Program Clinician

Job Overview

The Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial (MIST) Program serves defendants in Los Angeles that are facing misdemeanor charges but found to be incompetent to stand trial.  This population is often chronically homeless with mental health disorders and, without alternative resources must remain in the County Jail until their maximum sentence is served or are restored to competency. The Los Angeles’ Health Agency’s Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) has addressed the needs of this population through a diversion program that places them in residential community settings.  The goal of MIST is to have these individuals treated in the community, while still under an active Court order. Once they are restored to competency, they can then continue to attend Court dates.


The HealthRIGHT360 (HR360) MIST programs consist clients in a private, co-ed residential setting and will include an on-site Master’s level clinician, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Psychiatrist, Case Managers, Facility Monitors, Administrative Staff and a House Manager. The program operates on Harm Reduction and Housing First principles. Harm Reduction is a set of policies, programs and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs. The Housing First model is an approach that offers housing as quickly as possible for individuals experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing.

The Clinician must attend weekly supervision to maintain Academy of Certified Social Workers registration in accordance with BBS standards under supervision of a licensed clinician. Duties include assessment, treatment plan development, individual and group therapy, facilitating evidence-based curriculum, crisis intervention, designing and facilitating social activities, conferencing with a case management team, and discharge planning towards permanent housing and continuing care.   The Clinician will work with staff to integrate effective Harm Reduction and Housing First principle into the program structure. The Clinician will work collaboratively with the program’s staffing pattern to provide client-centered clinical services throughout the various stages of engagement including assessment, crisis intervention, treatment planning, client education, supportive individual and group therapy, and maintaining accountability and consistency, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of community service and treatment agencies. Other comparable duties may be assigned as well. The Clinician will provide clinical intervention and/or conflict resolution while adhering to all State, Federal and County documentation standards and HIPAA regulations.  The program clinician will provide services in the various HR360 MIST program sites.

Key Responsibilities

  • Administer psycho-social assessments to determine need and evaluate mental status;
  • Familiar with Adult Psycho Assessments;
  • clinically driven assessments of clients for stability and need;
  • Training in Motivation Interviewing and trauma-informed techniques;
  • Provide direct services to adult clients, including intake, assessment, treatment planning, individual and group therapy;
  • Provide clinical collaboration to program Case Managers;
  • Work in partnership with the on-site Licensed Clinical Social Worker to serve the client population;
  • Case conferencing new cases and ongoing active clients;
  • Engaging in field assignments on a regular pre-determined and ad hoc basis;
  • Completion of clinical documentation in a timely manner;
  • Provide education to clients, their families and other support regarding mental health and substance use disorders;
  • Maintain Protected Health and Privacy Information in compliance with State and federal Guidelines;
  • Provides emergency psychiatric assessment and care;
  • Provide mental health individual, group and milieu therapy;
  • Refer to psychiatrist for medication when indicated;
  • Contacts community providers as needed;
  • Presents cases for peer review;
  • Does routine mental health evaluations;
  • Provides psychological consultation;
  • Complete required weekly or monthly reports, as required.


Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling or psychology from the list of Board of Behavioral     Sciences (BBS) accredited schools;
  • Must meet all requirements for registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences or be currently enrolled in doctoral program in clinical psychology;
  • Experience working with the chronically mentally ill, personality disorders and substance abuse;
  • Knowledge of psychological theory,  treatment in community settings, crisis intervention,            mental status evaluation, suicide prevention, addictions and individual and group         therapy;
  • Ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary team and interact effectively with the     medical and criminal justice system;
  • Ability to respond quickly and use good judgment in unusual and emergency situations;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a jail clearance;
  • Proficiency in computer usage, including Microsoft Office products (Excel, Outlook and Word);
  • Skilled at DSM 5 diagnoses;
  • Demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors;
  • Experience working with dually diagnosed clients, knowledge of evidence based practices;
  • Basic English proficiency, written and oral;
  • Basic office skills including computer proficiency in word processing, email, and spreadsheets.

Desirable Qualifications:


  • Bi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Experience in substance use disorders and addictions
  • 2 years’ experience working with criminal justice and the mentally ill


Application Procedure: This position will remain open until filled.   

Compensation: TBD
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Status: CA
Benefits: HealthRight 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: Los Angeles
Hours/wk: 40

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