Job Description – Certified Nursing Aide – Social Detox Program

SUPERVISED BY: Program Director and Nurse Manager


HOURS:        Full time 40 hours/week

Part time less than 30 hours/week

All positions may include evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays




  • Has successfully completed a state-approved CNA training program.
  • Maintains current CNA certification and registration with the Maine Department of Health.
  • Is able to safely and successfully perform job-related functions, with or without reasonable accommodation required by federal, state, and local laws.
  • Has a solid understanding of substance abuse and recovery.
  • Exhibits ethical and responsible behavior, and understands the requirement for patient confidentiality.
  • Is able to follow direction and accurately report to the Administrator any changes in client’s condition.
  • Current; CPR, 1st Aide, TB Test, and able to pass a physical.
  • Has a current driver’s license without penalties or restrictions


General Description:  Wellspring utilizes the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed client treatment organizational change model. Sanctuary is an inclusive model that guides leaders, staff, clients, and families to share the same language.  In the course of their assigned work Certified Nursing Assistants help clients in their recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders through role modeling, and empathetic trauma-informed support using Sanctuary framework.


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: [May not include all of the duties assigned]


  • Maintain Client Confidentiality according to Federal and State regulations.
  • Recording pertinent information pertaining to the client’s care.
  • Reminding clients to take medication at the appropriate time.
  • Planning and preparing nutritional meals for the milieu.
  • Maintaining a safe, clean and healthy environment through light housekeeping including changing bed linens, dusting and vacuuming, cleaning kitchen and bathroom, and laundry.
  • Providing companionship and stimulation for the clients including reading, crafts, etc.
  • Performing other housekeeping tasks as indicated in the care plan.
  • Taking client’s vital signs and recording in chart.
  • Observing and reporting changes in client’s condition.
  • Accurately preparing daily records and submitting them to the office by date due.
  • Participating in in-service education programs.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings.
  • Protect client confidentiality at all times according to 42 CFR Part 2 and agency program policies within and outside the program.
  • Report to work promptly at assigned time.
  • Provide holiday, weekend, evening and overnight coverage as scheduled.



1. Attendance and Dependability: Demonstrates Social Responsibility by reporting promptly at assigned hours and is seldom absent from work; keeps accurate record of time worked in online time clock.  Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.

2. Communication and Contact: The employee uses Open Communication effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues, and other individuals inside and outside the company while maintaining confidentiality of all client related information.

3. Relationships with Others:  Conveys a welcoming, empathic, hopeful attitude towards people with co-occurring conditions and supports a philosophy of dual recovery.  Engages and welcomes people in ways that convey respect for diversity in a culturally appropriate way.  Demonstrates high professional/ethical standards and works well with others as part of the treatment team.  Has a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their lives.

4. Participates in the Sanctuary Model and incorporates Sanctuary values, principles, and tools in building a trauma informed treatment program.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.


The classification of this position is considered non-exempt from the pay provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.