Outreach Substance Use Specialist (2222)

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Job Type

Full Time




United States


Outreach Substance Use Specialist (2222)

Days Off: Saturday, Sunday

Pay Range: 33637-37654 annually

Location: Kerner-Scott House

Region: Cascade/Eastlake

Schedule Details: 8am-4pm

Shift: Office Day

Insurance Benifits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical

Other Benifits: ORCA card, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan

The CD Specialist - Outreach Case Manager is a member of the Services and Housing to Access Recovery Program (SHARP). Persons referred through Coordinated Entry for All are the priority for this grant, specifically single adults in King County experiencing chronic homelessness and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. This position is responsible for providing outreach, engagement and intensive case management services to homeless adults identified as the target population by grant requirements. This position provides services to clients who are identified as impacted by alcohol or other drug use as well as other case management duties to other clients.


  • Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team providing ongoing advocacy and integration of services to mentally ill, homeless and formerly homeless adults.
  • Provide outreach and engagement services on the streets and in shelters, including in outlying King County areas. Efforts are balanced between initial outreach and follow-up activity.
  • Perform assessments (if trained) for accessing services and housing, alcohol and drug assessments, and intake evaluations on selected clients; with the client's participation, develop support and treatment plans; facilitate linkages to collaborative resources when appropriate.
  • Assume primary responsibility for coordinating all aspects of clients' support and treatment plans. Provide and/or coordinate: survival services (access to food, shelter and clothing); fastest possible acquisition and stabilization of housing; acute and ongoing medical care, psychiatric treatment, financial assistance, criminal justice system coordination, and substance abuse treatment.
  • Plan, organize and facilitate treatment and support groups for clients, as appropriate.
  • Provide substance abuse consultation to team.
  • Advocate for client access to community resources and services, ensuring that client needs are met and rights maintained; consult and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of care.
  • Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program meetings and in-service trainings; participate in clinical reviews and case conferences for clients on caseload.
  • Comply with the agency's clinical accountability policies and procedures; maintain current and complete clinical records; participate in quality assurance reviews when assigned.


  • Licensed by the State of Washington as Chemical Dependency Professional


  • Bachelor's degree in social service field AND license by the State of Washington as a CDP Trainee and any other government-required certification, registration or license as may be appropriate.
  • Experience working with adults who are experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorders.
  • Interest in or experience working with participants who are difficult to engage and refer to traditional programs.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from various backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behavior.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, reliable vehicle for work and insurable driving record.
  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for others.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in relevant social services field
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish/English preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required sit for long periods of time, drive a vehicle with passengers, communicate with other persons by talking and hearing, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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