Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Dual Recovery Specialist

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

    About Action Central

    Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outreach Needs (ACTION) Central, a hybrid integrated program, provides permanent supportive housing integrated with Assertive Community Treatment plus Intensive Outreach Needs services for homeless adults (18 years of age or older) in San Diego’s Central and North Central regions. The ACTION program offers treatment services to homeless adults with a Serious Mental Illness or co-occurring diagnosis, and Drug Medi-Cal certified Alcohol and Other Drug treatment recovery services to homeless adults who have a primary diagnosis of a Substance Use Disorder. Services include housing outreach, management/engagement of sponsor-based rental subsidies, and treatment recovery services.


    About Mental Health Systems

    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

    The Dual Recovery Specialist Bilingual 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, 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. 



    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.
    • 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 policies.
    • Prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and Daily Organizational Meetings.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs, and seeking out supervision when needed.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment. Reports and/or repairs missing or damaged equipment and supplies.
    • Ensures facilities upkeep and safety by maintaining neat and clean work areas, by securing work area at close of business day, and by reporting vandalism, theft, or suspicion of drug abuse by coworkers to supervisor as soon as possible.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • M.A./M.S. degree in human services field, and at least 2 years’ experience providing substance abuse and mental health services to individuals with co-occurring disorder.
    • Possesses training and/or experience in substance abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing and 12-Step programs.
    • Knowledge of assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques.
    • Knowledge of behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.
    • Recognizes symptoms and has knowledge of treatment for people suffering with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders
    • Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish preferred.
    • Possesses skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services.
    • Able to perform a psychosocial assessment and create appropriate client plans based on integrated model of service delivery.


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