Substance Use Disorder Counselor - Quest House


Substance Use Disorder Counselor - Position #687


Quest House


2731 West Olive Ave. Fresno, CA. 93728


Herb Winnett, Program Director


(559) 233-5096


Class 110 ($16.97 - $22.34/hour)


Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Substance Use Disorder Counselor reports to the Supervising Counselor and Program Director and will provide direct services to residents. 


1.  Make decisions regarding counseling/case management services.

2.  Refer to the Supervising Counselor issues that are not resolved at the Substance Use Disorder Counselor's level.

3.  Become familiar with the provisions of the contracts.

4.  Participate in all staff meetings and Supervising Counselor's case staffing's.

5.  Provide services to caseload of clients assigned by the Supervising Counselor or Program Director.

6.  Participate in the screening and placement of clients using ASAM criteria.

7.  Conduct assessment and develop Client-Center Treatment Plan based on the client's current status, strengths, needs, abilities and preferences, using current Electronic Health Record (EHR) System.

8.  Update client Treatment Plans as needed and review monthly.

9.  Consult with other agencies to coordinate client services.

10.  Conduct individual counseling sessions with clients.

11.  Prepare and facilitate large and small groups for counseling, education and recreation.

12.  Review and discuss treatment plans and discharge plans with the Supervising Counselor or Program Director, and the clients outside liaison from the referring agency. 

13.  Always use all available referral sources during the discharge planning and completion process to establish a continuum of care for the client (Aftercare, Sober Living, Outpatient, etc.).

14.  Coordinate with supervisors pertaining to important matters such as medical, disciplinary and treatment progress, and always notify all agencies involved regarding admissions, no-shows and discharges.

15.  Ability to accurately document all services rendered during the course of treatment for each individual client.

16.  Notify the Supervising Counselor when the client refuses to participate in treatment or causes any disruption to the program.

17.  Ensure that services provided meet standards and are in compliance with Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), contracting agency, and Turning Point of Central California, Inc.

18.  Bring programmatic problems to the attention of the Supervising Counselor.

19.  Serves as a member of the case managing/counseling team.

20.  Will drive on Agency business.

21.  Will think and act quickly and efficiently in emergencies. 

22.  Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, clients and others.

23.  Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each employee at Turning Point. Employees are expected to report to work as scheduled, on time and prepared to start working. Employees also are expected to remain at work for their entire work schedule. Late arrival, early departure or other absences from scheduled hours are disruptive and must be avoided.

24.  Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Counselor and/or Program Director.  Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice."


1.  Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science (Social Sciences, Human Services, or Psychology) with a minimum of one (1) year experience in the field of substance use disorder, OR

2.  Associate's degree in Behavioral Science (Social Sciences, Human Services, or Psychology) with a minimum of two (2) year experience in the field of substance use disorder.

3.  Appropriate State of California Alcohol/Drug Certification.

4.  Current certified training in emergency first aid procedures and CPR.

5.  Ability to work effectively with criminal justice system clients, non-criminal justice system clients and clients with co-occurring disorders.

6.  Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

7.  Ability to operate within Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. 

8.  Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws.  Agency insurer authorization is required. 

9.  Ability to pass a criminal background check.

10.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, general physical, and TB test.

11.  Must maintain good relationships with consumers, co-workers, government and civic representatives, as well as community members within whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.