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PSCS A/D Associate Counselor

Recruitment #23-004707-0001


If you are looking for an exciting career with great benefits, pension, generous leave, competitive salary, and the opportunity for advancement and professional growth, apply to join the DPSCS team today!

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is seeking dedicated candidates to fill important roles within our department. We are one of the largest departments in Maryland with nearly 10,000 employees and a budget of more than $1 billion. In order to fulfill our mission of promoting safety, we have increased security at our institutions while leading the way in innovative restorative justice projects that will help offenders reintegrate into society upon release.

As a member of the DPSCS team, you can have a fulfilling career, while also enjoying a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e. vacation, sick leave), becoming vested in the State pension, supplemental retirement options, and even joining the Maryland State Employees Credit Union.

Hiring Incentive
We are dedicated to ensuring that our Counselor employees are properly compensated for their vital role and professional experience. Our Counselor employees are brought onboard at an increased salary starting at $67,404.




Somerset County:
DPSCS Eastern Correctional Institution

Washington County:
DPSCS Maryland Correctional Training Center


The Alcohol and Drug Associate Counselor, assesses all incoming inmates in a designated institution for substance abuse problems and to provide counseling, intervention, and treatment and rehabilitation services to those inmates with substance abuse disorder(s). This may also include inmates that are dually diagnosed.

Perform screening as needed on inmates entering the institution utilizing the TCU Drug Screen 5. Score the instrument and complete the Screening and Assessment Result form documenting the results and provide the form to case management. Maintain original testing instrument in treatment files.

Assess inmates as needed using the TAP to identify inmates needing substance abuse treatment services. Score and add the results of the TAP to the Screening Assessment Result form and provide to case management. Develop inmate files to maintain original testing instruments.

Provide substance abuse treatment on an individual basis twice monthly and two group sessions a week for two groups with approximately 15 members. Facilitate one aftercare services group weekly.

Documentation of all group and individual notes to include treatment plans and discharge summaries in inmate files.

Maintain contact with internal and external resources such as community based addiction providers in support of providing aftercare services.

Participation in continued professional development through educational training.

Completion of monthly statistics on substance abuse treatment activities.


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

Experience: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists under the certification requirements for Certified Associate Counselors.


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations 10.58.07, candidates must be certified by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Certified Associate 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.  


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.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be emailed to or faxed to 410-484-5928. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment.

If you are submitting additional information, the preferred method is to upload it with your application. All uploaded additional information must be received by the closing date and time. If you are unable to upload,
please email the requested information to referencing the recruitment number in the subject line, or fax to 410-484-5928 (providing a cover sheet with your contact information,
recruitment name, recruitment number and the number of pages faxed). Only additional materials that are requested will be accepted for this recruitment.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, HRSD-Recruitment Division at 410-585-3999.

If you are having difficulties with submitting your online application, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at <> or

Kwanesha Lyle

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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