Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Mental Health Clinician (Lead)

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

    Next Steps is an Integrated Care peer and family support and engagement program based at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital. A partnership of Mental Health Systems Inc., Family Health Centers of San Diego, NAMI San Diego and United Pan Asian Communities of San Diego, staff assist participants in addressing their self identified concerns in the areas of mental health, physical health and substance use. Drawing on their lived experience, staff empowers individuals by modeling and, assisting in the development, of self management skills; linking them to outpatient and community services and supports and coaching them in their recovery journey.  The foundation of the program is the recovery model which fosters hope and self- efficacy. Next Steps also aims to reduce stigma related to having mental illness and substance use issues that often create significant barriers to recovery.


    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.  At Mental Health Systems, our workforce is dedicated to unlocking the potential and improving the lives of every individual, family, and community struggling with mental health, substance use disorders, and lack of affordable housing. Since 1978,  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”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick.

    Position Description

    The Lead Mental Health Clinician/Administrative Supervisor is responsible for the overall operation of the MHS Next Steps subcontract with NAMI, including ensuring quality of services, staff management, leadership and supervision, administrative activities, safety and compliance.  The Lead Mental Health Clinician provides support to the Hospital Team, consistent of MHS and other agency staff.  The Lead Mental Health clinician, provides clinical assessment, referrals, and support to clients, as well as support to their families and the Emergency Psychiatric Unit (EPU) and County outpatient staff as needed. The Lead Mental Health Clinician works closely with the NAMI Next Steps Program Manager to build strong collaborative relationships with the EPU and hospital staff. The Lead Mental Health Clinician demonstrates a strong working knowledge of best practices in peer and family run programs, bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, and Comprehensive Continuous Integrated System of Care (CCISC) principles of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.



    • Provides oversight of clinical and administrative operation of the Next Steps Hospital and MHS subcontract team, implements and monitors approved policies and procedures. Provides leadership and guidance to the NS Hospital and MHS subcontract team.
    • Supervises and coaches staff performance and utilizes sound management practice Functions as primary liaison with San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital, contracting agency, and other community providers and networks Overall responsibility for subcontract staffing.
    • Oversees the planning and implementation of the schedule and the peer and family lead components of the program.
    • Provides crisis assessment and referral, and support and education for family and significant others.
    • As a member of a direct services team, provides outreach, rehabilitation, and support services to identified clients and families.
    • Trains staff in proper documentation procedures; creation, implementation of and participating in the Quality Assurance Program; and responsibility for documentation.
    • Provides guidance of direct staff in milieu and supports the practice and principles of Peer and Family run programs.
    • Provides Clinical Supervision to program staff weekly.
    • Adheres to program budget and reviews monthly operating statements to ensure program financial integrity.
    • Recruits, assesses and recommends candidates to fill vacant positions.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field. Current licensure as LMFT, LCSW, or Psychologist or similar licensure in the State of California.
    • Five years of experience working with mentally ill and dually diagnosed populations in a clinical setting.
    • Two years of supervisory experience in a similar work setting.
    • Experience working with peer and family run programs preferred.


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