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Colorado State CERTIFIED ADDICTIONS SPECIALIST in Pueblo, Colorado






$5,612.00 - $6,669.00 Monthly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIB 04086 01/11/2021


1/25/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

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In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

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Our Culture & Environment

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

Description of Job

This work unit exists to provide the direct delivery of substance use disorder assessment, evaluation, treatment, education, and program development to patients throughout CMHIP.

This position is an advanced practice assignment which designs and implements psychosocial, substance disorder treatment and new techniques related to this area for CMHIP patients utilizing a high degree of expertise and independence. Evidence Based treatment interventions provided include: 1) individual, family, and group therapies; 2) affective education; 3) collateral contact with community agencies and individuals; 4) discharge planning including financial benefits development, placements, and other resource development; 5) assessment of substance use disorders; 6) active participation in the development of individual treatment plans; 7) active participation and further development of the CMHIP Recovery Continuum; 8) Interface with the Trauma Informed Care Department; 9) potentially provide Acudetox if trained.

Job Duties:

  • As a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team, position assesses mental health and behavioral characteristics to include direct substance abuse, assess treatment needs, develop treatment plans, educate and counsel patients directly in individual and group therapy based on professional theories and principles related to addiction.

  • Position interviews and analyzes client history, providing advocacy and follow-up services to clients and families, making referrals to other health providers, and consulting with community resources.

  • Provide ongoing advanced evidence based psychotherapy to patients in individual, family, and group settings in order to enhance positive mental health growth and stability and to achieve and maintain a substance-free lifestyle.

  • Assist in designing and implementing hospital-wide substance disorder treatment activities for CMHIP. Requires participation in regular meetings of the CMHIP Recovery Continuum.

  • Position is responsible for developing and implementing new techniques for substance abuse.

  • Develop reciprocal relationship with CMHIP treatment teams, especially Plan of Care Liaisons, in order to design individual treatment plans and discharge plans. This requires participation in meetings with the multidisciplinary team.

  • Collaborates with team Social Worker in advising mental health centers, substance disorder treatment programs, probation departments, families, Department of Human Services and significant others of progress, anticipated treatment duration and recommended course of treatment.

  • Assist in planning patients transition from inpatient hospitalization back into the community through addressing legal issues, linking to support systems, and selecting appropriate placement and follow-up treatment programs.

  • Interview patients directly, gather history, review outside information, review previous assessments completed by other disciplines, interview family and complete all required documentation/notes. Compile all gathered information and complete the substance use assessment. The evaluator needs to conduct the clinical interview using developmentally appropriate language that takes into account the patient's level of motivation and his/her progression through the stages of recovery

  • Position participates in advanced training to enhance services to CMHIP patients. Develop and present training to employees working towards licensure or certification in the substance field. All Addiction Counselor training must be approved by OBH.

  • Provide weekly clinical supervision to employees working towards license/certification in the substance field.

  • Position is responsible for maintaining, staying up to date, and following policies and procedures to ensure the safety of themselves, clients and others.

  • Identification of and deployment of resources to insure continuity of treatment activities while participating in training.

  • Screens applicants for CAC training.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications:

Current, valid certification as a Level III Addiction Counselor (CAC III) from the Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners.


Two years of experience as a certified addiction counselor.


Current, valid licensure as an Addiction Counselor (LAC) from the Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners will substitute for the CAC III certification and one year of the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with dual-diagnosed clients

  • Experience working with clients in a high security environment

  • Experience with health related databases

**Note, nothing in these Minimum Qualifications alleviates the criteria to transfer licensing or any requirements by the respective board under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

*Under the direction of Governor Jared Polis, the Division of Professions and Occupations at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has conducted a review of existing licensing exemptions that allow for individuals in the healthcare field who either hold licenses in other states or who have allowed their license to expire in Colorado to immediately resume work within their scope of practice, provided their out-of-state or expired license is/was in good standing. Note, this does not alleviate the criteria to transfer licensing or any requirements by the respective board under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required take a drug screen.

  • This position is deemed a critical position. Individuals in critical positions can be expected to work and/or remain at their worksite in delayed start, early release, or closure situations.

  • This position may be required to work evenings.

  • This position requires travel throughout the state to appear in court to testify/support patient's legal status changing.

  • TB (Tuberculosis) testing

  • Candidate is required to keep their license (Certified Addiction Counselor III or Licensed Addiction Counselor) in good standing throughout employment in this position.

  • Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process


Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process. Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

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ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.