Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Mental Health Clinician

    Job Locations US-Santee
    Req No.
    2018-3403
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    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. Services include 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.   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 Mental Health Clinician is responsible for programs, mental health services, clinical assessment guidelines, clinical assessment guideline review, in-service training and clinical consultation to staff.  The Mental Health Clinician provides outpatient mental health counseling and case management to identified clients with substance abuse and mental health disorders.  The Mental Health Clinician promotes higher levels of wellness, stability and quality of life, assists in the prevention of acute psychiatric episodes or substance abuse relapses, and assists the client to lessen the debilitating effects of substance abuse and mental disorders.  The Mental Health Clinician interacts with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling, as well as engaging in therapeutic and psychosocial activities.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develops and maintains a caseload as assigned by the Program Manager or designee.
    • Conducts comprehensive mental health assessments, provides crisis intervention, and coordinates the full range of client's needs.
    • Provides planning, linking, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up with clients assessed to have mental health issues.
    • Ensures resources and services are accessed in a timely manager, providing community based services in client's geographic area as needed.
    • Works with County Administrators, Program Managers and other community agencies to identify applicable resources.
    • Provides information about the program to community agencies connected to the mental health services system to educate them about our programs.  Participates in public relation activities as needed.
    • Maximizes the use of mental health and substance abuse services and avoids duplication of services.  Facilitates case coordination with substance abuse treatment staff; help clients navigate services systems.
    • Provides single point of accountability for mental health services.
    • Provides client, family, and staff education on mental health treatment.
    • Accompanies clients when necessary to needed services or resources.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required in compliance with agency, federal, state and local government standards of all clinical care in timely manner as dictated by program requirement.
    • Maintains contact with staff to review client progress.  Prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and treatment team meetings.
    • Maintains daily log of client contacts, utilizes approved electronic health record software for service reporting, collects necessary client demographic data and enters it in the database.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Master's degree in related behavioral science required.
    • Minimum of two (2) years full-time experience providing services to clients with mental health or substance use disorders.
    • Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish or other threshold language preferred.

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