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Lead Clinician (6069a)  (Regular Full-Time, Hourly)
Program: Heartland (El Cajon)

Lead Clinician (Adult/Older Adult Population) – Mental Health Services for Adult Outpatient Program

Hours: 40 hours per week. Clinic hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), and 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (Wednesday)

Pay Rate:  $25.71 - $29.00



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 El Cajon, CA, the Heartland Wellness and Recovery Center is an adult outpatient program which provides a variety of intervention services to individuals in crisis in the East County. 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 for the Lead Clinician - Adult/Older Adult population:

The Lead Clinician provides psychosocial rehabilitation interventions and services to the adult/older adult population.

  • Works with a multi-disciplinary team who provide outreach, engagement, case management, crisis intervention and mental health services to clients in an outpatient clinic setting
  • Conducts evaluations, screenings, assessments, crisis interventions, and case management
  • Participates in the clinical delivery of the team’s psychosocial rehabilitation services, including developing individual service plans and coordinating community resources to maximize optimal health outcomes
  • Leads daily organizational treatment team meetings
  • Ensures compliance with all County and CRF regulations

Qualifications/Skills Requirement

  • Master’s degree in a mental health related field such as Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling
  • Registered or licensed-eligible with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) required
  • Strong clinical skills and two years of previous experience working with adults with severe emotional disturbance and co-occurring disorders in an outpatient or walk-in model is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in County Health and Human Services documentation requirements strongly preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish or Arabic/Chaldean preferred, but not required
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, and have a can-do attitude
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
  • 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


Lead 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.