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Mental Health Specialist (4127)  (Temporary, Full-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: Advance North - Vista

Mental Health Specialist - Developmental Services Program

Hours:  40 hours per week with occasional evenings, weekends and after-hours crisis rotation coverage required. The duration of this temporary position is approximately 1 to 3 months, depending on program needs.

CRF Internal Job Code:  PSR Specialist II



Community Research Foundation (CRF) inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!  Our accredited programs reach various demographics, so you can gain experience with almost any sector of mental health services.

At CRF, we are constantly evolving and developing fresh approaches to meet the needs of San Diego County’s residents who are experiencing mental/behavioral health challenges.  For you, that means that you will have opportunities to learn new ways to provide optimal supports to your clients.  You will work within a collaborative, supportive team structure so that you can have fresh perspective and training.  Need clinical supervision?  We can help you get your hours.  Best of all, you will be involved in helping people change their lives for the better!

We have strong internal advancement options, so there are opportunities for you to grow within our company. Come join us!





Program Overview:

The Advance North program is a new and innovative crisis response team that support adults with I/DD and behavioral health challenges.  These individuals will reside in their own place of residence, ILF, board and care, community-based supervised group homes operated by other agencies or may be homeless needing assistance with finding housing. The CRF crisis response team will provide mobile services to help the individuals succeed in their homes and in the community.

Typical Duties of the Mental Health Specialist

  • Complete mental health assessments; assess/monitor clients strengths and skills
  • Implement treatment plan to increase clients functional community and living skills
  • Provide coordination of care between client providers and support systems
  • Conduct individual and group counseling/psychotherapy sessions
  • Provide crisis counseling and stabilization
  • Create discharge plans and provide linkage to other support services within the community
  • Work within an interdisciplinary team
  • Participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning
  • Excellent opportunity to work with dually-diagnosed adults
  • Occasionally accompany clients to various appointments (doctors, housing)
  • Attend team meetings

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a mental health-related field such as Social Work, Psychology, Counseling
  • License-eligible or registered in CA as an AMFT, ASW, or APCC - preferred, but not required
  • First Aid/CPR certification is required and must be kept current during employment
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with a mental health population, especially with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders is strongly preferred
  • Experience working with clients that have a development disability/intellectual disability
  • Demonstrated knowledge of County Health and Human Services requirements including documentation is preferred
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment is essential
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
  • A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
  • Ability to pass criminal/background clearance and credentialing review


If you are applying to this position as a Licensed, Registered, Waivered, or Certified professional

and are offered the position, you will be required to pass a credentialing review.

Additional information will be provided at the post-offer stage. 



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CRF is committed to cultural competence, and we have established the Cultural Diversity Resource Team (CDRT) whose mission and tasks include ensuring that all our corporate practices are culturally sensitive to both our consumers and employees. The CDRT has developed a company-wide Cultural Diversity Plan and is responsible for creating and offering cultural and ethnic awareness, knowledge, and skills trainings throughout the year.
Cultural Competency training is required of all of our staff, not just those providing clinical services, on an annual basis. It is our pledge to provide behavioral health and psychosocial rehabilitative services that are culturally sensitive to those we serve.