POSITION TITLE: Part-Time Licensed Clinician

Primary Responsibilities/Function: PeerLINKS provides enhanced peer support to adults, who have a serious mental health challenge and had a recent visit/admission to specific Psychiatric Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, or Crisis Homes in San Diego. When participants join our program, they are typically not connected with treatment providers, many are experiencing homelessness and/or are struggling with substance use, and most have no one in their lives. We have successfully served over 700 participants since our program began in late 2016.

Upon joining our program, participants are assigned to work with a member of our team of Peer/Family Support Specialists (PFSS), who will provide enhanced peer support services for up to six months; this includes:  care coordination, case management (connecting to services, resources, benefits, etc.), support participants in building/re-building their social support and recovery network, and much more. Our Lead Clinician supports our Peer/Family Support Specialists to ensure participants are safe and making progress towards their goals, they also provide crisis intervention, and serve as our liaison with the Psychiatric Hospitals and Emergency Departments.

Our Part-Time Licensed Clinician will be an instrumental part of our team. They will work closely with our Lead Clinician, and will be responsible for crisis intervention and quality assurance. They will also have clinical oversight of the program during the Lead Clinician’s absence. (The Lead Clinician is scheduled to be out of the office once per week; therefore, our Part-Time Licensed Clinician will have sole clinical responsibility during that time.) Work schedule is 8-16 hours per week: Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. If available, may be asked to work additional hours initially to complete training/onboarding, and when additional clinical coverage is needed.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Chart Review / Documentation / Quality Assurance:
    • Along with Program Director, serves as the Quality Assurance Designee.
    • Conducts Quality Assurance Screening on all new participants’ charts.
    • Reviews all participant’s assessments for accuracy, completeness, and to identify potential clinical/safety concerns.
    • Ensure participants are being assessed on a timely basis, as indicated in contractual agreements.
    • Monitor participant’s progress.
    • Provide one on one coaching/training as needed regarding documentation.
  • Deliver Crisis Assessment, Support, and Crisis Intervention Services:
    • Ensure participant and team members’ safety.
    • Conduct assessments of high risk participants, as needed.
    • Support PFSS with crisis support/management, as needed.
    • Provide on-call support and consultation to team members, during service hours.
    • Review, debrief and document Serious Incidents.
    • Complete Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Service reports.
    • Train Team Members in crisis management and documentation
    • Oversee documentation of mandated reporting events, including Serious Incident Reports.
  • Clinical Oversight, in the Absence of the Lead Clinician, will be responsible for clinical oversight of the program in the absence of the Lead Clinician. The Lead Clinician is scheduled to be out of the office once per week; therefore, our Part-Time Licensed Clinician will have sole clinical responsibility during that time. These ongoing responsibilities are listed below:
    • Provide consultation and screening of referred participants for appropriateness to program.
    • Review participant’s Cerner/CCBH (if one exists) to identify existing and past connections to services, determine eligibility to our program, etc.
    • Assign and track referrals to Peer/Family Support Specialists (PFSS), based on each participant’s and PFSS’ strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences.
    • Monitor caseloads of PFSS.
    • Contact providers at our sites as needed, to obtain additional information about their safety, needs, and eligibility as well as to coordinate care.
    • Evaluate whether participant’s risk level and frequency of contact needs to be adjusted.
    • Provide guidance to PFSS in navigating the behavioral healthcare system, when needed (including supporting PFSS in completing referrals to ACT programs, Strength-Based Case Management, and other Community Resources).
    • Support and guide PFSS linkage of participants to resources.
    • Serves as the Motivational Interviewing Champion; clinician is the person that sets the tone for recovery environment, using MI principles and precepts.
    • Supervise in the field, when needed.
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • Give presentations to potential participants and providers, which includes completing screening and intake visits, as needed.
    • Maintain trusting relationships with and collaborate with participants, family members and/or significant others, PeerLINKS Team Members, and staff of partner agencies.
    • Demonstrate and articulate working knowledge of recovery principles, as well as health and wellness principles.
    • Contribute to the general operation of the program as a team member.
    • Comply with all NAMI San Diego policies and procedures including HIPAA and Article 14 standards.
    • Other tasks as assigned, within the clinician’s scope of practice and competence.

Please note that although our Part-Time and Lead Clinician will meet with participants to complete screening/intake visits (as needed), periodically accompany Peer/Family Support Specialists when visiting participants, as well as support and evaluate participants via phone as needed, this role typically does not involve providing direct services to participants

Range of Authority: The Part-Time Licensed Clinician reports to the Director of PeerLINKS.

Minimum Requirements, including linguistic and cultural skills, education, experiences, licenses and certifications:

  • Current, Valid California license as an LMFT, LCSW, LPPC, or Psychologist
  • Current Associates will only be considered if they will be licensed by the time of hire. To be considered for this position, the status of your process and expected date of licensure should be clearly stated in your cover letter.
  • Master’s degree or higher in a mental health discipline.
  • Experience treating persons experiencing serious mental health challenges and struggles with sobriety/substance use.
  • Experience reviewing charts and documentation for completeness and accuracy.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct crisis assessment and intervention.
  • Ability to remain calm while under stress or pressure.
  • Ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with many interruptions.
  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook (calendar and email), as well as web navigation.
  • Basic knowledge of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality (including HIPAA and Article 14).
  • Ability to keep strong professional boundaries.
  • Will not be debarred or excluded from participation in Federal programs by the General Services Administration and/or the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Office of the Inspector General.
  • Able to successfully pass DMV and background check.
  • Knowledge of San Diego County’s behavioral health, health and social services systems of care highly preferred.
  • Experience providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Familiarity with the peer recovery model, preferred.
  • Good working knowledge and practice of Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, and Trauma Informed Care.
  • Supervisory/Leadership experience including conflict resolution, strongly preferred.
  • Exposure and expertise in CCBH, Cerner, and mHOMS.
  • Self-identified as a peer or family member of a peer, preferred.
  • Willing and able to use personal car and have valid California Driver’s License, as well as comprehensive automobile insurance as required by law.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Part-time – 8-16 Hours                                           Hourly Salary Range: $32.50                       

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to PeerLINKS@namisd.org