Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Mental Health Therapist

    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. FRC serves pregnant and parenting women and their children through the age of 10. 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, Company-sponsored Retirement 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 mental health therapist is responsible for providing direct clinical services, meeting contractual timelines and ensuring the highest quality client care.




    • Assures clients are informed of inappropriate behavior. Initiates appropriate and timely interventions.
    • Integrates clinical concepts with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients.
    • Provides input to other treatment team members to develop and improve program services and delivery and individual client services.
    • Maintains a clinical caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager.
    • Provides symptom management skills and information and the leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to maintain the least restrictive care and the highest level of functioning.
    • Maintains timely, accurate and legible documentation using assigned forms and formats for each client in their caseload. Responsible for medical record documentation using assigned forms and formats for each client in their caseload per contract and MediCal requirements.
    • Consults with attending psychiatrist regarding medication and treatment issues.
    • Consults with other treatment providers such as conservator, case manager, social worker, probation officers, etc.
    • Designates new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
    • Attends treatment meetings, conferences, study teams, IEP, or any related meeting to discuss treatment goals.
    • Assesses and recognizes behavior or changes in mood that indicates suicidal or homicidal intent or plan, and immediately reports any concerns to Program Manager.
    • Provide clinical or administrative supervision to other staff, volunteers or interns as assigned by Program Manager.
    • Schedules and designs recreational, skills building activities as needed.
    • Communicates professionally with all other professionals, community contacts, school personnel.

    Education/Experience Requirements



    M.S./M.A. degree in Social Work or Psy.D/ Ph.D. in progress having taken course of study acceptable to the State of California Board of Behavioral Science towards Licensed Clinical Social Worker Marriage and family Therapist, or Board of Psychology as a Psychologist.



    Or Current good standing enrollment in, or completion of, the final semester master’s Degree/PhD program in acceptable to the State of California B.B.S. or Board of Psychology towards licensure, at an accredited college.



    • Valid California driver’s license and current auto insurance per contract requirements.
    • 1 CPR / First Aid certified.
    • 1 Professional License/Certification: LCSW, MFT, Psychologist, or license eligible.
    • Registered with the board of Psychology or the board of behavioral health Service ( BBS)
    • Two years mental health experience working in the Mental Health field with an understanding of the complexities of addiction, including clinical experience on a cross-disciplinary team.


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