Recovery Specialist job – Mental Health Systems, Inc. – United States

Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 30 years ago to provide mental health and substance abuse services. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values.

MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Benefit eligibility is contingent upon employment status. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.

The Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Services program provides intensive and all-inclusive case management and outpatient/rehabilitation services to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness with severe functional impairments who have avoided or not responded well to traditional mental health/psychiatric care and rehabilitation services.

Position Description:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Provides engagement and outreach to current or potential clients in the community.

 Performs assessments and alcohol and drug screening of clients; 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, demonstrating 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.

 Assists in determining client eligibility for MediCal enrollment assistance.

 Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.

 Successfully functions as a team member.

Education/Experience Requirements:
EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE:
For Master’s level position: Master’s degree in human services field, registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and at least two years’ experience providing substance abuse and mental health services to individuals with co-occurring disorder. Candidates will work under the direct supervision of a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Psychologist, or Psychiatrist.

 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.

 Training and/or experience in substance abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing and 12-Step programs.

KNOWLEDGE OF:
 Assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques, as well as behavioral management and crisis intervention skills.

 CCISC principles and Assertive Community Treatment model of service delivery and the ability to implement such services.

 Cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.

 Cultural competency relevant to community/communities served.

 Procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.

SKILLS:
 Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog or Arabic is preferred if the position serves that population.

 Resourcefulness, initiative and the ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.

 Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.

 Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.

ABILITY TO:
 Must be able to engage culturally diverse populations.

 Create written documentation that is legible, clear, and concise.

 Maintain the distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.

 Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion as evidenced by maintaining a cooperative and flexible attitude toward coworkers, showing adaptability to change, exhibiting effective communication and interpersonal skills, and taking initiative to solve problems.

 Set priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.

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