Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Dual Recovery Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-ESCONDIDO
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    The North Star Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program provides intensive and all-inclusive case management and outpatient/rehabilitation services to homeless mentally ill individuals, and incorporates a supported housing component.  The program is dedicated to the treatment and recovery of adults living with a serious mental illness in San Diego’s North County. Our clients have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness and may also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. We offer recovery focused wraparound services, and help our clients become more productive community members, providing services that build on their strengths and further their recovery.


    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”.   MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    As a member of a multidisciplinary team, the Dual Recovery Specialist provides education, support, and specific treatments aimed at assisting in clients’ recovery from alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Incumbent completes assessments, provides group and individual counseling, and offers outreach to clients as appropriate. At the level of AOD certification, the specialist provides substance abuse education and relapse prevention strategies, and implement social model interventions in the milieu. Dual Recovery Specialists utilize and incorporate 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 engagement and outreach to current or potential clients in the community.
    • Performs assessments, and Alcohol and drug screening of clients and presents at team meetings.
    • Provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to interdisciplinary team.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients in the milieu and in the community and demonstrates boundaries consistent with professional standards.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of this program component. Provides services after-hours as required by contract.
    • Conducts Alcohol and drug rehabilitative services, including individual, group and family services, in the clients home, community and on-site.
    • Field work is required.


    • Master’s degree in human services field, and at least two years’ experience providing substance abuse and mental health services to individuals with co-occurring disorder.
    • 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 CCISC principles and Assertive Community Treatment model of service delivery and the ability to implement such services.Knowledgeable of cultural and socio-economic factors indicative of services needed for individuals with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.
    • Knowledge of behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.
    • Cultural competency relevant to community/communities served.
    • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog or Arabic is preferred. 
    • Possesses Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.


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