The Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.) is a non-profit, community-based health organization providing prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances, and social service agencies since 1980. The agency was recently awarded a state grant tasking us with the implementation of a Substance Use Navigator in Middlesex County.
Position Title: Substance Use Navigator
Schedule: 12 months, 40 hours per week; daily schedule is flexible but it will include regular evening and weekend work. Extensive travel is required as part of this position.
Reports To: Supervisor
General Summary: The Substance Use Navigator (SUN) must be a credentialed healthcare professional with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the field of mental health and substance use. The role of the Navigator is to build inter-system relationships and serve as a resource for Children’s System of Care (CSOC) partners, families and the community at large. He/she must be very knowledgeable about local, county services for substance use, behavioral health and developmental disabilities and function as a liaison between youth, families and these services. The role of the Navigator does not include the provision of direct services. The focus will be on supporting the seamless access to substance use services including, specialized treatment needs of transition age youth, helping community partners to recognize indicators of substance use and identifying he most efficient means to access these services. The partners include, but are not limited to:
• Care Management Organization (CMO)
• Family Support Organization (FSO)
• :Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P)
• Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating council (CIACC)
• Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS)
• County Substance Use Coordinator
• Local Law Enforcement
Essential Job Functions:
1. Community organizing efforts to link families of youth experiencing substance use, behavioral health or developmental limitations.
2. Provides information, referral, and consultation to schools, parents, and the community.
3. No direct clinical service, but must have a full understanding of the Children’s System of Care in NJ as it relates to mental health and substance use disorders, as well as developmental disabilities.
4. Prepares and presents educational programs to school and community groups.
5. Assist with the development and evaluation of program services.
6. Maintain charts and statistics on all case activity, events, and presentations.
7. Submit monthly activity reports.
8. Participate in regular required trainings, clinical supervision, group supervision, and staff meetings.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Must hold a Master’s Degree, preferably in the fields of social work or counseling. Must possess a clinical license: LPC, LCADC, LSW, LCSW or PhD in Clinical Psychology. A minimum of three (3) years of clinical ATOD or mental health treatment experience required, as well as experience working with adolescents, their families, and various populations in the community. Individual fluent in Spanish is preferred.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.