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Recruitment #15-001567-0004


By law, Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is a child-serving agency responsible for assessing the individual needs of referred youth and providing intake, detention, probation, commitment, and after-care services. DJS collaborates with youth, families, schools, community partners, law enforcement, and other public agencies to coordinate services and resources to contribute to safer communities.

If you are looking for an exciting career in Behavioral Health with competitive pay, great benefits, as well as opportunity for advancement and professional growth – Apply to become a member of the DJS Team today!  DJS offers you a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e. vacation, sick leave), tuition reimbursement, continuing education offerings, license renewal reimbursement, state pension, supplemental retirement options (i.e. 401k, 457b etc.) and opportunity to be member of a state employee credit union.



Main Purpose of Job

The Alcohol and Drug Professional Counselor Advanced is the advanced level of professional alcohol and drug counselor work, at the certified Master's Degree level, providing counseling services, as an expert in a specialty area, to clients with substance use disorders by using intervention, treatment and rehabilitation


The Department of Juvenile is accepting applications on an ongoing basis for the Alcohol and Drug Professional Counselor Advanced position.  The Alcohol and Drug Professional Counselor Advanced position provides a full range of counseling and substance abuse services for clients with the most complex substance abuse issues as defined by standard treatment criteria, under general supervision from a clinical supervisor.  The position will address behavioral health issues by providing individual, family, and group therapeutic counseling to youth.  The position will contact clients on a daily basis to provide assessments, treatment, and other clinical services. The Alcohol and Drug Professional Counselor will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team to assist with the team's understanding of social and emotional factors underlying a juvenile's behavior.   The incumbent will be required to work some evenings and weekends and could include on-call crisis clinician rotation.


Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists under the requirements for Certified Professional Counselors-Alcohol and Drug.

Experience: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists under the requirements for Certified Professional Counselors-Alcohol and Drug.


The ideal candidate will have experience performing dual-diagnosis (mental  health and substance use treatment) of juveniles and be licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a  Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 

If you possess the preferred qualification be sure to address how you meet the qualification by completing the supplemental questionnaire accessed via the link at the bottom of the bulletin


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations 10.58.07, candidates placed in this classification must be either certified or licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Certified Professional Counselor-Alcohol and Drug or as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Candidates placed in this classification must possess graded courses in an identified specialty area as defined by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA), Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. This training must be approved by ADAA. Inquiries concerning this training may be addressed to the Office of Education and Training for Addiction Services, 55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on the eligible list categorized as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for a year.


The assessment will be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as it relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate educational and employment information on your application.  Please make sure to provide sufficient information on your application to show the qualifications for this recruitment. For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. This list will be used by DJS hiring agency to select employees. 



Online application process is strongly urged.  However, if you are unable to apply on line you may mail a paper application and copy of license/certificate to the address below or fax a paper application  and copy of license/certificate to the fax number below.  If you choose to fax or use regular mail, you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for this recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:  

  Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

  OHR-Recruitment & Examination Unit

  217 E. Redwood St., 15th floor

  Baltimore, MD 21202

  Attn: Linda Padgett

  Fax number 410-333-4188

The resulting Certified Eligible List for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.  

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact DJS Office of Human Resources at   Include the Recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

Bilingual applicants are welcome to apply for all recruitments.

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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