Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Dual Recovery Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Santee
    Req No.
    Case Manager
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outreach Needs (ACTION) – East program offers a dual track treatment model for individuals in the East San Diego area who have either been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or a chronic substance use disorder. We offer medication management and monitoring, individual therapy, outpatient substance abuse treatment, case management, employment support, peer counseling and support, and housing services. ACTION East provides a safe environment in which our clients can address all their treatment needs.


    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

    The Dual Recovery Specialist provides substance abuse education and relapse prevention strategies, and implements social model interventions in the environment.



    • Provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to interdisciplinary team while interacting therapeutically with clients in the milieu and in the community, demonstrating boundaries consistent with professional standards.
    • Coordinates the full range of client’s needs, providing brokerage, linkage and advocacy to ensure resources and services are accessed in a timely manner, while providing community based services in client’s residence as needed.
    • Works with Program Supervisor and Program Manager in rotating client visits/assignments with the treatment team, and provides service coordination/case management for clients including coordinating and monitoring activities of 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. Develops, evaluates, and implements treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the treatment team.
    • Utilizes best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, prevocational, nursing, and illness management techniques with a strengths-based approach that is consistent with principles of CCISC and Assertive Community Treatment, and assists in promoting program services to community when appropriate.
    • Introduces clients to Common Ground software, assisting clients in completing the Common Ground Health Report before medical office visits.
    • Provides on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and works late shift and/or weekends / holidays as scheduled.
    • Transports clients in MHS or personal vehicle as required.
    • 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.
    • Performs assessments of clients and presents at Daily Organizational Meetings and Individual Treatment Team Meetings, and prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and Daily Organizational Meetings.

    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.
    • Training and/or experience in substance abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing and 12-Step programs.



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