Behavioral Health Clinician Job at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California

Behavioral Health Clinician

City and County of San Francisco , California

Job Information 


Homelessness and Supportive Housing

Mid Level


$7,703.00 - $9,358.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement will remain open until a sufficient candidate pool has been attained. The earliest it may close is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Who We Are
Through the provision of coordinated, compassionate, and high‐quality services, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) strives to make homelessness in San Francisco rare, brief, and one time. The Department provides assistance and support to homeless and at‐risk youth, adults and families to prevent imminent episodes of homelessness and end homelessness for people in San Francisco. Services including outreach, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, drop‐in centers, transitional housing, supportive housing, short‐term rental subsidies, and support services to help people exit homelessness. For more information about the department, please visit our website.

What We Do
San Francisco is a pioneer in homeless services and a leader in providing supportive housing as a permanent exit from homelessness. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH), founded in 2016, is a national leader in the movement to end homelessness by developing a coordinated, equity-driven, client-focused system of compassionate services while piloting innovative models, and implementing best practice solutions with measurable results. HSH’s Homelessness Response System (HRS) oversees and implements a system of care that serves 14,000 people daily. Major programs include: street outreach and service connection through the Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT); 3,000-bed shelter system for adults and families including shelters for members of the LGBT community and survivors of domestic violence; Navigation Centers that provide temporary shelter to chronically homeless individuals using a low-barrier entry model; rapid rehousing rental subsidies for families, adults, seniors and transitional aged youth; the Problem Solving/Diversional programs including the Homeward Bound program which has helped 11,000 individuals return to stable housing in their city of origin; and robust supportive housing programs over 8,000 units which provide permanent housing and services to formerly homeless individuals and families.

Appointment Type
Temporary Exempt (TEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

What You’ll Be Doing
Under general supervision of the Senior Behavioral Health Clinician, leads team of caseworkers working in residential setting with high risk mentally ill and/or substance abusing clients to prevent homelessness and links clients to appropriate outpatient services. The incumbent will provide intensive clinical case management, psychotherapy, crisis intervention and 5150 services, referrals for substance abuse treatment, and psycho education; intake, assessment, service planning and consultation; coordinate closely with property management staff and support service team members to develop successful treatment strategies; provide treatment advocacy and coordination with other agencies, families and clients and provide clinical supervision for paraprofessional caseworkers.

The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Evaluates social, emotional and physical needs of clients by applying social work theories.

  • Helps clients cope with the environmental and psychological issues of illness by explaining options and treatments as well as making appropriate referrals.

  • Collaborates with the interdisciplinary health care teams to treat and plan for the psychosocial and medical needs of clients by consulting with other providers and making referrals; develops and implements psychosocial treatment plans and records progress notes.

  • Conducts mandatory reporting activities by completing reports and documents in specific timeframes.

  • Provides supportive counseling or crisis intervention to clients as well as client’s significant others, families, or friends and/or may provide referral services to therapists or mental health providers.

  • Provides education, information and referrals to staff and clients regarding substance use issues and services.

  • Leads team of paraprofessional caseworkers.

  • Advocates on behalf of clients, with agencies, medical practitioners and within the community.

  • Conducts home/room visits when necessary to survey living situations of clients for accessibility and to determine the need for further services.

  • Plans, coordinates and leads socialization activities for residents in conjunction with caseworkers.

  • Prepares written reports and evaluations for placement into residential or inpatient services.

  • Assists clients with basic needs services and resources such as housing, food, clothing, legal aid, and entitlements.

  • Organizes and leads psycho-educational groups, with a focus on harm reduction.

  • Works with the management team in program development.

  • Provides client care in a manner that is both non-discriminatory and non-judgmental.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

License and Certification
Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
Current registration as an Associate Social Worker (ASW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
Possession of a valid Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
Possession of a valid Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
Possession of a valid Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
Possession of a valid Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

Desirable Qualifications

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred to hiring.

  • One (1) year experience working with people with severe mental illness in an inpatient psychiatric unit, through an intensive case management program, and/or in a psychiatric emergency room.
  • Experience providing clinical supervision.
  • Three (3) years of experience working with chronically homeless people in a community setting.
  • Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS).
  • Working knowledge of SF City and County Departments, agencies, programs, criminal justice system, veteran services, and homeless services.
  • Interest in and experience in working within a harm reduction model
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience as a service provider with a multidisciplinary health care team in a health care agency.
  • Demonstrated work experience with people with substance abuse problems.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

How To Apply

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One South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103