North Central Mental Health Center


Agency Description

History: The clinic has been providing outpatient services for the citizens of the North Central Region for well over 30 years.  Diversity of Population: Ethnic and cultural diversity is a primary strength of the North Central Region. Coming from countries all over the world, this ethnically and culturally diverse population speaks more than 50 languages. As indicated in the 2000 census, the population of the region is 546,319. The racial /ethnic composition is 68% White, 13% Asian, 11% Hispanic, 3% Black, and 5% American Indian- Hawaiian-Pacific Islander and other races. The population is not homogeneously distributed throughout the region. The community of Linda Vista is 26 % Hispanic and 20 % Asian while the Mira Mesa community is nearly 40% Asian.  Diversity of Staff: Staff diversity is reflected in the fact that three clinical staff members are bilingual in English/Spanish, one is bilingual in English/Farsi and another trilingual in English. Amharic and Oromifa. Two support staff is bilingual in English and Tagalog.  Types of clinical Services offered: Walk-in Triage and Referral. Intake Service; Initial Assessment and development of a client plan, orientation to the Clinic; referral and coordination with primary care. Advanced Directive; Psychiatric Treatment & Medication services; Psychiatric Nurse and RN Nurse Consultations; Utilization Review. Therapy: individual and Group Counseling; Group Rehabilitation Services; Brief Individual Counseling; Peer services; Morena Activity Center; Homeless Outreach Services; Emergency Shelter Bed placement and case management services. Trainings:In-service and professional trainings, Peer Programs: Program and Volunteers in Recovery Advisory Group, WRAP, Road map to recovery, softball team, socialization.

Agency Mission

The Mission Statement of North Central Mental Health Clinic is: To promote the health, welfare and independence of citizens of the County of San Diego.


We serve persistently and severely mentally illl clients who have Medi-Cal and/or medi-care also un-insured clients who have a mental health problem severe enough to impair their functioning. Culturally diverse and multi-disciplinary: We have a culturally diverse staff and a culturally diverse clientele. Our counseling staff is multi-disciplinary with MD's, RNs, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, psychologists LCSWs, and masters level counselors along with case managers and support staff

Staff (#, Degree, Prof. Lic.)

# of Psychologists: 2

# of Psychiatrists: 3

# of MFT: 3

# of RN: 3

# of LCSW: 1

OVERALL Match Process Internship Info

Half-time 0.00 07/26/2017 07/25/2018
Full-time 2 0 0.00 07/26/2017 07/25/2018 40 0
Half-time 1.00 1.00
Full-time 2.00 2.00

CURRENT Match Phase Needs

This Data is Informational Only. The Official Track and Available Position data is provided on the InternFit platform.


Required days and times

Wednesdays 9 AM-12 PM for Group Supervision and Staff Meeting

Training and Education Offered

Interns add freshness and enthusiasm to the work they do and infuse the staff with their energy. They allow the clinic to expand services to the population by offering individual and group counseling. Interns have the opportunity to gain clinical skills through observing licensed clinicians including psychiatrists, nursing staff, PhD's, and other licensed clinicians. They will also get experience with electronic health records, writing progress notes, doing full psycho-social assessments, reviewing and analyzing history, triaging for severity and appropriate level of care, developing and making referrals to community resources and participating in peer lead activities. Supervision in a group and/or individual setting helps the intern process their experience and hone their clinical skills. Our agency is committed to training the next generation of therapist to serve the community and is proud to have interns of every discipline. Not only does the clinic and the intern benefit but the community and the system as a whole.

X-Cultural Training


On line & live trainings through County resources In Office trainings with staff presentations Trainings through supervision Community trainings as approved

Language(s) staff can use in the delivery of clinical services:

Spanish, Russian, Amharic, Oromo, French and Farsi. We have a translation service for other languages including American Sign Language.


See the attached P&P "Documented Due Process describing how North Central Mental Health Center deals with concerns about intern performance."


Required/Desired Experience:

Experience isn't as important as attitude. Having said that experience in working with diverse and severe mental health populations will be helpful, as well experience with using an electronic health record.

Brief Description of Requirements:

Must be in registered program within a institute of higher learning.

Application Procedures

CAPIC process. Submission of resume Interview with Dr. Caplin, Dr. Alaei or Thayer and the Program Manager, Elene Bratton, MFT. Complete county application for volunteer status & badge

Interview Process:

We utilize a group panel interview process, that asks the same questions of all applicants allowing for the fairest possible selection of the highest qualified candidates. A second less formal interview may be used if the process yields more qualified candidates than spots open.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for someone who is open minded, not afraid of symptoms of severe mental illness, willing to engage people, is friendly and personable, respectful and thoughtful. Someone able to work within a team. Must have ability to balance clinical work with focus on documentation.

Additional application docs required (if any)

  • Other - Must complete county volunteer application and pass county background check including physical. This process takes about one month to complete.

Other information:

We are still in the processes of hiring a P/T senior psychologist to be the primary supervisor and will update when that hire is made, hopefully prior to Fall semester commencing.
  • County - San Diego
  • Contact Person Title - Senior Clinical Psychologist
  • Contact Person - Leslie Thayer, Ph.D.
  • Dir. of Training Title - Senior Clinical Psychologist
  • Dir. of Training - Leslie Thayer, PhD

  • Last Updated - 29 December 2022

  • Number of Applicants Last Year - 2

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-206
  • CAPIC Member Since - 2007
  • Region - So. Cal
  • Internships Status - Half
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - Yes
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - No
  • CAPIC Internship Types Available:
    • Half-Time 1 Year - Yes
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - No

Primary Location

  • Executive Director - Brian Lerner, LCSW
  • 1250 Morena Blvd.
  • San diego, CA 92110
  • Phone - 619-692-8750
  • Fax - 619-692-8750

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Assessment
  • Brief
  • Consultation
  • Crisis
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Long Term
  • Outpatient
  • Other