the completion of intake information with clients;
  • Provide input for the development of diagnostic impressions;
  • Welcome individuals/families and introduce the concept of recovery and stigma reduction;
  • Provide services that facilitate wellness, recovery and resilience, and support individuals to accomplish their recovery or service goals;
  • Support and work effectively with volunteers;
  • Under direct supervision, participate in limited paraprofessional counseling activities;
  • Using recovery principles, assist in formulating treatment plans utilizing age specific considerations. For peer staff, offer peer support to compliment clinical services;
  • Engage and encourage clients to participate in social, recreational and recovery activities;
  • Perform services using a variety of wellness or recovery approaches;
  • For peer staff, an ability to share your recovery experience;
  • Work outside the traditional work hours of 8-5, which may include some weekend and evening hours;
  • Work independently within a team structure;
  • Build empowerment among consumers, constantly modeling compassion and respect;
  • Demonstrated skills in and a strong commitment to provision of culturally competent services to diverse populations, consistently utilizing multicultural skills, knowledge and experience;
  • Participate as a positive contributing member within a collaborative team, utilizing conflict resolution techniques;
  • Understand the concepts of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) components and essential elements, and how they inform the transformation of the public mental health system;
  • Understand the principles of drug/alcohol addiction and recovery practices;
  • Awareness of risk factors for drug/alcohol abuse and relapse prevention or risk factors for relapse of mental illness in mental health settings; and
  • Awareness of stigma reduction techniques.

Clinical Services Technician II
  • Meet all of those tasks required of a CST I; and
  • Independently lead and/or facilitate groups and individual sessions.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education/Experience)

Clinical Services Technician I

  • Develop role model relationships with patients/clients;
  • Develop effective counseling relationships and apply the learning theory to behavior;
  • Maintain confidentiality of information about patients/clients, families;
  • Define patient problems and assist in formulating treatment plans;
  • Chart clear and concise notes, maintaining complete and accurate records;
  • Act as a liaison between agency and community resources; and
  • Act quickly and safely with patients/clients exhibiting agitated or violent behavior.

Clinical Services Technician II: All of the above skills and abilities for Clinical Services Technician I; and
  • Possess a greater degree of experience, knowledge, and expertise than the Clinical Services Technician I; and
  • Function semi-independently in clinical areas.

Clinical Services Technician I & II
  • Needs, problems, attitudes and behavioral patterns of mentally disordered individuals and substance abusers;
  • Behavioral Health programs and community resources;
  • Proper safety procedures and health practices;
  • Behavioral health principles and methods of relating to individuals experiencing behavioral health problems;
  • Verbal de-escalation and communication skills;
  • Customer service ideals; and
  • Mental health patient rights.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

Clinical Services Technician I

  • Two (2) years of full-time related experience (voluntary or paid) in mental health, substance abuse, or social service agency, providing direct services for patients/clients.

  • The equivalent of 15 semester units of college course work from an accredited college in a behavioral science, social science.

  • The equivalent of 30 semester units of college course work from an accredited college in a behavioral science, social science, or closely related field.

All applicants must possess a BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers.

Clinical Services Technician II
  • Two (2) years of full-time related experience (voluntary or paid) in mental health, substance abuse, or social service agency, providing direct services for patients/clients.

  • Equivalent of 15 semester units of college course work from an accredited college in a behavioral science, social science and one (1) year full-time related experience (either voluntary or paid) in a mental health, substance abuse, or social service agency, providing direct services for patients/clients.

  • Equivalent of 30 semester units of college course work from an accredited college in a behavioral science, social science, or related field; AND
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience equivalent to that of a Clinical Services Technician I. Including applicable training requirements and adherence to competency standards.

All applicants must possess a BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers.


In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "Duties" section of the online application.
  • Substance Use Disorder certification with one of the certifying organizations that meets the State ADP regulations; OR
  • Recent experience in providing entry level Behavioral Health services, in the last year, including SUD residential treatment experience or experience in the last year as a BHRS Volunteer.

Application and Selection Procedures

Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.
  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months, but may be extended up to eighteen months.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. This recruitment may close at any time without notice.

Apply By:

Oral Examination:

July 15 , 2022

Week of July 25

July 29 , 2022

Week of August 8

August 12, 2022

Week of August 22

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County.

Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession, or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

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Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map