Mental Health Clinician - NCSH Residential

Job Overview

North County Serenity House, a program of HealthRIGHT 360, was founded in 1966 to provide substance use disorder services in the community. North County Serenity House provides a gender-responsive and trauma-informed environment, using evidence-based and best practices that recognize and account for the role that trauma frequently plays in substance use and criminal histories of women. For clients with co-occurring mental illness, we provide integrated substance use and mental health services which treat both conditions as primary. Our residential facility serves up to 120 women (with capacity for up to 20 children under 5 years of age) seeking recovery from substance use disorders. 

The  Mental Health Clinician will provide 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. Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, enjoy working as a member of a diverse team in a cooperative effort, have a working understanding of how trauma impacts lives, and are able to exercise creative and independent judgment to solve problems.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Work as an active team member and closely collaborates with internal and external team members
  • Assist participants with substance abuse and behavioral needs as assigned which may include individual therapy, family and couple sessions, mental health assessment, evaluations, crisis intervention and group therapy, and psychoeducational groups
  • Maintain appropriate/ethical boundaries with all clients and families served
  • Identify treatment needs, recommend plans based on assessment, and ensure clients meet all requirements
  • Assist in conducting intakes and determining appropriate level of care based on ASAM criteria and able to document effectively how client meets medical/service necessity for that level of care
  • Maintain and successfully retain assigned caseload of clients
  • Initiate and coordinate curriculum development and facilitate curriculum training as required
  • Properly document all services provided and completes admission, ongoing, and discharge paperwork/process and required agency assessments in timely manner and ensure that the golden thread is documented throughout the chart
  • Arrange work schedule in accordance with agency’s needs which may include weekends, overnights, and holidays

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Must be a MSW, MFT or Psychologist from a regionally accredited graduate program in the field of psychology or counseling psychology
  • Masters level candidates must be registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and possess a valid registration number
  • Minimum of two years of experience in a substance abuse treatment or community mental health setting
  • Experience in working with people with co-occurring disorders
  • Experience working in criminal justice populations
  • Familiarity with trauma informed therapy models, cognitive–behavioral therapy, brief psychotherapy and psycho-educational approaches
  • Familiarity with working with psychotic and other severe mental health presentations
  • A valid California driver’s license and current automobile insurance
  • Must not be on active parole or probation, clear with OIG database
  • Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office 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


  • Knowledge of trauma, co-occurring disorders and substance abuse treatment
  • Knowledge of Clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.)
  • Ability to understand, and interpret information, and can manage a consistent workflow
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work effectively with people in a constructive manner
  • Must be able to demonstrate strong boundaries
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • 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
  • Licensed MFT or LCSW, LPCC, Psychologist
  • Bilingual English/Spanish 
  • Flexibility in working evenings, weekends, holidays based on program needs

**The first 3-6 months of this position will be as a contractor with potential to be hired as staff

Compensation: TBD
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a comprehensive benefits package with free medical and dental options!
City: Escondido
Hours/wk: 40

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