Northwest Integrated Health

24 Hour Referral Line 253-200-0300


Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP)

Job description

Reports to Location
Clinical Manager Varies in Pierce County
FSLA Schedule
Non-Exempt/Hourly TBD
Will depend on experience

Job Summary:

The Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) engages patients to assist them in treatment and recovery. The SUDP motivates patients utilizing recovery language and principles. The SUDP works closely with medical personnel to create an evidence-based, patient-centered, comprehensive, and integrated treatment model for substance use disorders and mental health disorders to include medication management. The SUDP will assist in creating meaningful Individual Service Plans (ISPs) to promote safety and other desired outcomes. SUDPs provide compassionate care through various mediums which include both individual and group counseling sessions.

Supervises: N/A

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepares and maintains a confidential, accurate, organized, and updated case file for each assigned patient.
  • Assess, track and monitor the possible sides effects as well as the efficacy of each medication utilized during treatment.
  • Adheres to documentation deadlines as outlined in the Treatment Training Manual.
  • Complies with documentation requirements as outlined in program policies and procedures for activities (e.g., assessments, individual service plans, dose evaluations, re-engagements, treatment procedures, and discharge summaries) and in the preparation of required reports.
  • Diagnose patients with Substance Use Disorders using the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) criteria and determine the appropriate risks and levels of care utilizing The ASAM Criteria Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related and Co-Occurring Conditions.
  • Assists with intake documentation as necessary (e.g., consent for treatment, consents to release information, initial assessment, etc.) and maintains this information in the case file.
  • Effectively orients patients to the facility as needed by explaining issues including, but not limited to, OTP rules and regulations that may result in termination of services, the hours of service availability, patients’ rights and the grievance procedure, and costs for which they may be responsible.
  • Uses the appropriate forms and instrumentation to assess patients’ strengths and weaknesses. Develop with the patients’ participation, individual service plans to address recovery goals and objectives.
  • Facilitate immediate and long-term goals, and determine the associated interventions in the treatment process, offer and support the necessary resources to be utilized toward these goals and processes.
  • Identifies and explores barriers and their ramifications with attention to the patients’ associated readiness to change, attitudes and feelings. Examines alternative solutions and develops plans of action with the patients’ participation.
  • Coordinates the delivery of integrated services and acts as an advocate in accessing other needed services.
  • Identifies and responds to crises that may negatively impact treatment and uses the negative events to enhance treatment efforts when possible.
  • Becomes proficient in and adheres to the Agency’s treatment philosophy which incorporates CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Contingency Management, and self-determination. Becomes proficient in the delivery of the approved curriculums and maintains the integrity and fidelity of the approved curriculum.
  • Maintains familiarity with community resources and their limitations, the procedures for making referrals, and the confidentiality requirements inherent to the referral process so that community resources are used to benefit patients.
  • Recognizes the need for case consultation by adhering to continued supervision including, but not limited to: case reviews, group supervision, individual case reviews, teach backs, role plays, and unsuccessful case reviews. Maintains contact with referring professionals and seeks assistance in matters that exceed the Counselor’s level of expertise and/or scope of practice.
  • Identifies program needs and suggests improvements to the Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Administrator, and/or Clinical Director.
  • Acts as a resource to “team” members.
  • Assists the Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Administrator, and/or Clinical Director in managing staffing adjustments.
  • Effectively acts as a representative of the Agency at court and community proceedings.
  • Continues professional training and stays current in professional development.
  • Maintains licensure and/or certification required for job assignment.
  • Provide training to new SUDP-T and review of clinical documentation if directed by the clinical supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Skill Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Two years acceptable experience in substance use disorder field.
  • Must pass the county security clearance to work on site or in associated correctional facilities or as contractually required.

License or Certifications Required:

  • Must be registered with the Department of Health as a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) in the State of Washington.

Education and Training Requirements:

  • A.A. degree in Human Services field
  • Additional experience desired: experience in incarceration services, residential, outpatient treatment, or working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.
  • Advanced training in group process or educational programming design according to program needs.

Preferred experience: 

  • B.A. degree in Human Services field.
  • Must pass the county security clearance to work on site or in associated correctional facilities or as contractually required.

Working Conditions:

Job is performed in an office clinic setting where you will be expected to use a computer, photocopier, fax machine, phone, and other miscellaneous equipment. The employee may be required to sit for extended periods of time at a desk or station, stand, walk, or kneel as part of their daily functions. Maybe asked to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

Travel Requirements:

Travel between different NWIH facilities and to various meetings and conferences required.

Knowledge and Language Skills:

Must be able to read and interpret general business correspondence, policies, and procedures. Have the ability to write business letters, uncomplicated reports, instructions, and procedures. Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from patients, staff, referral sources, and the general public. Should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and electronic medical records systems. Be able to prioritize workload and activities and follow through on assigned tasks to assure completion in a timely manner. Ability to handle multiple tasks and switch between tasks quickly. Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, and outside contacts from a wide variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds; good diplomatic skills including strong conflict-resolution skills.

Must be able to align with the Corporate Mission and Core Values:

Mission: To create a patient-centered, evidence-based, comprehensive, and integrated treatment model for substance-use-disorder; and to increase awareness about addiction as a chronic disease.

Core Values: Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Diversity, Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork

General Requirements:

  • Complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Act professionally at all times.
  • Ensure work area is always clean and presentable.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months or ability or test within first six months of employment.