·         LAST FILING DATE:         NOVEMBER 7, 2018           

·         WRITTEN TEST DATE:    DECEMBER 1, 2018

·         COUNTY ANNUAL SALARY $44,088

·         GRADE 19 





All statements made on the application may be verified and the backgrounds of successful candidates are subject to investigation by the appointing authority.




The application processing fee is $40. Application may be made via the internet at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice.  Payment must be made by VISA or MasterCard credit card and there will be an additional convenience fee of $1.95.  An acknowledgement of receipt of application will be sent to all internet applicants via e-mail.  Application may also be made using the Suffolk County Application for Employment (Forms CS-205A and CS-205B).  Make your check or money order payable to the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service.  Do not send cash.  Please indicate the examination title and the last four digits of your social security number on the face of your check or money order.  A separate application and processing fee are required for each examination (identified by examination number) for which you are applying.  The application processing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. 


The application processing fee may be waived for Suffolk County residents who are veterans, auxiliary police, members in good standing of a local fire district or ambulance company and volunteer CERT members. The fee may also be waived if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household and for recipients of Medicaid, SSI, Public Assistance or those in a training program under the Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act administered by a state or local social service agency. Internet applicants should complete the “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form on-line. All other applicants should complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application (Forms CS-205A and CS-205B).  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. 




The eligible list for this title will be used to fill future vacancies for this title in Suffolk County Departments and non-county jurisdictions under the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service.




An employee in this class provides screening and counseling services to individuals seeking admission to, or currently enrolled in, substance use disorder treatment programs.  Work involves interviewing patients and prospective patients, as well as planning, implementing, and monitoring individualized treatment plans for each patient.  This class is distinguished by the fact that the incumbent can screen and conduct interviews and counseling sessions in either Spanish or English.  Work is reviewed by a clinical and/or administrative supervisor through conferences and written reports.  Does related work as required.




Current certification from NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)*, or possession of the requirements necessary to be designated as a Qualified Health Professional (QHP)* as defined in Title 14 NYCRR Part 800.3 (L), with one (1) year of experience or satisfactory completion of a training program in the treatment of substance use disorders. 


Necessary Special Requirements

At time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates are required to maintain status as a QHP. Depending on the nature of the assignment, at the time of appointment and throughout employment in this title, employees may be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State. Candidates may be subject to a background investigation.


*Please attach to the application a copy of your current Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor certification or proof of satisfaction of requirements to be designated as a Qualified Health Professional.




The examination for this title will consist of two parts: 

I.          The written test will cover knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

1.      Interviewing;

2.      Preparing written material;

3.      Principles and practices of social casework;

4.      Working with individuals to promote mental health.

Note:   The use of calculators is allowed for this examination.

Note:   The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination.  However, candidates may find information in the publication “How to Take a Written Test” helpful in preparing for this test.  This publication is available online at:  https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm.


II.        Spanish language proficiency test (speaking):  Candidates who pass the written examination and do not qualify for a waiver** of the Spanish language proficiency test will be scheduled for the language test as the needs of the service require. This part of the examination will be administered during the work week (Monday – Friday) and is designed to evaluate speaking proficiency in the Spanish language at a level appropriate for the position(s) being filled.  **A candidate may be eligible for waiver of the Spanish language proficiency test on the basis of a previous Spanish language proficiency test administered within the last four years by the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service or, present employment in a jurisdiction served by the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service.  Details explaining the waiver policy are available upon request from the Civil Service Department.  Candidates must pass both applicable portions of the examination.  The final rank order of the eligible list will be determined solely on the basis of the scores received on the written test plus veterans’ credits where applicable.




1.      Should it become necessary to amend any part of this announcement, the Civil Service Department reserves the right to make such amendment on the Department’s web page without notification to applicants.  The most current copy of this announcement is available during the filing period at www.suffolkcounyny.gov/civilservice.  An Expanded Description  of the examination subtests is available by requesting a copy from the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service in Hauppauge.  A self-addressed, stamped 9 ½” X 4” envelope must accompany this request.

2.      Candidates who apply for this examination and who have not heard from the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service by November 28, 2018 are advised to contact the Civil Service Department before the written test date at (631) 853-5500.

