First Responder - SUDP - Longview, WA

Why Work For Us?

Columbia Wellness is proud to be a company of real people committed to quality. We are focused on building a better future in mental health and behavioral healthcare. We have established a strong referral base in the community and we are invested in our clinical growth. We offer generous training opportunities, free supervision, and a large spectrum of programs in which you can work. Columbia Wellness is located in-between two major cities, Seattle and Portland. By working with us you get the best of both small town and big city life. You're close to the beach, the mountains, the quiet and the city life. If you're looking for a place to call home and build a career, join our team at Columbia Wellness. If you want to make a difference that matters then we want to hear from you. Together we can do more.

Position Overview 

This position provides clinically appropriate outreach and engagement services to individuals with identified or suspected Substance use disorder needs.  This SUDP will function as an adjunct intervention specialist with the Longview Police Department or Cowlitz Sheriff's Department. The Substance Use Disorder Professional is a core member of a collaborative care team that includes a consulting mental health provider, and other primary care support and care coordination and behavioral health staff.  Engagements are provided to address a broad array of substance use disorder needs, including coordinating referrals to clinically indicated services.  Services are provided with a context of multi-agency collaboration with an emphasis on effective, recovery-based outcomes.  Natural and formal supports are actively involved in treatment as appropriate.  The First Responder SUDP will be a member of the Columbia Wellness Outpatient Department. 

Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Access individuals of all ages to determine diagnoses, needs, goals, strengths, supports, & culturally relevant issues impacting behavioral health needs
  • Identify and develop an appropriate course of care delivery that includes immediate referral to crisis intervention / stabilization services and/or withdrawal management services as deemed medically necessary and appropriate
  • Engage with community service providers to ensure appropriate assessments and treatment courses are identified and pursued
  • Continually re-assess existing contacts to identify engagement and referral needs
  • Provide case-management services as necessary
  • Consult with relevant community agencies, the coordination of multi-agency services, and participation in multi-agency support teams on behalf of consumers
  • Provide appropriate substance use disorder  training to members of the Sheriff's Department as needed
  • Participate in regular supervision
  • Display a professional image to the community
  • Ability to be flexible and manage schedule appropriately to address workload demands and trends
  • Ability to motivate staff and develop a working team around individual cases
  • Effective time management including but not limited to planning ahead where possible and be punctual in person and work performed
  • Build strong working relationships and a positive work environment
  • Be receptive to feedback, willing to learn, and embrace continuous improvement.
  • Complete all documentation, reporting, and other paperwork per agency standards
  • Attend all appropriate staff, organizational, and external meetings (as assigned)
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have an associate degree in human services or related field from an approved school per WAC 246-811-030; or
  • 1-2 years' experience in substance use disorder treatment and services; 4 years preferred
  • Substance Use Disorder Professional certification/licensure with the WA Department of Health
  • Must have working knowledge of ASAM Patient Placement Criteria as well as DSM 5
  • Must be knowledgeable of Washington Administration Codes and the Revised Code of Washington, to ensure compliance with all requirements.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA, 42 CFR, 45 CFR, and RCW 70.96A.
  • Experience working with clients who have co-occurring mental health, substance abuse, and physical health problems.
  • Experience with evidence-based counseling techniques (e.g. MRT, Seeking Safety, 12-Step, etc.)

Preferred Experience: Proficiency providing services to a variety of populations, which may include people experiencing homelessness, underserved or marginalized populations, formally incarcerated individuals, Veterans, people with disabilities (both physical and emotional / behavioral), and individuals who identify as LGBTQ.

Salary: $27.59/hr.

This position is a part of a union (OPEIU Local 11)

We are proud to be able to not only offer competitive compensations but also a benefit package that our employees love.

We offer all permanent full-time employees:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision paid in full for employees and children beginning the 1st of the month following 30 days of full-time employment. Spousal/Significant other coverage at a nominal cost to employee of just $46.95 per month.
  • Long term disability and life insurance paid for by the employer
  • 5% of gross pay put into a retirement plan by the employer. Immediately vested, no match requirement.
  • 11 paid holidays per year.
  • 26 days of paid time off per year.
  • Revenue share opportunities

Columbia Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Columbia Wellness is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 70 years!