Job Information

Organization: New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Posting Start: 01/22/2024

Location: Ovid

Job Title: Hourly Addictions Counselor Assistant

Posting End: 03/31/2025

A Brief Job Description:

The Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with approximately 1,600 prevention, treatment and recovery programs. We are looking for dedicated nurses to join our team at Dick Van Dyke Addiction Treatment Center, located in Ovid, NY to help improve the lives of New Yorkers by leading a comprehensive premier system of addiction services for prevention, treatment, and recovery.


The Addictions Counselor Assistant serves as a member of the ATC’s multidisciplinary treatment team and works under the supervision of an Addiction Counselor performing duties related to the care and counseling of clients.  Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists with individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, treatment and discharge planning and clinical activities as assigned.
  • Assists in developing, assessing, and modifying individual treatment plans by providing information gathered through direct observation and discussion with patients.
  • Provides coordination of care with referral sources regarding admission and discharge, including referrals for aftercare.
  • Searches patient belongings upon admission.
  • Completes required client and facility documentation both electronic and paper as appropriate.
  • Conducts and monitors recreational, vocational, and social activities as needed.
  • Assists with patient transportation, room searches, and urine toxicology collection.
  • Prepares room and client supplies for new admissions (bedding, bath, etc.)
  • Conducts routine rounds and documents observations.
  • May provide training or guidance to newer or sporadic (hourly/contract) peers, particularly in relation to the routines, procedures, and policies of the ATC.
  • May complete insurance calls and documentation regarding coordination of care with financial/insurance entities.
  • Monitors clients and ensures building safety and security.
  • Participates in meal preparation and distribution.
  • Communicates shift change information as appropriate to facilitate smooth transition.

Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


An associate degree with a specialization in Alcoholism, Substance Abuse or Chemical Dependency ~ OR ~ one year of full-time employment in a field requiring the application of communication skills and one year of experience in a direct treatment capacity working in an addiction treatment setting.


30 college credits in a human services field may be substituted for the one year of communication experience;

10 college credits in specific alcoholism, substance abuse or chemical dependency courses may be substituted for the one year of specialized experience;

150 clock hours of relevant addictions for CASAC credential eligibility may be substituted for the one year of specialized experience.

NOTE:  Candidates must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.  Failure to maintain licensure, certification and Medicaid/Medicare eligibility will result in the termination of employment.

Employment Type: Hourly

Salary Details:


Background Investigation Requirements:
Prospective appointees will be: 1) Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable. 2) Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC) that includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees. 3) Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.

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Contact Information:

If interested, please submit your resume to:

Bureau of Human Resources Management

NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports

1450 Western Avenue

Albany, NY  12203

Phone:  (518) 457-2963          Fax:  (518) 457-4880