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Substance Abuse Counselor/Recovery Services Specia in San Diego County

  • NAMI Next Steps
  • Full time
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  • San Diego County
  • 27/11/2018
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  • Substance Abuse Counselor/Recovery Services Specialist


About our Program and Organization

Next Steps is an Integrated Care peer and family support and engagement program based at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital. A partnership of Mental Health Systems Inc., Family Health Centers of San Diego, NAMI San Diego and United Pan Asian Communities of San Diego, staff assist participants in addressing their self identified concerns in the areas of mental health, physical health and substance use. Drawing on their lived experience, staff empowers individuals by modeling and, assisting in the development, of self management skills; linking them to outpatient and community services and supports and coaching them in their recovery journey.  The foundation of the program is the recovery model which fosters hope and self- efficacy. Next Steps also aims to reduce stigma related to having mental illness and substance use issues that often create significant barriers to recovery.


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.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

The Substance Abuse Counselor - Hospital Team provides screenings and brief individual and group modalities of drug and alcohol counseling. The Substance Abuse Counselor provides clients at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital (SDCPH) with orientation, training, substance abuse recovery skills and information, and leadership necessary to provide them with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction.  The Substance Abuse Counselor provides services, support, and linkages to clients' family members and support persons.



  • Works directly with the participant to provide orientation to the program and the concept of recovery.
  • Develops and implements crisis and recovery plans with participant.
  • Provides brief individual and recovery services, information,education, and relapse prevention.
  • Provides substance abuse group counseling at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital.
  • Provides a variety of interventions including brief individual counseling, crisis intervention, collateral services, and other relevant recovery-related services to clients.
  • Establishes trusting relationships and collaborates with clients, family members and/or significant others to facilitate clients’ recovery.
  • Provides substance abuse education to clients and their significant others.
  • Participates in treatment teams in conjunction with clinical staff at SDCPH to help develop treatment plans for clients.
  • Attends daily Hospital Team huddles and provides input to the clients’ treatment plan.
  • Prepares and implements discharge plans.
  • Integrates recovery concepts with sound theoretical and practical applications of brief rehabilitative and individual, group, and milieu counseling principles.


  • Must either: Possess a State approved AOD-certification through CAADE or CCAPP upon hire; or be in the process of becoming certified and complete a recognized alcohol and drug certification throughCAADE or CCAPP within three (3) months of hire date.
  • AA degree preferred.
  • Lived experience preferred.
  • Candidates must pass County of San Diego's extensive background screening process.

$18.00 -$19.00 per hour

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