Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Registered Nurse

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

    North Coastal ACT 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. The bulk of ACT services are provided in the community, in the field and client homes. Incumbent will serve as Registered Nurse for the ACT Treatment Team serving  persons age 25-59 with severe mental illness who are or have been homeless. The case management program provides clinical, recovery/rehabilitation-oriented case management services to individuals with serious mental illness.


    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 30 years ago to provide mental health and substance abuse services. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values. 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. Benefit eligibility is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records. 


    Position Description


    • Provides case management for clients including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the treatment team.
    • Assumes responsibility for developing, writing, implementing and evaluating overall treatment goals.
    • Provides individual and group supportive counseling and symptom management.
    • Ensures coordination with primary care as needed. Educates and support clients and family members.
    • Conducts psychiatric history; mental status; medical and dental history
    • Works with Psychiatrist to monitor the psychiatric well-being of clients.
    • Dispenses and accounts for all prescribed medication.
    • Facilitates and/or coordinates educational and training for staff, clients and family.
    • Assists in administering Patient Assistance Program, ensuring efficiency and accuracy in all aspects.
    • Responds appropriately to medical emergencies. Provides crisis intervention as needed.
    • Carries a small caseload. Primarily provides services in the field.
    • Provide 24-hour on-call coverage in rotation with other staff. Provides services after-hours as required by contract.
    • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions on an ongoing basis; provides crisis intervention as needed.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Assists Psychiatrist in developing, maintaining, and supervising pharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures; including administering and evaluating medications prescribed by Psychiatrist, evaluating medication effectiveness, side effects, and complications; and arranging for lab work according to protocol.
    • Participates in and represents program at Medication Monitoring Committee meetings; acts as liaison with Program Psychiatrist to obtain corrections to documentation and adjustments to procedures as needed.
    • Serves in a mentoring role to staff and interns re pharmacology and patient care.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card. Schedule may include occasional weekend rotation coverage, after-hours crisis phone coverage, and early/late shift rotation. Assists with client transportation to appointments using personal or MHS vehicles as needed.
    • Successfully functions as a team member. 



    • Aids in general management of center including running errands as assigned.
    • Completes all assigned duties within the time frame and according to the standards as established by the Program Manager.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPAA standards.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs, and seeking out supervision when needed.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment. Reports and/or repairs missing or damaged equipment and supplies.
    • Ensures facilities upkeep and safety by maintaining neat and clean work areas, by securing work area at close of business day, and by reporting vandalism, theft, or suspicion of drug abuse by coworkers to supervisor as soon as possible.
    • Familiar with and understands Mental Health Systems, Inc. Personnel Policy manual and follows all established personnel policies.
    • Follows administrative chain of command.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships.
    • Participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.
    • Provides input towards policy and procedure design, revision, and deletion.
    • Reads memos, directives, meeting minutes, and revised policies and procedures as posted.
    • Other relevant duties as assigned.

    Education/Experience Requirements



    • Cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.
    • Assertive Community Treatment model and CCISC initiative as it relates to patient care.
    • Procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.
    • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog or Arabic is preferred if the position serves that population.
    • Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.
    • 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.



    • Possession of a degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
    • Experience treating psychiatric and dually diagnosed populations.
    • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.


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