Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Recovery Advocate

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

    San Diego Center for Change program is a court-supervised, comprehensive treatment program that provides services to non-violent drug offenders referred by probation and parole.   This is a voluntary program which includes regular court appearances before the Drug Court Judge. Treatment includes drug testing, individual and group counseling, and regular attendance at self-help meetings. San Diego Center for Change program is gender responsive and culturally sensitive, and offers services for clients with co-occurring disorders.


    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   


    For 40 years, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by behavioral health challenges.  MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”.   

    Position Description

    This position provides substance abuse counseling, case management and education services. Counselors interact with participants on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling and education, as well as engaging in rehabilitation activities from time-to-time. Counselors provide substance abuse recovery skills and information and leadership necessary to provide participants with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction.

    • Provides community outreach and early intervention activities by supplying information about the program to community agencies connected to the AOD services system in order to educate them about program availability.
    • Develops and maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager.
    • Delivers substance abuse treatment to participants by providing a variety of interventions including individual and group therapy, twelve-step methodology, and other relevant sobriety-related services.
    • Works directly with the participants to provide orientation to the treatment program and the concept of sobriety.
    • Provides counseling and recovery services, information and education, vocational training, and relapse prevention.
    • Develops community resources for continued community treatment.
    • Encourage participant involvement in maintaining a clean and healthy environment.
    • Work with other programs to assure availability of space for participant care, facility-wide.
    • Distinguish and discuss appropriate group behavior with participants.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    Recovery Advocate must meet one of the following:

    • Certification through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity; or
    • Actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification plus two years’ experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions; or
    • A high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent, and experience working with substance abusers.

     Additional Requirements:

    • Knowledge of transference and counter-transference.
    • Knowledge of the concept of co-dependent behavior.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of abusive behavior.
    • Knowledge of substance-abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, 12-Step programs and a knowledge of cognitive therapy techniques.
    • Ability to recognize mood changes or signs of behavior that indicate relapse.


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