Rural Community Substance Use Disorder Counselor

The Community Substance Use COPSD Counselor will be responsible for providing individual counseling, face to face screenings, assessment, diagnostics as needed, and person centered recovery planning to adults and youth identified as having co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (COPSD) in a community treatment setting. This position's duties will include the following:

  • Complete face to face screenings, assessments, and diagnostics to determine eligibility for services and treatment needs.
  • Provide individual counseling to eligible adult and youth on a weekly basis as stipulated by the Texas HHSC performance contract and document all services in the electronic medical record according to state and contract requirements.
  • Complete case management and care coordination for individuals on the assigned caseload.
  • Provide services in compliance with state regulations including Texas Administrative Code and as stipulated in the SAMHSA grant, ensuring performance expectations are met, and meeting other funding source requirements.
  • Administer assessments and collect data at appropriate intervals to determine treatment outcomes in compliance with all grant requirements.
  • Specialized competencies in providing treatment with Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (COPSD) are required for the position. 
  • This position involves travel to client's home and/or other community settings. 
  • The position is responsible for providing all services using a trauma informed approach: creating a safe environment based on trust, transparency, collaboration, mutuality, and peer support while encouraging empowerment, and acceptance of voice and choice of individuals served, and demonstrating respect for cultural, historical, and gender issues.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Behavioral Health field 
  • Qualify as QMHP
  • Minimum of two years experience in substance use treatment, and specialized competency in providing treatment with Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (COPSD)
  • LCDC required. Will consider applicant with LPC-A, LMFT-A, or LMSW under licensed supervision
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred, will be paid a bilingual stipend

Effective January 1, 2017 all Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare campuses are smoke free




Tri-County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and State laws pertaining to employment. Tri-County is committed to Affirmative Action and has an Affirmative Action Plan.

The Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 533.007, allows Tri-County to check conviction records on applicants. Tri-County completes background checks in accordance with Texas State Health and Safety Code, Chapters 250-253: Criminal history check through the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR), Nurse Aide Registry and for Medicaid and Medicare fraud. Tri-County will check the CARE System to determine if an applicant has a confirmed allegation of abuse, neglect or exploitation and will not hire any individual with a confirmed allegation.

The Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Chapter 414, Subsection K, has established the following list of offenses that are an absolute bar to employment: criminal homicide, kidnapping and unlawful restraint, indecency with a child, continued sexual abuse of young child or children, sexual assault, aggravated assault, injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual, abandoning or endangering a child, aiding suicide, agreement to abduct from custody, sale or purchase of a child, arson; robbery, aggravated robbery, conviction under the laws of another state, federal law, or the Uniform Code of Military Justice for an offense containing elements that are substantially similar to the elements of an offense listed above, felony conviction for theft which occurred in the previous five (5) years, indecent exposure, improper relationship between educator and student, improper photography or visual reporting, deadly conduct, aggravated sexual assault, terroristic threat; online solicitation of a minor, money laundering, Medicaid fraud, Medicare fraud, cruelty to animals, false identification as a peace officer, disorderly conduct, and discharges of a firearm in a public place other than a public road or a sport shooting range, as defined by Section 250.001, Local Government Code. Offenses that are not an absolute bar to employment but may be considered a contraindication will also be considered during the pre-employment process. Tri-County will also complete a driver's license check. All applicants, employees, contractors and volunteers will be checked prior to hire and monthly through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals. All applicants are required to successfully complete a drug screening and a physical agility test prior to new hire orientation.

Applicants who are selected for a position in the Criminal Justice/Jail Diversion Department, TCOOMMI, and those who provide services to TCOOMMI, i.e., psychiatrists, nurses, etc., must have a Federal background check by fingerprinting through the FBI upon initial hire and annually thereafter.

Applicants who have lived out of state for two or more years from the date of submission of this application must have a Federal background check by fingerprinting through the FBI if they are selected for a position.


Each Applicant must agree to arbitrate and to waive class and collective action participation and each Employee, without exception, must sign and agree to the terms of the Arbitration Agreement as a condition of employment with Tri-County.

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I understand that, as a condition of my request that Tri-County consider my application and possibly hire me, I must agree to Tri-County's Policy of Dispute Resolution, which I understand requires that all disputes between applicants or employees and Tri-County, its constituent member entities, and/or its officials and/or employees must be resolved solely by arbitration, in accordance with Tri-County's Dispute Resolution Policy, a copy of which I have been provided with in this application and that such policy further requires I waive any right to participate in any class or collective action, either as representative or member and that, instead, I must resolve any dispute, as an applicant or employee, through a single-party arbitration under the specific terms and conditions set forth in Tri-County's Dispute Resolution Policy. I hereby acknowledge receipt of that Policy and agree to be bound by all of its terms in connection with the consideration of my application for employment and throughout my employment, including termination thereof, if I am hired.