Residential Specialist, Half Way House (SUD)

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Recovery is possible with OhioGuidestone. A leader in the field of behavioral health with a history dating back to 1864, we address the needs of the whole person, helping them reset their paths, reclaim their autonomy and restore their purpose. OhioGuidestone connects individuals with the resources needed to achieve lifelong success, providing community counseling, substance use disorder treatment, workforce development training, early childhood mental health services, psychiatric care and more.

River Haven is seeking a full-time Residential Specialist during the weekday and on weekends. The ideal candidate will be willing to supervise client's activities in addition to crisis intervention, being available to clients when they need someone to talk to, and must be sensitive yet observant in order to log pertinent information for use by other staff including counselors. Our halfway house provides residential treatment for women who are in need of intensive treatment for substance abuse issues. Hours would be: 12am-8am Saturday and Sunday and 4pm-12am throughout the week. Watch why it is great to work at OhioGuidestone

Essential Functions

  • Monitors medications by writing in log and communicate problems to their supervisor;
  • Completes all necessary paperwork including client logs, crisis sheets, information and referral intake, discharge forms, and all other required paperwork, inspects forms for accuracy;
  • Answers crisis line to converse and assesses caller's appropriateness for admission to River Haven or makes referral to other suitable community agency;
  • Answers business line at River Haven and conveys messages to staff or forwards to appropriate department;
  • Attends and provides input to agency meetings, as assigned
  • Supervises clients and assists in the cleaning of the shelter and halfway house;
  • Cooperates in maintaining coverage for the residential shelter and halfway House, which requires coverage seven (7) days per week and up to twenty-four (24) hours per day;
  • Promotes the efficient and effective use of Agency resources, including both labor and consumable supplies;
  • Complies with and supports others in complying with the Policies and Procedures of River Haven, Inc.;
  • Observes all rules of confidentiality as they relate to client information both internally and in dealing with outside individuals and/or agencies;
  •  Assumes responsibility for being knowledgeable about client rights and the procedures governing them;
  • Provides support to River Haven residents by listening and being empathic;
  • Provide linkage and referral services to residents when needed, assist in teaching needed skills related to activities of daily living, and advocate for resident as needed;
  • Handles crisis situations in a calm, quick and efficient manner and when necessary calls the Residential Manager, Case Manager, Counselor, 911 or the appropriate authorities as the situation demands;
  • Interacting appropriately in a host setting and working cooperatively with staff members;
  • Promote positive staff/client interactions through role modeling and teaching;
  • Creating a welcoming & calming atmosphere and role modeling effective conflict resolution;
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries with staff and clients;
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer;
  • Relates to other persons and tolerates personal differences in values and opinions which include sensitivity to OhioGuidestone service population's cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and treatment needs;
  • Responsible for transporting clients when needed to appointments or treatment meetings using company van or personal vehicle;
  • Maintain a valid driver's license in the state of Ohio with insurance coverage of at least $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 aggregate per year
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
  • May be involved in the planning, organization, and implementation of special events or department specific projects or seasonal program changes.
  • In times of need, may be asked to complete related duties other than those indicated above as assigned by their supervisor.

Performance/Physical Requirements

  • Residential Specialists provide direct client support services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
  • They are responsible for monitoring the household and supervising client's activities in addition to crisis intervention.
  • The Residential Specialists is available to clients when they need to talk; they must be sensitive yet observant in order to log pertinent information for use by other staff including counselors.
  • The on-duty RA is usually the first person a family sees when they come to River Haven. After their intake paperwork is complete this staff person helps to acclimate new residents to the halfway house and shelter life.
  • The on-duty staff is responsible for the safety and well-being of all families in River Haven.
  • While much of the daily work is not unlike running a home with a large family (shopping, meal planning, cooking, cleaning, taking care of children, etc.), the advocates must be alert to any potential emergency that could arise such as an abuser finding the shelter or a client in severe emotional distress. 


  • Bachelor's/Associates Degree or enrollment in college with a major in sociology, psychology, criminal justice or related field; or appropriate work and/or life experience.
  • CDCA Preferred
  • Able to ascend and descend stairs to perform routine checks on clients;
  • Able to move or transport approximately a minimum of 20 pounds
At OhioGuidestone we care about the health and safety of our employees. OhioGuidestone requires applicants to complete a pre-employment screening process upon receipt of an offer of employment. We require and cover the cost of a fingerprint background screening, physical, Tuberculosis test, and drug screen after an employment offer is made. Any employment offer is contingent upon receipt of all satisfactory pre-employment screenings. Committed to creating a more diverse community, we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. EEO/AA M/F/H/V 
Salary Range
$25,000.00 - 36,000.00
per Year
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New Philadelphia, OH 44663, US
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