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.
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.
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.
▪ 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.