Clinician III/IV/LPHA - Union City Outpatient Program

Job Overview

The Clinician/LPHA works collaboratively with a team of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselors to assist in providing DMC services to TAY and Adult clients. Under the DMC model, LPHAs are qualified to establish medical necessity, diagnosis and approve SUD treatment plans. The Clinician/LPHA also maintains a caseload of clients seeking substance use and co-occurring treatment. This position conducts assessments, individual, group counseling sessions, progress reviews with each client, crisis management and discharge planning. The Clinician/LPHA acts as a liaison between the agency and outside organizations, collaborating with program staff to link clients with appropriate resources in the community (e.g. vocational, housing, and medical services).

Key Responsibilities

LPHA responsibilities: Ensures clients are assessed to the appropriate level of care and provides diagnostic feedback and assessment information to facilitate any changes (step up or step down services) to support client’s treatment goals. Meets with SUD counselors and reviews and signs treatment plans and medical necessity forms, adhering to strict Drug Medi-Cal timelines. In conjunction with the Clinical Program Manager may assist in curriculum development and facilitates training as needed.

Clinical Responsibilities: Provides mental health assessments and evaluations, integrated alcohol and drug counseling, which includes individual therapy and support via in-person or telehealth. Provides culturally competent services using harm reduction and trauma informed principles. Identifies treatment needs, recommends treatment plans based on assessment, and works to ensure clients are able meet all requirements. crisis interventions and assesses situations for further needs. Maintains a caseload of clients providing substance use and mental health treatment. Maintains productivity target as established by agency and/or County funder.

Administration and compliance: Monitors reports daily to prevent and clear any compliance errors in client charts. Maintains client charts in accordance with governing standards and regulations (Drug Medi-Cal). Maintain records and documents services in a timely manner. Maintains strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all clients, conversations and referrals. Complies with Board requirements for license registration/renewal.

Treatment Setting Responsibilities: Facilitates groups using evidence-based strategies on a variety of core curriculum such as CBT, Seeking Safety, DBT and Relapse Prevention in person or through telehealth. Coordinates discharge planning with client’s SUD Counselor. Along with Clinical Program Manager, provides clinical consultation to staff regarding symptom management, mental health conditions and crisis intervention strategies. Attends staff and agency meetings. Participates in agency trainings as required.

Documentation Responsibilities: Conducts assessments, develops treatment plans, completes release and consent forms and discharge paperwork in a timely manner. In addition, completes assigned Drug Medi-Cal documentation and billing. Documents all delivered individual and group services in various electronic systems in accordance with guidelines established by HealthRIGHT 360 to satisfy internal and external evaluating requirements.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience Required:

  • Registered with Board of Behavioral Sciences (AMFT, ASW, APCC) or Board of Psychology (Registered Psychologist).
  • Minimum two years of experience in a substance abuse treatment or community mental health setting.
  • First Aid certified within 30 days of employment.
  • CPR certified within 30 days of employment.
  • A valid California driver’s license.
  • Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population.
  • Experience with mental health assessment and diagnosis.
  • Knowledge of co-occurring disorders and trauma informed treatment.
  • Experience providing individual and group counseling.
  • Experience with harm reduction and evidenced-based practices (e.g. CBT, Seeking Safety, DBT, MI).
  • Knowledge of clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.).
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Outlook and internet applications.


  • Licensed with Board of Behavioral Sciences (MFT, LCSW, LPCC) or Board of Psychology (Psychologist).
  • Experience with Drug Medi-Cal requirements and billing.
  • Experience working with criminal justice population.

Background Clearance Required:

  • Must not be on active parole or probation.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to enter data into various electronic systems while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the data.
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Action oriented.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to multitask and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of interdisciplinary team and independently assume responsibility.
  • Strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed.
  • Able to communicate well at all levels of the organization including working with organization leadership and high-level representatives of partner organizations.
  • Able to work within a frequently changing project scope while maintaining overall direction and structured priorities.


Compensation: $65,000.00-$75,000.00
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competative benefits package.
City: Union City, CA
Hours/wk: 40