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WestCare Careers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Detox Technician under the supervision of the Director and implements, assists and reinforces Policy and Procedure of the facility they are assigned to. They assist with new client intakes, especially with initial assessments and interviews. They assist with a variety of data entry and clerical tasks that support the function of the facility and client care. They assist with basic client care for patients, including hygiene, safety and security. They assist with documentation in the client record as delegated by supervising staff. They assist with the discharge of clients from the facility. Person in this position will also be responsible for treatment program functions such as group therapy.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Able to perform detox duties that are specified by the State of South Dakota..
  2. Assists in the initial admission assessment of each client.
  3. Monitors status of patients and ensures that both medical and social needs are addressed.
  4. Document and appropriately report health needs and/or status changes of the client to supervisors.
  5. Monitors vital signs.
  6. Recognizes and intervenes in emergent medical and psychological emergencies.
  7. Reinforces personal hygiene activities by clients.
  8. Schedules clients for medical and social appointments.
  9. Maintains client files as needed.
  10. Maintains adequate medical supplies for the Detox Center.
  11. Flexibility to meet the scheduling and program needs.
  12. Take call for emergencies as needed.
  13. Maintain ongoing communication between staff and management;
  14. Conduct group therapy as scheduled
  15. Insure WestCare is in compliance with 42 CFR part 2, and 45 CFR (HIPAA) regulations and other Federal, State and local policies, rules, and standards regarding the protection of paper and computer-based information and its transfer WestCare and any other program;
  16. Role model ethical and professional behaviors and standards;
  17. Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles, clinical vision and goals of WestCare Foundation.
  18. Other relevant duties as assigned.


  • Prefer minimum of one (1) year experience in medical and/or detoxification treatment field.
  • Three (3) years counseling experience (preferred);
  • Must be capable of obtaining and interpreting information regarding the client’s bio-psychosocial spiritual needs, and is knowledgeable about the bio-psychosocial spiritual dimensions of alcohol and other drug disorders, including assessment of the client’s stage of change;
  • Must possess knowledge of chemical dependency, substance abuse and personality dynamics of the substance abuser including knowledge of cultural and criminal sub-cultures;
  • Must possess excellent documentation and communication skills;
  • Must have ability to obtain prison clearance; and
  • CPR certification, First Aid Certification and an annual tuberculosis test.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen, reference checks and physical.
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Requires the ability to work under time deadlines.

Mental Demands:

  • Requires the ability to collect and analyze complex numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions;
  • Requires the ability to work and cooperate with clients, co-workers, managers, the public and employees at all levels in order to exchange ideas, information, instructions and opinions;
  • Requires the ability to work under stress and in emotionally charged situations;
  • Requires the ability to defend oneself and clients in mentally/verbally abusive situations through the use of approved mental/verbal de-escalation techniques; and
  • Requires the ability to work under time deadlines.

Physical Demands:

Able to perform all physical tasks (bending, lifting, carrying, etc.).

Working Conditions:

The Detox Technician/Counselor will be stationed within the Minnehaha County Detention Detox Center.


Licensed (or licensable) by the State of South Dakota as a clinical social worker, professional counselor, psychologist, addictions therapist, or other related professional and meets the licensing standards for clinical supervisor if supervisory duties are assigned. South Dakota license must have application on file within 30 days of hire. Certified or able to obtain certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (BLS). Certified or able to obtain certification in Automatic External Defibrillation (AED).

Level: Experienced

Job Location: Sioux Falls - 500 N Minnesota - Sioux Falls, SD

Position Type: Part Time

Job Category: Nonprofit - Social Services