Master's Clinical Counselor (Co-Response Opioid Specialist) Knox


At the McNabb Center, our mission is "Improving the lives of the people we serve."  Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Co-Response Opioid Specialist (CROS)

SUMMARY - Co-Response Opioid Specialist

The Knox County Co-Response Opioid Specialist (CROS) is a position that  will aid in the rapid identification of overdose victims, facilitate immediate contact with the individual, engage them in treatment as soon as possible, provide screening and clinical assessment, increase the integration between police and the behavioral health community, ensure that referrals for appropriate medications are made available (Medication-Assisted Treatment, MAT), and provide referrals for recovery support services including peer support.  This position will work collaboratively with the Knoxville Police Department.  This position will co-respond with police officers during an overdose response.  The position will follow-up with individuals in the community. The CROS provides follow-up contact with individuals within 72 hours, then again weekly for a period of 180 days following the initial engagement.  This is a position that is scheduled to work during second shift (Monday-Friday 3:00-11:00).  

This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.

REQUIREMENTS - Co-Response Opioid Specialist


Must have at least a Master's degree in a health-related field of counseling, psychology, social work, sociology, addictions, or a behavioral science field with course work or experience in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, etiology and treatment of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicide, and intellectual disability.  Candidates with a Master's degree in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, criminal justice, or education, must have fifteen college-level semester hours of coursework in behavioral health and at least one year of work experience in the behavioral health setting.

Experience: Experience with substance abuse/co-occurring treatment/services. Knowledge in community services and advocacy. Prior experience in the criminal justice system helpful.

Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity.  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation.  Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

Skills:  Must have strong communication skills. Must be comfortable working with professional members of the community, including but not limited to law enforcement, psychologists and counselors, medical personnel and case managers. Must be able to perform job responsibilities on an independent level.


Exposure to biological hazards. Hearing of normal and soft tones. Close eye work. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs., frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. This position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, getting down on knees, running, and walking. Valid driver's license- “F” endorsement and a personal dependable vehicle to conduct community outreach and response. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.

Compensation: Starting salary for this position is approximately $41,266 /yr based on relevant experience and education.

The McNabb Center ( is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

MC is an EOE. MC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.