The published hourly wage for a Behavioral Health Specialist is $25.52. Full-time employees and those working at least twenty hours per week enjoy a comprehensive benefits package. Excellent training and individual and group supervision provided. MFT Interns and ASW’s earn supervised hours toward licensure.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Behavioral Health Specialist is a primary contact for clients with mental health and/or substance abuse needs in SF single adult shelters. The Behavioral Health Specialist is responsible for providing professional, accessible and culturally relevant support, advocacy, information and referrals to program participants in order to guide participants through a process of self-directed goal-setting that builds upon client strengths and talents. The Behavioral Health Specialist provides support services including assessment, diagnosis, referral, consultation, brokerage, counseling and crisis management. Work with participants with substance use issues is informed by the Stages of Change model and may utilize either a harm reduction or abstinence-based approach depending on the client’s personal goals and wishes. The Behavioral Health Specialist caseload primarily includes Medi-Cal eligible clients and this position performs Medi-Cal documentation and billing to achieve Community Behavioral Health Services-contracted billing goals. This position also outreaches to clients who are not on case management in order to support and to inform regarding available services. This position works within and promotes the integrated services team model in an environment dedicated to harm reduction, recovery, and wellness.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintain a regular caseload and provide professional and culturally relevant support, advocacy, information and
referrals to program participants. Complete initial and ongoing assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning
with assigned caseload. Meet with each participant regularly and provide Medi-Cal billable mental health services
including assessment, diagnosis, referral, consultation, brokerage, counseling and crisis management. Provide
information and referral to clients on an ongoing basis. This may include information such as benefit entitlement,
drug and alcohol treatment programs, vocational training, legal services, INS and immigration services, health
and mental health services, housing and community resources. Facilitate groups for participants with behavioral
health issues and/or dual diagnoses. Provide crisis management and immediate therapeutic response to clients
experiencing acute symptoms associated with their behavioral health issues. Perform outreach duties as
requested and collaborate with outside agencies and teams (e.g. HOT Team, Citywide, host-shelter staff, etc.) on
behalf of clients to support their efforts to secure benefits, housing and resources that are essential to achieving
established goals. Perform data management including the accurate input into the START database and
navigation of the HSA CHANGES system. Maintain confidentiality regarding patient health information and
comply with all laws of confidentiality and HIPAA requirements. Consult with supervisor as needed regarding
exceptions to confidentiality.
Master's degree in counseling psychology (MFT track) or social work (MSW), with 2 years recent, full time paid
experience in assessment, crisis intervention and case management of persons with mental, emotional and
behavioral disorders (preferably with the homeless population). PsyD and PhD candidates welcome although
post-doc hours cannot be provided.
Previous experience working with homeless adults. Experience working in integrated service teams using
participant-centered harm-reduction approaches. Excellent working knowledge of resources in San Francisco.
Possess a strong knowledge of and sensitivity to adults with substance abuse, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS,
mental health issues, history of trauma and co-occurring-diagnoses. Demonstrated respect for, experience with
and willingness to work with a diverse client population.
Must secure finger image screening and annual TB screening. Must be able to meet physical requirements of the
position which may include long periods at a desk and/or computer workstation, daily travel to various sites, and
lifting of up to 25 lbs.
To apply for any of the above-mentioned positions, please send a cover letter and resume to
Justin Hurd, Human Resources 675 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Or you may fax your letter and resume to fax number (844) 849-5323
Please include the Position Number of the position for which you are applying.
ECS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records as consistent with San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance.
EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco (ECS) has worked at the forefront of homelessness – and innovative strategies to alleviate it – since 1983. We are an independent non-profit, committed to housing as the solution to homelessness and operate across the full continuum of care:
• 12 permanent supportive housing sites with on-site wellness services for single adults, families, and veterans;
• 2 Navigation Centers for people exiting encampment living and connecting with rapid rehousing services;
• 2 24/7 emergency shelters, plus staffing and day-to-day management of the city’s Interfaith Winter Shelter and Emergency Pop-up Shelters;
• staffing and managing the City’s Coordinated Entry to Housing system for single adults;
• SF START: a roving team of in-shelter behavioral health specialists that offers mental health assessment, supports, and referrals for guests of all of San Francisco’s shelters.
ECS also runs a senior day-center, an adult education center, a culinary training program for homeless and recently homeless students, and the CHEFS Kitchens social enterprise.
ECS serves approximately 7,000 individuals annually with an operational budget of $33 million, assets of $5 million, nearly 300 employees, and thousands of devoted volunteers. Additionally, ECS provides partnership management and asset management services to three housing affiliates, with additional annual operations of $6 million and assets of $42 million.