Community Support Specialist - Substance Use Treatment


About the organization

Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We offer 30 innovative programs at more than 75 locations throughout Chicago, the adjacent suburbs, and four surrounding counties. Services include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care, substance use treatment, and research.

Thresholds’ staff meets people where they are – out in the community. Offering services in a community-based setting makes them more accessible and effective and lessens the social exclusion that is often present in the lives of persons living with mental illnesses and substance use conditions. This allows our staff and clients to work on skills, clinical interventions, and recovery that allows them to live independent lives in their own neighborhoods.


The Community Support Specialist, Substance Use Treatment provides an array of harm reduction services that meet people where they are in terms of their readiness to make any positive change in their lives. This this team serves a population at very high risk of dying from an opioid overdose and being arrested for non-violent drug related charges. The team uses a total team approach model to provide street outreach, including the education and distribution of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication, practical assistance and advocacy addressing the barriers that can prevent one from securing permanent and affordable housing, quality health care and medical stabilization, medical insurance and Social Security benefits, competitive employment, and connection with recovery-oriented support. As the engagement is solidified, the team provides ongoing community support, including practical assistance giving high-priority goals traction, individual and group substance use counseling, vocational support, crisis intervention, support to family and loved ones, and psycho-social rehabilitation.


Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or related field.
Master’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or related field preferred.
Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) preferred.
LSW, LPC, LCSW, or LCPC preferred.

Must be at least 21 years old
Daily access to a car
Valid driver’s license
Willingness to provide transportation for members of the program
Must obtain and maintain liability car insurance of:
$100,000 per person bodily injury
$300,000 per accident
$100,000 property damage



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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