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Mental Health Counselor (5021)  (Regular Part-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: Jary Barreto (Logan Heights)


Community Research Foundation (CRF) inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!


Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) Program

Our Crisis Centers provide intensive, community-based residential services for adults throughout San Diego County, 24 hours/7 days a week. We deliver a unique alternative to psychiatric hospitalization to clients who are experiencing a significant psychiatric crisis that is not manageable in an outpatient basis. We provide services in a home-like environment that specializes in the bio-psychosocial rehabilitation of each individual.

Our multi-disciplinary team addresses each aspect of a client’s unique situation, including mental health, co-occurring substance abuse, housing, medical/medication needs, and establishing connections to social service supports within the community to facilitate successful transition beyond the START program.


Job Title:  Mental Health Counselor (Master’s level)

Program/Location: Jary Barreto Crisis Center (Logan Heights)

Hours: 24 hours per week; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4:00 pm to Midnight (evening shift)

Pay Rate: $22.00 per hour (Updated 11/19/21)

In order to create a workplace that meets maximum health and safety standards, CRF follows all mandated COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines as outlined by the State of California, San Diego County, and the CDC.  All new hires are required to show proof of completed vaccination before their first date of work, unless legally exempted. 


Position Overview:

As a Mental Health Counselor, you will meet the bio-psychosocial needs of clients by providing indicated behavioral health services, case management services and/or crisis intervention, and documents services appropriately. This is an excellent opportunity to work with dually diagnosed adults.

  • Acts as admission coordinator and/or team lead when designated.
  • Conducts initial behavioral health assessments of new clients.
  • Provides individual contacts, group, and milieu psychosocial behavior health services and activities for clients within scope of practice.
  • Assists clients with discharge planning and conducts care coordination. Works closely with various providers in the region or system to facilitate access to services.
  • Consults and coordinates with family and/or support system regarding client treatment and discharge planning.
  • Conducts crisis intervention and risk assessment. Is a first responder to intervene in crises when needed and indicated at the program in order to ensure the safety of clients and staff.

Essential Qualifications (updated 11/30/21)

  • Master’s degree in a mental health-related field such as Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling required
  • 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
  • First Aid/CPR certification is required and must be kept current during employment; can be obtained prior to starting work
  • Previous experience with County Health and Human Services requirements including documentation is preferred
  • Ability to pass criminal/background clearance

Essential Skills

  • Intermediate level in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment is essential
  • Ability to work independently, self-directed and highly organized


Your well-being matters at CRF! Regular full-time eligible employees have access to great benefits:

  • Up to 3 ½ weeks of paid time off per year
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, and other health and wellness benefits
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Retirement plan with generous employer contributions
  • Graduates: You may qualify for our student loan/repayment/forgiveness programs!


Be a part of our vibrant non-profit organization and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve!


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer





CRF Internal Job Title:  PSR Specialist

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CRF is an equal opportunity employer, and we make employment decisions based on merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination and/or harassment of any individual because of that individual's sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical handicap, disability, sexual orientation, protected military status, or medical condition, as well as other categories protected by federal, state and local law. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited and will not be tolerated by CRF.

Diversity at CRF
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.