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BridgeWays Juvenile Recovery Specialist (East Mesa

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BridgeWays Juvenile Recovery Specialist (East Mesa in San Diego County

  • San Diego Youth Services
  • Full time
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  • San Diego County
  • 04/09/2019
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SDYS Job Announcement:

Juvenile Recovery Specialist

BridgeWays Program
East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility

Status: Full-time, $36,000/year plus excellent benefits, including comprehensive health insurance coverage, wellness program and generous PTO plan.

Specific Responsibilities:  The Juvenile Recovery Specialist (JRS) will report to the Intuitional Clinical Lead, Program Manager, and Director of Services. Perform comprehensive alcohol and drug assessments for youth and their families. Provide program-based alcohol and drug counseling, crisis intervention, family counseling and referrals to appropriate treatment and recovery services. Develop a strong working collaboration with San Diego County Probation Department. Facilitate multiple substance abuse and other topic groups at East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, and participate in all multi-disciplinary team meetings.

  1. The development, implementation and evaluation of an integrated treatment approach for youth with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. JRS will be trauma informed and will adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.
  2. Comply with the standards of quality and efficiency as established by the multi-disciplinary assessment team, led by San Diego County Juvenile Probation.
  3. Develop and maintain linkages with community referrals including faith-based congregations.
  4. Maintain accurate and timely records for each youth by documenting all contacts into CERNER and PCMS.
  5. Contact Supervisor weekly to update on current weekly schedule, concerns, etc.
  6. Participate on a multi-disciplinary treatment teams to provide expertise regarding youth alcohol and drug services.
  7. Provide screening, assessment, treatment, crisis counseling, and referrals.
  8. Provide comprehensive institutional individual/family drug and alcohol education/relapse prevention counseling, group counseling and case management services.
  9. Juvenile Recovery Specialist shall contact parents to encourage them to be fully in involved in program activities and to support youth in their sobriety.
  10. Provide advocacy, and updated alcohol/drug linkage and information services to the youth.
  11. Screen youth’s SUD risk level by utilizing the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI), reviewing drug test results, and individual sessions with the youth, to determine appropriate placement in SUD groups and level of treatment.
  12. JRS will maintain up to date monthly statistical reports.
  13. Adhere to agency and San Diego County Probation dress code.
  14. Submit accurate end-of-the-month reports to the Probation Department and SDYS.
  15. Attend staff meetings: agency and programs as directed.
  16. Welcome and support volunteers in the organization and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.
  17. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.
  18. Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of the youth’s protected health information and other applicable information in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.

Other duties as assigned or required.

QualificationsBachelor’s degree, preferably and CCAPP Alcohol and Drug certification, and two years’ experience in working with adolescents, in an alcohol or other drug setting or equivalent knowledge and experience. Must have or be willing to obtain Alcohol and Drug certification, being registered within 6 months of hiring and gain certification within 5 years of hiring. Experience in crisis intervention. Familiar with the Juvenile Justice/Probation Systems. Ability to pass Juvenile Probation clearance. Demonstrated ability to work with multi-disciplinary team.  Good driving record and willing to use own, properly insured vehicle for the job. Able to obtain CPR/First-Aid Certificate.  Willing to go through clearance process including TB and drug testing. (Hire is pending the results of appropriate clearances). Familiarity with all areas in the San Diego County area. Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment; experience working in trauma-informed and dual diagnosis programs preferred.

Physical Requirements: Must have ability to bend at the waist, kneel or crouch to assist students. Must have ability to hear and speak to exchange information and make presentations. Must have ability to lift and carry 20 pounds--lifting books, materials and equipment to execute lessons and presentations. Seeing to read, prepare and review a variety of activities and to monitor youth activities. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Walking extended lengths to move around sites. Potential exposure to physical injury from aggressive behavior. Must attend trainings and abide by Probation Departments’ CORI/CLETS and PREA; as well as, maintain PCMS documentation requirements. Must be available to work weekends and evenings as assigned by supervisor and/or as needed. Employment subject to clearances (including Probation Department), which include fingerprinting, background checks, TB test, driving record and drug testing. Must have reliable vehicle, relevant auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willing to drive own, properly insured vehicle for job related tasks. 


Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and education. Bilingual pay available. Eligible for employer paid benefits including medical, dental, vision, & Life Insurance, Generous vacation, sick, and holiday time-off benefits. Flexible Spending Account and 403(b) Retirement Plan available.


An Equal Opportunity Employer

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended,
all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

Job Opened: 8/12/2019

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San Diego Youth Services

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