Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Dual Recovery Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-San Bernardino
    Req No.
    Case Manager
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    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.  

    Position Description

    The Dual Recovery Specialist provides substance abuse education and relapse prevention strategies, and implements social model interventions in the milieu. The Dual Recovery Specialist is knowledgeable about abstinence-based as well as harm reduction strategies, and understands the interactions between psychiatric illness and substance abuse. Specialist promotes higher levels of wellness, stability and quality of life, assists in the prevention of acute psychiatric or substance abuse relapses, and assists the client to lessen the debilitating effects of substance abuse and mental disorders. Dual Recovery Specialist utilizes best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, prevocational, nursing, and social skills and illness management techniques with a strengths-based approach—consistent with principles of CCISC and Assertive Community Treatment. Incumbent also provides case management services and serve as liaison with Probation, where applicable.




    • Provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to interdisciplinary team while interacting therapeutically with clients in the milieu and in the community. Demonstrates boundaries consistent with professional standards.
    • Coordinates the full range of client’s needs, providing brokerage, linkage, and advocacy to ensure resources and services are accessed in a timely manner while providing community based services in client’s residence as needed. Prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and Daily Organizational Staff Meetings and presents at daily and Individual Treatment Team Meetings.
    • Works with Program Supervisor and/or Manager in rotating client visits/assignments with the treatment team, and provides service coordination/case management for an assigned group of clients including coordinating and monitoring activities of the treatment team.
    • Provides individual supportive coaching in all areas of client’s life, as well as education of symptom management in consultation with Psychiatrist and ACT nurses. Develops, evaluates, and implements treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the treatment team.
    • Utilizes best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, prevocational, nursing, and illness management techniques with a strengths-based approach that is consistent with principles of CCISC and Assertive Community Treatment. Assists in promoting program services to community when appropriate.
    • Introduces clients to Common Ground software and assists with completion of the Common Ground Health Report before medical office visits.
    • Maintains a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness, and trauma-informed care.
    • Provides support including on-call crisis intervention, covering nighttime and weekend hours, and performs shift management duties in coordination with other ACT staff as directed by Program Manager.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • M.A./M.S. degree in human services field and at least two years of experience providing mental health and substance abuse services to individuals with co-occurring disorder.
    • Valid California driver’s license and current auto insurance per contract requirements.
    • Possesses behavioral management, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment techniques with crisis intervention skills.
    • Knowledge of CCISC principles and the Assertive Community Treatment model of service delivery with the ability to implement such services while utilizing logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with co-workers in dealing with client needs.


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