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San Diego Youth Services BridgeWays Juvenile Recovery Specialist in San Diego, California

SDYS Job Announcement:

Juvenile Recovery Specialist

BridgeWays: Community Unit ? GRF ? JRF-JFAST ? PYJI ?

Reflections Central ? YDC Central ? YDC/Reflections North

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 will report to the Program Manager. Perform comprehensive alcohol and drug assessments for youth and their families. Provide home, school or program-based alcohol and drug counseling, crisis intervention and referral to appropriate treatment and recovery services to youth participating in the Community Unit ? GRF ? JRF - JFAST ? PYJI ? Day Treatment Sites Programs of the Juvenile Probation Department?s Breaking Cycles Program. Coordinate project and community treatment resources, as needed.


  • The development, implementation and evaluation of an integrated treatment approach for youth with Co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders and trauma informed youth programs with the standards of quality and efficiency as established by the BridgeWays project.

  • Develop and maintain linkages with community referral and recruitment sources.

  • Maintain accurate and timely records for each service partner including intake work, progress notes, statistics, termination summaries, discharge plans, 21-day recovery bed and TRC referral information.

  • Contact Supervisor weekly to update on schedule, concerns, review case files assigned to the Community Unit ? GRF ?JRF ? JFAST ? PYJI ? Reflections Central ? YDC Central ? YDC/Reflections North Programs.

  • Attend weekly conferences with respective teams. Participate on a multi-disciplinary treatment team, provide screening, assessment, treatment, crisis counseling, and referrals.

  • Provide intensive, institutional, home based and school-based individual/family drug and alcohol education/relapse prevention counseling, group counseling case management services, and random urinalysis for a caseload of approximately 5 to 15 cases on a weekly basis.

  • Provide case management services to an additional 10 youth for a total caseload that is not to exceed 25. Weekly contacts with enrolled SP?S, face-to-face, phone contact with family or collaterals. Contact parents to be involved.

  • Appear in Court hearings, provide advocacy, and updated alcohol/drug linkage and information services to Service Partners.

  • Screen adolescent utilizing Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory for reporting to the BridgeWays Assessment Process.

  • Maintain systems for client records documentation, and program: Participant records are to be completed; entrance with a recovery plan and exit with a discharge summary.

  • Maintain strong linkages with schools, law enforcement, and alcohol and drug intervention program serving the San Diego County area.

  • Maintain an alcohol and drug intervention program resource system.

  • Update treatment agencies in respective area and keep Probation Staff informed of any/all changes in treatment program policies. Work hours consistent with an eight (8) hour work schedule. Five days per week, Monday ? Friday. Community Unit shall work 2 late days per week and one Saturday per month.

  • Welcome and support volunteers in the organization and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.

  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service partner protected health information in accordance with HIPAA.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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.

Qualifications: Bachelor?s degree, preferably with CADAAC 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 other Drug Certification. 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. Bi-cultural/bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred. 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.

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: 6/14/2019