MCADA Substance Use Evaluator for Juvenile Justice Commission

History of the Position:

MCADA has been providing support and harm reduction in the way of substance use evaluations to the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) for over 22 years. We ensure that committed juveniles/adolescents/young adults (ages 14 to 22 years old) receive the correct level of care by using the evidence based guidelines by the American Society of Addiction Medicine for Substance Use Disorders.  Most evaluations will be conducted at the New Jersey Training School for Boys Reception Unit in Monroe Township and the Juvenile Medium Security Facility in Bordentown

Salary Range:

15 hours a week for $46,000.00 a year

Expected Hours:

Must work Thursday, Friday, and Monday so that evaluations are ready for the following Wednesday morning for the recurring classification meetings.  Evaluations must be done in a timely manner and evaluator must work consistent hours.  Flexibility with some work from home options during report writing but all interviews are in person.

Other Perks: 

JJC and MCADA both provide access to training and/or support to get scholarships due to the nonprofit status which can mean free CEUs to maintain your license and/or certification.  Report writing can be completed on site, at the MCADA office, and/or at candidates home as long as they keep information confidential.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Thoroughly complete a biopsychosocial substance abuse assessment by interviewing committed juveniles (ages 14 to 22 years old) in-person.
  • Review collatoral information from JJC intranet site to assist with the biopsychosocial report.
  • Educated and skilled at applying the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria for referra/recommendation of the juvenile to the correct level of care to help advise the JJC Classification Board.
  • Understanding of the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model to address the juvenile’s readiness for change.
  • Trained in using DSM V to provide a multi-axial assessment focused entirely on the Substance Use Disorder.
  • Trained to use Substance Abuse Subtle Screening (SASSI) and other substance use screening and evaluative tools.
  • Complete report that indicates the severity of the substance use and provide the level of care using ASAM criteria in a thoroughly and timely manner so that they can be reviewed by Wednesday for the JJC Classification Board.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Current valid New Jersey licensure to practice per state regulations in one or more is required: CADC, LCADC, LPC, LCSW, LISW, LCMHC, LCPC, LMHC or Clinical Psychologist.
  • Must pass criminal background and fingerprint check.
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing and/or major educational focus on Substance Use Disorders in graduate school..
  • Follow all legal and ethical requirements for: documentation of sessions/contact, protecting confidentiality, and mandated reporting.
  • Maintain clinical records in a timely manner and other necessary clinical documentation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual candidates will be preferred (Spanish).
  • Experience working with adolescents and young adult populations preferred.
  • Experience working with Substance Use Disorders and/or a valid, NJ LCADC or CADC preferred.
  • Trained by NJPN Addiction training/certification/license program preferred.
  • Bicultural and all gender candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience with crisis intervention is helpful.
  • Comfortable working in a highly restricted and controlled environment.

Application Process:

For more details or to submit a resume and short cover letter, please send an email with attachments to our MCADA Executive Director Margarita Leahy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our Office

Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction
1931 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrence Township, NJ  08648

Tel - (609) 396-5874
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Hours - Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm


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