Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • AOD Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Company Description:

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.

    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status. Part-Time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis.


    Program Description:

    San Diego Center for Change is the case management and treatment provider for San Diego’s Central Division Adult Drug Court. We work collaboratively with other members of the Drug Court Team, who include the Judge, court support staff, District Attorney, Public Defender, and law enforcement liaison officers. As the treatment provider on the Drug Court Team, San Diego Center for Change helps our clients achieve success in living a productive life that is free of criminal activity. Our treatment services offer group and individual counseling, and our case management services provide for mental health, education, employment and community referral needs.

    Program Services

    The Drug Court program includes completion of a minimum of 12 months of intensive drug abuse treatment and testing services, followed by six months of aftercare support services, which San Diego Center for Change provides. Our services include:

    • Group therapy
    • Individual therapy
    • Case management
    • Regular and random urinalysis drug testing
    • Placement in detox, residential treatment, sober living, and mental health programs when appropriate and available
    • Job training, employment assistance, and education
    • Community referrals as needed

    Position Description

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assesses each client’s needs and develops an individualized treatment and recovery plan other case management services as determined by the treatment team (anger management, job search, AOD education, etc.)
    • Acts as facilitator in assigned groups including gender specific groups with gender specific trauma curriculum.
    • Develops and maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager.
    • Ensures that collateral services are provided as needed and that clients attend specialized groups or individual counseling sessions.
    • Gathers information for assessment and diagnosis. Conducts intake interviews and completes comprehensive individual assessment.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients. Initiates appropriate and timely interventions and integrates the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Documents, reviews and charts client progress and completes all required paper work, on time.
    • Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan. Prepares treatment and discharge plans and discharge summaries.
    • Interacts with court and law enforcement officials as a team member and on a professional level while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    Eduction and Work Experience:

    Substance Abuse (AOD) Counselors must meet one of the following:

    • Actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification plus two years’ experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions
    • Certification through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity plus two years’ experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions
    • B.A./B.S. degree in human service field plus one years’ experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions


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