Community Support Specialist


This is a responsible position providing assistance and support to clients who are enrolled in a CSTAR substance abuse treatment program. The CSS provides services with or on behalf of a particular client in accordance with his/her individual rehabilitation plan to maximize the client’s adjustment and functioning within the community while achieving sobriety and sustaining recovery, maximizing the involvement of natural support systems, and promoting client independence and responsibility.

The CSS is part of an interdisciplinary team that assists consumers suffering from chemical dependency. S/he identifies life problems with the consumer through a structured assessment process and arranges services for consumers. S/he advocates for the consumer to obtain needed services and assistance to which the person is entitled and monitors the services provided. The CSS helps the consumer when s/he has a crisis.

Work is performed under the supervision of a counselor supervisor or program manager and reviewed through direct observation, reports, and staff conferences.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college of university in social work, psychology, nursing or closely related field;

An intern/practicum student as defined in 9CSR 10-7.110(5);


Equivalent experience may be substituted on the basis of one (1) year for each year of the required educational training.

No candidate may be considered for employment who is, or has been for the past two (2) years under the supervision of Federal, State, County or Municipal corrections department nor have any pending felony or misdemeanor charges other than minor traffic charges.

Driving may be required for this position. The successful candidate must have and remain in possession of a valid current driver’s license, automobile insurance, and be insurable under the agency’s motor vehicle insurance policy.

All candidates for employment must meet the established minimum qualifications for employment as identified by the applicable regulatory agencies.

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