Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Md Correctional System, MD 21784

Posted: 07/23/24 Employment Type: Full-time Job Category: Office Pay Rate: $59,000

Job Description


This position will play a key role in the Departments SUD program. These counselors deliver group therapy akin to an outpatient program over a six-month period. Technical Proposal Maryland DPSCS Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services BPM020644 23 the Addiction Treatment Protocol (ATP) developed in-house, based on the Federal cognitive model. However, various intensity of treatments is required in order to be able to address specific needs of the inmates, in addition to the group ATP treatment program.

Job Requirements


  • Administer, score, and interpret all required screening and assessment tools including but not limited to the TCU Drug Screen, Treatment Assignment Protocol and the URICA
  • May also use other assessment and substance abuse evaluation tools to support level of care ASAM placement
  • Conducts screenings and assessments during the intake process and back-end screenings for standing populations
  • Deliver treatment services to the participants.
  • Conduct group and individual meetings.
  • Evaluate the progress of the participants assigned.
  • Work directly with the participants to develop and implement a treatment service plan.
  • Work with the participant to create a support network for the participants pending return to the community.
  • Initiate and sustain each participants motivation to participate in treatment, using techniques of engagement including therapeutic relationships, individual counseling, and brief interventions.
  • Maintenance of individual client treatment files in accordance with agency policies and procedures, including documentation of vocational/educational activities as well as all other pertinent documentation and ensure files are securely stored.
  • General participant supervision including planning and scheduling therapeutic activities.
  • Maintain all information according to the laws of confidentiality as required by the Federal Register, General Provisions, Title 42, Chapter 1, Part 2, which prohibits making disclosures without the specific written consent of the client, or as otherwise permitted by such regulations.
  • Participate in staffing regarding participants with other team members



  • Ability to understand a variety of models including cognitive behavioral therapy, theories of addiction and dynamics related to substance use and other criminogenic risk factors.
  • Knowledge of offender populations, criminal subcultures, and cultural differences, substance abuse assessment tools, therapeutic community concepts.
  • Ability to know and comply with program documentation requirements, applicable ethical and professional standards of conduct.
  • Ability to conduct initial clinical assessments and/or evaluations which serve as the basis for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ability to provide services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the participant.
  • Ability to tailor helping strategies and treatment modalities to the participant's stage of dependence, change or recovery.
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner in both individual and group counseling settings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in word processing programs, preferably MS Word, and spreadsheet programs, preferably MS Excel. Internet skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • High level of initiative.
  • Adherence to the highest standard of ethical conduct, especially to standards governing confidentiality.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish) preferred.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain clearance from Maryland Department of Corrections.
  • Valid drivers license and ability to obtain and maintain Client's vehicle insurance is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain OIG and NSOPW Clearance and
  • During your tenure with the Client there may be new requirements, including, but not limited to vaccinations that are issued by local, State, Federal, and/or Funders that Client may have to comply with. Should this occur Human Resources or appropriate personnel will inform you.



  • Experience consisting of one (1) year of providing direct substance abuse counseling services to the criminal justice population preferred.
  • Must possess at a minimum an associate degree in Human Services or Substance Abuse is required.



  • Alcohol and Drug Trainee (ADT): ADT status is not a certificate or a license. ADT status is of limited duration and is meant to serve as an entry-level position for those pursuing careers in alcohol and drug counseling. Applicants must have a Board approved alcohol and drug supervisor before they can begin training. See COMAR Generally, to be eligible for ADT status, one must have an associate degree from a Board approved regionally accredited educational institution in a health and human services counseling field or a field deemed substantially equivalent by the Board, including coursework in specific areas/topics. See COMAR for specific requirements.

Additional Information


  • Work is primarily performed in a correctional institution setting.
  • Must be able to de-escalate situations in the program.

Meet Your Recruiter

Carissa Griffith
Project Manager

Amateur house flipper and DIY enthusiast. Always planning my next vacation destination. Proud Dallas Cowboys fan. I enjoy getting to know people and finding the right career for them.

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