Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Clinician

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    2018-3179
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department 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

    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; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis.

    Position Description

    • Conducts comprehensive mental health assessments.
    • Coordinates the full range of client’s needs. Provides planning, linking, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up with Drug Court clients assessed to have mental health issues. Ensures resources and services are accessed in a timely manner, providing community based services in client’s geographic area as needed.
    • Provides a single point of accountability for mental health services.
    • Maximizes the use of mental health and substance abuse services and avoids duplication of services, facilitates case coordination with substance abuse treatment staff, help clients to navigate service systems.
    • Provides client, family, and staff education on mental health treatment
    • Develops and maintains a caseload as assigned by the Program Manager.
    • Collaborates with Public Conservator as needed on behalf of clients.
    • Provides crisis intervention.
    • Accompanies clients when necessary to needed services or resources.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Maintains contact with substance abuse treatment staff to continuously appraise client progress.
    • Prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and treatment team meetings.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE

    • Masters Degree in Social Work or related field.
    • Must be a registered intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional, within 6 months of employment.
    • One year’s experience providing case management services to individuals with dual diagnosis, SA/MH.

     

    KNOWLEDGE OF:

    • Community resources that will be utilized by clients.
    • Cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.
    • Procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.

     

    SKILLS:

    • Bilingual, Spanish speaking if the position serves Spanish speaking population.
    • Resourcefulness, initiative and the ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
    • Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.
    • Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.

    ABILITY TO:

    • Ability to interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.
    • Create written documentation that is legible, clear, and concise.
    • Maintain the distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion as evidenced by maintaining a cooperative and flexible attitude toward coworkers, showing adaptability to change, exhibiting effective communication and interpersonal skills, and taking initiative to solve problems.
    • Set priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.

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