Mental Health Systems   •  

Fresno, CA

Industry: Misc. Healthcare


Not Specified years

Posted 319 days ago


Program/Department Description

Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established in 1978 as a not-for-profit, community based service organization, providing mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. 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. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status.

The Floyd Farrow Substance Abuse Unit (SAU) program is a co-occurring disorder adolescent program for youth that are incarcerated in the Fresno Juvenile Justice Campus.  The program provides client centered strength based residential, day intensive and outpatient substance abuse treatment.  We collaborate with a multidisciplinary team that includes teachers, probation officers, clinicians, counselors and families. We offer the education, early intervention and treatment that allows dually diagnosed and criminally addicted adolescents to recover from the effects of all mood-altering chemicals.

Position Description

The Therapist performs a range of psychotherapeutic and rehabilitative interventions, including psychosocial assessment, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and limited case management duties as needed. In addition, the Therapist serves as Care Coordinator for clients, ensuring that they receive the full spectrum of services in a seamless manner.  Therapists ensure that clients receive the optimal level of care needed to maximize functioning and minimize need for higher levels of care. They incorporate best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, psychosocial rehabilitation, and the CCISC model of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.


- Works closely with Clinical Supervisor and Substance Abuse Counselor to monitor the psychiatric well-being of clients.

- Serves as Care Coordinator for a caseload of clients as assigned by Program Manager. Provides a variety of services including

group and individual counseling, rehabilitation/skills building, relapse prevention, and crisis intervention.

- Performs psychosocial assessments.

- Practices the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery.

- Interacts therapeutically with clients and exhibits professional boundaries consistent with professional standards.

- Works with volunteers and interns in an informative and collegial capacity.

- Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program


- Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time as scheduled.

- Successfully functions as a team member.

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

Education/Experience Requirements


- Masters degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling

- Ability to perform accurate diagnostic assessments

- Working knowledge of medical model including DSM, psychosocial rehabilitation, and CCISC model.

- Training and/or experience in delivering psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services.


- Bilingual, Spanish speaking if the position serves Spanish speaking population.

- Demonstrates:

o Knowledge of cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual

diagnosis disorders.

o Skills necessary to provide effective counseling services and the ability to successfully work as a member of a

treatment team.

o Knowledge of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.

o Knowledge of the symptoms and treatment of people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

- Complies with standards of care established for the program. Continually demonstrates the ability to provide quality care to

program clients.

- Shows ability to interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.

- Possesses understanding of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery and CCISC models of service delivery.

- Ability to respond appropriately to crisis situations and perform sound interventions.

- Ability to perform a psychosocial assessment and create appropriate client plans based on models of care as outlined above.

- Ability to perform accurate diagnostic assessments.

- Knowledge of behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.

- Knowledge of laws and ethics guiding the profession.

- Proficiency providing individual and group counseling, and knowledge of best practices.

- Working knowledge of assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques.

- Capacity to develop sound therapeutic relationships with clients that facilitate their progress toward stated goals.

- 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.