Skip Navigation

Licensed Substance Abuse Specialist / LADC

Adult Residential

Springfield, MA
ID: 196-379

Licensed Substance Abuse Specialist / LADC

Looking to work for an agency passionate on making a difference in many lives in our community? This job may be for you!

We're seeking a Licensed Substance Abuse Specialist / LADC. The Licensed Substance Abuse Specialist / LADC works with Adult Clinical Community Services (ACCS) participants to provide person-centered, rehabilitative interventions that support recovery. The Licensed Substance Abuse Specialist / LADC works with Persons on issues of substance abuse and sobriety. S/he also provides outreach services to participants. S/he works within the Agency's ACCS team model, establishing open communication, support, and accountability among co-workers.


  • Helps develop individual treatment plans
  • Provides interventions that address issues of substance use/abuse and sobriety.
  • Develops and implements relapse prevention plans.
  • Implements motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Provides education and counseling on addiction and the disease process.
  • Assists Persons with accessing substance abuse treatment, including but not limited to: inpatient/residential treatment, detoxification, intensive outpatient treatment.
  • Assists Persons with accessing self-help and 12 step groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Dual Recovery Anonymous.
  • Interacts with Persons in order to assess needs, provide information, discuss problems, identify patterns and stressors, and encourage growth and development.


  • Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with program management staff.
  • Assure adherence to program treatment philosophy.
  • Adheres to Agency and Program policies and procedures.



  • Work within processes and procedures of the ACCS.
  • Strengthens relationships between agency, ACCS, programs, and the larger community
  • Act as an inter-Agency liaison.
  • Attend and participate in Agency committees as required.
  • Attend supervision with the Program Manager.

IV. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES/RECORD KEEPING - necessary to meet administrative requirements of the job by government bodies, funding sources agency policy, etc.

  • Completes documentation in accordance with Rehabilitation Option Standards.
  • Completes documentation in the Agency's Electronic Health Record (E.H.R.) System, Pro-Filer.
  • Maintain records, including but not limited to: Map documentation, Client Funds Management (including monthly budget and reconciliation forms), incident reports, et al.
  • Attends weekly team meetings.
  • Attend weekly/bi-weekly supervision with Program Manager.


  • to full potential professionally
  • Seek and use training opportunities external to the Agency.
  • Attend Agency-required trainings.
  • Participate in relevant Agency and/or community task forces.
  • Engage in self-evaluation to develop professional goals.

Required Skills


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of community resources/agencies.
  • Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel and the ability to learn new programs.
  • Ability to utilize an Electronic Health Record system.
  • Knowledge of clients' behavioral dynamics.
  • Knowledge related to treatment of client population including evidence based practices.
  • Client advocacy skills and ability to establish viable working relationships with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Ability to safely transport clients in the community.
  • Ability to perform medication administration in accordance with the Massachusetts MAP Program.
  • Ability to respond effectively to crisis.
  • Ability to provide rehabilitative interventions that support person-centered and recovery-oriented practice.


  • Certification as an addictions counselor (i.e., LADC I)
  • Master’s degree in a related field (Psychology, Social Work, etc.) preferred.
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in a mental health-related treatment program.
  • Valid Driver's License and reliable vehicle for work purposes.



  • Retirement Plan 403(b)
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Paid vacations
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 8 discretionary days a year


The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Gándara Center provides residential, mental health, substance abuse and preventive services for children, adults and families across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts. Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a diverse community.

This position is located in Springfield, MA. View the Google Map in full screen.

<--Start of JobTarget analytics pixel--> <--End of JobTarget analytics pixel--> <--Start of PandoIQ pixel--> <--End of PandoIQ pixel-->