Tri-City Mental Health Authority

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (19861683)

RC#19861683-180 V1819-02, V1819-03 & V1819-04
Behavioral Health
Los Angeles Area
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$50,892.28-$76,337.89 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2008 N Garey Avenue Pomona, 91767



Tri-City is looking for three (3) individuals to serve as Certified Substance Abuse Counselors for the Adult Outpatient Program (AOP), Adult Full Service Partnership (FSP) Program, and the Children’s Clinic. These positions provide comprehensive counseling services and psychoeducation for children, youth, families, and older adults that addresses problems related to the use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.  These positions will report to a Program Supervisor.

This position is responsible for a variety of ongoing responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Screen, evaluate, and provide counseling and prevention/early intervention activities to a range of individuals, groups, and families experiencing problems related to co-occurring disorders;
  • Develop effective treatment intervention methods in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary treatment team;
  • Counsel and assist clients, either in the office or out in the field, with understanding the addiction process utilizing harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and other therapeutic models.
  • Conducts group education programs.
  • Maintain records of all activities relating to clients’ care in a timely and appropriate manner and in accordance with Agency, State and Federal guidelines.
  • Other duties as assigned, etc.

Ideal Candidate


Completion of an Addiction Studies Program at an accredited (CCAPP) California Consortium of Addiction Professionals OR California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) with 315 verified education hours as accepted by CCAPP or CADTP.  AA or BA in a related field equivalent at a regionally accredited College or University AND at least one (1) year of full-time experience in a substance abuse treatment setting with knowledge of co-occurring disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing.  The ability to operate a computer and utilize Microsoft Office and more.  Consideration will be given to Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) Interns and Trainees with proper certification.

REQUIRED: Must be Certified CCAPP or CADTP Addictions Counselor at time of application. 

LICENSE:  Must have a valid Class C California Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record and current, valid automobile insurance. 

Bilingual in Spanish, preferred.

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, abilities and skills may be considered as qualifying.  *Candidates may be hired above the minimum salary range depending on qualifications (DOQ). 



Merit Salary Increases: Annually based on performance, budget availability and supervisor approval.

CalPERS Pension: 2% @ 55 for Classic Members and 2% @ 62 for PEPRA Members; employee contributes 7% for Classic and 6.25% for PEPRA. No Social Security. 

Vacation:  80 hours per year, increasing with years of service with a maximum of 240 hours; cash out option available.

Sick Leave: Full-Time employees = 88 hours per year with no cap.

Holidays: 10 paid holidays per calendar year plus an additional 16 hours of Floating Holidays.

Flexible Work Schedule: 9/80 or 4/10, where applicable and approved by supervisor. **

Health Insurance:  Medical (Kaiser HMO), dental (MetLife PPO) and vision coverage (EyeMed) of which 80% is paid by Tri-City Mental Health Services (TCMHS).

Life Insurance: Paid at one times annual salary, paid by Tri-City MHS with additional optional coverage available.

Deferred Compensation (457b): Available to interested employees; no employer match.

Additional Optional Benefits: EAP, FSA, STD/LTD & ADD, Bilingual Incentive Pay, On Call Pay, Employee Referral Fee Program, Loan Forgiveness, Credit Union available through CU of So Cal, paid time off for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and more.

**Availability of flexible schedule and days of regular day off is dependent upon the needs of the Department and approval from Management.

Special Instructions


REQUEST FOR ACCCOMODATION:  Tri-City Mental Health Services will make reasonable accommodations in the recruitment process to accommodate disabled applicants.  If you are invited to participate in an examination or interview and have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department at

Tri-City Human Resources Department may contact candidates via email or phone.  Please pay attention to both forms of communication as information regarding application status may be made by email or phone.

Tri-City does not cover the cost of relocation fees.

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