Mental Health Clinician

Job Overview

We operate as a residential facility that serves up to 120 women (with the capacity for up to 20 children under the age of 5) seeking recovery from substance use disorders. We offer gender responsive, trauma informed, person- centered and evidence based interventions.  For clients with co-occuring mental illness, we provide integrated substance use and mental health services which treat both conditions as primary.  

The primary responsibilities of the Mental Health Clinician include providing direct participant care in a manner that exemplifies HealthRIGHT 360’s philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision through the provision of confidential therapy and psychoeducational groups, conducting mental health and substance use disorder assessments and evaluations to identify behaviors and problems related to a participant’s addiction and potential co-occurring disorders. S/he acts as a liaison between the agency and outside organizations, linking participants with the appropriate resources to meet their health, mental health and human service needs. They will demonstrate the ability to obtain and interpret information in terms of the participant’s needs, document knowledge of participant’s growth and progress, and demonstrate an understanding of the range of treatment needed by participants served.  Must enjoy working as a member of a diverse team in a cooperative effort and be able to exercise creative and independent judgment to solve problems.  May also be assigned to assist in signing off on treatment plans of other staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct mental health assessments to identify treatment needs. 
  • Conducts intakes and discharges determining appropriate level of care based on ASAM criteria and able to document effectively.  
  • Provide direct participant care such as facilitating psycho-educational groups, individual therapy, couples and family therapy a brief intervention model. 
  • Act as a liaison between other programs and referring agencies.  
  • Monitor participant conduct, record participant activity, and inform treatment  team of potential problems. 
  • Handle crisis interventions.
  • Maintain and successfully retain assigned caseload of clients. 
  • Maintains composure while under great pressure. 


Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Must be a MFT, MSW, APCC or Psychologist from a regionally accredited graduate program in the field of Psychology or Counseling Psychology.  Master level candidates must be registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and possess a valid registration number. 
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a substance abuse treatment or community mental health setting.
  • Experience working with co-occurring disorders.
  • Experience working with criminal justice populations.
  • Familiarity with trauma informed therapy models, cognitive-behavioral therapy, brief psychotherapy, and psycho-education applications.
  • Familiarity with working with psychotic and other severe mental presentations.
  • First aid and CPR certified within the first 60 days of employment.
  • A valid California driver's license and current automobile insurance.
  • Must not be on active parole or probation and clear with Office of inspector General. 
  • Culturally competent and able to work with diverse population.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft applications, specifically Word Outlook and Internet applications.
  • Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, criminal background, and other potential barriers to economic self-sufficiency. 
  • Experience  with motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Ability to understand and interpret information, and can manage a consistent work flow.
  • Ability to enter data into electronic health record system while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the data.
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative. 
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with people in a constructive manner.
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Action oriented.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to multi-task and juggle priorities.
  • Outstanding ability to follow through with tasks.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as a 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.


  • Knowledge of trauma, co-occurring disorders and substance abuse treatment.
  • Knowledge of clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes, etc.).
  • Licensed MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Psychologist.
  • Valid Substance Abuse Counselor Certification from accredited organization
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
Compensation: $55,000.00-$62,000.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: Escondido, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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