Merakey Substance Abuse Specialist - We are seeking PLPC, LMSW, CAC and LACs! in Alexandria, Louisiana

Merakey is currently seeking a Substance Abuse Specialist to join our Adult Behavioral Health Division in our Alexandria, LA location.


Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health and education provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country.

We leverage our size and expertise to develop innovative solutions and new models of care to meet the needs of individuals, their families, public and private healthcare funders and community partner organizations.

We recognize that complex needs require a holistic approach. With our experience, expertise and compassion, we empower everyone within our communities to reach their fullest potential.

With a rich tradition spanning 50 years with nearly 10,000 employees, Merakey, formerly NHS, provides care to over 40,000 adults and children throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee .


  • The stability that comes with working for a national leader providing education and human services to individuals with special needs

  • Highly competitive compensation plans

  • Career advancement opportunities in a rapidly growing company

  • Flexible scheduling

  • Benefits for all employees including marketplace savings program (discounts on cell phone plans, shopping, travel and more); Wellness programs (including discounted gym memberships, mail order prescription plans); legal and financial services; 24-hour nurse hotline; life/disability coverage; and Employee Assistance Program

  • Benefits for qualifying employees including medical, dental & vision coverage; flexible spending account; 403B retirement plan with company contribution

  • Generous PTO plans including vacation, sick, and holiday pay for qualifying employees

This essential position will be one of a team that will be a fundamental part of the recovery based services for our clients in the ACT program.

Under the direction of the ACT team leader, the Substance Abuse Specialist will be responsible for coordinating and implementing co-occurring and recovery based services for consumers, as well as offering clinical insight on how to best service our seriously mentally ill clients with addiction and substance abuse issues.

Core responsibilities will include providing clinical and behavioral assessments, on-going therapy, either group or individual, supportive counseling, case management, and concrete service utilizing a flex schedule and will include on-call responsibilities.

Role Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide harm reduction, stage wise treatment for substance abuse

  • Assure that MD orders for substance abuse treatment are met

  • Provide co-occurring counseling through individual, group and family therapy as necessary

  • Educate and train staff, family members, and community providers in treating individuals with co-occurring drug and alcohol and serious and persistent mental illness

  • Develop network and community substance abuse treatment resources

  • Perform substance use and abuse assessments

  • Provide ongoing support and education to individuals regarding substance abuse QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or other human service related field

  • Must be LAC (Licensed Addiction Counselor), CAC (Certified Addiction Counselor), PLPC (Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor) or LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work)

  • Knowledge and understanding of recovery principles and recovery driven service system

  • Valid Louisiana driver's license

  • Appropriate state and federal clearances. Rate of pay = $20.00 /hour + $6,000 Annual Travel Stipend APPLY TODAY Check us out online at at . Click on at Careers at under at Career Opportunities at Search for Requisition Number: 34500In addition to completing your application, please feel free to email your resume directly to our recruiter at . Merakey is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!


  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or other human service related field

  • Must be LAC (Licensed Addiction Counselor) or CIT (Counselor in Training) eligible

  • Experience with co-occurring issues and 1-2 years of mental health direct care experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of recovery principles and recovery driven service system

  • Valid Louisiana drivers license

  • Appropriate state and federal clearances.

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