Substance Use Dependency Professional

  • Location: Vancouver, WA
  • Type: Full-time
  • Job #184505
Vancouver, WA
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Substance Use Dependency Professional

Lifeline Connections has been leading the way in mental wellness and substance use treatment for 60 years. Since opening our doors in 1962, we’ve provided hope, help and healing to thousands of individuals in Washington State and within the Portland metro area.

Today, with programs that cover mental health and wellness, recovery, employment and crisis management, our impact—and our desire to help more people—has never been greater.

If you’re looking for a social services non-profit that is rooted in community care and service, this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.


Substance Use Dependency Professional

Under the supervision of the Program Director, you’ll provide counseling and case management for individuals at the Crisis Stabilization and Triage Center. 

The SUDP will be responsible for providing specialized crisis intervention and short-term intervention services to adults experiencing an acute behavioral health crisis, with the goal of crisis stabilization within the least restrictive setting.


Practically speaking, you will:

  • Provides basic recovery support and document services using recovery focused language
  • Evaluates individuals for substance use disorders and recommends appropriate services
  • Conducts alcohol/drug assessments pursuant to WAC 246-341
  • Assesses the psycho-social functioning of assigned clients and develops individualized treatment plans
  • Provides motivational counseling as needed to support participant on recovery-based goals
  • Assists in completing admission to the Center including orientation, hygiene, and organizing personal property
  • Helps in maintenance of recovery environments through room checks, removal of hazardous objects, and implementation of contraband policy
  • Maintain complete and up to date clinical files that document all services and contacts provided consistent with regulations
  • Initiate and complete incident reports
  • Work with clients in developing individual service plans that are strength based and meet their unique needs in compliance with regulations
  • Provide individual therapy, group therapy and case management services to clients in accordance with the individual service plan and evaluation recommendations
  • Works with participants and treatment team to complete Discharge Planning to ensure community resources and family supports are involved, as requested by the participant
  • Networks within the community to identify outside agencies and services available to help individuals meet their needs


The Details

This is a full-time, permanent position working in our inpatient unit. Hours will be from Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 10pm.

In addition to a wage between $19.75 and $21.75 per hour, FT staff will receive medical/dental/vision benefits, as well as life insurance, paid time-off, and 401K + Roth 401K Plan with 5% employer match. We also offer several unique benefits that make a big difference for many of our staff: things like first-time home buyers’ assistance, and reimbursement for tuition and accreditation.

Collaboration and community are the hallmarks of our work culture. We are a team that shares in our values and dedication to the important work that we do; we are person-centered, not only with our clients, but also with one another.



  • Bachelor’s degree in substance use dependency, human sciences or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Washington State Department of Health Agency Affiliate AND SUDP or SUDP-t.
  • Current CPR and First Aid and Food Handlers permit, or ability to obtain one within 90 days
  • Knowledgeable of a wide variety of therapeutic approaches with ability to set and maintain therapeutic limits
  • A broad knowledge of the stages of human personality development including cultural, social, and psychological factors affecting individuals and families involved with co-occurring acute behavioral health crisis
  • Knowledge of the various theories and presentations of substance use disorders, plus awareness of socio-cultural barriers to change, and an in-depth knowledge of coping mechanisms and maladaptive coping
  • An in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of individual and group treatment to facilitate client self-examination, expression of feelings, insight development, problem solving, and motivation to support recovery
  • Willingness to understand individual circumstances, preferences and goals, with ability to incorporate them into the crisis response
  • Strong understanding of recovery and resilience, the value of partnerships, patient autonomy, and the balance between protection from harm and personal dignity
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behaviors
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License required including vehicle and appropriate vehicle
  • Ability to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or an approved medical/religious exemption


Applying with Ian Martin

Ian Martin is an established healthcare, IT and engineering hiring firm with over 60 years’ experience connecting talented candidates with meaningful work. When you apply, you’ll get more than just a chance at a great job—you’ll become part of a vast network of employers that are always changing.

We strive to build teams that reflect the diversity of the community we work in and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQ2SI, veterans, and people with disabilities.

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