Co-Occurring Specialist

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services
December 31, 2020
615 North Broad Street, Elizabeth
Job Type
Career level
1-3 years
Certificate Needed:


Position Overview:

As part of a multi-disciplinary, core services team, provides highly individualized services for enrollees who have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Assesses history and current needs/preferences of the person served in the areas of mental health and substance use. Works with the person served and the team to develop integrated mental health and substance use treatment goals and interventions. Provides clinical leadership for PACT staff in the area of co-occurring treatment.


Essential Job Functions

· Participates:

  • As a team member in the frequent monitoring and assessment of the mental health status of people served as well as related variables, including significant others, the home and the community in which the person served lives
  • Within the team, in the development of substance abuse assessment, comprehensive assessment and an individualized recovery plan, often focusing on substance abuse treatment needs of the person receiving services
  • In clinical and non-clinical team meetings, including individual and team supervision

· Provides:

  •  Teaching of skills to support each persons’ individualized recovery journey and community integration
  •  Group and individual treatment modalities, depending on individual need
  •  Stage-wise treatment focusing on identification of substance use effects and patterns, integrating evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment model which includes use of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and Teaching Strategies
  • Substance abuse, psychiatric symptoms, and psychotropic medications
  •  Development of motivation for decreasing substance use, increasing coping skills and alternatives to minimize use
  • Relapse prevention planning as well as assistance with attending recovery or self-help meetings
  • Information about the use of alcohol, tobacco, prescribed medications and other drugs of abuse, and the impact chemicals have on the ability to function in major life areas
  • Appropriate referrals/linkages to addiction services beyond the scope of PACT
  • Information about eating disorders, gambling, overspending and sexual/other addictions, as needed and appropriate
  •  Technical assistance and education to members of the team in the area of co-occurring disorders. Develops co-occurring disorders materials and strategies for individual and group interventions, in conjunction with the team
  •  Assessment of service recipients stated concerns, mental illness symptoms, and behavior in response to medication and monitors for medication side-effects during the provision of observed self-administration and during ongoing face-to-face contacts

 Medication education

  •  Coordination of services with other community mental health and non-mental health providers, as well as other medical professionals
  •  24-hour on-call coverage on a rotating schedule, with the ability to respond immediately to individuals by phone or in person
  • Support to the service recipient’s family and other members of his/her social network to help them manage the symptoms and related consequences of the service recipient’s illness, reduce the level of family and social stress associated with the illness, and achieve wellness. Will provide education to assist the service recipient and family to relate in a positive and supportive manner



· Education/Certifications

  •  Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health field
  •  CADC/LCADC required in accordance with the Alcohol and Drug Licensing and Certification 

· Experience

  •  A minimum of two years’ experience providing dual disorder/co-occurring services to individuals with co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness and substance abuse
  •  Driver’s License/Vehicle
  •  Valid driver’s license required

No more than one moving violation within the past 12 months

Vehicle required

Other Skills/Abilities

· Exchanges non-routine information using tact and persuasion as appropriate, requiring excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Speak, read and write English (also Spanish speaking preferred)

· Must be willing to learn and competently utilize all current and future computer applications and technology as related to the position to include: operation of agency computers, smart phones, phone systems, email platforms, electronic calendars, electronic training modules, electronic health records and electronic data systems used by the agency.

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