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Job Description-MAT Counselor 

Reports to: Program Director

Schedule: This is a Non-Exempt, part-time or full-time position, averaging 32 – 40 hours per week or more as deemed necessary by Program Director and/or Executive Director.

Purpose of the Position:

Provide individual SUD counseling and support to patients in the MAT programs. Work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team to coordinate patient services and maintain the highest quality of care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Coordinate patient care with other community agencies as needed.

  • Demonstrate understanding of drug urinalysis testing procedure and administer patient tests when necessary.

  • Ensure that all documentation is completed in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Facilitate at least one group per week.

  • Maintain a maximum caseload of forty patients.

· Maintain compliance with all Title 9, Title 22, CARF, DEA, and CSAT regulations.

· Maintain confidentiality of clinical records and privileged information.

  • Provide individual/group counseling services to patients as part of medication-assisted treatment according to Title 9 and Title 22 requirements.

  • Conduct case management services as needed.

· Understand the pharmacology and physiological effects of methadone.

· Uphold the Organization and Program Code of Ethics.

· Work with other staff and patients in a respectful professional manner.

· Alert program director to potential crises or urgent situations and/or incidents.

· Attend supervision and utilize scheduled individual meetings in a productive way.

· Bring issues of concern and/or importance to the program director and/or outpatient manager for consultation.

· Maintain a professional work environment with attention to patient and staff health and safety, by maintaining safety protocols, alerting management to unsafe conditions, etc.

· Read and follow procedures as detailed in VHA’s policy manuals and program policies and procedures.

· Other duties as assigned by the program director and/or outpatient manager.


  • Attend all required trainings and in-services

  • Maintain professional licenses/certificates

· High School Diploma

· Current CCAPP, CAADE or equivalent registration/certification; understanding, knowledge and experience in the area of drug, alcohol and opioid treatment and recovery.

· Highly recommended to have completed 1 semester of AOD studies.

· Demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacology and physiologic effects of methadone.

· Working knowledge of applicable portions of Title 9, CARF requirements, and Title 22.


  • Cognitive and intellectual capacity to comprehend and administer organization & Clinic policies and procedures.

· Personal and intellectual ability to collaborate and organize effectively.

  • Physical ability to safely perform job functions with or without the aid of mechanical devices.

  • Manual dexterity and gross motor skills sufficient to operate a computer or manually complete required documentation in a legible and timely manner.

  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in language that can be readily understood by the majority of the Clinic’s patients, staff and funders.

  • Ability to effectively perform job responsibilities in a high stress environment.

  • Ability to utilize efficient, productive work habits

o Establish appropriate priorities for timely and accurate completion of tasks.

o Complete all work within expected time frames.

o Consistently respond positively, with creative problem solving, to changing work environment demands and pressures.

o Identify problems proactively and offer constructive suggestions for corrective action.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $20.00 - $26.00 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:
All Clients and Patients are required to wear masks. Telehealth and Telphone counseling sessions.