Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Peer Dual Recovery Specialist

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

    The Assertive Community Treatment Program provides intensive and all-inclusive case management and outpatient/rehabilitation services to homeless mentally ill individuals, and incorporates a supported housing component. As a member of a multidisciplinary team, the Peer Dual Recovery Specialist provides education, support, and specific treatments aimed at assisting in clients’ recovery from alcohol and substance abuse disorders from a personal and educational perspective. Incumbent completes assessments, provides group and individual counseling, and offers outreach to clients, and families as appropriate. At the level of personal experience and AOD registration/certification, the specialist provides substance abuse education and relapse prevention strategies, and referrals. Peer Dual Recovery Specialists utilize and incorporate best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, and social skills and illness management techniques with a strengths-based approach—consistent with principles of CCISC and Assertive Community Treatment. The range of authority and decisions making for this position is limited to and consistent with MHS Policy for Case Manager staff.


    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 to the MHS core values.  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.

    Position Description

    • Provides engagement and outreach to current or potential clients, and families in the community.
    • Performs screening assessments of clients and presents at team meetings.
    • Provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to interdisciplinary team.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients, and families in the community and demonstrates boundaries consistent with professional standards.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Carries a small caseload.
    • Primarily provides services in the field.
    • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of this program component.
    • Assists in promoting program services to community when appropriate.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Minimum qualification is registration with approved certifying agency.
    • For certification level position: Bachelor’s degree or certification in a substance abuse treatment field and two years of experience providing substance abuse and integrated services to individuals with co-occurring disorders.
    • Must have life experience of being in recovery or have had a family member in recovery and be willing to disclose.
    • Training and/or personal experience in substance abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and 12-Step programs.



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