Dual Diagnosis Relief Counselor (On-Call)

Agency History:
Bonita House, Inc. (BHI) is a well-respected nonprofit mental health agency with multiple sites in Alameda County and an operating budget of $7.5 million. Founded in 1971, we offer a range of services for people diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse disorders
Program Needs:
The Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program is currently seeking ON-CALL (part-time) RELIEF COUNSELORS (non-exempt, $15.50/hour) to cover the following day AND/OR evening shifts, as needed:

8:00 - 4:30 pm
12:30 - 10:30 pm
3:00 - 11:00 pm
Program Summary:
Under the direction of the Program Director and Assistant Program Director, the Dual Diagnosis Residential RELIEF COUNSELORS are responsible for providing intensive group and individual counseling to adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders within a beautiful, historic, Victorian, 15-bed residential treatment setting serving both men and women, ages 18-59. As part of a multidisciplinary team, this position provides strength-based therapeutic care, facilitates a wide variety of recovery-oriented activities, and offers training and coaching in life skills within a 24/7 milieu setting. Bonita House, Inc. (BHI) strongly values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds, including those who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use recovery and/or with family members, to apply.


Prospective candidates must meet the criteria of a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS) by having fulfilled AT LEAST ONE of the following:

• AA degree with 6 YEARS of experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
• BA degree experience with 4 YEARS of experience working in mental health, substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
• MA in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field with 2 YEARS of experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services
• Registered with the BBS as an MFTI or ACSW


- Facilitates residents' recovery skill-building opportunities and increased attention to their activities of daily living, house chores, cleaning and cooking tasks through modeling, coaching, teaching and working alongside them.
- Assists residents in monitoring their own medications as prescribed by their physicians.
- Provides randomized Urine Analysis (UA) and breathalyzer testing as a recovery-oriented treatment tool.
In addition, candidates must meet the following qualifications to be considered for the position:
• Community Care Licensing (CCL) criteria for employees of residential care facilities (Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist / MHRS status).
• Pass the Federal Background fingerprint check (Live Scan).
• Must have the ability to work both independently and as an active and self-initiating member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team.
• Must evidence leadership skills and an assertive, direct communication style.
• Must demonstrate a high-level of professionalism with the capacity to set boundaries empathically and consistently with a diversified, co-occurring disorders population.
• Must demonstrate excellent writing skills (i.e. knowledge of appropriate clinical language and DSM diagnostic criteria, in addition to extensive experience with developing treatment plans and writing progress notes) to meet the required standards of documentation.
• Must be able to effectively prioritize competing demands and meet weekly deadlines on an ongoing basis.
• Must have strong communication and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft applications.
• Must have a valid, current driver's license with an insurable record.
• Must be willing to drive the agency van for outings when needed.
• Must be able to physically assist in the evacuation of people from the house in the event of an emergency.
• Must demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility and be able to work amicably with multiple team members.
Compensation: $15.50 per hour (non-benefited)
employment type: part-time
non-profit organization

How to Apply
  • Mail/Email resume and cover letter detailing related experience to:

    Bonita House Inc.
    Attention: HR Department
    6333 Telegraph Avenue, #102
    Oakland, CA 94609

    Email: resumes@ (please include resume in the body of your email, in addition to attaching). Please type job title in subject line.

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Appropriate candidates will be contacted.
  • Bonita House is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. - See more at: