Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Dual Recovery Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Oceanside
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    North Coastal ACT is an intensive and all-inclusive community based program serving adults diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. The program includes psychiatric medication management, housing, employment, case management and peer support services  to assist clients with the rehabilitation and recovery goals. 


    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 for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Dual Recovery Specialist provides education, support, and specific treatments aimed at assisting in clients’ recovery from alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Incumbent 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 implements social model interventions in the milieu. Dual Recovery Specialists utilize and incorporate best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, prevocational, nursing, social skills and illness management techniques with a strengths-based approach—consistent with principles of CCIS. The Dual Recovery Specialist also provides case management services and serves as liaison with Probation, when 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.


    • Master's Degree in human service field AND minimum 2 years' experience providing services to individuals with substance use and mental health disorders.


    • Certification in a substance abuse treatment field AND minimum of 2 years' experience providing substance abuse and integrated services to individuals with co-occurring disorders.


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