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Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist - Homeless FSP

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $42,000 to $44,000 Annually
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental
  • Assess and provide individual and group counseling/case management and crisis intervention. Provide evaluation; plan development; placement services; assistance in daily living; linkage and consultation to co-occurring disordered individuals. Provide referrals to adjunct services in relapse prevention, possible short-term linkage to residential treatment availability, and/or detoxification services. Arrange for and administer random drug test procedures.
  • Provide direct and indirect client services.
  • Provide comprehensive dual diagnosis services between mental health and substance abuse treatment team. Administer broad base urinalysis testing of clients on an as needed basis to determine level of treatment compliance and mental health stability. Provide referrals for detoxification, treatment and sober living availability.
  • Inform and educate Homeless FSP clients and treatment team regarding rules and regulations of recovery program goals to insure improving mental health, attain harm reduction, and attain independent permanent residential stability
  • Assess client’s level of psychosocial impairment, substance abuse history, self-care potential, family and support network availability, independent living needs, financial status, education, employment or training needs, and social/recreational needs. Develop and coordinate services plans and make appropriate referrals.
  • Work as part of a multi-cultural, multi-discipline treatment team. Participate in staff meetings, team case conferences; attend dual diagnosis meetings and other meetings in the community as assigned.
  • Complete all Department of Mental Health (DMH) documentation within mandated time frame and in compliance with county, state, and Center guidelines.
  • Assist clients in developing or maintaining the daily living skills needed to implement and achieve the goals of the Client Care Coordinated Plan (CCCP). Work towards gaining skills for independent living in order to successfully obtain permanent supportive housing.
  • Provide crisis intervention – intervene to include relapse, detoxification or psychiatric hospitalization with the client at the onset of a crisis to provide support and assistance in problem resolution and to coordinate or arrange for the provision of other needed services.
  • Meet daily program productivity standards.
  • Transports clients to and from appropriate services as necessary.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate must have CAADAC/ CCAPP certification required. High School Diploma Required.


Minimum of two years experience in mental health setting preferably with homeless, forensic, dual diagnosed individuals. Experience in individual and group counseling. Two years alcohol & drug treatment experience preferred.


  • Must act in accordance with all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and related state law confidentiality requirements. Must successfully complete the Center’s HIPAA training, pass the HIPAA test, and receive the Certification of Compliance.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of the job.
  • Interacting with other employees at work is an essential function of the job.
  • Arriving at work on time and not leaving early is an essential function of the job.
  • Must have a good driving record and must be insurable by Center’s insurance company.
  • Bilingual, Spanish preferred.


Why Work Here?

We are the largest facility providing mental health services in the Los Angeles County

The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. founded in 1970, is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals and families within the community. Primary emphasis is placed on providing culturally sensitive and linguistically relevant services to infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and transitional age youth with serious emotional disorders, and services for adults and older adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The Center is committed to treating all consumers with dignity and enhancing their quality of life.

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