Re-entry Specialist (registered or certified)

Full time WellSpace Health in Substance Use Disorder Email Job
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  • Career Level Others
  • Industry Substance use disorder treatment
  • Qualifications Certificate

Job Description


Job Summary:
The Reentry Specialist at Sacramento County Jails provides counseling and treatment (related to the employee’s scope of practice) to pre released inmates with addictive problems, performs discharge and referral summaries for clients and maintains client case files.

Required Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Training, Licensure):

High School diploma, Associate or B.S. degree in related field preferred.

Certification or registration as an addiction counselor by a DHCS recognized certification

organization (CCAPP, CADTP or CAADE) registrants must have the ability to become certified within 5 years of their initial registration date.

Two years’ experience counseling persons with substance use/co-occurring disorders. OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Experience and knowledge of working with Justice-Involved population preferred.

Knowledge and training in substance abuse and related health issues (i.e. HIV, Hepatitis C, etc.) and recovery protocols including the 12 step programs.

Knowledge of the local treatment community and referrals; if in recovery, two years sobriety preferred.

Good written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Computer (PC) literate in general office functions such as word processing, email and database software. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). Valid California Driver’s License, with insurable driving record.

Must be able to pass a fingerprint background screening through the D.O.J. for clearance into R.C.C.C. and all criminal justice facilities served in the County.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

Provide in-custody services at Sacramento County Jails that include: case management, substance abuse treatment, Thinking for a Change (cognitive behavioral change program), gang intervention, job readiness, employment services, job coaching, life skills (including financial

Barriers and training), mentorship, recreational activities, family reunification services, and transition plans.

Participation in a multidisciplinary team approach. Evidence-based methodology and outcome measures that will be used to evaluate the program and a discussion of how such measurements will provide valid measures of the impact of the program.

Meet with Sheriff’s Department staff as required to ensure services continue to be provided in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Provide consultation and technical assistance regarding changes or enhancements to program delivery to ensure efficacy.

Meet with offenders to determine eligibility into program both individually and during a family reunification group designed to provide family/community linkages and reduce criminal thinking. Linkages- Continue to work with community service providers to identify the array of services that will assist the offender and family to meet Discharge Plans.

Ensure that all incarcerated veterans are informed of the services provided by the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) and included in Discharge Planning as appropriate.

Work with the Sheriff Department personnel to assure inmates wishing to enroll in reentry services have the means and knowledge to do so.

Work with the Sheriff Department to ensure WellSpace Health staff meets all criteria, rules, and regulations set forth within the jail setting.

On occasion, transporting inmates to a community resource upon release from custody of Sacramento County Jails.

Other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The work environment is characteristic of an In-custody substance use disorder treatment program environment. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle, or feel. The employee is also required to stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must also possess hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the phone. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves or their homes. The employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs, and the lack of personal care.


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