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Tehama County Health Services Agency

Red Bluff, CA

Full-Time with Benefits

IMPORTANT: In compliance with the California State Health Officer’s order, this position requires employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination completed by the appointment date.


The Tehama County Health Services Agency Substance Use Recovery Center is committed to a health community using education, prevention, intervention, and treatment, as well as the delivery of culturally competent, cost effective services through an integrated service delivery system using collaborative partnerships.
Provides drug and alcohol counseling, case management services, and support to groups and individuals.  Develops and implements education and prevention programming.
Salary (A-E Steps)
Drug & Alcohol Counselor I
Range 60: $19.39 – $23.60 hourly/ $1,551.20 – $1,888.00 Bi-Weekly
Drug & Alcohol Counselor II
Range 64: $21.38 – $26.05 hourly/$1,710.40 – $2,084.00 Bi-Weekly

Bilingual incentive pay is +7.5% above the Drug & Alcohol Counselor I or II salary. New employees should anticipate being hired at the beginning step of the salary range.


Conducts initial screenings of potential clients; gathers and assesses relevant background information; manages client waiting lists. | Evaluates the severity of client problems and determines the appropriate level of care; formulates treatment and discharge plans. | Provides drug and alcohol counseling and crisis intervention services to individuals, families, and groups; manages the more difficult cases as assigned, including dual and multi-diagnosed disorders (i.e. mental illness, HIV, or other acute/chronic medical conditions). | Makes home visits as appropriate. | Conducts group sessions dealing with drug/alcohol education and communication, parenting, life skills, relapse prevention, coping and relaxation skills. | Conducts admission procedures for detoxification and residential programs. | Provides pre-sentence evaluations and treatment recommendations for criminal justice agencies. | Provides follow-up and after-care services. | Delegates tasks and provides leadership and guidance to Interns, Drug/Alcohol Aides, and other personnel as assigned. | Develops and implements education and prevention programming. Attends and participates as requested in meetings of community groups dealing with drug/alcohol related problems. | Distributes information and gives formal and informal presentations and training sessions to schools, various agencies, and community groups. | Provides transportation services for clients and their families to and from treatment and to conduct case management services. | Performs various office/administrative duties as necessary, including preparing and typing reports and correspondence, compiling statistical data for reports, procuring supplies and materials, attending meetings, and answering the telephone. | Provides casework services to at-risk, mentally-ill, developmentally disabled, and substance abuse clients; provides case management services to clients, families and significant others. | Participates in multidisciplinary team meetings with valid written consent from clients to review client caseload, treatment outcomes and recommendations. | Collects and processes laboratory specimens in accordance with approved policy.

Theories and causes of drug and alcohol dependence | Techniques and methods used in drug/alcohol abuse counseling, treatment, education and prevention | Theories of normal and abnormal psychology | Casework and interviewing techniques | Available community resources | Techniques for dealing effectively with and providing a high level of customer service to all individuals contacted in the course of work | Issues of diverse cultures and how they influence agency practices | Leadership concepts and principles

Bilingual Candidates:
English and Spanish usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation


Analyze drug/alcohol abuse related emotional/behavior disorders and carry out effective treatment plans | Perform individual and group counseling | Evaluate the effectiveness of drug/alcohol abuse programs | Develop and implement effective drug/alcohol education and prevention programs | Speak effectively in public | Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical time deadlines |  React calmly and professionally in emergency, emotional and/or stressful situations | Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work

Bilingual Candidates:
Use both Spanish and English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing

Education, Experience & LicensesAny combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: 

  • Equivalent to completion of a drug and alcohol addiction studies program as part of two (2) years of formal education beyond high school in psychology, sociology, or related field.
  • Five (5) years of experience is preferred.

Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.

•   Requires a valid California driver’s license.
•   Must complete periodic continuing education coursework as required to maintain active certification.
•   Must possess, or be willing to obtain, national provider identifier (NPI).
Bilingual Candidates:
• Must pass a Merit Systems Services written and/or oral bilingual proficiency test (or other appropriate test selected by the County) to qualify.

Recruitment Information:

How To Apply: Visit and search for the job title.

The department currently is recruiting to fill three (3) vacancies.
In addition, Tehama County is establishing an eligibility list to fill future vacancies for a Drug & Alcohol Counselor I/II, as well as subsequent vacancies which occur during the life of the eligibility list. 
Please submit ALL required documents when applying such as, copies of all required degrees and/or certifications as outlined in the job description. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For questions about this recruitment contact: 

Emily Unger

530-528-3204 | 

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background, fingerprinting, drug test (including marijuana) and physical examination provided by the County.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None