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Substance Abuse Services Team Lead

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$23.89 $33.44 $4,140.85 $5,796.16 $49,688.00 $69,563.00


Serves in a lead/supervisory capacity in a Community Corrections Program within the Division of Criminal Justice Services for substance dependant offenders with co-occurring mental illness in the Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT), Short Term Residential Treatment (STIRRT), Residential Dual Disorder Treatment, (RDDT), and Aftercare programs. Provides clinical supervision to CAC I, II, III level staff, Masters level mental health practitioners, individual and group therapy, case management, life skills training, and crisis intervention.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

  • Receives clinical supervision from the Clinical Director - Larimer County Community Corrections.
  • Exercises direct and indirect clinical supervision over Correctional Addictions Therapists.
  • Provide direct, first-level clinical supervision and leadership for staff and activities within the IRT, STIRRT, RDDT, and Aftercare programs which may include individual and group therapy, clinical supervision of Masters level mental health therapists, CAC I and II's, leading the selections and admission of clients, assigning and reviewing work, coordinating staff training, participating in the interview and selection process of staff, making recommendations impacting pay, status and disciplinary action, evaluating performance independently or in conjunction with a higher-level supervisor, scheduling and approving time off in conjunction with higher level supervisor.
  • Provide individual and group therapy for individuals assigned to caseload. Specializing in the most complex co-occurring cases referred to the program.
  • Facilitate and monitor evaluations and screenings on all IRT, STIRRT, RDDT, and Aftercare clients.
  • Conduct case management activities for assigned clients including, but not limited to, administering and scoring client assessments, monitoring compliance with sentence given by the courts, making appropriate treatment referrals, the completion of monthly program reports, termination reports, and the development and review of treatment plans, and facilitating effective communication with other professionals involved in clients supervision and/or treatment.
  • Oversee and facilitate the development of the treatment milieu in the IRT, STIRRT, RDDT, and aftercare programs.
  • Maintain current, accurate, chronological case notes, group and individual therapy notes, incident reports, and affidavits; maintain statistical data of service delivery, prepare monthly reports and other required documentation.
  • Manage and facilitate appropriate case load assignments.
  • Provide backup for team staff functions.
  • Provide day-to-day clinical management and coordination of program staff.
  • Provide clinical supervision of Correctional Addictions Therapists, Correctional Mental Health Therapists within the Community Corrections IRT, STIRRT, RDDT, and Aftercare programs. Clinical supervision to a team of clinicians and correctional staff who provide therapy, case management, and supervision services to clients with co-occurring substance dependence and mental illness.
  • Act as a resource or expert in addictions and mental illness, providing technical guidance to less experienced staff. Consult with assigned staff in strategies for difficult or complex cases.
  • Participate in Community Corrections team efforts; assist with other Community Corrections programs as required; collaborate with and assist other Community Corrections staff as required.
  • Assist in program development and direction with the Clinical Director.
  • Lead and participate in selections meeting.
  • Conduct orientation to new clients to explain program requirements and expectations.
  • Prepare and submit selections decisions memos to the referral agents and interested parties.
  • Develop professional partnerships with other County departments, staff, and outside collateral agencies, and coordinate appropriate meetings as needed.
  • Facilitate effective information exchange with outside treatment providers, referral agents, and internal staff regarding client's acceptance or denial rationale, treatment compliance and progress, as well as any other relevant information to assist in the clients' success in the residential half way house milieu.
  • Review and audit case files for compliance with Division of Criminal Justice and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division standards.
  • Develop and present accurate information and documentation to the Community Corrections Director, Clinical Director, Community Corrections Assistant Director, Correctional Services Manager, Courts, Collateral agencies, Division of Criminal Justice, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, and the Advisory Board.
  • Coordinate program services with internal staff, other County departments, community groups, and external agencies.
  • Schedule staff to provide coverage in conjunction with the higher level supervisor as needed and required.
  • Monitor program supplies and request items as needed.
  • Assist in the writing of grants, proposals, and reports.
  • Conduct file audits to monitor adherence to ADAD treatment and facility standards, as well as DCJ and Community Corrections policies and standards.
  • Develop treatment plans and updates as indicated. Complete aftercare recommendations for clients on caseload.
  • Coordinate client mental health assessments and on-going treatment with contracted psychiatric and mental health staff. Administer and score mental health instruments for contract mental health staff. 
  • Oversee data entry of demographics, response to treatment, and post-treatment outcomes. Initiate gathering of post-treatment outcome data from referring agencies.
  • Initiate and maintain current, accurate, and complete case documentation including Arrival and Termination reports, Performance Review Summaries, Progress Reports, chronological case notes and logs, incident reports, affidavits, court reports, and other written documents and correspondence, and aftercare recommendations.
  • Conduct safety and security activities including random client body searches, room and facility searches and inspections, supervision and collection of urine specimens, verification of client location and activities in and outside the facility, resident counts, and emergency drills consistent with policy.
  • Initiate and complete escape procedures and notification including communication with law enforcement personnel; data collection; inventorying, and securing of resident possessions.
  • Attend staff and other department meetings; participate in internal and external committees; and attend and provide in-service training.
  • Assist in the development, Interpretation, and application of program policies and procedures.
  • Apply and enforce departmental and county policies and procedures.
  • Perform special studies and projects as assigned and required.
  • Participate in various committees and boards related to program activities and responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Principles, practices, and objectives as related to offenders with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issues.
  • Interviewing and counseling techniques.
  • Record keeping and reporting procedures.
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Current corrections trends and practices.
  • Offender management and treatment.
  • Quality improvement practices and problem solving.
  • Department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operating procedures.
  • Division of Criminal Justice standards.
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division standards and rules
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Effectively communicate and partner with others.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Apply policies and procedures in performing assigned duties.
  • Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Work flexible hours, which may include working weekends, holidays, and varied shifts.
  • Perform duties independently without close supervision.
  • Provide professional customer service to clients and the public.
  • Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
  • Organize material and present information clearly and concisely in verbal and written form.
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to department goals and mission.
  • Understand and communicate standards of professional conduct established by the department.
  • Manage multiple priorities and program components.
  • Exhibit positive leadership skills, including the ability to work on a team, take initiative, and work independently under stressful situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.


  • Six years of experience working with a co-occurring mental health substance abuse population and two years of experience in corrections.
  • Within the above experience, four years supervisory experience in a treatment or correctional setting.
  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • All required coursework, clinical experience, and supervision meeting the ADAD requirements for CAC III.
  • Masters Degree from an accredited college or university in Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, or a closely related field desired.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • Certified Addictions Counselor III required.
  • License or certification in a recognized mental health field (e.g., LPC, LMFT, LCSW, or Psychologist) highly preferred.
  • Maintain continuing education hours annually or as required.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain Adult and Pediatric First Aid, AED, and CPR certifications by date of hire.

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