Tamara MarthensDirector of Behavioral Health Services-
Tamara Marthens provides clinical leadership across an array of settings and supervises strength based, culturally relevant, trauma informed, and outcome based mental health services. Tamara is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from National University. She joined the Lifeline Behavioral Health team in 2000.
As Director of Behavioral Health Services, Tamara provides clinical and administrative oversight in behavioral health and is responsible for service quality and effectiveness. She has created and implemented behavioral health programs serving the disadvantaged/at-risk populations specifically for substance abuse prevention and intervention, transitional age parents, adjudicated and court involved youth, human trafficking victims, survivors, and thrivers, LGBTQ, special education students and families, child abuse perpetrators and victims, and gender specific services. She is actively involved in the community and collaborations community partners.
Under Tamara’s leadership, Project LIFE was launched in 2011, to support victims end human trafficking. She maintains a strong connection to the REACH Coalition (Recover, Empower, Advocate, Collaborate, and Heal). REACH is a joint effort of North County Lifeline, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC), Generate Hope, Survivor Leader Network of San Diego, San Diego Youth Services, La Maestra Community Health Centers, and Center for Community Solutions to combine expertise and resources to combat trafficking and support victims through prevention, prosecution, protection, and partnership. In addition, Tamara leads the LifeSpring program for youth aging out of foster care and The House, a Drop in Center for Homeless Transitional Age youth. Tamara is a member of the CADRE team which leads the advancement of understanding co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health) in San Diego County.