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Mental Health Counselor I (6018b)  (On Call)
Program: Jary Barreto Crisis Center (Downtown SD)
Region: Downtown San Diego
Services: Crisis (PERT, START)


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Job Title:  Mental Health Counselor (Bachelor's)

Program/Location: Jary Barreto Crisis Center (San Diego)

Hours: On Call; must be able to work at least 2 shifts per month. Work shifts may include days (8:00 am to 4:00 pm), evening (4:00 pm to Midnight), overnight (Midnight to 8:00 am), weekday or weekend shifts

Pay Rate: $26.44 per hour plus $3.00 per hour differential for overnight or weekend shifts.


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.

  • 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. 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in a mental health-related field such as Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling is 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
  • Ability to pass criminal/background clearance

Essential Skills

  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment is essential
  • Ability to work independently, self-directed and highly organized


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
  •  “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. 


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 on 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.  


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


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

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About Community Research Foundation
Community Research Foundation (CRF) is the leader in providing behavioral health care in San Diego, helping thousands of individuals each year recover from mental illness. With more than 40 years of dedication, hard work, and commitment, CRF has earned an enviable reputation among our clients and the community for cutting edge programs and services. We are deeply proud of this reputation and the employees who work very hard to preserve and nurture it. You will find a progressive and collaborative work environment with friendly, committed and fun employees. Come be a part of our vibrant organization and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve!

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.