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Intake Clinician

Seacoast Mental Health Center

​The Seacoast Mental Health Center (SMHC) is one of ten NH state-designated community mental health centers.

The mission of SMHC is to provide a broad, comprehensive array of high quality, effective and accessible mental health services to residents of the eastern half of Rockingham County. Communities included in our catchment area are: Brentwood, Deerfield, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton, and Stratham.

Last fiscal year we provided services to nearly 5900 children, adolescents, adults, and families.

We are mandated to provide evaluations and treatment for severe and persistent mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as well as depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses to children, adolescents, and their families; adults; as well as to the distinct elderly demographic. We exist to help our clients reach their sustainable recovery goals regardless of their ability to pay. In order to better meet the community’s needs and our own client’s needs, in 2017 we expanded our Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services to include Medication Assisted Treatment (Suboxone).

Some of our service lines are loss leaders, cannot be sustained through reimbursement, and are entirely grant, sponsorship or donation funded.

Services include but, are not limited to: individual and group therapy; couples and family therapy; psychiatric services; specialized services for children, adolescents, adults, elders; psychological and neuropsychological assessments and testing; support services, including targeted case management, supported employment, and community/home-based services; and consultation/educational services for community organizations and businesses to name a few. In addition, we manage a 24/7 supervised group home for 8 adults who have a serious and persistent mental illness who are unable to live independently.

Emergency Crisis Intervention and Stabilization services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. These services are provided on an outpatient basis by our emergency clinicians and our staff psychiatrists. We also see Emergency Services patients in the Emergency Room at Exeter Hospital.

Our goal is to offer services that empower a family unit and/or an individual to build upon health, community, and resilience within a collaborative treatment model. From identifying emerging needs and creating services to meet those needs, to collaborating with local organizations to improve the delivery of our mental health services, we create an extensive support system for individuals that we serve.

Numerous obstacles continued to challenge the mental health and substance use disorder systems of care in FY19.  Healthcare workforce shortages, waitlists for inpatient and outpatient services, increasing suicide rates, and the ongoing Opioid crisis are only some of the hurdles we at Seacoast Mental Health Center (SMHC) faced to serve those who need our care.

We used these challenges as inspiration to make many operational and process changes that enhanced our ability to provide more accessible and comprehensive care to our clients. 

  • We increased collaborative work as part of the Region 6 Connections for Health Integrated Delivery Network.  We replicated the existing Portsmouth Community Care Team in our Exeter service area. This model brings providers, social service support, and managed care representatives together to eliminate gaps in the safety net for those most in need and serve them more expeditiously.
  • We expanded our primary care co-located staff throughout the region and now provide services at multiple CORE practices, Pediatric Associates of Hampton and Portsmouth, Lamprey Healthcare and Families First Health and Support Center. Staff continue to be co-located in most schools throughout our region.  Expanding our ability to bring services into the community - where residents already are - decreases barriers to care for individuals and families seeking mental health services.
  • At Exeter Hospital we partnered with hospital staff to create a new APRN position to support the psychiatric emergency services, which we have provided for decades. By collaborating closely with hospital attending physicians to provide more treatment and discharge options for those in psychiatric crisis, we believe we can alleviate the historical challenge of emergency room holding and care backups.
  • As part of a statewide Emergency Services Learning Collaborative, SMHC joined other community mental health centers and hospitals in implementing the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.  Paired with training provided as part of our Zero Suicide initiative, provision of this simple tool can assist in identifying those most at risk of suicide.  Early identification allows for early intervention which decreases risks for some of our most vulnerable clients.

However, identifying who is in need is not enough.  We spent most of the year working to develop policies and changes to workflows that would be necessary to launch one of our biggest initiatives to date.  “Our Access Redesign process” reduces or removes one very large barrier to care – waiting for a first-time intake appointment.  Through this new process individuals who call seeking care will have the option of being seen in a matter of days rather than weeks or months.  We have added a new team of staff to provide these first-time appointments and opened time in existing clinical schedules to take new clients.  We are excited about eliminating the long waits for individuals and families to access services and begin their recovery journey.

Our commitment to continuing our efforts to reduce barriers and improve access to care will continue.  We could not do any of this without the strong support we have from members of our community and our incredibly dedicated staff and Board.  Thank you. 

We invite people to visit our website at, and to read our annual report, which may be found on our website.  We also have a strong prescence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  Addionally, we welcome interested companies or individuals to contact our Community Relations department to schedule a tour or in person meeting.


This person will perform clinical intake assessments for clients as part of the agency intake model or through the SMHC internal referral system. This person must be independent and confident in their ability to make decisions in a quick and efficient manner.  This person must be able to work in an integrated manner across all departments. This person will perform clinical intake assessments for clients as part of the agency intake model or through the SMHC internal referral system. This person must be independent and confident in their ability to make decisions in a quick and efficient manner.  This person must be able to work in an integrated manner across all departments. 


Minimum Masters Degree in social work, counseling, psychology required.  Candidate can be working towards licensure.  Strong assessment and diagnostic skills required. Needs to have experience working within systems and work well within a treatment team.  Prior experience with adults and children with mental illness as plus.  

Individual must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that s/he can perform the primary functions of the job, All potential candidates must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they can perform the primary functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.  

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Computer skills and ability to perform or learn concurrent documentation.
  • Excellent assessment skills.
  • Knowledge of the most current DSM diagnostic criteria.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Value for and the ability to deliver high quality customer service.
  • Strong abilities in providing short term solution focused therapy
  • Strong collaborative and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work within a team setting.
  • Ability to do a Mental Status Exam and assess for risk.
  • Genuine interest and ability to engage with a diverse population.
  • Complete State eligibility determination and all required intake documentation per SMHC policy.
  • Provide outpatient services to a group of clients that meets the needs of the agency.
  • Assess appropriate services and make appropriate referrals to internal or external providers in an effort to ensure clients access the right level of care and services.
  • Engage clients in the process of identifying presenting problems, initial treatment goals and needed services. Involve clients in the treatment planning process.
  • Consult with supervisor or other clinical staff to provide appropriate recommendations and referrals for on-going care.
  • Attend clinical team meetings, as determined by clinical manager, and remain current about clinical services and specialties provided on each team.
  • Assess for risk and engage Emergency Services as needed.
  • Complete paperwork requirements and maintain quality records in accordance with SMHC standards, utilizing concurrent documentation practices.
  • Provide client with an appointment with a SMHC provider upon completion of intake.
  • Provide clinical intakes and services during hours determined by the agency
  • Meet defined productivity standards.
  • Be aware of and adhere to the SMHC Policy & Procedure Manual.
  • Be knowledgeable of and adhere to state and federal mandates regarding service provision.
  • Contact clients who cancel or do not attend the initial intake appointment to help enhance motivation for treatment.
  • Provide crisis stabilization contacts with clients, as deemed necessary, until client is linked with clinician.
  • Maintain necessary credentials, attend supervision meetings and trainings, as assigned.
  • All other duties as assigned.
How to Apply:

Interested candidates may apply on Seacoast Mental Health Center's website at:

Salary Type: No salary data provided
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Job Location:

Portsmouth & Exeter

Date Added: July 27, 2022

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