Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Co-Occurring Counselor Job Description

Salary Range: $5267.28-$6649.82

Hiring Salary: $5267.28- $5918.32 per month DOE 

Benefits, which include: Eligibility for health, HRA Veba, Health Saving Account, voluntary dental, and vision coverage, PERS retirement plan options, subject to plan terms. Eligibility for company-paid benefits such as life insurance, short and long-term disability, subject to applicable waiting periods. 37.5 hour work week, 11 County paid holidays. 2 Floating holidays each year, vacation and sick leave accrued from first day of employment, 6% step increase every 2 years. Paid twice per month on the 10th and the 25th of each month.


  1. Holds a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in social services, social work, human services, or other closely related field.
  2. Holds licensure as a Substance Use Disorder Professional with the State of Washington.
  3. Possess a valid State of Washington issued registration or certification to practice as a counselor, without restriction, probation, or limiting condition or threat thereof, or proof of application must be provided within 30 days of beginning employment.
  4. Possess a valid National Provider Identification Number (NPI), or proof of application must be provided within sixty (60) days of beginning employment.
  5. Have no history of alcohol or other drug misuse for a period of two years before employment as a SUDP and not display evidence of misuse of alcohol or other drugs while a SUDP.
  6. Possess education, training or experience, which clearly demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders.
  7.  Must be of the conviction that substance use disorders are treatable illnesses and constitute a public health problem, as well as endorse both substance use and mental health within a recovery-oriented treatment model.
  8. Understands and adheres to state and federal confidentiality regulations.
  9. Conducts self ethically and professionally at all times.
  10. Must possess excellent communication skills and ability to develop positive working relationships with all agencies and professionals necessary in the performance of these duties.
  11. Must be able to exercise discretion and independent judgment in all areas of job performance including adherence to appropriate professional boundaries and strict confidentiality practices in regard to client activities and documentation.
  12. Able to apply clinical judgment, ethics and accountability to formulate and implement recovery plans and other clinical documentation.
  13.  Must demonstrate the ability to handle stressful and crisis situations tactfully and appropriately.
  14.  Must possess valid driver’s license.
  15.  Must successfully pass a background check and a driving record check.
  16.  Is not a State or Federal (OIG) or System for Award Management (SAM) excluded provider, in any capacity for the Medicare, Medicaid, and all Federal health care programs.


  1. Abide by ethical standards developed by the appropriate professional associations, this County and Agency, for counselor, social workers, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals.  Although not inclusive these standards require you to respect clients, maintain client boundaries and confidentiality.
  2. Complete all training required by WAC and RCW’s within the required time frames.
  3. Be familiar with and follow Washington State and Federal mental health, substance use and related health laws, regulations and contractual requirements.
  4. Be familiar with and follow Agency and County Personnel Policies and Procedures.
  5. Maintain professional credentials required for the service being provided; including CEU credits as needed to maintain credentials.
  6. Be familiar with and follow the laws of the State of Washington and the Federal government as they pertain to mental health and substance use practice.
  7. Be familiar with Interagency Agreements that pertain to clinical practice.
  8. Attend training to improve clinical skills. This includes training provided by Pend Oreille County Counseling Services and other qualified trainers.  Provide training to staff as requested.
  9. Provide individual, family and group counseling.
  10. Provide mental health screening and substance use assessments, develop and implement treatment plans, provide case management referral and coordination with other allied professionals and treatment providers, to include psychiatrists, school IEP coordinators, courts, and other community based agencies.
  11.  Practice standards for managed care as it applies to clinical practice.
  12.  Maintain high quality work and patient care and provision of all services in a culturally sensitive manner.
  13. Maintain records in accordance with requirements of state and federal laws, contracts, and Agency policy.    Accurately complete current client progress reports and completion notices within the required time frame and provide them to the courts, probation departments, and referral sources as appropriate.
  14. Have fundamental understanding of DSM 5, or its successor, psychiatric disorders, ASAM, psychotropic medications, brain physiology and demonstrate a working knowledge of the various theoretical models of   behavioral counseling and other relevant Evidenced Based Practices.
  15. Participate as a team member of this Agency by attending staff meetings and actively participating in agency meetings.  Develop a positive working environment by treating agency staff members with respect and courtesy.  Exercises sound judgment with problem solving and conflict resolution skills.  Encourage others to achieve high levels of quality and successful working relationships.  Promote team effectiveness, promoting trust, commitment, and Agency pride.
  16. Attend regular supervision with the designated Clinical Supervisor to maintain quality of care.   May provide direct supervision of SUDP Trainees and Volunteers in accordance with WAC 246-811.  Evaluate progress in an ongoing manner to include evaluation of your own issues, such as counter-transference.   Use time effectively.   Keep appointments and be at work and at meetings on time.
  17. Participate in community educational programs on mental health and substance use disorders for the general public, professional and industrial groups.  Attend community meetings approved by supervisors.
  18. Respond immediately to requests from staff for crisis situations in Agency.  Provide crisis response services as needed.  Practice appropriate crisis intervention skills.  Refer individuals for follow up services as needed.
  19. Perform other duties and assignments as requested by the Director or Clinical Supervisor(s).


Works in a variety of settings supporting individuals, families and groups within the community, to include office, client’s residence, schools, hospitals, jails and other public venues.   Standard risks working with persons with serious psychiatric disorders, drug and alcohol problems, and behavioral challenges, to include potential of volatile behaviors and/or exposure to contagious diseases. Expect periods of sitting, standing and walking.  Possibility of travel throughout the county and state, in all seasons. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines. Handling of charts, up to 30 pounds.