Clinical Director (CSW D)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Taunton, MA3.9

Work Schedule: (40 hours) 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday

Days Off: Sunday and Saturday. Participate in On-Call Rotation.

The Clinical Director of the Women's Recovery from Addiction Program (WRAP) is responsible for managing the day-to-day functions of the clinical components of the program treating women admitted under MGL Chapter 123 Section 35. The director must be able to deliver substance use treatment services with a recovery orientation, ensure the program complies with Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 2 and Part 8, Confidentiality of Alcohol and Abuse Policy and HIPAA Regulations and provides guidance and supervision to clinical program staff. In order to manage the program, the director must have thorough knowledge of the Section 35 process and procedures; familiarity with managing an in-patient program including de-escalation techniques, conflict resolution, ability to set and reinforce milieu rules and crisis de-briefing techniques. The director ensures the program adheres to all policies and procedures and ensures that all licensing and accreditation standards are met. The director interacts with local and community service networks in a manner that enhances the public relations of the facility.

Develops clinical protocols, organizing staff training and orientation and review of clinical protocols.
Supervises clinical staff to ensure program model adherence; provides direct and indirect clinical and administrative supervision to all clinical program staff.
Provides skilled clinical services for dual recovery clients including individual, group, and family interventions.
Responsible for the development, oversight, management, and coordination of the clinical treatment program.
Provides performance improvement recommendations, based on assessment and analysis of data, surveys, and other objective collection tools.
Provides oversight and implements Performance Improvement Teams, pursuant to Joint Commission standards.
Provides oversight to and directly facilitates Critical Clinical Reviews and Root cause Analysis, pursuant to Joint Commission Standards.
Attend staff meetings and other meetings as necessary for the completion of assigned tasks.
Utilizes standard precautions at all times.
Works collaboratively with all parties involved in the clinical review.
Is responsible for the treatment models delivered as well as recruitment, hiring, training, performance appraisals and implementation of corrective actions and terminations as necessary.
Coordinates the training and orientation of the clinical staff and clinical interns.
Meets project deadlines and is an active participant in committees as required.
Assures compliance with expectations of attendance at trainings and meetings such as clinical staff, treatment team, rounds, administrative and other meetings as assigned and provides timely, well documented meeting minutes.
Responsible for continued education in the field of substance use disorders, psychiatric illnesses, and any other job related courses deemed necessary
Meets regularly with the program’s FMD to maintain consistency in clinical practice and assure continuum of care within and between programs.
Responsible for concise and timely chart reviews.
Assures that the clinical component of all patient records are completed, professional and thorough entries are made in a timely manner.
Maintains schedule for the clinical staff in compliance with all regulatory and licensing requirements.
Conducts monthly clinical staff meeting and provides minutes to all necessary.
Facilitate Treatment Team Meetings.
Employees provide clients with direct social services, including casework, group work or other relevant therapeutic models and/or provide assessment, intake, and referral services. They must use a significant amount of independent judgment and decision making; and provides consultation to other community, public or private agencies.
Oversee the provision of direct care to clients. This includes but not limited to individual counseling, group facilitation, lectures, orientation for new clients and discharge and aftercare planning and case management of clients assigned.
Ensures linkages are formed linking clients with aftercare services prior to discharge and aiding the clients and her family’s access outpatient care when appropriate.
Employees determine appropriate transition and discharge plans and identify the availability and need for resources.
Employees convey information and explain actions to clients with varying expectations, needs, cultures and languages and determine the best means to inform clients concerning what actions will be initiated on their cases. In some instances, clients may be involuntary, hostile and resistant.
Supervisory employees assist their staff in prioritizing work assignments, thereby evaluating the potential for complications if time-sensitive tasks are not completed.
Supervisory employees assign workloads and responsibilities to subordinates according to established policies and procedures and monitor workloads to ensure adequate coverage.
Employees make decisions with supervisor’s approval and following established policies and procedures, regarding setting or changing service plan goals.
Employees assess information of varying complexity from multiple sources to ascertain the next necessary steps to provide services; review information provided in writing and verbally and compare this information to data obtained from other sources.
Oversees medical records are completed and that all records are to be professional, complete and thorough with entries made in a timely manner
Demonstrates behaviors that recognize the human rights of clients.
Provides on-call to program on a rotation basis.
Performs related duties as required.

Required for this function: Minimum of one-year experience working with clients who have a primary substance use disorders, which includes knowledge of detoxification protocols including but not limited to the CIWA and COWS and working with clients in acute detoxification and in maintenance for substance use disorders.

Preferred Qualification: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services operates a statewide Women’s Recovery from Addiction Program in Taunton for individuals civilly committed by the courts for substance use treatment for up to 90 days (“Section 35 commitment”).

The program model will provide acute detoxification and early clinical stabilization services as we help clients develop community-based linkages to outpatient supports and substance use disorder treatment providers. The individuals treated within this program will be linked upon discharge to a range of services within the DPH continuum of care for substance use conditions.

The Department of Mental Health is seeking qualified candidates for the newly created Women’s Recovery from Addiction Program for women admitted under MGL Chapter 123, Section 35. This program provides administrative, medical, clinical and non-clinical services. This program will provide quality client-centered care and recovery oriented treatment.

Pre-Offer Process:
  • A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For direct questions, please contact Cathy Nolette at (508) 977-3120.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

At least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a clinical social worker after earning a Master's degree in social work. Based on assignment to second-level supervisory positions, at least one year of experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.

  • A Doctorate in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, or human services may be substituted for the required nonsupervisory experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.
  • No substitution will be permitted for the required supervisory experience. One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
A Master's or higher degree in social work is required.

  • Licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Social Work is required.
  • Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Clinical Social Worker (D)
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Taunton-60 Hodges Avenue
Job: Community and Social Services
Agency: Department of Mental Health
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Dec 13, 2018, 10:20:00 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 67,677.74 - 92,034.54 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Joy Connell - 617-626-8133
Bargaining Unit: 08-SEIU - Local 509 - Social/Rehabilitation
Confidential: No