Counselor, MSOWS

OVERVIEW: The Medically Supervised Outpatient Withdrawal Service (MSOWS) of Project Renewal is an OASAS, Part 816-licensed, 30-bed medically supervised detoxification facility. Clients spend between 7-21 days in the program where they receive medical supervision from an RN an LPN and a MD, a dedicated bed, as well as ongoing counseling and referral services.

The Counselor will handle a caseload of 6-10 clients and will provide individual and group counseling, as well as treatment planning and referrals to aftercare services. As this unit deals primarily with homeless clients, basic case management is a core responsibility of the job (e.g. completing referrals, coordinating benefits, addressing legal needs, etc.) This position reports directly to the Sr. Counselor.

REQUIREMENTS: Credentials: New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Certificate (CASAC) and/or CASAC-T required. Must be able to provide number and/or certificate.

Experience: Minimum two (2) years of progressively responsible work experience required. Prior case management/counseling experience strongly preferred. Experience working with homeless adults and/or substance abuse population and familiarity with OASAS regulations and the requirements of 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (HIPAA), strongly preferred.

Skills: Excellent writing skills a must. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and a familiarity with electronic medical records a plus.


  • Complete timely documentation of all client contact in compliance with OASAS regulations.

  • Conduct substance abuse assessments and develop treatment plans for assigned caseload.

  • Provide case management services as needed.

  • Develop a treatment referral plan for each client in collaboration with community-based treatment centers.

  • Facilitate groups as assigned.

  • Attend and participate in all staff and team meetings, in-service trainings and case consultation with interdisciplinary team.

  • Participate in weekly supervision.

  • Attend and participate in all staff and team meetings, and in-service trainings; case consultations with interdisciplinary staff and participate in weekly supervision.


35 hours per week. Operating hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM to 8 PM. Work hours for this position can be flexible within that timeframe, weekends are also available. One weekday late shift (12 PM to 8 PM) required.

To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter, indicating position and salary requirements to: EOE.