Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Substance Abuse Counselor

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


    Our Family and Youth Alternatives (FYA) program offers substance abuse treatment through three different services: Juvenile Drug Court and Post-Release Outpatient, which are court ordered programs, and Outpatient Drug Free, which is available to any adolescent who wants to attend.



    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.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Substance Abuse Counselors interact with residents on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling. The Substance Abuse Counselors provide residents with orientation, training, substance abuse recovery skills and information, and leadership necessary to provide them with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction.



    • Works directly with the resident to provide orientation to the treatment program and the concept of sobriety,
    • Develop and implement treatment plans,
    • Provide counseling and recovery services, information and education, vocational training, and relapse prevention.
    • Develop community resources for continued community treatment, and,
    • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan for each assigned resident and evaluates the progress of the individual residents according to the treatment plan.
    • Assist other staff in dealing with problematic resident behavior.
    • Maintain caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager. Provides a variety of interventions including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, collateral services, and other relevant sobriety-related services to clients.
    • Document, review,  and chart client progress and complete all required paper work.
    • Attend treatment meetings and provide input to treatment plan.
    • Prepare treatment and discharge plans and discharge summaries.
    • Designates new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
    • Initiate appropriate and timely interventions.
    • Integrate the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Provide input to develop and improve program servicing and delivery.
    • Set daily goals.
    • Ensure clients are informed of inappropriate behavior.
    • Assist other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Schedule daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
    • Act as co-leader in assigned groups.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPAA standards.
    • Participates in assaultive management training according to the program policy.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment and ensures facilities upkeep and safety.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of cultural competency and cultural sensitivity. 
    • Participate in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
    • Provide input towards policy and procedure design, revision, and deletion.


    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 of experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.


    Additional Requirements

    ▪ Must be able to recognize abusive behavior.

    ▪ Must have knowledge Cognitive therapy techniques, substance-abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention and 12-Step programs.

    ▪ Understand concepts of transference, counter-transference,co-dependent behavior.

    ▪ Possesses skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.

    ▪ Able to recognize mood changes or signs of behavior that indicate relapse.


    REQ 2018-3369


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