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Substance Abuse Specialist


This is a Contract position in Thibodaux, LA posted January 11, 2022.

External Description

Merakey is seeking an Substance Abuse Specialist (SAS) to join our Behavioral Health Division (ACT/FACT Team) in our Thibodaux, LA area.


  • Substance Abuse Specialists are an essential part of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team.
  • The multidisciplinary team provides evidenced based services to members diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders within the greater New Orleans region.
  • The SAS provides individual substance abuse therapy and facilitates substance use disorder groups to consumers in service.
  • The SAS creates the person-centered treatment plan, review and change the individual crisis plan as required, and complete annual substance use assessment.
  • The SAS should be able to meet the client where they are in treatment and utilize Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction techniques when working with members.
  • The SAS must maintain thorough and timely clinical documentation such as: progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, and interpretative summaries.
  • The SAS provide crisis intervention and support.


Merakey offers a continuum of care in behavioral health (includes mental health and addictive diseases), integrating services in both community and site-based settings. These services provide a wide range of recovery focused treatment, services, and supports for children and adults.


Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health, and education non-profit provider with a fifty-year history. We offer a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country. Our belief that every individual has the right to achieve growth, dignity, and fulfillment guides all of our decisions. At Merakey, we care about each other and are committed to providing the very best care to those we serve.

Merakey is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!

We deeply value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ethnic background, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or disability status. Moreover, we are committed to creating teams that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.


  • Member must have a PLPC, LMSW, CIT, CAC, or LAC.
  • Must be willing to work in a community based environment
  • Must also have an active Louisiana Driver’s License