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Substance Abuse Specialist

Places For People Incorporated St. Louis Full-Time
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Provide motivational interviewing, education and counseling on mental health and substance abuse issues to clients in individual or group settings.

Job responsibilities

  • Write and implement Individualized Treatment Plans with client
  • Provide ongoing assessment of client’s functioning level andmake appropriate contacts for change in level or type of service needed when necessary
  • Provide community support to clients based on individual client needs including monitoring medical and psychiatric treatment,assuring coordination and continuity of care during and after re-hospitalizations, linking the client with supportive community services enabling the client to become as self-sufficient as possible  
  • Assist the treatment team with assessment and treatment planning of clients with co-occurring issues outlining the stage-wise interventions consistent with stage of treatment
  • Provide cross training about substance abuse issues to other team members
  • 60% of your work day will consist of providing billable client services
  • Maintain high quality achievement of targeted results through the use of performance management and the principles and practice of continuous quality improvement
  • Provide on-call crisis and back up interventions and services - when assigned

Job requirements


  • High school diploma or equivalent or higher required 
  • Advanced substance abuse certification (CADC, CSAC, CRADC, etc.)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) preferred


  • Experience with mental health and/or substance abuse preferred
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Team player
  • Good written and verbal communication skills


  • Personal vehicle and current auto insurance required
  • CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration certifications required - will provide trainings upon hire

Skills required

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Places for People (PfP) was founded in 1972 to provide housing and mental health services to people being discharged from the St. Louis State Psychiatric Hospital. This downsizing process, also known as deinstitutionalization, affected more than 3,500 people in the St. Louis area throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. While many discharged patients entered private nursing homes or privately-run boarding homes, countless others quickly became homeless, especially those who were poor and seriously ill.

While some discharged patients could return to the care of their families, there were many whose families were unwilling or unable to provide shelter and assistance -- a great number of others simply had no family members left to care for them. Many of PfP’s earliest clients had also spent years – if not a majority of their lives – in structured, routine, and often isolated institutionalized care. Many lacked the personal and social skills needed to live independently in the community.

In its infancy, PfP was entirely volunteer-run. Off-duty doctors and social workers from the state hospital provided housing, healthcare and support services to the growing ranks of individuals who needed more support than was available through existing mental health programs. Realizing the immediate need for housing, Places for People opened Missouri’s first supported apartment program for people living with serious mental illness.

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