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Substance Use Specialist 

About the Organization Concern Housing is a non-profit agency committed to helping individuals and families to live in the community with dignity and enhanced opportunities through the provision of housing and support services. We are one of the largest housing agencies of this kind in New York State, currently serving approximately 1,300 individuals and families in over 240 locations. Concern offers a variety of housing options with individualized support services designed to support personal growth and independence. Our workplace culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding innovative ideas. Diversity at our agency means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person's talent and strengths.  
Position Substance Abuse Counselor  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Surf Vets- Coney Island  
Salary $57,500-$60,000/yr.  
Days/Hours Monday/Thursday; 1pm - 9pm AND Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday; 9am - 5pm  

Concern Housing is looking for a Substance Use Specialist that will be responsible for providing support and assisting the supportive tenants recovering from substance use issues at various stages of change. 


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Meeting with supportive tenants to evaluate their substance use and readiness for change
  • Identifying issues and helping the supportive tenants create recovery plans, in conjunction with Surf Vets Place support staff
  • Providing recovery-based education to Supportive tenants and staff utilizing OASAS best practices. 
  • Teaching coping mechanisms and relapse prevention skills
  • Leading group/individual sessions
  • Referring the supportive tenants to veteran specific support groups in the community
  • Assessment, evaluation and intervention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Reporting and record keeping
  • Consultation with other professionals
  • Setting up aftercare plans when necessary
  • Meeting with family members and providing guidance and support whenever necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by Program Director and Supervisor
  • Remain current with all Agency required compliance documents and trainings


Salary: $57,500-$60,000/yr.

Position Requirements

Requires a Bachelor’s degree or CASAC plus 2 years’ experience in Social Work or other mental health environment.  Valid driver’s license preferred.



Concern Housing offers a generous benefit package which includes; Medical Insurance (Agency pays 80% of the premium), Affordable Voluntary Dental and Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Agency Sponsored Retirement Plan, Employee Sponsored 403(b) Retirement Plan, Agency Sponsored Life Insurance Coverage and an Excellent Paid Time Off Package. Concern encourages employee growth, offering Educational Assistance and Scholarship Programs, Licensure Reimbursement and Possible Internship/Clinical Supervision. Referral Bonuses are also available!

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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