Addictions Counselor - Russell E. Blaisdell Addition Treatment Center

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minority group members, disabled persons and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided for the disabled.


Addictions Counselor 1, G-16 30670 November 9, 2022


$54,903 - $69,882

Plus $3,026 location pay

Plus $575 location pay

Shift: 3:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Pass Days: Friday/Saturday


Contingent/Permanent PS&T


Russell E. Blaisdell Addiction Treatment Center, Rockland Psyche Center, Building 57, Box 140, Orangeburg, NY 10962

OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) are Tobacco Free Facilities.


Currently employed as an Addictions Counselor 1 ~OR~ Current registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in NYS and reachable on the Civil Service eligible list. ~OR~ eligible for transfer.

This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

NOTE: Applicants must possess current registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State. Candidate must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Failure to maintain certification and Medicaid/Medicare eligibility will result in the termination of employment.

Mandatory overtime (MOT) is a requirement of this position. Chosen candidate(s) will be added to the mandatory overtime roster, which is utilized on a rotating basis. The MOT is applied during times of emergency, when all other staffing options have been exhausted (volunteers, hourly staff, contracted staff). Our Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) operate 24/7/365 programing. Therefore, MOT IS an essential function of this position and is critical to maintaining adequate staffing at all times in order to ensure the health and safety of clients within the facility.


The Addictions Counselor 1 serves as a member of the Addiction Treatment Center’s (ATC’s) multidisciplinary treatment team and works under the supervision of a higher-level Addictions Counselor or Licensed Master Social Worker performing duties related to the care and counseling of clients. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

• May function as a primary counselor for an assigned group or groups of clients managing all facets of clinical services and direct care.

• Assists with developing and providing group and individual treatment services to patients throughout the evening and weekend programming.

• Provides individual and group therapy and facilitates a variety of recreational, vocational, and social activities.

• Interviews clients and reviews medical/psychiatric history; completes various assessments as part of treatment plan development

• Monitors patient compliance with treatment goals.

• Completes required client and facility documentation (both electronic and paper) adhering to applicable OASAS procedures and confidentiality regulations.

• Provides orientation to the clients regarding the nature of the treatment facility, including its programs, activities, policies, and rules.

• Provides Crisis Intervention.

• Maintains relationships with vocational, educational, social services, probation, parole, referral agencies, and other community agencies associated with client rehabilitation to ensure continuity of services.

• May communicate with insurance companies to obtain both preauthorization and recurring reviews.

• Conducts routine rounds and documents observations; maintains a safe and therapeutic environment.

• May transport clients using agency vehicles.

• Participates in meal preparation and distribution.

• Communicates shift change information as appropriate to facilitate smooth transition.

• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Prospective appointees will be: 1) Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable. 2) Investigated through a criminal background check (CBC) that includes state and federal criminal history record checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information and may be required to pay any necessary fees. 3) Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.


Elizabeth Madej, Human Resources Specialist 1

NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports

1450 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

Phone: (518) 457-2963 Fax: (518) 457-4880

In compliance with Public Law 99-603, candidates selected for appointment must provide an original copy of documentation proving citizenship and/or legal right to work within 3 days of effective date of employment.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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