We are seeking Direct Support Professionals (DSP) to fill immediate openings for our residential substance abuse treatment facility in Norfolk, VA. The DSP provides most of the practical support and supervision that individuals in treatment may require while they are a resident in a treatment program. Whereas the characteristics of individuals in treatment may range from those nearly prepared for community reintegration to those that are just beginning their recovery journey, the responsibilities of the DSP are also diverse.
Send resume to Kimberly Johnson at Kim@CSServices.co (not com)
Community Solutions is searching for a Substance Abuse Program Coordinator to join our team. Please send resumes to attention Kimberly Johnson.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Community Solutions is licensed to offer a collection of substance abuse treatment services on a residential and outpatient basis. The Substance Abuse Program Coordinator is a direct support professional that specializes in providing administrative support to the Program Director as a client is progressed through care.
• Must have a high school diploma or GED
• Minimum 1 year experience providing direct support services in a residential/outpatient treatment environment.
• Serves as a point of contact and receives referrals from external referral sources, including public agencies, insurance companies, private vendors, etc.
• Manage a list of client referrals, including a waiting list of candidates identified from the referral list by the Program Director.
• Perform initial screenings of referrals selected from the waiting list while providing the collected documentation to the Clinical team.
• Maintain program census, including identification of active cases, insurance information, and authorizations.
• Input client screening data into an electronic medical record (EMR)
• Coordinate initial medical appointments for clients,
• Provide administrative support to the Program Director, as needed, to maintain the overall day-to-day operation of the facility.
• Serves as liaison to clients and clinical team in a supported living facility and outpatient setting
• Facilitates individual encounters by orienting clients, taking histories, reporting to the clinical team
• Transport clients, as needed
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
• Good communication and organizational skills
• CPR/FA Certificate
• Submit a negative TB test
• Complete a criminal background check, company will receive ‘eligible to work’ response
• Complete a Child Protective Services registry check, company will receive ‘no match’ response
Send resume to Kimberly Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org (not .com)
Earlier this week Community Solutions lost a beloved member of our CS Family. John Curtis, known as JP to friends and colleagues in Hampton Roads passed away after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Those of us lucky enough to spend time with JP knew he was one of those people who made the world a better place through his actions, his energy, and his love of people. JP was our creative force. He was our chef who made sure the office always had something homemade and good to eat. He was our decorator who transformed our building from a rather blah environment to a colorful place with inspirational sayings, attractive meeting rooms and even an aquarium. No decorating took place without the comment “Where’s JP?”. He was our lead mentor who always wanted to tackle the hardest and most challenging cases. JP was on a mission to rescue every kid he ever worked with. It was a regular event to see him driving around town with a youth, a lawnmower and snacks to give a kid the opportunity to make some extra cash, be well-fed, and learn the value of work.
No-one at CS had more stories to tell, more positive energy to share, and more dedication to changing lives than JP. He was a successful realtor who came to CS because his lifetime passion was working with at-risk youth to show them a path away from gangs, criminal activity and violence. A road with hope, opportunity and positive change. And in the nearly 4 years he was with us at CS, that’s exactly what he did. He was always full of new ideas to address old problems. His "A Purse of My Own" campaign distributed high-end purses stuffed with cosmetics to victims of domestic violence living in the H.E.R. Shelter. Both the CS youth who worked with JP to prepare the purses, and the lucky women who were the recipients of the purses benefited from this novel idea. He always came to the table with original thoughts about ways we could be a better agency and reach more people.
JP had a great eye for photos and composition, especially people pics. His photos gave us a window to see how he viewed the world we live in. A world filled with friends and people he met along the way. He spoke fondly of the mentors he had known, who influenced him to be the consummate helping professional. His tales of places he visited while in the U.S. Navy were filled with meaningful connections with people from other cultures. Great stories, about his adventures in Japan and other parts of the world he visited. In what has become a bitterly divided country around issues of racial injustice and walls that separate us, JP lived to bring people together. Of all the qualities we admired about JP, that might have been our favorite quality. We shared a belief that all of us living in this world have more in common than qualities that divide us.
Even while battling Stage 4 Cancer and experiencing tremendous pain, he attended every meeting, made every appointment and spent time with every client. He never slowed down; it was always full speed ahead. In that way JP is an inspiration to all of us. In the past 20 years CS has had a long line of dynamic folks come through our front door to work collaboratively to make our community a better place. JP can claim his place at the front of the line. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy will be with us forever.
Given the current status and outbreak of COVID-19, Community Solutions is directing our Community-Based Practitioners (Mentors, Life Coaches, Employment Specialists, etc) to provide services virtually, rather than face-to-face visits and interactions. This change is being implemented in accordance with guidance provided by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health Services, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Centers for Disease Control. We are preparing our staff to effectively provide support and guidance to the clients referred to CS during this difficult time. Specifically, we are asking our community-based staff to do the following:
Our residential treatment home is undergoing continuous sanitation activity and best practices in health and safety have been implemented.
Since our inception in 2000, Community Solutions has operated in a professional manner to improve the lives of our clients and to help them overcome obstacles they face on a daily basis. We will continue to be there for the community as we work through this latest challenge.
Please call us should you have any questions, (757)461-5098.
Community Solutions is proud to announce the addition of two new team members to lead our Taheima Place Residential Treatment home.
Carla Taylor, CSAC, is the Clinical Director for Taheima Place. She is a Norfolk State graduate with a Master’s Degree in Urban Education specializing in Guidance and Counseling. For the past 14 years Ms. Taylor has worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields with adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical programs including In-home Counseling with youth, Mental Health Support Services with adults, and as the Program Director of a methadone clinic. She is a certified provider of the Seven Challenges Counseling Program that she incorporates into all of her client work. Carla excels at providing guidance and support to Community Solutions’ clients in a holistic and positive manner.
Corey Phillips, Taheima Place Program Director is a native of rocky Mount, NC who migrated to the Hampton Roads area to attend Norfolk State University on an athletic scholarship. He graduated from NSU in 1993 majoring in Sociology. Mr. Phillips is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) who has over 26 years of experience working with at risk juveniles and adults with substance abuse and mental health challenges. He worked for MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) programs for the past 7 years and is a practitioner of Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), an evidenced-based modality particularly effective with chemically dependent clients. He has many years of experience working within the field of addiction as a counselor and case manager and he is a certified practitioner with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
For more information on Taheima Place, please call us at (757)461-5098.