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Registered Clinician MC Central City Recovery

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:


Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless facilities, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


Central City Recovery is a substance abuse treatment program for adult men (age 18 and over) offering those who meet medical necessity for residential treatment and are eligible or have Medi-Cal or My Health LA benefits and reside in LA county. Wrap around services are provided including assessments, case management, treatment planning, individual and group counseling and linkage to community resources.   Women and youth interested in substance abuse treatment are referred to gender specific and age appropriate programs at SCADP and VOALA.


Under the clinical supervision of the Clinical Director and the operations supervision of the Program Manager, the Registered Clinician will assess clients, evaluate medical necessity for treatment services and provide therapeutic counseling.  The Registered Clinician shall work in collaboration with key program staff to assist in meeting the overall needs of patients. The Clinician shall be registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) or Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW).  


  • 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.  
    • Assess medical necessity for treatment and complete diagnosis based on DSM IV or DSM 5 evaluation.  
    • Ensure adherence to DMC-ODS Waiver, Title XXII, CARF standards, and HIPAA.
    • Repeat assessment using the ASAM Criteria at 90 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.
    • Provide 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 HIPAA.
    • Provide field based services as indicated
    • Respond to client crises and emergencies as needed
    • Act as client advocate to agencies and persons when appropriate.
  • 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 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



  • 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 intern number required from California BBS (BBS AMFT or ACSW registration)


  • Experienced with moderate to severe mental health symptoms


  • Electronic Health Records
  • ASAM knowledge
  • Knowledge of Drug Medi-Cal and Los Angeles County services provisions
  • Diagnosis and treatment delivery


  • Microsoft operating system navigation, outlook, word, excel, power-point, 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 work evenings and weekends, and be on-call for emergency/intervention needs.


  • Dependable, collaborative, prompt, positive mindset, flexible, organized 


  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification by an approved accrediting organization (CCAPP, CADTP or CADEE)
  • Alcohol and Drug residential treatment experience
  • Familiarity with Electronic Clinical Management System
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Strong crisis management, conflict resolution and de-escalation skills.


  • Choice of 3 medical insurance plans
  • Choice of 2 dental insurance plans (one plan for employee only; has no premium)
  • Vision insurance plan
  • Voluntary Supplemental Coverage
  • Accidental Injury Coverage
  • Hospital Care Coverage
  • Critical Illness Coverage
  • Pet Insurance
  • Paid vacation time
  • Paid sick time
  • 10 company paid holidays
  • Company funded 401a retirement pension plan
  • Optional employee contribution to 403b retirement savings plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Programs to maintain your health and well-being
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – (No cost to employee and 100% confidential)
  • Company funded Short-term Disability Insurance (STDI) Insurance
  • Company funded Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)

Volunteers of America 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 as required by the federal government 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.