The schedule is Monday through Friday, typically 8:30 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m. It is located in the Kerns neighbourhood of NE Portland. This position in 80% community based. View the position listing here: 14529 – Addiction and Recover Counselor I or II (Forensic Assertice Community Treatment) (

Essential Function

The Addiction and Recovery Counselor for the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) provides and coordinates a wide range of supportive and therapeutic behavioral health services for a caseload of adults with severe mental illnesses and addiction issues with criminal justice involvement while supporting a Trauma Informed Care environment. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, it is required the incumbent understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. This position collaborates with internal and external resources to assure the best possible treatment for clients. This position is responsible for identifying and prioritizing service plan goals and identifying resources to meet those goals. The Addictions and Recovery Counselor, FACT position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives to promote a strengths-based, client centered approach in assisting clients achieve individual goals and reduce their recidivism.

Essential Responsibilities

This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position. Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.

  • Provide community-based case management for FACT clients including coordinating and monitoring services.
  • Act as the liaison between client and community, building relationships with families and community agencies.
  • Advocate on clients behalf for resources and access to services such as housing, benefits, employment, legal and other resources.
  • Provide direct service, including social and emotional support, coupled with instrumental support to team clients.
  • Assist in the teaching of daily living skills; this includes teaching and assistance in medically necessary services such as grocery shopping, maintaining clean housing, utilizing public transportation, maintaining self-care, exploring employment opportunities, etc.
  • Transport and/or accompany clients to appointments which connect them to community resources, services and pro-social activities.
  • With documented consent, engage the clients family and/or significant others to provide education regarding mental illness and system resources.
  • Provide Alcohol and Drug Assessments, build relapse prevention plans and integrate best practices into the day-to-day operations including Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Must have knowledge of accepted treatment practice along with ability to implement treatment plan and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment plans and recommend alternate strategies as necessary, with review minimum every 30 days or as clinically indicated.
  • Assess client behavior and support appropriate service plans. Work with the FACT Counselor III to obtain information: a) to establish the clients behavioral health needs, b) criminogenic risk and needs and required level of cognitive behavioral interventions to mitigate risk factors, and c) support interventions and a plan for linkage or reengagement in community resources.
  • Assist in the development of service plans tailored to each individuals needs.
  • Provide crisis assessment and intervention.
  • Coach clients in setting their own goals and identifying realistic steps in order to achieve the goals.
  • Implement service plans utilizing established treatment models.
  • Document client contacts, progress and other relevant events and circumstances. Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation associated with billing, assessment, treatment, clients progress and other activities, as required. Complete electronic medical records (EMR) as required using Cascadia software.
  • Provide strength-based supportive counseling focused on minimizing illness and maximizing client strengths.
  • Participate in evidenced-based cognitive behavioral interventions for criminal behavior to reduce criminal recidivism and engage in pro-social behaviors in the community.
  • Work with others both inside and outside of Cascadia to assure that assigned clients are receiving the best possible treatment.
  • Adhere to generally accepted treatment standards, departmental rules, company policies and terms and conditions of contracts or grants.
  • Adhere to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.
  • Coordinate with other service providers and Multnomah County Department of Community Justice.
  • Provide input on all relevant documentation and procedural requirements.
  • Respect and honor client rights and responsibilities and demonstrates professional boundaries and ethics.
  • Understand and abides by federal regulation of Alcohol and Drug information, 42CFR Part 2.
  • Complete annual employee training requirements on a timely basis as indicated in the licensing requirements for the facility as well as agency requirements. Attend seminars, training and other educational opportunities in order to develop professional skills and abilities.
  • Participate in all scheduled staff meetings, supervision sessions, and other departmental and agency meetings.
  • Provide On-Call crisis response and back up interventions and services.
  • May serve as lead person on a given shift, providing leadership for decisions that are needed throughout a shift
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Bachelors degree in a behavioral science field from an accredited college or university or three years of full time professional experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Demonstrate the competencies as outlined in OAR 309-016-0005 to become credentialed as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA).

The CADC credential is required in addition. CADC Registrant will qualify.


Minimum of one year experience and training in addiction treatment, including internships.
Equivalent combination of education/experience preferably in a non-profit organization preferred.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Conduct a Mental Status assessment and formulate a diagnosis according to the most current DSM
  • Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing, the components of maintaining a trauma informed care environment
  • Knowledge of the principles of Illness Management and Recovery
  • Understand evidence-based practices, and strength based case management philosophies and strategies including trauma informed care
  • Operate computer hardware and software at a level needed to effectively perform job functions


Possess a valid drivers license, three-year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course.

Ability to perform CPR and First Aid. Become CPR/ First Aid certified and keep it current.

Cascadia is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at 503.238.0769 or

Core Competencies

Leadership and Decision Making:

Ability to make sound treatment decisions and business decisions in a timely manner

Most decisions are guided by generally accepted therapy practices

Provide clinical guidance and direction

Serve as a role model for other Counselors, offering guidance, training and support

Provide clinical consultation to other Cascadia Programs when appropriate

Make decisions under pressure


Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Effectively engage with internal providers, external providers, and stakeholders

Work independently as well as part of a team

Demonstrate a work history of dependability

Contribute to cost savings through continuously identifying opportunities to improve methods, systems and procedures

Meet or exceed assigned billing targets

Possess clinical skills that honor individual autonomy while promoting a safe and secure environment

Demonstrate initiative and creativity in approach to problems and tasks

Identify opportunities to improve methods, systems and procedures to increase productivity and enhance services

Understand, appreciate, and respect diversity and cultural differences

Represent the program effectively in a variety of settings and with diverse communities

Working Conditions

Work may be performed in both a community and clinic setting. The work schedule is variable due to the nature of the FACT program and the potential for crisis response and will include rotating on call shifts at least one weekend a month. Meal periods and breaks are subject to interruption. Universal Precautions and remaining alert to the environment are critical to address the potential for violent behavior, exposure to disease, biohazards, noise and contaminants.

Mental Demands:

The work assigned is diverse and involves addressing new and unusual circumstances in which outcomes may negatively affect clients, community and/or employee mental health. The nature of the work dictates that the employee is alert and attentive during their assigned shift. The Addictions Counselor must have the ability to quickly assess and respond to concerns related to interpersonal and environmental safety. The work regularly involves a degree of unpredictability and disruption of planned tasks requiring a flexible time management approach

Physical Demands:

The Addictions must have the ability to assist the team in providing safety to all clients and staff in potentially volatile situations.


We offer generous benefits for our full-time and part-time employees (20 hours + pro-rated) including:

  • Generous Paid Time Off Package Full-time employees earn 6 weeks of PTO in their first year!
  • Medical and Dental Coverage (begins 1st of the month following 30 days after hire date)
  • VSP Vision Discount Plan
  • 403(B) Retirement Savings (Pre and post-tax plans with matching contribution)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) (Medical, dependent care, and transportation options)
  • Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and Life Insurance
  • Paid Bereavement and Jury Duty Leave
  • Length of Service Award
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • AFLAC Supplemental Insurance
  • Pet Insurance

Wellness Benefits:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Bicycle Reimbursement
  • Discounted Fitness Memberships
  • Trauma Support Team

Cascadia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at 503.963.7654.

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