Peer LINKS: Behavioral Health Clinician

>>Peer LINKS: Behavioral Health Clinician

Peer LINKS: Behavioral Health Clinician

Position Open: October 1, 2018 until filled

Behavioral Health Clinician – Licensed MFT (LMFT), LCSW, LPPC, Psychologist

As the Behavioral Health Clinician of PeerLINKS, you will have clinical oversight of the PeerLINKS Program. Among other responsibilities, you will provide clinical consultation and one-on-one clinical supervision to our team of Peer/Family Support Specialists. You will also deliver crisis assessment, intervention, and support, as needed. Furthermore, you will conduct quality assurance activities to ensure our team’s documentation is accurate and timely (e.g., chart reviews).


In short, you will be an instrumental member of the PeerLINKS team, which provides enhanced peer support to adults, who have a serious mental illness and have had multiple, recent visits to Psychiatric Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, or Crisis Homes. Our team’s approach is to meet our participants where they are in their recovery, as well as in the community. We do not tell our participants what to do; instead, we provide options. We work to support their goals and their preferences, and we empower participants to take an active role in their well-being and recovery.

The Behavioral Health Clinician reports directly to the Director of PeerLINKS. This position can be a part-time or full-time position: 32-40 hours per week. Salary range: $60,000 to $65,000.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Clinical Guidance, Clinical Supervision and Consultation:
    • Meet weekly with each Peer/Family Support Specialist (P/FSS) to conduct a review of all of their active clients (individual clinical supervision)
    • Ensure that P/FSS and client are making adequate progress towards goals.
    • Work with P/FSS to understand whether a client is getting ready to graduate.
    • Evaluate whether client’s risk level and frequency of contact needs to be adjusted.
    • Monitor caseloads of P/FSS
    • Supervise in the field, when needed.
    • Conduct weekly, group supervision with team of P/FSS.
    • Provide guidance to P/FSS in navigating the behavioral healthcare system, when needed.
    • Provide psychoeducation to participants, family members and significant others.
    • Update PeerLINKS policies and procedures related to clinical care, as needed.
  • Deliver Crisis Assessment, Support, and Crisis Intervention Services
    • Ensure client and staff safety.
    • Conduct assessments of high risk participants, as needed.
    • Provide on call support and consultation to team members.
    • Review, debrief and document Serious Incidents
    • Complete Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Service reports.
    • Train staff in crisis management and documentation.


  • Leadership:
    • Responsible for leading day to day operations, in the absence of the Program Director.
    • In absence of Team Leads, facilitate morning huddles.
    • Lead team building activities during weekly team meetings.
    • Coordinate and/or facilitate trainings for team.
    • Work with Director to develop annual training schedule.
    • Homeless Court Liaison.
  • Chart Review / Documentation / Quality Assurance:
    • Review participant files on a weekly basis and co-sign forms
    • Ensure clients are being contacted on a timely basis.
    • Monitor participant progress in achieving their self-identified goals, as well as safety.
    • Ensure all client interactions are documented correctly and in a timely manner.
    • Provide timely feedback to team members and monitor whether corrections were made.
    • Provide one on one coaching/training as needed.
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • Maintain trusting relationships with and collaborate with participants, family members and/or significant others, PeerLINKS staff and staff of partner agencies.
    • Provide messages of hope and recovery to participants and their loved ones.
    • 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 standards.
    • Other tasks as assigned.

Required Background and Skills:

  • Valid California license as an LMFT, LCSW, LPPC, or Psychologist.
  • Master’s degree or higher in a mental health discipline.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment with many interruptions.
  • Experience treating persons experiencing serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of San Diego County’s behavioral health, physical health and social services.
  • Familiarity with the peer recovery model, preferred.
  • Self-identified as a peer or family member of a peer, preferred.
  • Supervisory experience including conflict resolution, strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to keep strong professional boundaries.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, email and web navigation
  • Able to be flexible and work weekdays as well as occasional evenings, Saturdays and holidays.
  • Willing and able to use personal car and have valid California Driver’s License and comprehensive automobile insurance as required by law. Have satisfactory driving record.
  • 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 of the Inspector General.


Please send cover letter and resume to and include “Behavioral Health Clinician” in the subject line.