San Diego Mental Health Therapist

Job Opening: Mental Health Therapist

Position: Mental Health Therapist
Department: Counseling
Accountability: Clinical Director of Counseling Department
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: $30,000 – $40,000
Classification: Exempt
At-Will: Employment with DCS is an “At-Will” relationship. DCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Mental Health Therapist will devote time to mental health services, client case management & advocacy, outreach and training, case coordination, and general social services support including but not limited to support for those with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.


Provide individual, group, and family therapy to clients enrolled in the DCS outpatient mental health clinic.

Provide crisis intervention services as needed.

Maintain required documentation and client files in compliance with the County of San Diego Outpatient Policy and Procedure Manuals for Adults/Older Adults and Children/Adolescents as well as the State of California and any Medi-Cal/Medicare requirements.

In accordance with the above mentioned policies, therapist will assess, diagnosis, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for clients receiving services.
Participate in all treatment team meetings, provider meetings (as assigned), and Utilization Review meetings.

Knowledge of and adherence to plans addressing co-occurring disorders and treatment.
Provide case management and client advocacy services to DCS clientele.

Conduct client home visits as needed and within agency guidelines.

Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards in accordance with agency policies and applicable regulations and law including HIPAA.

Remain in compliance with Medi-Cal/Medicare regulations including documentation and billing standards.
Create a confidential and comfortable environment for clients.

Conduct self-audits and adhere to quality assurance guidelines.

Work with the Clinical Director to ensure Medi-Cal/Medicare site compliance.

Adhere to establishing billing practices set forth by the clinical director.

As requested, participate in the preparation of program reports.

Conduct school outreach and work with kids in various schools.

Assist in the design and implementation of a program for educating youth about HIV/AIDS.

Educate clients on services and resources for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Ability to communicate in ASL and to accommodate the communication needs and styles of persons who are Hard-of-Hearing or late-deafened.


Demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisor, positively contributing to the culture of the work environment.

Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team.

Coordinate special events for the community and clients.

Provide in-house and external training for staff and community.

General office work

Other duties as assigned


Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, psychology, or closely related field. Licensed or license-eligible in California. Licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences is a requirement of the position.


Two to four years experience in a social service agency preferably with the Deaf and Hard-of -Hearing performing comparable duties. Have a working knowledge of community resources. Must be informed about current issues related to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people and Hard-of -Hearing issues and American Deaf culture. Knowledge of ADA and other anti-discrimination laws. Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Ability to work well in a team-oriented, diverse environment is required. Flexibility and strong organizational skills are required. Ability to understand and carry out verbal/written directions. Ability to use a computer to maintain accurate records/files. Effective communication skills, including presentation skills. Possess good to excellent ASL skills to communicate in the workplace. Must have access to reliable transportation. Must be able to pass required background clearance (DOJ clearance).

Applications Deadline: Open Until Filled

Submit Resume and Cover Letter to: Human Resources
Fax: (619) 398-2444
Email: [email protected]

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