Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Mental Health Clinician

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    San Diego Center for Change is the case management and treatment provider for San Diego’s Central Division Adult Drug Court. We work collaboratively with other members of the Drug Court Team, who include the Judge, court support staff, District Attorney, Public Defender, and law enforcement liaison officers. As the treatment provider on the Drug Court Team, San Diego Center for Change helps our clients achieve success in living a productive life that is free of criminal activity. Our treatment services offer group and individual counseling, and our case management services provide for mental health, education, employment and community referral needs.

    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   


    For 40 years, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by behavioral health challenges.  MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”.   

    Position Description

    The Clinician performs a range of psychotherapeutic and rehabilitative interventions, including psychosocial assessment, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and limited case management duties as needed. In addition, the Clinician serves as the Care Coordinator for clients ensuring that they receive the full spectrum of services in a seamless manner and that they receive the optimal level of care needed to maximize functioning and minimize the need for higher levels of care.



    • Conducts comprehensive mental health assessments.
    • Coordinates the full range of client’s needs. Provides planning, linking, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up with Drug Court clients assessed to have mental health issues. Ensures resources and services are accessed in a timely manner, providing community based services in client’s geographic area as needed.
    • Provides a single point of accountability for mental health services.
    • Maximizes the use of mental health and substance abuse services and avoids duplication of services, facilitates case coordination with substance abuse treatment staff, help clients to navigate service systems.
    • Provides client, family, and staff education on mental health treatment
    • Develops and maintains a caseload as assigned by the Program Manager.
    • Collaborates with Public Conservator as needed on behalf of clients.
    • Provides crisis intervention.
    • Accompanies clients when necessary to needed services or resources.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Maintains contact with substance abuse treatment staff to continuously appraise client progress.
    • Prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and treatment team meetings.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Masters Degree in Social Work or related field.
    • Must be a registered intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional, within 6 months of employment.
    • One year’s experience providing case management services to individuals with dual diagnosis, SA/MH.
    • Extensive knowledge of community resources that will be utilized by clients.
    • Knowledge and awareness of cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.
    • Fluency in English, Fluency in Spanish preferred.
    • Possesses skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.


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