Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Dual Recovery Specalist

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

    Kings County ACT is a high fidelity Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program servicing Kings County. The program services adults who have severe mental illness (SMI) and possible co-occurring disorders (COD). The target population includes chronically ill, unstable or in crisis, and may have serious impairments across all life domains. Our office is located in Hanford, CA. Our program is a full-service mental health and case management program that utilizes a team-approach to meet the needs of our clients. We provide the majority of our services in the field, in client homes, and other community-based settings.


    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 Dual Recovery Specialist, will provide education on substance abuse, strategies for relapse prevention, and implements social model interventions in the milieu. Provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse and COD for the Team, while interacting therapeutically with clients in the community. The Dual Recovery Specialist will work with the Program Manager in rotating client visits/assignments with the Team and provide service coordination/case management. The Dual Recovery Specialist will also provide individual supportive coaching in all areas of client’s life; education of symptom management in consultation with Psychiatrist and ACT nurse; and develop, evaluate, and implement treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the treatment team.




    • Interacts therapeutically with clients in the milieu and in the community and demonstrates boundaries consistent with professional standards.
    • Provides engagement and outreach to current or potential clients in the community. 
    • Performs assessments of clients and presents at Daily Organizational Meetings and Individual Treatment Team Meetings. 
    • Provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to interdisciplinary team. 
    • Provides service coordination / case management for an assigned group of clients including coordinating and monitoring activities of the treatment team.
    • Cooperates with Program Supervisor and Program Manager in rotating client visits/assignments with the treatment team.
    • Develops, evaluates, and implements treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the treatment team. 
    • Provides individual supportive coaching in all areas of clients’ life, as well as education of symptom management in consultation with Psychiatrist and ACT nurses.
    • Sets priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations. 
    • Introduces clients to Common Ground software, assisting clients in completing the Common Ground Health Report before medical office visits. 
    • Coordinates the full range of client’s needs.
    • Provides brokerage, linkage and advocacy to ensure resources and services are accessed in a timely manner, providing community based services in client’s residence as needed. 
    • Provides support to all clients including on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime and weekend hours. 
    • Conducts and oversees psycho educational groups as directed by Program Supervisor and/or Program Manager. 
    • Performs shift management duties in coordination with other ACT staff as directed by Program Supervisor and/or Program Manager. Functions as assistant to shift manager when assigned. 
    • Complies with all charting and documentation requirements per contract, funding agency, and MHS policy 
    • Prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and Daily Organizational Meetings. 
    • 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



    • Bachelor Degree or certification in a substance abuse treatment field.
    • Knowledgeable of cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders. 
    • Trained in Motivational Interview training and the Stages of Change Model.
    • Cultural competency relevant to community/communities served. Must be able to engage culturally diverse populations.  
    • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
    • Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion 
    • Ability to prioritize and manage responsibilities as evidenced by timely completion of tasks. 
    • Proficient computer skills.
    • Demonstrates a high degree of attention to detail.
    • Knowledge of procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers. 
    • Ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
    • Possesses skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.  
    • Create written documentation that is legible, clear, and concise.
    • Maintain the professional distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Set priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.



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