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).
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.