Social Detox Program Director – Job Description

Supervised by: Clinical Director

Supervises: Detox Center Staff                         Hours: 40 per week

Basic Purpose: Responsible for the overall quality of services provided at Wellspring’s Social Model Detox Program through oversight of clinical policy development, programming, quality improvement, and, in coordination with the Senior Counselor, staff competencies.


  • LADC, CCS required, with additional LCSW; LCPC or RN; preferred.
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor required, or with experience supervising clinical staff and eligible to be a CCS within six months.
  • Knowledge of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders (COD) with experience in screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of medical services provision, with a preference in emergency department experience.
  • Ability and experience in hiring, supervising, training, motivating, and evaluating staff.
  • Maturity and professionalism, with a sincere desire to work with recovering individuals.
  • Basic computer skills in word processing, e-mail, and Internet use.
  • Access to transportation.


General Description:  Wellspring utilizes the Sanctuary Model, which is a trauma-informed client treatment organizational change model.  The Sanctuary Model organizes both our treatment and the way we run our organization.  Sanctuary is an inclusive model because it is a way of guiding leaders, staff, clients, and families to share the same language.  Clinical staff members assist clients in their recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders through counseling, education, role modeling, and empathetic trauma-informed support using Sanctuary framework.


Key Result Areas:

  • Program – Oversee program development and management to ensure the delivery of co-occurring capable services in a social model detox program and adherence to state licensing, Medicaid regulations, and agency policy.
  • Client – Provide leadership in addressing the needs of clients referred from local hospital emergency departments for a clinical-managed residential detoxification program meeting program standards of ASAM Level 3.2 criteria.
  • Personnel – Facilitate the growth of program staff (RN, LADC, CADC, ADCA, CRMA) through supervision, consultation, & training.
  • Inter-agency collaboration- Effectively works with multi-system community partners, including hospitals, mental health providers, and primary care providers.
  • Professionalism – Demonstrate high professional and ethical standards, and have a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational.


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Develop and review clinical policies & procedures; with Clinical Director or management team develop, revise, and implement policies & procedures.
  • Oversee programming with Clinical Director, center staff, and system partners – identify needs, develop or revise and implement changes or new services.
  • Monitor administrative & clinical record audits, personnel records, performance-based contract obligations, and other records or procedures to ensure adherence with licensing (SAMHS, DHHS, MaineCare) and funding requirements.
  • Assist Executive Director and Clinical Director in revision of personnel policies.
  • Participate on the management team.
  • Facilitate good communications and working relationships with other agencies and resources, and provide community education about Wellspring, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.
  • Maintain client confidentiality and high ethical and professional standards.
  • Report to work promptly at assigned hours and submit accurate time sheets to the Clinical Director.
  • Hours are flexible to allow for attendance at meetings and may include evening, holiday, or weekend consultation.
  • Perform other duties as delegated by the Clinical and/or Executive Directors.


  • Hire nursing staff and other center staff and oversee their orientation.
  • Ensure counseling staff received the required supervision by a Certified Clinical Supervisor.
  • Provide and document clinical case review and supervision for daily multidisciplinary case conferences.
  • Either perform directly, or in collaboration with the Clinical Director, performance evaluations of nursing staff and the Senior Counselor.
  • Consult with Executive, Clinical, and other Program Directors on staff performance concerns and intervene as necessary.
  • With the Clinical Director and Sr. Counselor, assess staff training needs and facilitate their obtaining the training; oversee documentation of credentialing requirements.
  • Receive supervision from the Clinical Director and Executive Director or designee.
  • Assess own training needs to improve clinical and management skills; meet continuing education and other requirements to maintain professional licenses related to the position.


  • Ensure all clients are provided services that meet State Licensing Regulations for a Clinical-Managed Residential Detoxification Program meeting ASAM Level 3.2 criteria.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate diagnostic nursing and clinical assessments for referred clients; liaise with emergency departments at the hospitals and other medical providers serving the client population…
  • Provide clinical consultation services for any client.
  • Ensure all services are provided to meet clinical standards and ensure client safety.


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


(This position is classified as exempt from the pay provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.)