Recovery Specialist

San Anselmo, California, United States Full-time

Side by Side is a Joint Commission accredited mental and behavioral health community based organization serving youth and family members in four counties – Marin, Alameda, Sonoma, and Napa with and a staff of over 120 clinicians and professionals. We believe in investing in our team with training, continuing education and clinical supervision and provide a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

The Recovery Specialist provides alcohol and drug treatment services to youth, ages 13 to 17, who are struggling with substance use issues that are significantly impacting their daily lives, through Side by Side ReStart Programs. (Read more about our ReStart program below)


  • Conduct or assist Intake Coordinator with admission assessments to verify level of care placement needs, utilizing written referral data and in-person interviews
  • Collaborate with youth in promoting the involvement of family, and other informal and formal support team members, in planning and coordinating services for each youth
  • Develop an individualized Treatment Plan for each client, in collaboration with the Clinician, client and family, developing relevant, attainable goals which address impairments related to substance use issues
  • Conduct/co-facilitate psycho-education, process, and multi-family groups to address various topics and issues related to substance use and its impact on client well-being and functioning
  • Provide psychoeducation about substance use issues, focusing on harm reduction, recovery and relapse prevention, utilizing Evidence Based Practices such as Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Manage daily operations of program setting, including assigning chores to clients, meal preparation, schedule management, etc.
  • Meet weekly for case consultation with Clinician and Medical Director to review client progress
  • Responsible for documentation for treatment plans in the TIER system and/or Marin County’s WITS system
  • May also carry out community-based outreach, including communication with schools, medical personnel, employment resources, community presentations and/or speaking engagements to promote services


  • Preferred: Certification or Registration as an CA Association for Alchohol Drug Educators (CAADE) or California Association of DUI Treatment Program (CADTP) 
  • Also considered: B.A. and 4 years’ related experience in drug and alcohol counseling field OR A.A. and 6 years’ related experience in drug and alcohol counseling field (RADT or other AOD and / or SUD Counseling experience)
  • Fingerprint clearance through Dept. of Social Services Community Care Licensing
  • Valid California driver's license, dependable car and proof of insurance
  • Insurable by SHS' automobile policy                        

Position Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday / Hours: 3-11pm (40 hours)

 *Please specify in your cover letter which shifts you are applying for.

ReStart (Marin County)

Substance abuse is a critical issue among teens in our community, yet there are few affordable places to get help. ReStart is a residential and after school program for youth ages 13 to 17 struggling with substance abuse and one of very few residential treatment facilities in Northern California that young people and their families can turn to, regardless of income. Led by a multidisciplinary team, ReStart’s unique approach blends recovery, mental health, and daily coping skills to help youth overcome their struggles with substance abuse. Treatment plans are customized and include individual and group counseling, family therapy, parent education, adventure therapy, and recreation. ReStart offers both a 10-bed residential program providing 30 to 60 day treatment, and an afterschool, 20 hours per week program, providing up to 90 days of treatment.

About Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Services/BAYC

Join us at Side by Side, to walk with young people impacted by adversity on their individual journeys to heal from trauma, restore resilience, and embrace their own potential. From therapeutic housing to substance abuse treatment, we provide comprehensive services that honor the young person’s unique needs and strengths to prevent the escalation of dangerous conditions and behaviors and set them on a positive path.

Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Services is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, Vietnam era or other veteran status.

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