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State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA)

  • 513472
  • Full-time


Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Accountability, Community, Innovation, Leadership, Passion, Quality, Respect, Courage, Teamwork

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is driven by its mission to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective health care to Arizonans in need. AHCCCS is a nationally acclaimed model among Medicaid programs and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona. Among government agencies, AHCCCS is recognized for high employee engagement and satisfaction, supportive leadership, and flexible work environments, including remote work opportunities. With career paths for seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, entry-level positions, and internship opportunities, AHCCCS offers meaningful career opportunities in a competitive industry.

Come join our dynamic and dedicated team.

State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA)

Division of Grant Administration 

Job Location:

Address:  801 E. Jefferson Street., Phoenix, AZ 85034

Posting Details:

Open until filled 

1st review of resumes on 11/17/2022

Salary: $82,000.00 

Grade: 26

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

Job Summary:

The Division of Grants Administration is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a State Opioid Treatment Authority. Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director of the Division of Grants Administration, the State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA) is responsible for opioid treatment programs (OTPs) statewide regardless of funding source. The position provides linkages to federal offices of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment for ongoing/continuous oversight of OTPs. This position is responsible for the ongoing oversight of the programs, opportunities for statewide development, implementation, and maintenance of policies and standards related to OTPs and services to support the Opioid epidemic. This position will work closely with other Divisions within the agency to ensure the ongoing needs and services within the state align with not only the work done within Medicaid, but other funding sources and private pay institutions.

The State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA) is a professional designated to exercise the responsibility and authority with the State for approval and oversight of opioid treatment programs.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the OTPs and the services provided within the state. Provide oversight for program compliance activities with Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA), ADHS licensure, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and review OTPs compliance with regulations.
  • Oversee and assist internal and external entities the opening and closing of new programs inclusive of discussions related to those Medicaid and non-Medicaid funded. Ensuring conversations with new programs include expectations as it related to ARS 36-.2907.14, OTP reporting required of those funded through Medicaid or grant funding provided through AHCCCS.
  • Partner and collaborate with other internal and external entities to identify areas within the state in need of expanded opioid treatment services and support needs for expansion, inclusive of Mobile Opioid Use Disorder Treatment options. Collaborate with SABG and SOR Administrators to ensure optimal utilization of grant opportunities are leveraged to support the Opioid needs in the state.
  • Consistently maintain the oversight and review of all SAMHSA/CSAT Opioid Treatment Program Extranet in a timely manner.
  • Support the oversight of the annual OTP reporting requirements and their review as identified in ARS 36-.2907.14 under the direction of the AD for the Division. 
  • Other duties as assigned as related to the position.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


  • Knowledge of regulatory process pertaining to day to date operations for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). 
  • Knowledge of SAMHSA expectations as it relates to the oversight of OTPs.
  • Knowledge of Arizona Public Behavioral Health system, including AHCCCS/ Administrative policies and procedures. 


  • Interpreting existing and new rules, laws, and agency policy pertaining to the delivery of services at a state and federal level.
  • Providing guidance and technical assistance regarding Opioid treatment services, needs in the community, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Organizational skills that result in prioritizing multiple tasks.


  • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with treatment providers, MCO partners, federal regulatory agencies, and local and state agencies. 
  • Ability to make sound decisions within the policy and conceptual framework of state and federal regulations.
  • Ability to organize and present options and recommendations clearly, both orally and with excellent written skills.


  • Three years clinical and/or programmatic experience in behavioral health and substance use disorders


  • Experience working with Opioid Treatment Programs; Bachelor's or a Master's degree in a behavioral health related field.
Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass fingerprint background check, prior employment verifications and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• Travel be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) AND have an acceptable driving record for the last 39 months including no DUI, suspension or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. If an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months, a copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required prior to driving for State Business. Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.


Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Paid Vacation and Sick time off (13 and 12 days per year respectively) - start earning it your 1st day (prorated for part-time employees)
• A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
• A robust and affordable insurance plan, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurance
• Participation eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
• RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
• A variety of learning and career development opportunities
• Opportunity to work 100% virtually or remotely on an ad-hoc basis (home office)

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time virtual/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


Lifetime Pension Benefit Program
• Administered through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
• Defined benefit plan that provides for life-long income upon retirement.
• Required participation for Long-Term Disability (LTD) and ASRS Retirement plan.
• Pre-taxed payroll contributions begin after a 27-week waiting period (prior contributions may waive the waiting period).

Deferred Retirement Compensation Program
• Voluntary participation.
• Program administered through Nationwide.
• Tax-deferred retirement investments through payroll deductions.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by emailing careers@azahcccs.gov.
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.