Counselor PT
Job Details
Garner Correctional - Stratford, CT

Recovery Network of Programs, Inc. (RNP), is a private, non-profit, social service agency which has been serving the Greater Bridgeport Community and Fairfield County area since 1972. RNP is dedicated to helping those living with substance use, mental health disorders, and homelessness. Our mission is to restore hope, health, and wellbeing for individuals and families in a recovery environment that embraces compassion, dignity, and respect.


Starting in 2014, RNP was the second CT Medical assisted treatment (MATS) agency allowed into the State correctional system to administer methadone. Our program, North Star Recovery, began at Bridgeport Correctional Center and has grown substantially both in scope as well as number of population served. Our work will now be extending to Garner Correctional Center in Newtown. Seeking both a FT as well as PT Addiction Counselor. May spend substantial time at CHS as this is the hub of the program. Those skills of a clinic counselor implemented within a correctional setting are being sought. Must work collaboratively and professionally with all DOC staff particularly DOC Addictions Counselor(s).


The Center for Human Services (CHS) located in Stratford, Connecticut is a CARF accredited, Department of Public Health licensed, medication-assisted treatment program for opiate addicted persons utilizing prescribed methadone or buprenorphine/suboxone, and supportive counseling in conjunction with other support and referral services. The persons served attend individual counseling to address drug use/abuse, personal/family, employment, health, and legal issues. Group and family counseling, in addition to intensive outpatient services are offered to those who voluntarily seek additional support. Clients at CHS also have access to psychiatric care.


Hours: Saturday and Sunday 6am to 11am



  • Conducts screening, intake, orientation and multi-dimensional assessment of clients to obtain information concerning substance abuse and medical history or other pertinent information.
  • Implements therapeutic treatment using approved methods of planning, counseling, and crisis intervention to assist clients in overcoming substance abuse disorders and other co-occurring issues.
  • Consults with DOC Addictions Counselor, medical doctor, Psychiatric staff or other specialists concerning treatment plan and amends plan as directed.
  • Provides information and education to individuals and groups concerning substance abuse and mental health disorders (co-occurring disorder).
  • Refers clients to NSR Release Coordinator(s) for supportive services to supplement treatment, counseling and re-entry.
  • Prepares and maintains records on assigned caseload and issues reports.
  • Understanding of and ability to provide integrated care for individuals with co-occurring disorders.
  • Assumes all other appropriate duties as deemed necessary by the supervisor.


  • Bachelor's degree in the behavioral sciences and two (2) years experience in counseling preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of counseling chief among these: maintaining timely, accurate documentation specific to the changing needs of all clients; implementation of personal boundaries.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and evaluate information pertinent to the care of clients.
  • Knowledge of the physical, psychological, social and economic effects of substance abuse, homelessness, medical and mental health issues.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations regarding client confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative professional relationships.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to project a professional image.



  • Must pass CT DOC background check and attend DOC orientation.
  • Valid Connecticut driver's license required.
  • MATS certified and/or CAC and SCCD preferred.


Benefits (for full time employees):

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Flexible Healthcare or Dependent Care accounts or Health Savings Account
  • Generous employer contribution provided for annual healthcare expenses
  • Basic Life insurance at no cost to employee
  • Generous Paid Time Off as well as 14 Holidays and Birthday off
  • Retirement plan- 403b with discretionary employer contribution
  • Tuition, License and Certification Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Optional voluntary insurance for short-term and long-term disability


Recovery Network of Programs, Inc.

2 Trap Falls Rd. Suite 405, Shelton, CT 06484


All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.