Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Residential SUD Counselor

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

    Our Family Recovery Center (FRC) is a residential treatment program dedicated to assisting women recover from substance abuse, while promoting healthy family reunification. There are three major components of FRC: Residential Treatment, Child Development Center, and our work readiness program that is designed to assist with identification of employable skills and support in transitioning back into society.  We provide a safe and nurturing environment that offers a holistic approach to recovery that includes addiction education and treatment, physical wellness, and meeting the psychiatric needs of our clients.


    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 Residential Counselor is responsible for the maintenance of a safe, residential recovery environment. The Residential Counselor also provides support services to clients and clinical treatment staff. 



    • Maintain security procedures for the facility, including searches of belongings and persons.
    • Know and support the treatment plan of individual clients as provided by treatment team.
    • Interact with residents in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner at all times.
    • Collect periodic and random urinalysis samples from clients.
    • Facilitate the flow of daily scheduled activities, including meals, treatment, recreational activities, visitation, volunteer activities, etc.
    • Provide support and crisis intervention to residential clients when primary counselor is not available.
    • Maintain client file documentation as required by evaluation and contractual requirements.
    • Oversee residents’ rooms – room searches and checks on cleanliness and hygiene.
    • Be appropriate role model to clients at all times.
    • Provide administrative support as required.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.
    • Successfully functions as a team member.


    Education/Experience Requirements


    • Must have drug and alcohol certification by a State approved certifying organization and/or have completed all AOD courses and eligible to complete AOD certification within six months of hire.
    • Experience dealing with people and good interactive skills.
    • Experience in crisis intervention and mediation.
    • Title 22 proficiency is preferred.



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