Substance Abuse Specialist

Good Shepherd Brooklyn , NY 11201

Posted 2 months ago

About Us

Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year - and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain's New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!


Reports To: Program Director

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Hours: 35 hours, exempt

Job Summary:The Brooklyn Transitions Program is a specialized borough-wide prevention program for families challenged by substance use and/or mental health issues. The Substance Abuse Specialist provides intensive, strength-based, comprehensive substance abuse services to families whose children are at risk of placement/replacement into the child welfare system due to substance misuse and abuse. The Substance Abuse Specialist ensures that clinical and case management services provided meet or exceed expected standards of professionalism and comply with agency and Administration for Children's Services (ACS) policies and contractual commitments.

Our superstar candidate is:

  • Passionate about providing high quality services to families in child welfare.

  • A lifetime learner, continuously developing their clinical skills and knowledge of substance abuse assessment and treatment.

  • Dedicated to modeling strength-based, trauma-informed practice with staff and families.

  • Committed to providing high quality substance abuse services to families.

  • Centered on developing all levels of staff regarding substance abuse assessment and treatment.

  • Committed to the Good Shepherd Services mission, vision and, values, possessing cultural humility.

Major Duties:

Program Implementation & Development

  • Attend ACS Child Safety Conferences to engage families for intensive services when needed.

  • Participate in Clinical Diagnostic Team Meetings (CDTs) and provide recommendations which meet best case practice standards around the assessment and treatment of substance abuse.

  • Develop and lead substance abuse workshops and trainings for staff and participants.

  • Lead substance abuse groups for participants.

  • Provide home-based and on-site short-term interventions.

  • Integrate the principles and skills of the Solution Based Casework (SBC) and Family Treatment/Rehabilitation (FT/R) models into substance abuse recommendations for participants.

  • Participate in case consultations in order to share expertise and knowledge.

  • Develop formal and informal linkages with high quality community-based treatment providers.

  • Coordinate and monitor referrals to substance abuse treatment facilities and provide escort to appointments as needed.

  • Participate in family conferences involving substance abuse challenges.

  • Accompany workers during home visits, court hearings, and counseling sessions as needed.

  • Actively collaborate to connect participants to other GSS programs and services as needed and appropriate.

  • Collaborate with ACS Family Services Unit (FSU) staff, Family Court Legal Services (FCLS) staff and other service providers in making safety decisions.

  • Represent program needs, concerns, and perspective at all required ACS and GSS meetings and trainings.

  • Handle case-related crises with professionalism, urgency, and care, including incidents involving reports to the State Central Registry.

Compliance, Documentation and Data Management:

  • Respond to internal and external requests for data and case information.

  • Complete initial substance use screenings for all eligible family members and comprehensive assessments for those identified with substance use challenges.

  • Maintain oversight for meeting contractual obligations around toxicology screening and timely treatment reports.

  • Ensure that court reports reflect accurate substance abuse assessment, findings, treatment recommendations, and status of progress.


  • CASAC preferred, CASAC-T required.

  • Bachelor's degree required and two years of direct experience in child welfare required; Master's degree preferred.

  • Bilingual

  • English/Spanish preferred.
  • Must have strong organizational, administrative, interpersonal, and clinical skills.

  • Must be able to work at least 2 evenings per week in order to meet families' scheduling needs.

  • Must have strong inquiry skills and the ability to seek and share internal and external best practices in order to achieve program excellence.

  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength based, trauma-informed & youth and family development perspective.

  • Solution Based Casework knowledge a plus.

Note: salary ranges from 42k

  • 52k depending on credentials

Additional Information

Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we work in partnership with.

Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

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