Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-Santee
    Req No.
    2018-3412
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    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 for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Substance Abuse Counselors interact with residents on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling. They 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.

      

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Works directly with the resident to 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, relapse prevention and 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.
    • 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 in a timely manner.
    • Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan. Prepares treatment and discharge plans and discharge summaries.
    • 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.
    • Ensures clients are informed of inappropriate behavior, and assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
    • Acts as co-facilitator in assigned groups.

    Qualifications

    • Possess or be in the process of obtaining certification for substance abuse treatment as CAADE, CCAPP or similar professional certification from an accredited, recognized entity.
    • 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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