Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Recovery Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-BAKERSFIELD
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Our Kern ACTion program serves individuals with serious and persistent mental illness with severe functional impairments, who have avoided or not responded well to traditional outpatient mental health care and psychiatric rehabilitation services. Many of these individuals will have co-existing problems such as substance use disorders, homelessness or involvement in the criminal justice system.


    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.   Since 1978, 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. 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 (please see handbook for full list of qualifying criteria).

    Position Description

    The Recovery Specialist provides education, support, and specific treatments aimed at assisting in clients’ recovery from alcohol and substance abuse disorders.  The Recovery Specialist completes assessments, provides group and individual counseling, and offers outreach to clients as appropriate.  At the level of AOD certification, the specialist provides substance abuse education and relapse prevention strategies and implement social model interventions. Recovery Specialists utilize and incorporate best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, prevocational, nursing, and social skills and illness management techniques with a strengths-based approach—consistent with principles of CCISC and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT).  Recovery Specialists also provides case management services and serve as liaison with Substance Abuse Service Providers, as applicable. 



    • Provides engagement and outreach to current or potential clients in the community. 
    • Performs assessments, and Alcohol and drug screening of clients and presents at team meetings. 
    • Provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to interdisciplinary team. 
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients in the milieu and in the community and demonstrates boundaries consistent with professional standards. 
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements. 
    • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of this program component. 
    • Conducts Alcohol and drug rehabilitative services, including individual, group and family services, in the clients home, community and on-site. 
    • Field work is required. 
    • Assists in determining client eligibility for MediCal enrollment assistance

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Master’s degree in human services field, registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and at least two years’ experience providing substance abuse and mental health services to individuals with co-occurring disorder.  Candidates will work under the direct supervision of a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Psychologist, or Psychiatrist.
    • For certification level position: Bachelor’s degree or certification in a substance abuse treatment field, and two years’ experience providing substance abuse and integrated services to individuals with co-occurring disorders. Training and/or experience in substance abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing and 12-Step programs.


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