Drug Counselor LADC

East African Healing Services provides professionally and culturally competent mental health rehabilitative services and other supportive services to refugees and immigrants who suffer impairment from symptoms caused by trauma and mental illness. EAHS services respect the culture, religion, and language of clients. Certified by MN Department of Human Services as an Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) provider, we currently work with clients in Ramsey, Dakota, Hennepin, Anoka and Washington counties. All our clients are refugees from war and refugee camps in the Middle East and East African nations.

EAHS is adding substance abuse program as part of its comprehensive behavior health services to immigrants and refugee in the twin cities. We are seeking to add a qualified and motivated professional to work with adult and adolescent clients in our outpatient recovery program, and on our access and outreach team,


Responsible for performing substance use disorder assessments, participating in and contributing to interdisciplinary treatment and discharge plans and providing individual and group substance use disorder counseling services. The alcohol and drug counselor/chemical health assessor will have skills to carry out the 12 core functions and all other counseling duties identified by Minnesota statute 245G.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties are typical for this position. Employees may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address agency needs

  • Function as a member of a treatment team, comprised of the other LADC, Treatment Director, Mental Health Professional, and other staff members, as needed
  • Complete chemical health (Rule 25 and Comprehensive) assessments and treatment plans utilizing ASAM criteria and sound clinical writing Facilitate intake, orientation, group activities, individual counseling and family counseling for clients in the program
  • Work closely with clients to engage them in the decision-making process and help them understand the benefits of assessment and accessing the appropriate level of care as indicated
  • Collect and review referral information upon assignment of clients from the referral source and consult with others as needed to support coordination of services and scheduling of client interviews
  • Coordinate with the Intake Coordinator as needed to contact clients to confirm appointment dates, times, and assessment locations
  • Collect information from collateral resources to aid in determining diagnosis and need for treatment
  • Work collaboratively with client’s funding sources to obtain initial authorizations for reimbursement for intervention and recovery support services
  • Work cooperatively with the legal system to ensure coordination of services including Court appearances when appropriate
  • Complete paperwork requirements and maintain quality, up-to-date clinical records, including Outcomes Survey information and information for invoicing; enter necessary information into the electronic medical records (EMR) system
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings with other staff members
  • Provide supervision, if qualified and requested, for interns or trainees
  • Perform related duties as required

Competencies & Requirements:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:

  • Must have experience with completing Rule 25 assessments in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Must demonstrate competence in screening for and working with clients with co-occurring disorders, through education, training, and experience.
  • Must comply with the rules adopted under MN Statutes, chapter 148F.
  • Must possess good verbal skills and present a positive professional image.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Interpersonal – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control.
  • Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
  • Team Work – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.
  • Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions ; Uses equipment and materials properly.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • At the time of hiring, must be free of chemical use problems for at least the two years immediately preceding and sign a statement attesting to that fact.
  • Must pass a background check through the Minnesota Department of Human Service/Office of Inspector General


  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.); or two or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 270 Classroom hours in alcohol and drug counseling curriculum
  • Completion of 880 hours of alcohol and drug counseling practicum
  • Must have completed 30 hours of classroom training or one 3 credit college course in adolescent development
  • Must have 150 hours of supervised practice as an adolescent counselor

Certificates and Licenses:

Licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, or eligible for a temporary permit to practice alcohol and drug counseling. Individuals may also be eligible to practice alcohol and drug counseling due to exemption from 148C requirements.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract

Salary: $23.00 to $25.00 /hour

Application Questions

  • How many years of counseling experience do you have?
  • How many years of Substance Abuse experience do you have?
  • Are you able to work in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN?
  • Do you have the following license or certification: LADC?

To Apply, Please summit your resume and cover letter to career@eahsmn.org or contact our office at 651-330-6048.

Crisis Resources/Suicide:

If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for assistance.