3.      You can view your room assignment and exam site on our home page at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice under “Candidate Exam Room Assignment Search” seven days prior to the examination date.




DATE PREPARED:  September 28, 2018




1.                  Paper applications are available at the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service in Hauppauge and at the Riverhead County Center display, or by sending a stamped, self-addressed 9 ½” X 4”envelope for each title to:  Suffolk County Department of Civil Service, P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, NY  11788-0099.  Applications postmarked after midnight of the last filing date may not be considered eligible for this examination.

2.                  Unless otherwise stated, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications by the date of the written test, or last filing date in the case of training and experience evaluations.  Unless otherwise stated part-time experience will be pro-rated.  Eligible applicants will be notified when and where to appear for examination.  If an application is rejected, due notice will be sent.  Candidates found ineligible to compete in the written examination may appeal to the Department of Civil Service for reconsideration prior to the written test date appearing on this announcement.  Appeals received on or after the announced written test date will not be considered.

3.                  Candidates who fail the examination, or who fail to appear for the examination as scheduled, will be eliminated from further consideration for purposes of this competition.  Unless otherwise specified, the final rank order of the eligible list will be determined on the basis of the scored received on the written test, plus veterans’ credits where appropriate.

4.                  Unless specifically prohibited by the examination instructions, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell-checker, personal digital assistant, address books, language translators, dictionaries and any similar devices are prohibited.

5.                  When the examination is prepared and rated by the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service, the provisions of the Suffolk County Civil Service Rules dealing with the rating of examination will apply.  When the written examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law, the provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations which deal with the rating of examination will apply.

6.                  The eligible list established as a result of this examination will remain in force for at least one year and may be extended by the Civil Service Department for a maximum of four years.  Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify to future vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.

a.       Information regarding eligibility for veterans’ credits appears on the open-competitive application form.

7.                  Pursuant to Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points added to a passing score attained in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent served.  If you are qualified to participate in this examination, and you are the child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty, please so notify us in writing when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit must submit appropriate documentation to verify eligibility to receive these additional credits before the eligible list is established.  No additional credits will be granted after the eligible list is established.

8.                  Inquiries may be made as to character and ability and all statements made by candidates are subject to verification.  Some employers may require the candidate to be fingerprinted and to pass a background investigation.  Candidates must be medically, physically and psychologically capable of performing the duties of the job.  Candidates who are appointed to positions in the Suffolk County service may be required to pass qualifying medical and/or physical and/or psychological evaluations.

9.                  Residency is not required for taking any examinations.  However, some non-county jurisdictions, such as schools, libraries, etc., give hiring preference to residents.  Some towns also require employees to establish residency within the township.  For employment in a Suffolk County Department, with only limited exceptions set forth in Suffolk County Law, residency within Suffolk County is required throughout employment with the county.  In any case in which residency preference is given, the appointee(s) must meet a specific residency standard as defined in the Civil Service Rules.

10.              Saturday Sabbath Observers and handicapped persons:  If special arrangements for testing are required, indicate this on your application.

11.              No smoking is permitted in the building or on the grounds of the examination site.

12.              If you will be on active military duty with the armed forces of the United States on the date of this test, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service before the last filing date appearing on this announcement for alternate test date information.

13.              Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day:  If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site.  All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center.  If you have any questions please call the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service at (631) 853-5500.

14.              For information regarding a weather-related cancellation of this examination, please refer to our website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice click on the “Weather Related Exam Cancellations” link.  Civil Service Announcements are shown at the bottom of that page.  The following stations will broadcast notice of cancellation:



                                                            WALK            PATCHOGUE                                     97.5 FM

                                                            WBAB            BABYLON                                        102.3 FM

                                                            WBLI              BABYLON                                        106.1 FM

                                                            WLNG            SAG HARBOR                                    92.1 FM

                                                            WBZO            FARMINGDALE                              103.1 FM

                                                            WRCN            MEDFORD                                        103.9 FM

                                                            NEWS 12 LONG ISLAND   TV CHANNEL 12      website:  www.news12.com





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P.O. BOX 6100, HAUPPAUGE, NY  11788-0099  Phone:  853-5500                                                       County Center, Riverhead