Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Peer Dual Support Specialist

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

    Our Fresno IMPACT program offers 24-hour community-based treatment for individuals who have accessed emergency response system at a higher than normal rate and who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse problem.  All clients of IMPACT are eligible to receive medication management and monitoring, therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, case management, vocational rehabilitation, peer counseling and support, and housing services.


    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.

    Position Description

    The Peer Dual Recovery Specialist provides education, support, and specific treatments aimed at assisting in clients’ recovery from alcohol and substance abuse disorders from a personal and educational perspective. Incumbent completes assessments, provides group and individual counseling, and offers outreach to clients, and families as appropriate. At the level of personal experience and AOD registration/certification, the specialist provides substance abuse education and relapse prevention strategies, and referrals. Peer Dual Recovery Specialists utilize and incorporate best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, and social skills and illness management techniques with a strengths-based approach—consistent with principles of CCISC. 



    ▪ Provides engagement and outreach to current or potential clients and families in the community.

    ▪ Performs screening assessments 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, and families in the community and demonstrates boundaries consistent with professional standards.

    ▪ Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in a timely manner as dictated by program requirements.

    ▪ Carries a small caseload.

    ▪ Primarily provides services in the field.

    ▪ Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of this program component.

    ▪ Assists in promoting program services to community when appropriate.

    ▪ Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPAA standards.

    ▪ Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment and ensures facilities upkeep and safety.

    ▪ Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Minimum qualification is registration with approved certifying agenc.
    • 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.
    • Must have life experience of being in recovery or have had a family member in recovery and be willing to disclose.
    • Training and/or personal experience in substance abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing and 12-Step programs.


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