Residents in our Behavioral Health Residency Program will gain hands-on experience by providing brief behavioral health interventions in various settings. During their program, residents are expected to participate in different clinical rotations and/or shadowing experiences. They will work alongside trained professionals, including primary care providers, clinical pharmacists, psychiatrists/psychiatric nurse practitioners, community health workers, and certified addiction peer recovery coaches, in a multitude of healthcare settings, including but not limited to community health centers, psychiatric inpatient and detox facilities, residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, law enforcement and other behavioral health settings.

  • Embrace Innovation to grow and expand the Behavioral Health Residency Program as it seeks to be a model for behavioral health care practice in the FQHC setting.
  • Utilize Collaboration among preceptors, mentors and specialty providers to align practice requirements within each community to ensure the needs of patients are fulfilled.
  • Increase Access to quality care by eliminating barriers through expanded training of behavioral health residents during the program.
  • Demonstrate Respect in all circumstances by consistently treating all persons with compassion and integrity.
  • Achieve Excellence by providing best-in-class patient care services in all aspects of the Behavioral Health Residency Program.
  • Humbly provide Servant Care to all communities through advocacy activities, including developing quality improvement projects and engaging in leadership practices that impact care for all patients.
  • Eligible for associate license in social work or mental health
  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling or psychology
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption

The Behavioral Health Residency Program consists of 24 months of full-time employment at HealthLinc, broken up into two phases.

  • Phase 1: Integrated behavioral health training at HealthLinc
  • Phase 2: Addition of specialty rotations with behavioral health partners

Didactic training and quality improvement projects will be included in each phase, along with clinical supervision to obtain clinical licensure.

Core Elements

  • Mentor Clinics – Sessions with a clinical mentor focused on the practice of episodic and acute care
  • Precepted Clinics – Develop and manage a panel of new patients
  • Specialty Rotations – Rotations with community health partners
  • Didactic Sessions – Training sessions on conditions frequently seen in FQHCs and behavioral health facilities
  • Weekly individual and group supervision
  • Continuous training on HealthLinc’s integrated whole-person care service delivery, including access, continuity, planned care, team-based, prevention-focused and use of data.
  • Training from experts in evidence-based practices to address chronic health conditions, mental health and substance use, including Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH), Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (fACT), Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and more.
  • Ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures
  • Training on our quality improvement model, including clinical microsystems and facilitation, as well as leadership development


Applications for the June 2024 cohort are now closed. Applications for the June 2025 cohort will open in December 2024.

Application Requirements

  • CV or resume with five years of work and educational history sections in month and year format
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling or psychology prior to start date
  • 3 signed letters of recommendation.
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption
  • Eligible for associate license in social work or mental health

If selected for HealthLinc’s Behavioral Health Residency Program:

  • Must obtain associate license within 90 days of start date

For more information about the Behavioral Health Residency Program, please email

Yvonne Clancy

Yvonne Clancy

Behavioral Health Residency Program Coordinator

Melissa Quiroz

Melissa Quiroz

Behavioral Health Residency Program Director

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