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ADMHS Recovery Assistant

Salary: $14.23-$17.37 hourly / $2,474-$3,020 monthly / Range: 4656

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, assists professional staff in the delivery of mental health, medical, and community services to persons with severe and persistent mental illness; and performs related duties as required.

Incumbents in this class work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related problems, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.


  1. Provides transportation for clients, within and out-of-county, to destinations such as mental health and medical care facilities, board and care facilities, and court; delivers medications, documents, or personal belongings of clients.
  2. Assists clients by explaining the need for and value of services; accompanies and supports clients in performing daily living activities such as shopping or banking.
  3. Observes and reports verbally and in writing to professional staff the behavior and physical state of clients; documents observations of clients and activity with clients in medical charts.
  4. Speaks on behalf of clients in interactions with medical service providers and staff at various organizations or businesses; assists clients in completing forms and applications.


  1. One year of experience providing services to people with psychiatric, physical, or developmental disabilities; or,
  2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.

Knowledge of: basic English grammar and usage; characteristics of human behavior; and safe driving practices.

Ability to: observe clients, recognize behavior changes, and take effective action; respond supportively, empathetically, and professionally to persons with severe and persistent mental illness; make appropriate decisions within limits of authority; learn basics of mental health treatment systems and common signs/symptoms of acute mental illness; learn various community-based services; understand and follow oral and written instructions; interact with a wide range of people; prepare narrative reports and forms; work irregular hours and weekends; read a map; safely drive a vehicle; and work independently.

Working Conditions: Incumbents will have occasional contact with hostile and violent clients. Incumbents will be required to drive long distances under varied weather conditions, and work irregular hours.

Background Investigation: Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background investigation.

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