Mental Health Systems, Inc. - San Diego, CA3.5

30+ days agoFull-timeEstimated: $37,000 - $48,000 a year


The Serial Inebriate Program provides in-reach, case management, and substance abuse treatment services to court-sentenced, chronic public inebriates as an alternative to custody. Services include screening and assessment, non-residential substance abuse treatment, case management, housing, employment preparation, and other supportive services. The Serial Inebriate Program is gender responsive, culturally sensitive, and offers services for clients with co-occurring disorders. The Serial Inebriate Program Case Management II Housing Program, an adjunct program of the Serial Inebriate Program, has provided support for 40 sponsor-based subsidies and 25 shelter plus care vouchers, providing services to 65. Our Transitional Housing and Housing subsidies are provided through a grant from the San Diego Housing Commission and the City of San Diego.


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.


Substance Abuse Counselor intern will provide treatment to male and female clients in a gender non-residential substance abuse program. This position provides substance abuse counseling, case management and education services. Counselors interact with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling and education, as well as engaging in rehabilitation activities from time-to-time. Counselors provide substance abuse recovery skills and information and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction.


  • Develops and implements treatment plans; provides a variety of interventions including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, collateral services, and other relevant sobriety-related services to the clients.
  • Documents, reviews and charts client progress and completes all required documents on time according to Drug Medi-Cal guidelines.
  • Treatment planning, case management, reporting, and observed drug testing (must be gender specific).
  • Integrates the clinical concept with sound theoretical practice.
  • Knowledge of MI, CBT and REBT
  • Performs specimen collection and drug testing as required.
  • Prepares and maintains assessments, service plans, progress notes and other records and documentation and submits for Utilization Review.
  • Regularly provides and documents client progress with program requirements. Able to successfully input required progress notes and court summary information into computerized database in a timely manner.
  • Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
  • Support clients' attentive behavior.
  • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment.
  • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of cultural competency and cultural sensitivity and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships. To this end, each MHS employee must undergo a minimum of four hours of cultural competency training annually.
  • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
  • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.


  • Actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification in an approved college or training program.
  • Certification as a registered intern or certified clinician through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity .
  • B.A./B.S. M.A..M.S. degree in human, social services, psychology, etc with a focus on alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
  • Experience working with homeless and criminal justice system a plus

Req No. 2018-3419

Job Type: Full-time