Certified Addictions Counselor

Canon City
Job Type
Emp Type
Full Time
Functional Expertise
Behavioral Health
Salary Type
USD $48.00
Job ID

Job Description

Action Staffing Solutions is seeking experienced and compassionate Addiction Counselor.

Position Summary:

This position provides substance use disorder services to the inmate population, to include formal and informal behavioral health evaluations, diagnostic assessments, and clinical interventions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following. Additional duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Serves as consultant for unit staff regarding assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning.
  • Monitors inmate treatment and documentation to assure compliance with standards and to assure continuity of care.
  • Assures accurate Information System behavioral health needs levels, and provides group, brief, and individual treatment.
  • Provides clinical direction to non-clinical staff in behavioral health care and treatment of inmates.
  • Assures continuity of care for inmates by making appropriate referrals and providing necessary information and documentation for receiving units, facilities, or agencies.
  • Provides crisis intervention in conjunction with clinical standards regarding mental health professional privilege level.
  • Documents both handwritten and electronically in an accurate and timely manner to provide comprehensive inmate behavioral health records.
  • Communicates directly with inmates regarding their behavioral health care such as consequences of maladaptive behavior and desired and undesirable effects of prescribed behavioral health medication.
  • Listens to inmate concerns and provides counseling and direction.
  • Communicates to advise, counsel, inform and/or guide staff within the clinical unit, the facility, clinical and administrative supervisors and outside agencies to ensure continuity and direction of behavioral health care.
  • Communicates and responds to complaints, problems, transfers, classifications, and inmate behavioral management issues.
  • Responsible for maintaining standards of the program or work unit through compliance with all applicable professional, departmental, organizational and unit standards.
  • Promotes and is accountable for the safety and security of the clinical and correctional environment through conscientious observations, and sensitive item contraband control.
  • Completion of required training as assigned.
  • Report all incidents, accidents, or potential hazards in accordance with established policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

License, Certification, Education:

  • Applicant must possess a master's degree from an accredited institution in one of the following mental health fields (behavioral health sciences): counseling, social work, psychology, or marriage and family therapy. You must attach a copy of your transcripts that contain your name, name of the accredited institution, type of degree received, and date degree was conferred.
  • Applicant must possess a current, valid candidacy from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies as an Addiction Counselor Candidate (AC-C) and as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPC-C).
  • BLS/CPR certification is required.

Experience: Twelve months’ experience in a patient care setting, training or education in a clinical setting can supplement up to six months of this experience.


  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must complete the onboarding and hiring process including application(s), documents, competency testing, training, background investigation(s) and drug screening
    • Backgrounds must be clear of any felony convictions.
  • Certifications and Licenses including a current valid driver’s license.
  • Immunization Records – Hep B, TB test/chest x-ray, influenza for the current season. COVID-19 vaccination is not required but is encouraged.
  • Must maintain all required licenses, certifications, and health records.
  • Resume with 10 full years of employment (explanation of gaps such as education is accepted)
  • Language: Ability to read, write and communicate in the English language required
  • Must have excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to assess situations to make independent, policy compliant decisions.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to serve the incarcerated population with empathy, while staying objective and assertive. Must be able to work with people of diverse backgrounds.


Physical Requirements:

Due to the nature of facilities physical demands may vary between facilities and day to day, this is not an all-inclusive list.

  • Must be able to see, hear and communicate.
  • Must be able to use proper body positioning and body mechanics including to
    • Regularly stand, sit, walk, run, climb, kneel, crouch, bend, twist.
    • Dexterity and fine motor function including strength, control, lifting, reaching and tool usage.
    • Must be able to lift 20 pounds frequently, up to 50 pounds infrequently, and lift or assist in lifting more than 50 pounds at times.
  • Must possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics training, a required multiple day in-person training. Contact your recruiter with any questions, or for a current list of requirements to complete this training.

Why Action Staffing?

  • Dedicated recruiters ready to help you every step of the way.
  • Competitive pay ensures that you’re fairly compensated for your valuable skills and dedication.
  • Local and travel opportunities
  • Flexible schedules available
  • Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance.
  • Hourly pay range $40.00 - $50.00 depending on qualifications and experience

About Action Staffing Solutions: Action Staffing Solutions is a local staffing agency that has a goal to make a difference in someone’s life every day! The company continues to grow year after year achieving the Inc. 5000 list. We strive for excellence and constant care for our clients, associates, and internal employees. Human Capital is the most crucial investment of any organization. We partner with our clients to provide the right personnel with a great way to enhance your career.

Action Staffing Solutions is proud to offer fair and equal employment opportunities for everyone.  We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to any non-merit factor.

The duties, responsibilities and other details in this job description may be subject to change at any time.  The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor of the skills and abilities required.