Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Counselor

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

    Yucca Valley Center for Change is a drug and alcohol outpatient program. Yucca Valley Center for Change offers 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 in our company. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.


    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.  At Mental Health Systems, our workforce is dedicated to unlocking the potential and improving the lives of every individual, family, and community struggling with mental health, substance use disorders, and lack of affordable housing. 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.

    Position Description

    This position provides substance abuse counseling, case management and education services. Counselors interact with clients 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 clients with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction. This position reports to the Program Manager.



    • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan.
    • Assesses each individual's needs and develops an individualized treatment and recovery plan other case management services as determined by the treatment team (anger management, job search, AOD education, etc.)
    • Ensure clients are informed of inappropriate behavior.
    • Acts as co-leader in assigned groups.
    • Collects necessary client demographic date and enters it on the MHS Treatment Team Services Data Collection Form.
    • Develops and maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager.
    • Encourage team building feedback and problem solving in participants.
    • Ensures that collateral services are provided as needed and that clients attend specialized groups or individual counseling sessions.
    • Conducts intake interviews and completes comprehensive individual assessments of client’s mental status and level of social functioning.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients. Initiates appropriate and timely interventions and integrates the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and counseling principles.
    • Interacts with court and law enforcement officials.
    • Maintains contact with assigned treatment providers to continuously appraise client progress.
    • Provides counseling support to clients and families and encourages family members and client significant others to participate in client stabilization and counseling services and be able to refer those needing specific services and support.
    • Provides crisis intervention and refers clients to community health, HIV, and TB clinics as necessary.
    • Provides a variety of interventions including individual and group therapy and other relevant sobriety-related services to clients.
    • Initiates weekly contacts with clients.
    • Provides information about the program to community agencies connected to the alcohol and drug services system in order to educate the agencies about the program.
    • Performs specimen collection and drug testing as required.
    • Prepares and maintains assessments, service plans, progress notes and other records and documentation and submits for Utilization Review.
    • Regularly provides and documents client progress with program requirements. Able to successfully input required progress notes and court summary information into computerized database in a timely manner.
    • Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
    • Support clients' attentive behavior.
    • Transports clients when necessary.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment. 
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of cultural competency and cultural sensitivity and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships. To this end, each MHS employee must undergo a minimum of four hours of cultural competency training annually.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    Substance Abuse Counselors must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification plus two years experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
    • Certification through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity plus two years experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
    • B.A./B.S. degree in human service field plus one year experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.

    Additional Requirements:

    • Knowledge of Substance-abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention and 12-Step programs.
    • Knowledge of cognitive therapy techniques.
    • Awareness of recognizing abusive behavior
    • Knowledge of the concept of transference, counter-transference and co-dependent behavior.


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