Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-YUCCA VALLEY
    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:

    Yucca valley center for change is a drug and alcohol outpatient program. Yucca valley offers 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 in our company. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.


    Position Description

    Position Description:

    This position provides substance abuse counseling, case management and education services. Counselors interact with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling and education, as well as engaging in rehabilitation activities from time-to-time. Counselors provide substance abuse recovery skills and information and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction. This position reports to the Program Manager.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan.
    • Assesses each offender’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.)
    • Assure clients are informed of inappropriate behavior.
    • Acts as co-leader in assigned groups.
    • Collects necessary client demographic date and enters it on the MHS Treatment Team Services Data Collection Form.
    • Develops and maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager.
    • Encourage team building feedback and problem solving in participants.
    • 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 assessments of client’s mental status and level of social functioning.
    • 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.
    • Interacts with court and law enforcement officials as a team member and on a professional level while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
    • Maintains contact with assigned treatment providers to continuously appraise client progress.
    • Provides counseling support to clients and families and encourages family members and client significant others to participate in client stabilization and counseling services and be able to refer those needing specific services and support.
    • Provides crisis intervention and refers clients to community health, HIV, and TB clinics as necessary.
    • Provides a variety of interventions including individual and group therapy and other relevant sobriety-related services to clients. As a minimum, initiates weekly contacts with clients.
    • Provides information about the program to community agencies connected to the alcohol and drug services system in order to educate them about the program.
    • Performs specimen collection and drug testing as required.
    • Prepares and maintains assessments, service plans, progress notes and other records and documentation and submits for Utilization Review.
    • Regularly provides and documents client progress with program requirements. Able to successfully input required progress notes and court summary information into computerized database in a timely manner.
    • Set daily goals. Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
    • Support participants’ attentive behavior.
    • Transports clients when necessary.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.
    • Successfully functions as a team member.

    Other Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Demonstrates interest and growth in specialty area by attending relevant workshops, seminars and classes; shares this information with program staff.
    • Encourages client involvement in maintaining a clean and healthy environment.
    • Follows administrative chain of command.
    • Completes all assigned duties within the time frame and according to the standards as established by the Program Manager.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment. Reports and/or repairs missing or damaged equipment and supplies.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of cultural competency and cultural sensitivity and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships. To this end, each MHS employee must undergo a minimum of four hours of cultural competency training annually.
    • Familiar with and understands Mental Health Systems, Inc. Personnel Policy manual and follows all established personnel policies.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.
    • Other relevant duties as assigned.

    Knowledge of:

    • Procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.
    • Substance-abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention and 12-Step programs.
    • Cognitive therapy techniques.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of abusive behavior.
    • Transference and counter-transference.
    • Concept of co-dependent behavior.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    Education and Work Experience:


    Substance Abuse 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 year experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.

    Other Requirements:

    • Valid California driver’s license and current auto insurance per contract requirements.
    • CPR / First Aid certified.


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