Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Registered Nurse

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

    Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outpatient Needs (ACTION) – East program offers a dual track treatment model for individuals in the East Region of San Diego who have either been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness or a chronic substance use disorder. ACTION East provides a safe environment in which our clients can address all of their treatment needs.


    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

    The Registered Nurse is responsible for monitoring the general psychiatric and physical health of all program clients. The Nurse administers and accounts for all medication as ordered by the Program Psychiatrist.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Possession of a nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
    • At least three years’ experience treating psychiatric and dually diagnosed populations.
    • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
    • Provides service coordination for an assigned group of clients, and assumes responsibility for developing, writing, implementing and evaluating overall treatment goals in conjunction with the treatment team.
    • Provides individual supportive counseling and symptom management, and educates and supports clients and family members.
    • Introduces clients to Common Ground software, assisting clients in completing the Common Ground Health Report before medical office visits, and conducts comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history and physical health needs as part of the treatment team.
    • Provides on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and serves as a back-up to evening and weekend / holiday staff as needed. Works late shift and/or weekends / holidays as scheduled. Transports clients in MHS or personal vehicle as required.
    • Assists in administering Patient Assistance Program, ensuring efficiency and accuracy in all aspects, and completes all charting and documentation as contractually required in a timely manner and as dictated by program requirements.
    • In collaboration with the treatment team, participates in the organization and management of medication coaching and delivery to clients, as well as integrating medication administration into treatment plans.
    • Acts as liaison with Program Psychiatrist to obtain corrections to documentation and adjustments to procedures as needed.
    • Dispenses and accounts for all prescribed medication, assists Psychiatrist in administering and evaluating medications prescribed by Psychiatrist, evaluating medication effectiveness, side effects, and complications, and arranges for lab work according to protocol, and participates in and represents program at quarterly Medication Monitoring Committee meetings.


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