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PERT Clinician - LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, RN or Psychologist (5975a)  (Regular Full-Time, Hourly)
Program: PERT

Licensed Clinician / Clinician PERT – Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT)

Hours: 40 hours per week; (4) ten-hour shifts

Pay Rate:  $50.48 per hour 





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

The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) is a division of Community Research Foundation (CRF) and is in partnership with San Diego County Health and Human Services, San Diego County Law Enforcement, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI San Diego). PERT contributes to the well-being of individuals with mental illness by actively and compassionately assisting individuals in crisis who come to the attention of law enforcement to access appropriate services and to optimize outcomes through on-scene assessments and referrals.


Program Overview:

PERT is based throughout San Diego County, and is housed in various locations. PERT teams are comprised of specially-trained law enforcement officers and deputies who are paired with PERT mental health clinicians. These special teams respond to mental health crises in the community and perform on-site assessments and evaluations to ensure the person in crisis receives the most appropriate form of care.


Typical Duties of a PERT Clinician

  • Conducts mental health assessments, including 5150 and Tarasoff assessments
  • Formulates appropriate disposition supporting client’s needs and safety requirements
  • Completes all electronic chart documentation
  • Consults with PERT Team Lead for any unusual or emergent situations
  • Represents PERT during interactions with other agencies, professionals, community presentations, and the general public


Qualifications/Skills Requirement

  • Must be a licensed RN, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC or Psychologist and must be kept current during employment
  • Must have a minimum of two years’ experience in crisis management or response, psychiatry, clinical psychology, or counseling in emergency situations
  • Must have CPR/First Aid certification and must be kept current during employment
  • Must be able to pass Police/Sheriff Background check
  • Must be able to pass criminal/background clearance


CRF offers a NEW $1,200/year Student Loan Repayment Benefit for all Full-time employees!


Benefits: CRF provides the following benefits to full-time employees (30 hours or more) to help balance work life and personal life:

  • Generous Paid Time Off and Holiday Pay - more than a full month of paid days off PLUS 12 holidays each year!
  • “Platinum +” medical plans, including 100% employer-paid employee coverage
  • Company-paid employee Dental Benefits; optional vision coverage
  • 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, including childcare referral resources!
  • Employee discount program, including pet insurance plans
  • Paid training
  • Opportunities for advancement and career 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



Internal Job Title: Clinician - PERT

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Equal Employment Opportunity
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.