Co-Occurring Specialist

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Job Code: SD-568
Department: Mental & Behavioral Health
Location: CA - San Diego
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Associates Degree

Job Description:

Pathways by Molina, previously Providence Human Services, is one of the largest national providers of accessible, outcome-based behavioral and mental health services. At Pathways, we deliver exceptional value by creating healthier communities through the work of exceptional people. We proudly serve more than 55,000 unique clients and nearly 17 million individuals who qualify for services under our contracts.

Pathways by Molina is seeking an innovative and purpose driven individual to join our team as a Co-Occurring Specialist for our Catalyst program.

Catalyst is an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program. Catalyst provides full service partnership services to Transitional Age Youth (TAY) ages 16 to 25 with a serious mental illness, and who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in San Diego County. Catalyst’s ACT team provides comprehensive, individualized services in an integrated and continuous manner. Services are collaborative and recovery-oriented, and treatment includes: psychiatric assessment, medication management, individual therapy, substance abuse treatment, co-occurring disorders treatment, supportive housing, resource linkage, advocacy, family psycho-education and therapy, supportive employment and education development, legal assistance, community integration services, peer support and group counseling.


Manages and coordinates the substance abuse clinical/program modalities. Participates in program structure/design with therapeutic supervisor and provides clinical evaluation, treatment planning and individual and group counseling. Co-Occurring Specialist is an initial entry-level position with limited counseling experience. Co-Occurring Specialist is hired with substance abuse counseling experience.


•College level courses related to treatment of chemical dependency required and A.A. degree preferred
•Requires a current Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor or is completing the required hours for certification
•California Consortium of Addiction Programs and professions Credentialing (CCAPP Credentialing)


•Provides individual, family and group counseling to adults and adolescents with substance abuse problems
•Determines causal relationship between substance addiction, socio-economic factors and personality traits
•Designs and implements treatment plans identifying goals to be achieved 
•Coordinates with other treatment team members when specialized services required
•Works cooperatively with community agencies in the coordination of rehabilitation services for clients
•Counsels family members of clients to provide emotional support and provide information
•Reviews case records and refers clients to medical or psychiatric services as appropriate
•Leads client group utilizing accepted therapy mode, group therapy techniques and basic skills training
•Participates in utilization review activities
•Participates in the evaluation of counseling methods for the effective treatment of substance abuse related problems
•Prepares correspondence and reports as required
•Properly documents client’s progress on charts 
•Assists in coordinating and synchronizing substance abuse and service plan issues
•Meets with clinicians to report observations and reactions to clients and to review client's progress



Pathways by Molina is committed to creating the best possible work environment for our team members and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA, FSAs, vacation, sick, basic and optional life insurance, EAP, 401k (4% match for the 1st 4% contribution with immediate vesting) and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

Pathways by Molina is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic.

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