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Examination Open to The Public


  Examination Number and Title


20-526 ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR 1  16  $35,292;
(effective 4/1/02)
20-527 ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR 1 (Spanish Language) 
20-557 ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR 2 18 $39,469;
(effective 4/1/02)

Appointees in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond [Staten Island], Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties) will receive an additional annual location pay differential as follows: $1,000 effective 4/1/00, $1,100 effective 4/1/01, $1,200 effective 4/1/02.

THE POSITIONS: These positions exist with the Research Institute on Addictions in Buffalo and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services at 13 Addiction Treatment Centers located throughout the State.

As an Addictions Counselor 1, you would provide individual counseling and case management services to patients in a treatment facility. You would also conduct individual and group therapy; prepare and carry out treatment plans; participate in case reviews; assess patients' psychosocial condition; determine the effects of alcohol and other drug use; present educational materials to community groups, patients and other staff; and provide leadership, training and direction to staff engaged in the day to day care and supervision of patients.

As an Addictions Counselor 2, you would function as the senior therapist (member) of an addictions treatment team and serve as primary therapist for the most difficult patients. Responsibilities include case management; conducting individual and group counseling; providing treatment to family or significant others; and assessing patient needs and developing treatment plans. You would also have supervisory responsibility over professional and paraprofessional staff of the team overseeing the effective clinical care of assigned patients; interdisciplinary team coordination; conducting large group presentations; managing and supervising the admission process; and carrying out program development and evaluation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before the date of filing application, you must meet the following requirements:
For Number 20-526, Number 20-527 and Number 20-557: You must be registered as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State.

In addition for Number 20-557: You must have the equivalent of one year of full-time professional post CASAC addictions counseling experience.

NOTE: If you are considered for appointment as an Addictions Counselor 1 (Spanish Language), you will be required to demonstrate your proficiency in the Spanish language. Proficiency must be at a level that will assure your ability to properly perform the duties of the position.

Requirements for Continued Employment: Registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor is necessary for continued employment as an Addictions Counselor 1, Addictions Counselor 1 (Spanish Language) or Addictions Counselor 2. Loss of registration will result in termination of employment.

For information on how to apply for New York State registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, write to: Credentialing Unit, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 1450 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203 or visit the web site at

HOW TO APPLY: You must apply by completing an OC-APP, APPLICATION FOR NYS EXAMINATIONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC available here. Forms are also available (by mail or in person) from the New York State Department of Civil Service: Building 1, State Campus, Albany, NY 12239. You may also obtain application forms by visiting one of the NYS Department of Labor Community Service Centers or local offices; these offices cannot handle mail requests. State employees may obtain examination applications at their agency or facility personnel or business offices.

A list of locations where these positions exist is below. You must specify, in the remarks section of the application form, each of the locations where you are interested in employment.

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: If you meet the "Minimum Qualifications," your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background of the position. Therefore, it is important that the information on your application be complete and accurate. Vagueness and omissions will not be resolved in your favor. Your name will be placed on an eligible list for each facility where you would be willing to accept appointment. Your final score will be based on the rating you receive on the evaluation of education and experience.

New York State as an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions. Therefore, applications will be accepted at any time and will be rated whenever additional employees are needed. Applications received after a rating is completed will be retained for the next rating. For information about this examination, call any of the facilities at which you are interested in working.

NEW YORK STATE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing:
In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at (518) 457-3416 or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) (518) 457-8480.
NEW YORK STATE RESIDENCE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MOST POSITIONS: However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.
FINGERPRINTS AND FEES: Fingerprinting is sometimes required at the time of appointment. If so, you may be required to pay the processing fee.
CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT/ELIGIBLE LISTS: Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

Positions exist at the following locations. Follow instructions above to apply.
Research Institute on Addictions
1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 645-5000, Ext. 1262
John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1111 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620-3005
(716) 461-0410
Russell E. Blaisdell Addiction Treatment Center
Rockland Psychiatric Center
Building #57
Orangeburg, NY 10962-1129
(845) 359-8500, Ext. 3722
C.K. Post Addiction Treatment Center
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
Building 1, 998 Crooked Hill Road
West Brentwood, NY 11717-1087
(631) 434-7200
Bronx Addiction Treatment Center
Bronx Psychiatric Center
Building 13
1500 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461-2723
(718) 904-0026
St. Lawrence Addiction Treatment Center
One Chimney Point Drive
Hamilton Hall
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-2291
(315) 393-1180
Creedmoor Addiction Treatment Center
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
Building #19, CBU 15
80-45 Winchester Boulevard
Queens Village, NY 11427
(718) 464-7500, Ext. 3740
South Beach Addiction Treatment Center
South Beach Psychiatric Center
Building A
777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305-3499
(718) 667-4219
Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center
754 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(718) 453-3200
M. A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center
360 Forest Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213-1205
(716) 882-4900
Manhattan Addiction Treatment Center
Manhattan Psychiatric Center
600 East 125th Street
Building #105
Ward's Island
New York, NY 10035
(212) 369-0500, Ext. 2400
Dick Van Dyke Addiction Treatment Center
1330 County Road 132
Ovid, NY 14521
(607) 869-9500
McPike Addiction Treatment Center
1213 Court Street
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 797-6800, Ext. 4801
Richard C. Ward Addiction Treatment Center
Suite Number 12/16, Building 92
117 Seward Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-2500

Reissued: 3/01
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