Our North Star Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is dedicated to the treatment and recovery of adults living with a serious mental illness in San Diego’s North County. Our clients have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness and may also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. We offer recovery focused wraparound services, and help our clients become more productive community members, providing services that build on their strengths and further their recovery.
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.
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. The bulk of services are provided in the community. The Case Manager is a mental health professional who serves in a coordinating role within the treatment team. He or she provides assessments, creates and revises treatment plans, develops and coordinates care among the disciplines, and provides treatment and rehabilitation services to clients. The Case Manager facilitates treatment team meetings when directed to do so by Program Supervisor. The Case Manager understands and practices Assertive Community Treatment, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, and CCISC principles of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.