Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    2018-3214
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Our Serial Inebriate Program (SIP) provides case management, transitional housing, and substance abuse treatment services in lieu of custody time for chronic homeless inebriates. The program was initiated as a problem-solving effort to reduce the revolving door serial inebriate syndrome wherein chronic, homeless alcoholics go in and out of Detox Centers, County Jail, and local Emergency Rooms for the criminal offense of drunk-in-public.

     

    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. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.

    Position Description

    Job Summary

    This position exists to provide drug and alcohol counseling to clients in a non-residential mental health or substance abuse program. Counselors interact with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling, 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.

     

    Qualifications

    • Maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager. Provides a variety of interventions including individual and group counseling,
    • crisis intervention, collateral services, and other relevant sobriety-related services to clients undera Drug Medi-cal guidelines
    • 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.
    • Designates new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
    • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions.
    • Integrates the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Provides input to develop and improve program servicing and delivery.
    • Setting daily goals.
    • Assures clients are informed of inappropriate behavior.
    • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
    • Acts as co-leader in assigned groups.
    • Performs drug testing urinalysis specimen collections and screening as required.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • 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.
    • Or B.A./B.S. degree in human service field plus one year experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
    • Experience working with homeless and the criminal justice system a plus

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