MHS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve people’s lives and instill hope by providing cost-effective community-based mental health, drug and alcohol recovery, and housing services. We continually seek new and improved ways of serving our clients and communities. MHS is an essential business.
The Substance Abuse Counselor provides drug and alcohol counseling to adult clients authorized to receive substance abuse treatment under a non-residential substance abuse or mental health program. Counselors interact with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling, as well as engaging in rehabilitation activities. The Substance Abuse Counselor provides clients with orientation, training, substance abuse recovery skills and information, and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction. The Substance Abuse Counselor may be assigned additional counseling duties.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Maintain a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager. Provide a variety of interventions including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, collateral services, and other relevant sobriety-related services to clients.
Document, review, and chart client progress; Complete all required paperwork, on time.
Attend treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan. Prepares treatment and discharge plans and discharge summaries.
Designate new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
Initiate appropriate and timely interventions.
Integrate the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
Provide input to develop and improve program servicing and delivery.
Assist other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
Schedule daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
Act as co-leader in assigned groups.
Other relevant duties as assigned.
Comply with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
Must meet one of the following:
o Certification through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity plus two years of experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions, preferred, OR,
o Actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification and two years of experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions, OR,
o B.A./B.S. degree in human service field and one year of experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions
Working knowledge of California’s Title 9 DUI program as a provider, required.
Ability to produce legible, clear, and concise written documentation
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office and EHR software
Ability to set priorities, problem solve, and react appropriately to emergency situations
Ability to work independently and effectively collaborate with a team
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working in cramped spaces
Moving around office
Moving between offices/clients
Lifting/carrying heavy items
Standing for long periods
Sitting for long periods of time
MHS is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and to attracting and retaining the most qualified employees without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability or protected veteran status.