Step Forward North Coastal

Step Forward North Coastal is a CalWORKs Behavioral Health Center that provides outpatient behavioral health services to participants in the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work program. The program helps remove behavioral health barriers to employment to help individuals and families gain self-sufficiency as they transition from the welfare system to gainful employment. 

Services include behavioral health and psychiatric evaluations, medication management, group, individual and family counseling, case management, care coordination and crisis intervention. There is a strong emphasis on educational and employment services and preparation. The programs are funded by the County of San Diego, HHSA, Behavioral Health Services.  

Step Forward North Coastal is located in Oceanside and serves CalWORKs participants in the North Coastal region of San Diego County.

Eligibility Criteria

CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work participants who are experiencing behavioral health difficulties impacting their ability to obtain employment.

How to Refer

Referrals are made directly from the participants’ designated Welfare-to-Work Case Manager.

Participants may meet with their Welfare-to-Work Case Manager to add our services to their Welfare-to-Work Plan.

Step Forward North Coastal


Monday and Wednesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m; Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; additional evenings and weekends by request

Career Opportunities At Step Forward North Coastal

CRF is a friendly, rewarding, and dynamic place to work. We believe in teamwork and collaboration throughout our organization. We are committed to our staff and their ability to learn and grow in their profession while serving others in our community.

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Employee Testimonials

“There are a ton of training opportunities at this agency for clinical staff. They have online training, classroom training, and individual and group supervision. It is a lot of work, but there is a lot of support and you can easily max out on intern hours each week. They also hire and promote from within.”

“Great benefits: Health insurance, awesome PTO, paid holidays, Supervision: Amazing. You will get your hours in no-time. High quality supervisors as well. Opportunity for growth: Since there are so many locations, it’s easy to move from clinic to clinic if you want a new challenge, different position, different location, etc. Family feel: The staff are awesome and supportive. FUN Training: They make sure that you get adequate training on important things in the field. Experience: You will see every diagnosis and learn everything you need to know about mental health from this job. Great experience for moving forward in your career.”

“Extremely valuable experience with diverse populations; free, quality clinical supervision. Meaningful ‘feel-good’ work, and supervisors are supportive.”

“I have worked [at CRF for] 2+ years and I believe in this company. We are a nonprofit so the wages are about industry average, but the benefits are incredibly generous…I feel fortunate to work with a wonderful group of people. I recommend CRF and look forward to many more years of helping make our community a better place.”