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The PMHNP students will be part of a cross-professional clinical training program that coordinates the educational experiences of PMHNP students with trainees from several other specialties.


  • Work with unserved and/or underserved populations in Public Mental Health System settings.
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams that include psychiatrists, primary care physicians and health care workers with unserved and/ or underserved populations.
  • Are trained to provide services in a culturally competent and sensitive manner.
  • Are trained in the values of wellness, recovery and resilience, to include the role of self- help, recovery and empowerment support.
  • Are trained in assisting consumers and family members to access public benefits, work incentive provisions, and transition from a public to a private benefit system.
  • Are trained to work in and foster a consumer and family member driven system of care.
  • Overall conceptual embracement of the Recovery Model of mental health care and Patient Centered medical model.

Target Population

The program will focus on mental health patients at San Diego County contracted programs including those with co-morbid substance abuse diagnosis and general medical comorbidities.

Curriculum Provides

  • Provide integrated primary and behavioral health services
  • Provide the full spectrum of nursing competencies such as:
    • Assessment
    • Diagnosis
    • Outcomes identification
    • Individualization planning
    • Coordination of care
  • Work on multi-disciplinary team and with populations identified by the community Public Mental Health System
  • Meet the needs consistent with the vision and values of the MHSA and prepare PMHNPs to deliver public mental health services that promote wellness, recovery, and resilience
This program will start a culture of collaboration between psychiatry, PMHNP, social work, therapists and case managers in educational and training sites in San Diego.
The curriculum is consistently being revised and updated to meet the needs of the trainees and community mental health population.