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SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR *$5,000 New Hire Incentive

  • 505735
  • Full-time



The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry is dedicated to developing, encouraging, recognizing, and rewarding the professional performance and growth by employees at all levels. The state is proudly served by over 9,000 well-trained corrections professionals who are dedicated to public, staff and inmate safety by effectively employing sound correctional practices, efficient operational procedures, and proven programming opportunities for inmates. Join our team and help to proudly serve our community!


Job Location:

Vacancies currently exist at the following locations:
Douglas, Eyman, Lewis, Safford, Tucson, Winslow, and Yuma

Posting Details:

Independent license - $70,799*
Associate license - $67,200*

*Eligible for $5,000 Hiring Incentive effective for new hires until 06/30/2023
The payout is $2,500 upfront and the remaining $2,500 after three (3) months of employment

This position may offer the ability to work remotely, within Arizona, based upon the
department's business needs and continual meeting of expected performance measures.

Job Summary:

If you’re looking to gain clinical experience while assisting inmates and offenders in making REAL changes in their lives, this may be the opportunity for you!

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry (ADCRR) is seeking a Correctional Substance Abuse Counselor Senior, who will be responsible for clinically assessing and treating inmates.

The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, commissions, many State employees participate in the State’s Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona, unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.

Job Duties:

- Delivers substance abuse education classes, conducts substance abuse therapy groups and one-on-one counseling sessions
- Provides guidance and leadership to Correctional Substance Abuse Counselors at the Associate or Technician levels
- Reviews and approves treatment plans submitted by Associate and Technician level Correctional Substance Abuse Counselors
- Completes intake assessment, DX, discharge summaries, treatment plans, and progress notes
- Provides clinical supervision for associate-level counselors who are licensed through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
- Travels on state business
- Performs other duties appropriate to the assignment
- Drives on State business

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Addiction and treatment practices and protocol
- Counseling, teaching, and facilitation techniques
- Adult learning processes
- Security practices
- Personal computers and various software programs (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook)
- Methods and practices of classroom teaching

Skill in:
- Interpersonal relationships
- Oral and written communications
- Organizational and time management
- Teaching techniques
- Active listening
- Attention to detail/observation

Ability to:
- Effectively deliver program curriculum in a classroom environment
- Interact professionally with inmates in a group setting and one-on-one situations
- Interact professionally with security staff and the public
- Work in a secured prison environment
- Apply Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry (ADCRR) policy and procedures
- Collect and maintain statistical data
- Work as a team member
- Travel

Selective Preference(s):

- Prefer Independent level license

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Must be licensed by the Arizona Department of Behavioral Health Examiners as an Associate or Independent Clinician.
This position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).

Employment is contingent on the selected applicant passing a background investigation and a drug test.


We offer an excellent and affordable comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees:
- Vacation and sick days with 10 paid holidays per year
- Robust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options
- Exceptional retirement program
- Optional employee benefits such as deferred compensation plans, credit union membership, and a wellness program
- An incentivized commuter club and public transportation subsidy program

Additional INCENTIVES for this classification:
- Paid license renewals
- Manageable caseloads (60)
- Paid conferences and workshops when possible
- Evidenced-based group curriculum
- Closed groups
- Minimal paperwork and no billing
- Ability to be creative in using evidenced-based practices
- Ability to be part of program development opportunities
- Ability to help ADCRR achieve its goal of reducing recidivism by 25% in 10 years
- Ability to receive clinical supervision for independent licensure
- Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry prison complexes are approved sites for the National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (up to 75,000 in repayment for 3 years of employment). For more information go to:

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
Current ADCRR Employees: Consult with your respective Human Resources Liaison if you are in a different retirement plan than the one indicated above.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-255-2430.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.