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Mental Health Counselor / Outreach Clinician, Bilingual (5952c)  (Regular Full-Time, Hourly)
Program: South Bay Guidance Ctr (Chula Vista)

Outreach Clinician (Bilingual Spanish) - Mental Health Services for Adult Outpatient Program

Hours: 40 hours per week

Clinic hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Pay Rate: $36.06 to $37.86 per hour



CRF inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals! 

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. We offer a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters personal growth and development. You will work within a collaborative, supportive team structure, learn new ways to provide optimal supports to your clients and help people change their lives for the better!


Program Overview:

Located in Chula Vista, CA (just 15 minutes south of Balboa Park), South Bay Guidance Center is an adult outpatient program which provides a variety of intervention services to individuals in crisis. We serve individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

Our services include initial psychosocial assessments, psychiatric and medication evaluations, ongoing medication support services, limited individual and group counseling, supported housing, care coordination, case management, and linking clients with additional community-based supports.


Typical Duties of the Outreach Clinician

  • Conducts outreach at inpatient or START facilities to provide a “warm handoff” from inpatient to outpatient or appropriate level of services.
  • Develops and maintains a notification system with identified hospitals and START programs in order to provide efficient and effective outreach.
  • Conducts initial screenings and/or behavioral health assessments of new and/or returning clients; may be conducted via telehealth services or face-to-face.
  • Conducts risk assessments and provides crisis intervention as needed to ensure client safety.
  • Refers outreach clients to the appropriate level of service, including intensive case management provided at the program.
  • Performs outreach and follow-up with disengaged, high risk, or unconnected clients. Some work may be done via telehealth.
  • Works with clients to develop strengths-based service plan goals and objectives.
  • Services will be provided via clinic, telehealth, and mobile outreach.


Qualifications/Skills Requirement

  • Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in a mental health related field and two years of work experience with adults with serious mental illness.
  • Licensed or license-eligible in California; must be kept current throughout employment
  • CPR/First Aid certification required and must be maintained throughout employment
  • Bilingual Spanish required for this position
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • 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.
  • Able to pass criminal/background clearance


Benefits: CRF provides benefits to help you balance your work life and your personal life. For full-time staff (30 hours or more), we offer...

  • 19 days of PTO per year
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • “Platinum +” medical plans, with minimal employee cost/expenses for you and excellent coverage
  • Several dental plan options
  • Vision benefits
  • Company-paid life insurance and Long-Term Disability
  • Tax-Free Flexible Spending for medical/dental/childcare expenses
  • Generous retirement plan contributions
  • Employee Assistance Plan for you and your family
  • Employee discount program, including pet insurance plans
  • Paid training and supervision hours are available
  • Opportunities for advancement and growth
  • We also provide access to student loan repayment/forgiveness programs for graduates. 


All new hires are required to show proof of completed vaccination and booster before their first date of work, unless legally exempted


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer  


Outreach Clinician

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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.