Established: 2/11
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under general direction, to provide a variety of journey level professional addictions treatment and program services to clients; to participate as an effective team member on a diagnostic team of mental health professionals which conducts evaluations, treatment planning, and placement for clients; to participate in one or more programs within the system to provide services; and to do other work as required.


The Department of Health, Housing & Human Services provides assistance to County residents through the following Divisions: Community Health, Behavioral Health, Social Services, Community Solutions, Community Development, the Office for Children and Families, and the Housing Authority of Clackamas County.

The Addictions Counselor is primarily oriented to performing professional level program services for clients in the local community. Services include: family, group and individual therapy; diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation, and coordination of treatment or other educational/consultative services within community agencies and programs.

The Addictions Counselor differs from the Case Manager series which does not perform assessment and treatment of clients. It also differs from positions within the Mental Health Specialist series which perform family, group and individual therapy, diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation for clients with severe mental/emotional/behavioral disorders.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Conduct formalized assessments of clients for need for chemical dependency treatment according to American Society of Addictions Medicine (ASAM) criteria; function as part of a clinical team to assess client functioning and level of care per ASAM standards; evaluate clients for other concurrent addictions and mental health issues.
  2. Facilitate group and individual treatment and education sessions; provide treatment planning; adjust treatment plans as needed to coincide with consumer progress, capabilities, and needs; monitor consumer functioning with respect to relapse potential and mental health needs.
  3. Maintain and update consumer treatment records according to Clackamas County Mental Health standards, Oregon Administrative Rules, and contract requirements; provide case management services to consumers; coordinate treatment services with health care providers, social service and other agencies.
  4. Actively participate in team meetings and treatment planning sessions to ensure appropriate treatment and education is provided to consumers; develop and coordinate services and resources for consumer.
  5. Provide UA (urinalysis) surveillance; accurately complete documentation and adhere to chain of custody requirements to ensure samples are valid.
  6. Participate in monitoring quality assurance and utilization review activities; ensure balance between effective treatment for client and efficient use of program funds.
  7. Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with other county agencies, state divisions and departments, as well as other referral sources.


Working knowledge of: Accepted principles and theories of chemical dependency addiction pathology, progression, and current treatment practices; principles and practices of assessing and evaluating chemical dependency in clients; principles and practices of case management; principles of individual and group treatment; principles and application of educational training; principles of principles of utilization review, quality assurance, and utilization management; resource development for clients.

Skill to: Accurately document the provision of services; function as a member of a treatment team focused on client outcomes and success; maintain client information rules in compliance with mental health standards, Oregon administrative rules, and contract requirements; monitor the collection and chain of custody of urinalysis (UA) samples; establish and maintain effective working relationships with community partners and stakeholders; maintain a therapeutic, professional relationship with clients; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Duties are typically performed indoors, involving sedentary activities; incumbents work with varied socioeconomic groups, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, alcohol and substance abusing clients and their families.


Current certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I (CADC I); Possession of required education, experience and knowledge to meet minimum qualifications as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA).

All professional staff may be required to participate in 24 hours/day emergency program services.

Positions within the County's Criminal Justice agencies must successfully pass an extensive background investigation which may include national fingerprint records check; Some positions within Non-Criminal Justice agencies must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.