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Dual Recovery Specialist – Substance Abuse (MSH560)

Volunteers of America Greater New York

This is a Full-time position in Woodbridge Township, NJ posted January 20, 2020.

Volunteers of America, Inc.

(VOA, Inc.) is a national, faith-based human services organization that was founded in New York City in 1896 and has remained at the forefront of social service ever since, helping individuals and families in need overcome obstacles to living safe, healthy and productive lives in the community.

The largest of the affiliates, Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) serves tens of thousands of men, women, and children in need every year, through 80 programs staffed by 1,300 skilled and dedicated staff, throughout New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.

VOA-GNY’s life-changing, often life-saving work impacts the lives of individuals and families who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness, families recovering from domestic violence, children with developmental delays, individuals living with HIV/AIDS or behavioral health issues, older adults and veterans struggling to reintegrate.

VOA, Inc.

is one of the largest providers of permanent, supportive housing in the United States.

VOA-GNY is the largest provider of supportive housing for veterans in New York, and is committed to addressing the needs of the community with compassion, creativity, respect, and therapeutic models that inform our work.

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled FUNCTION: The Dual Recovery Specialist is responsible to provide behavioral health rehabilitation services and supports that is necessary to assist the service recipient in achieving recovery goals in various life goals such as social, employment, educational, and/or housing domains.

Services are provided that improve skills, self-esteem and a sense of belonging to the larger community.

The Dual Recovery Specialist maintains a wellness and recovery oriented environment by using person-first language, and person centered rehabilitation planning and evidenced based practices to service recipients who meet dual-recovery criteria (co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorder).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the helping professions, such as social work, human services, counseling, psychiatric rehabilitation, psychology or criminal justice, or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field other than a helping profession and two years of professional experience in a community behavioral health care setting.


Certification as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP) may be substituted for one year of experience.

This position shall also have a valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record that meets agency procedures.

The position also requires two years’ experience working with individuals with behavioral health and co-occurring substance use disorder.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Implementation of evidence based practices including but not limited to Motivational Interviewing and WRAP to assist the service recipient in achieving wellness and recovery goals.

Contributing to the development, implementation, monitoring, and updating of the individualized rehabilitation plan.

Performing therapeutic rehabilitative skill development.

Offering services appropriate to meet the service recipient needs.

Performing crisis intervention.

Coordinating and managing services.

Provide supportive counseling services to service recipient.

Communicate observations and information about the service recipient to the Community Support Services program manager, Senior Nurse, and clinical team.

Organize and support socialization activities through use of IMR or other evidence based practices when indicated on the individualized rehabilitation plan.

Skill teaching to assist service recipient in developing the skills in various areas that promotes the achievement and maintaining of valued life roles in the area of social, employment, physical health, education, and/or household domains with the goal that the service recipient can achieve community integration and remains in an independent living setting of his/her choice.

Participate in individual service coordination activities, including vocational and educational services.

Document all observations, information and services provided to the service recipient within the required timeframes.

Perform all other duties as assigned.

CLOSING STATEMENT: Volunteers of America offers a comprehensive benefits package to help protect you and your family, top-notch training opportunities, and an energetic and professional work environment.

Make a living by making a difference.

Apply online today Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled.