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Clinician, Licensed I Positive Steps

Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs | Downey, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:


Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Inc. (SCADP) was established in 1972 in a grassroots effort by community volunteers seeking alternatives for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). SCADP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment.


Southern California Alcohol & Drug Programs provide Residential and Outpatient Treatment for adults age 18 and over with a substance-use disorder. Our services engage in an evidence-based trauma-informed care model of utilizing cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. Program emphasis includes instruction on developing coping and life skills allowing each individual to maintain a healthy, productive lifestyle and overcome the stress and barriers to successful daily living. We provide wrap-around services including assessments, individualized treatment planning, group and individual therapy, group and individual counseling, case management and linkage to community resources. All potential beneficiaries must have or qualify for Medi-Cal or My Health LA health coverage and reside in Los Angeles County. Our program services are provided in a multicultural setting with individuals of diverse ethnicities and lifestyles.

Positive Steps is a 47-bed facility serving the male population for substance abuse treatment in a residential setting for 30 to 120 days.


Under the clinical supervision of the Clinical Director and the operations supervision of the Program Manager, the Clinician, Licensed I will assess clients, evaluate medical necessity for SUD treatment services, provide therapeutic counseling, and oversee counseling services provided by non-licensed staff. The Clinician shall work in collaboration with key program staff to assist in meeting the overall needs of beneficiaries.


  • Perform client screening, intake, orientation, and assessment functions necessary to complete admission to the residential program, and screen for continuing stay criteria based on ASAM Criteria. 
    • Assesses for medical necessity for SUD treatment and complete diagnosis based on DSM 5 evaluation.
    • Ensure adherence to DMC-ODS Waiver, Title XXII, CARF standards, and HIPPA.
    • Provides treatment planning using the ASAM Criteria at 30-day intervals following the initial assessment to measure change and guide continuing care or aftercare plans.
  • Deliver treatment using trauma informed approach and evidence-based practice protocols. o Provide and oversee individual, group and family therapeutic counseling 
    • Provides complete, timely, and accurate documentation of all treatment in Electronic Health Record system and client files, ensuring confidentiality as required by HIPPA.
    • Respond to client crises and emergencies as needed
  • Act as client advocate to agencies and persons when appropriate. 
    • Participates in routine clinical supervision or consultation with Clinical Director
    • Attend staff meetings, case conferences, required training to ensure continuum and quality of care.
    • Assist with training and education projects for staff, residents and community
    • Serve as role model through positive, appropriate conduct and participation in agency events
  • Maintains the dignity and personal rights of all clients as highlighted by deploying clear and skilled crisis communication, evasion techniques when participants display hostile or volatile behaviors.
  • Develops positive workplace relationships with staff and peers by participation in professional development events and offering appropriate support while maintaining a high level of professionalism 
    • Participates in routine clinical supervision or consultation with Clinical Director
    • Attend staff meetings, case conferences, required training to ensure continuum and quality of care.
    • Assist with training and education projects for staff, residents and community
    • Serve as role model through positive, appropriate conduct and participation in agency events
  • Other duties as may be required



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • Master of Science or Master of Arts Degree in Human Services, Social Work or Psychology (or related discipline) from an accredited graduate school.
  • Current state license from California BBS (MFT or LCSW)


  • Prior experience treating clients with moderate to severe mental health symptoms (including volunteer or supervised student experience).


  • Electronic Health Records
  • Diagnosis and treatment delivery


  • Microsoft operating system navigation, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based applications.


  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Ability to develop rapport with substance abusing populations.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to apply management skills and maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity.
  • Able to meet regular attendance requirements as well as working evenings and weekends, and be on-call for emergency/intervention needs.


  • Dependable, collaborative, positive mindset, flexible, and organized.


  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification by an approved accrediting organization (CCAPP, CADTP or CADEE).
  • Alcohol and Drug treatment experience
  • ASAM knowledge
  • Knowledge of Drug Medi-Cal and Los Angeles County services provision and regulation
  • Familiarity with Electronic Clinical Management System
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Strong crisis management, conflict resolution and de-escalation skills.

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Inc. (SCADP) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.