JJAT SUDP Assessor

Helping children, youth, young adults, and their families find their path to healing and hope is at the core of our work. We can only achieve this by striving for excellence and providing an array of services that are needed and wanted by the community we serve. We are continuing to expand our service array and locations where we provide services, with therapists in more schools and social service agencies. As we expand our services to serve more than 800 children, youth, and young adults each month – regardless of payer, gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, or place of origin – we do so with the intention that we would want our own families to use these services should they need them. The staff at Ryther are committed to creating and maintaining a culture that is informed and reflective of trauma recovery and racial equity and social justice principles.


The Juvenile Justice Assessment Team (JJAT) Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) Assessor will provide timely, comprehensive SUD assessments for adolescents referred by the Juvenile Justice Assessment Team to assess for substance use disorders.


  • Using an ASAM adherent structured interview tool to, complete a substance use assessment for each youth that is referred.  

  • Schedule all assessments within 3 – 5 working days following receipt of the referral.  Any cancellations or missed appointments must be rescheduled within 3 – 5 days of the missed appointment.

  • Within five days following completion of the assessment, or as needed to comply with court requests, create an assessment summary report with treatment recommendations following an approved format.

  • As needed in urgent situations, complete SUD assessments on the same day as the referral.

  • Complete at least 75% of all SUD assessments assigned and within in a timely fashion.

  • As requested, provide additional services to connect youth to outreach and engagement services, identifying and providing linkages to appropriate services within their community to address those needs, supporting the youth through the court process, and assisting youth in linking with pro-social activities within their community.

  • Engage and work with the families of referred youth throughout the assessment process in scheduling and completing the SUD assessment.

  • Collaborate and work cooperatively with JJAT staff, juvenile detention staff, Juvenile Court Staff, and other systems involved with the client.

  • Provide documentation as required and within established timelines of all activities to include: case report notes, demographic data form summaries, and data entry in multiple electronic health record systems

  • Maintain case records in accordance with licensing, accreditation, and agency requirements.

  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries with referred youth, their families, co-workers, and community partners.

  • Maintain all necessary credentials per agency and licensing requirements.

  • Attend agency and host-site staff meetings as required.

  • Assess for suicide/homicide risk as needed, and follow mandated reporting requirements.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of skill in communication and positive interaction with all Ryther employees, prospective employees, external agencies/companies, referred youth and their families, and the community at large.


  • Commitment to the Purpose, Vision, and Values of the agency.

  • Acceptance and ability to work with individuals and families with a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices with the ability to apply a social justice and equity lens to all aspects of this work.

  • Interest and ability in working with adolescents, particularly those from marginalized groups, with substance use and co-occurring disorders. 

  • SUDP or SUDPT certification required.

  • Work from the designated JJAT office and adhere to court hours. Work remotely via telehealth if necessary.

  • Skills in clinical assessment.

  • Knowledge of community resources.

  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with multiple systems, in-house and externally.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain both client and employee confidentiality.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Effective organizational skills.