Geriatric Specialist
Community Research Foundation - San Diego, CA

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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. We are a fast moving, dedicated member of the public sector safety net, with 28 programs and approximately 700 employees throughout San Diego County. With more than 30 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.

Our health and pension benefits are top notch and our organization provides many opportunities to learn and contribute. CRF is committed to supporting its employees in their educational and professional development. We offer a rich variety of training opportunities including the annual Barbara Black Scholarship Award Program. As a public service organization, CRF employees are also eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

We currently have an opening for a temporary full time Geriatric Specialist for our Heartland BPSR Center.

Heartland BPSR Center offers a wide range of outpatient mental health services to the culturally diverse adult population of San Diego's East Region. Heartland provides initial psychosocial assessments, psychiatric and medication evaluations, medication support services, limited individual supportive counseling, group counseling, care coordination, information, referrals and linkage, crisis intervention, and psychosocial rehabilitation activities. Heartland provides these services under contract with the County of San Diego Mental Health Services and the Health and Human Services Agency to individuals 18 years of age and older.

We have a specialty program for young adults (age 18-24) who present with unique needs and preferences in mental health services. We also have a specialty program for older adults (age 60 year and over) who present with a variety of mental health and medical needs.
The emphasis of treatment is on the bio-psycho-social rehabilitation of the individual. Respect for the client is a core value, and our staff work closely with all of our clients to develop individualized service plans that focus on their strengths, needs, and abilities. We encourage our clients to take an active role in their recovery and our program uses these principles in all of its groups and activities. We work closely with our clients and seek out their suggestions and comments to provide services that remain current with the ever changing needs of our community. We encourage the participation of family members in the recovery process. Our community holds a wealth of knowledge and experience, and including additional people in the support system of our clients holds the benefits of improved health and stability.

General Description

The Geriatric Specialist provides home visits and off-site screenings, assessments, short-term counseling, crisis intervention, case management, and outreach activities within a psychosocial rehabilitation treatment model to Older Adult consumers (ages 60 years and over). S/he assists clients in accessing and using medical care, community resources, family and other support systems to achieve an optimal level of health and functioning in the community. S/he also provides linkage, outreach, and consultation to other service providers for the older adult population.

A significant amount of the workload includes conducting initial assessments and linking clients to other community based services for ongoing care. Experience working in an out-patient model or with a walk-in model based program preferred. Knowledge of co-occurring disorders and crisis management is essential.

This clinician will also be responsible for facilitating trainings. Rotation on-call for after-hours emergency telephone consultation required.
This is a temporary position for 2-3 months with the possibility of an extension depending on program requirements.

Skills/Qualifications Requirements

The candidate must be a CA Licensed Mental Health Clinician or CA Licensed RN. Preferred applicants: those with experience working with Older Adults who have Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, experience providing in-home services, knowledge of SD county paperwork / Anasazi, and with a walk-in model based program. Basic computer skills are required.

A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. Determination of driver eligibility is based on criteria established by the County of San Diego, CRF’s automobile insurance carrier and the California DMV. Eligibility must be maintained through the duration of incumbency. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.

To be considered as a candidate for the above position, please forward an updated resume and salary requirements to Amy Loder PsyD, Program Director by clicking the APPLY button. Please visit our website for further information at www.comresearch.org .

Be a part of our vibrant organization and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Community Research Foundation (CRF) provides a spectrum of behavioral health programs throughout San Diego County. In addition to conducting...