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Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist

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.


Provides Substance Use Disorder (SUD) training, technical and consultation services for host site staff, provides SUD services (i.e. education, prevention, recovery groups, assessment and referrals) as needed to children/adolescents and their families.


  • In conjunction with host site staff, provides family counseling, crisis intervention, referral and support related to SUD issues.

  • Provide individual sessions, group counseling and crisis management and referral specific to SUD issues.

  • Provide screenings such as administering the GAIN SS form.

  • Provide referrals to appropriate SUD services including assessment, outpatient, and inpatient services and/or other services as necessary to support recovery and sobriety. This may include providing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services for intake, probation, and AYR. Conduct the GAIN-SS with truancy cases.

  • Provide on-going staff training and consultation for all host site staff related to substance use disorders.

  • Provide support, planning and assistance for clients entering from treatment programs, and may provide ongoing support services for youth and families (depending on host site).

  • Arrange client attendance at self-help, treatment groups, and 12 step group meetings when appropriate.

  • Provide liaison information/referral and collaboration with community SUD treatment agencies.

  • Participate in host site staffing, meetings and training as deemed appropriate.

  • Attend all supervision, training and consultation provided by Ryther.

  • Cooperate with research, data collection and outcome studies as deemed necessary by King County (i.e. DBHR, DOH, and/or KC Superior Court).

  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to host site staff in areas related to substance use disorders.

  • Collaborate with host site staff regarding treatment, transition and aftercare planning for identified youth.

  • Able to develop and implement an independent work schedule and perform assigned tasks and duties with minimal direct oversight.

  • Adjust work hours as necessary to provide SUD services to clients.

  • Complete required quarterly and annual reports as required by contract.

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

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • MA or Master's degree in social service field, social science, social work, psychology or related field or Bachelor Degree in social or service field plus one year experience working in an alcoholism and/or drug abuse counseling setting, or 4 years prior experience as a CDPT or CDP.

  • Possess a Department of Health Chemical Professional Certification or demonstrate significant progress towards this certification. MUST MAINTAIN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROFESSIONAL STATUS THROUGH CONTINUING EDUCATION DURING EMPLOYMENT.

  • Must be certified in administering the GAIN-I assessment or be willing to achieve certification as soon as possible.

  • Experience working with adolescents is highly desirable.

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

  • Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural, and spiritual practices.

  • Be 21 years of age or older.

  • Knowledge and understanding of family-centered practice principles.

  • Valid Washington state driver's license and liability insurance.

  • Ability to complete emergent assignments within the time frame identified by the supervisor.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain customer and employee confidentiality.

  • Ability to work within the host site.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to perform a range of physical motions including but not limited to: standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time.

  • Ability to use the senses of sight, hearing to effectively perform responsibilities.

  • Ability to use office equipment that includes copier machine, telephone, fax, and personal computer.

  • Knowledge of community social services resources is highly desirable.


SUPERVISOR: Program Manager of Co-Occurring Services

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