Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • AOD Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Req No.
    2018-3387
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outreach Needs (ACTION) Central, a hybrid integrated program, provides permanent supportive housing integrated with Assertive Community Treatment plus Intensive Outreach Needs services for homeless adults (18 years of age or older) in San Diego’s Central and North Central regions. The ACTION program offers treatment services to homeless adults with a Serious Mental Illness or co-occurring diagnosis, and Drug Medi-Cal certified Alcohol and Other Drug treatment recovery services to homeless adults who have a primary diagnosis of a Substance Use Disorder. Services include housing outreach, management/engagement of sponsor-based rental subsidies, and treatment recovery services.

     

    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 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. This position reports to the Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager.

     

     RESPONSIBILITIES

    • 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,
    • Develops a comprehensive treatment plan for each assigned resident and evaluates the progress of the individual residents according to the treatment plan.
    • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic resident behavior.
    • Maintains a 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.
    • Documents, reviews and charts client progress and completes all required paper work, on time.
    • Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan. Prepares treatment and discharge plans and discharge summaries. Designates new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
    • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions.
    • Integrates the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Provides input to develop and improve program servicing and delivery.
    • Setting daily goals.
    • Assures clients are informed of inappropriate behavior.
    • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
    • Acts as co-leader in assigned groups.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Possess or be in the process of obtaining certification for substance abuse treatment as CAADAC, CASS or similar professional.
    • Two years of providing substance abuse treatment and care to adults.
    • In-depth knowledge of substance abuse treatment methodologies and diagnostic techniques. Familiarity with San Diego substance abuse services system.

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