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Co-occurring Disorders Specialist ACT Team

Posting Date:  01/04/2021 
Position Type:  Full-Time, Non-Exempt 

Department:  Behavioral Health Division; Watertown Plank Road 

Compensation Range:  $24.71 - $35.83 per hour 
Closing Date:  Monday, January 18th, 2021 @ 5:59 p.m. CST

Under the direction of the Integrated Services Manager for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), this Co-occurring Disorders Specialist is responsible for providing or facilitating the provision of co-occurring disorder treatment to consumers who have a substance use challenge. Duties include implementing services in the recovery plan for each recipient under clinical supervision; ensuring evidence based best practices are utilized; and promoting recovery is possible.


Job Duties:

  • Clinical Case Management. Provides direct case management services to help the consumer successfully live in the community.  Also includes brokerage of services outside of ACT team and regular collateral contacts of providers and others involved in the consumers' live

  • Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning. Conducts individual substance abuse assessments at intake and routinely thereafter to consider relationship between substance use and mental health symptoms.  Assesses and tracks consumers' stages of change readiness. Works with consumers to identify recovery goals.

  • Rehabilitative Services. Works in close collaboration with the consumer and their natural supports to engage in psychosocial rehabilitative services to develop and enhance the consumer's independent living skills.

  • Crisis Services. Provides crisis response services to individuals who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis.  Interfaces with county operated crisis services, hospitals, and others as needed.  Includes being part of a rotation of after hours on call services provided by the ACT team.

  • Therapy and Group Facilitation. Using Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Matrix Model and other evidenced based substance abuse therapeutic practices, provides individual and group therapy as well as psychoeducation groups to ACT team consumers.

  • Documentation. Completes clinically sound and timely documentation of all services rendered on behalf of consumers served by ACT team in the Electronic Medical Record.  Maintains a productivity level of 75% or greater.

  • Team Education. Provides ongoing education and support to ACT team members to help them better understand substance abuse issues, the interface with psychiatric issues, and best practices in treatment provision.

  • Travels up to 75% within the community is required.

  • Requires being part of a rotation for after hours and weekend on-call services.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently authorized to work in the United States

  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license and access to a reliable insured vehicle, both maintained throughout employment

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Psychology., Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nursing Degree (RN) is required

  •  State of WI licensure in Substance Abuse Counselor or Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (i.e. at least a SAC or SAC-IT) OR if you possess a master’s degree with a LCSW or LPC is acceptable.

  •  At least three (3) years of recent experience providing services to individuals with co-occurring disorders in the community

  • Available and willing to be part of a rotation for after hours and weekend on-call services

  • Bi-lingual Spanish Speaking individuals are encouraged to apply

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of and skill in the application of ethics, theories, methods, practices, treatments and techniques of social work; oral and written communication skills; knowledge of health services providing care to children, adolescents and adults; knowledge of community resources in the area of health and social services and the ability to utilize them effectively; knowledge of mental disorders and diseases; knowledge of laws governing mental health commitments; skill in interviewing patients and family members and accurately assessing their needs; ability to work as a member of a mental health or health care team; ability to work with people of all social, economic and educational levels; ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships; ability to work effectively and harmoniously with staff, patients, families, and agencies; able to life/carry/push/pull up to 15lbs as needed.

M. Otero


Note:  This Original Application is open to qualified residents of the United States. Appointee must establish Wisconsin State residency within six (6) months of appointment. In accordance with Rule III Section 11 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of criteria deemed appropriate by the Director of Human Resources.

Milwaukee County offers a comprehensive blend of benefits designed to make your life better both inside and outside of the workplace. Milwaukee County conducts job related criminal background checks and pre-employment screenings.

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Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.