Prevention/Intervention Specialist and Chemical Dependency Professional

The Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention Specialist and Chemical Dependency Professional (SAPIS-CDP) will work collaboratively with the NWESD Behavioral Health and Prevention Services Director and local school district administration to implement comprehensive school prevention/intervention and chemical dependency treatment services in middle and high schools. The SAPIS-CDP will implement evidence-based practices, in response to identified needs as applicable and support program development and implementation for at-risk students. The SAPIS-CDP will also provide coordinated service supports to children, families, and partner agencies to promote personal and social-emotional development for participating children/youth and to advance positive and productive learning environments.

- Conduct screenings, assessments, interventions, and referrals within applicable laws and NWESD 189 policies and performance standards for the purpose of identifying and addressing behavioral health issues (focusing on Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs or ATOD), within assigned student population.
- Participate in a variety of committees and activities (e.g. Student Assistance, Multi-Disciplinary, Reentry, and IEP meetings) for the purpose of providing information and support in the area of prevention, intervention, and treatment.
- Assist in providing Tier I and II interventions to middle and high school students.
- Provide consultation and assists parents in accessing resources.
- Deliver Project Success curriculum, and other relevant classroom presentations to middle, and high school students.
- Maintain a visible presence on campus and educate school staff, students, and parents on ATOD topics for the purpose of increasing student awareness, identification, referral, and service delivery.
- Attends appropriate school and agency meetings, as required.
- Ensures compliance with all regulatory needs of participating partners.
- Serves as a liaison to community agencies to access coordinated services for identified student needs.
- Collect and maintain student data, and maintain accurate individual client records for the purpose of compiling and documenting activities in compliance with state and federal funding requirements.
- Coordinate with school staff, health, social and treatment agencies to identify clients, and develop a referral system to use within the school environment.
- Provides outpatient treatment services, including group and individual counseling and educational programs for patients and their families.
- Assists patients and their families in overcoming treatment barriers, accessing other services, and developing a supportive recovery life style.
- Works collaboratively with Juvenile Probation Officers and the court to provide appropriate services for referrals from the Juvenile System.
- Works collaboratively with behavioral health professionals and other school staff to provide appropriate services for referrals from school system.
- Provides continuing care for patients having completed phase I & II of outpatient treatment.
- Maintains/manages accurate patient and Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) target records in accordance with WAC.
- Case manage identified youth in need of services beyond treatment.
- Will develop youth-driven prevention club and run educational and support groups for both treatment and prevention.
- Facilitates or co-facilitates a multi-family evening session.
- Maintain confidentiality of student and agency records.
- File reports and other required documents in an accurate and timely manner in accordance to state and federal funding requirements.
- Supports and implements ESD policies, regulations, procedures and administrative directives; demonstrates loyalty to the Educational Service District and other administrators.

Washington State Department of Health registered Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP).

Qualified Alcohol/Drug Counselor meets Washington State DASA (Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse) requirements with 3 years’ experience working as a school-based substance abuse intervention specialist; OR, Bachelors’ Degree in Education with a minimum 15 hours’ training in alcohol and other drug abuse issues; OR, Washington State licensed psychologist as defined under RCW 18.83, have or qualify for Washington ESA school counseling certificate, social worker, psychologist, or children’s mental health specialist as defined by RCW.
WSP/FBI criminal history background clearance required.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Knowledge of the field of assignment sufficient to perform completely and accurately the full scope of responsibility as illustrated by example in this position description.
- Knowledge of Project Success curriculum, Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems, Check and Connect.
- Knowledge of the Systems of Care core values.
- Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written format.
- Knowledge of individual and group consultation practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of general and special education principles and practices
- Knowledge of effective techniques used in the assessment of students with social-emotional development and educational difficulties or at-risk behaviors.
- Ability to promote positive public relations between the school, staff, students, parents, and community.
- Knowledge of effective strategies to manage and change student behavior consistent with program expectations and procedures.
- Ability to work collaboratively and coordinate with service agencies, school district administrators/staff, and other support agencies that may have direct and/or indirect impact on individual student needs.
- Knowledge of basic computer programs to complete assigned reports and record keeping.
- Knowledge of evidence-based programs and practices for high risk/emotionally and behaviorally challenged students.
- Knowledge of effective team processing, leadership, and decision-making techniques.
- Ability to utilize standardized and formative assessments to evaluate students’ social-emotional development and assist teachers and parents in providing appropriate support.
- Ability to work independently using effective time management and organizational skills.
- Ability to problem-solve, intervene responsibly, and constructively manage crisis and high stress situations.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, school district staff, parents, and community partners.

Licenses and/or Certifications:
Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) License.
Valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of liability insurance required.

Majority of work is performed in a school environment with occasional traveling within assigned geographic areas of the NWESD 189 region to complete essential functions and position requirements. Evenings and some weekends are required. Lifts and carries a maximum of 30 pounds. Adequate manual and finger dexterity, hearing, speech and vision are necessary to perform the essential functions of this position.

Hazards: Potential hazards are present based on the fact that the position requires the incumbent to drive a significant amount throughout the regions. Hazards may include but are not limited to traveling alone, driving in inclement weather conditions, varied road conditions, rush hour traffic, etc.

Expiration Date: 
Sat, 09/30/2017


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