Mental Health Team Lead
Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego - San Diego, CA

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The Mental Health Team Lead is a licensed position in Homeless Women's Services, responsible for overseeing the provision of mental health triage, screening and ongoing support services in a social model milieu setting. MH Team Lead will be familiar with PEI scope of work, documentation and data collection requirements and implement services consistent with those contractual obligations.


  • Oversees the MH Team, consisting of consulting psychiatrist, MH case worker and Resource Specialist to ensure contract compliance and highest level of service possible.
  • Follows up with women identified as in need of MH diagnostic and treatment services and advocates to assist them in accessing those services
  • Coordinates referrals to Jane Westin or other programs for mental health assessments, medication evaluation and connecting with ongoing mental health services to assist participants in achieving and maintaining stability. This may include advocating with outside agencies or helping participants arrange transportation to necessary services.
  • Tracks referrals to Jane Westin and determines the outcome of those referrals.
  • Plans and presents educational presentation for participants on mental health related topics.
  • Facilitates psycho-educational groups including but not limited to Seeking Safety or other evidence based programs.
  • Builds and maintains collaborative working relationships with colleagues in other social service agencies including HOT, PERT, Jane Westin and Impact and ACT programs, crisis houses and other co-occurring disorders treatment programs. Is familiar with eligibility criteria for these programs and able to recommend best programs for each participant’s individual needs.
  • Assures screening data is entered into HOMS and contacts are documented in the program’s internal data base.
  • Works collaboratively with all Homeless Women’s Services’ program staff to meet participants mental health needs. This may include consulting with staff from other CC HWS programs.

QUALIFICATIONS: Licensed LCSW, MFT or Psychologist in the State of California in good standing. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

At least one year experience required with with one of the following; adults living with co-occurring serious mentally illness or substance abuse or homelessness. Prior experience with trauma informed approaches to service delivery, conducting Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups, social model recovery or motivational interviewing a plus. The ideal candidate will also be flexible, creative with strong conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills. Must have strong computer skills.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as policies, safety rules, operating instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of women. Bi-lingual Spanish speaking preferred but not required.

WORK SCHEDULE: Part time 30-40 hours a week, including at least one weekend day.
Must be available at least 3-4 mornings a week between 7-11:30 a.m.

SALARY: $25 to $35 per hour, DOE and language capability.