Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Mental Health Clinician

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization


    Our Serial Inebriate Program (SIP) provides case management, transitional housing, and outpatient substance use disorder treatment services in lieu of custody time for chronic, often homeless,  inebriates. The program was initiated as a problem-solving effort to reduce the revolving door serial inebriate syndrome wherein chronic, homeless alcoholics go in and out of Detox Centers, County Jail, and local Emergency Rooms for the criminal offense of drunk-in-public.



    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.   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. 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 for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Mental Health Clinician is responsible for programs, mental health services, clinical assessment guidelines, clinical assessment guideline review, in-service training and clinical consultation to staff.  The Mental Health Clinician provides outpatient mental health counseling and case management to identified clients with substance abuse and mental health disorders.  The Mental Health Clinician promotes higher levels of wellness, stability and quality of life, assists in the prevention of acute psychiatric episodes or substance abuse relapses, and assists the client to lessen the debilitating effects of substance abuse and mental disorders.  The Mental Health Clinician interacts with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling, as well as engaging in therapeutic and psychosocial activities.



    • Maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager, providing a variety of services including group and individual counseling, client education, access to care, and crisis intervention.
    • Documents clinical files accurately.
    • Provides clinical consultation to counseling team include review and approval of diagnosis, assessment, tx plans, and stay review justifications.
    • Performs mental health screenings, assessments, and service plans.
    • symptom management and education, crisis intervention, symptom education, coordination of care.  Participates in tx team and service planning meetings.
    • Co-facilitates treatment groups for clients with co-occurring disorders.
    • Provides single point of accountability for mental health services.
    • Provides client, family, and staff education on mental health treatment.
    • Accompanies clients when necessary to needed services or resources.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required in compliance with agency, federal, state and local government standards of all clinical care in timely manner as dictated by program requirement.
    • Maintains contact with staff to review client progress.  Prepares critical care issues for discussion during supervision and treatment team meetings.
    • Maintains daily log of client contacts, utilizes approved electronic health record software for service reporting, collects necessary client demographic data and enters it in the database.



    • 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 (supervision provided by Mental Health Systems).
    • Knowledge or experience working with dually diagnosed, homeless, criminal justice populations.  
    • Ability to conduct research a plus.


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