Behavioral Health Clinician - Foster Care Mental Health/CYF/BHS

Job Overview

The Foster Care Mental Health (FCMH) Program is a collaborative effort of Human Services Agency’s Family and Children’s Services (FCS) Division and the Department of Public Health’s Community Behavioral Health Services. The program is designed to ensure the systematic delivery of appropriate mental health services to children and youth from birth to age 20 who have been removed from their family home as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment, or are at risk of out-of-home placement.

The Behavioral Health Clinician at FCMH 1) Conducts brief screenings for children, youth and families with open Family & Children’s Services (FCS) cases to identify mental health strengths and needs and tailor recommendations for services; 2) Provides specialty mental health services to children, adolescents, and families with open FCS cases, including assessment, individual, family and group therapy, case management, coordination with PSW, and liaison with community agencies; 3) Provides mental health consultation during collaborative meetings with parents/community partners/FCS throughout life of open FCS case to ensure alignment and engagement of larger treatment team; and 4) performs related duties as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Accepts assignments of newly FCS-involved children placed up to 60 miles from the office in order to screen between 5 and 10 children per month to determine eligibility for mental health therapeutic intervention. Additionally, accepts assignments for re-screening every 6months of FCS-involved children who are not receiving mental health services.
  • Completes the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Screen within 30 days of case assignment. Screening includes face-to-face contact with the child in the home, school or community settings; all collateral contacts including with the FCS Protective Services Worker (PSW); and completion of the CANS Screen and CANS Summary Report with treatment recommendations and working Diagnosis in the Avatar Electronic Health Record system.
  • Prepares all necessary paperwork for referral and linkage to the appropriate System of Care services, which may include psychiatric medication services and mental health outpatient treatment, Comprehensive Crisis Services (CCS), Family Mosaic Project (FMP) and other appropriate community services.
  • Attends Child & Family Team-Behavioral Health (CFT-BH) meetings as needed, which are collaborative meetings with parents, community partners, and PSWs, to present findings from the CANS screening and to ensure behavioral health needs of the child are understood by the larger treatment team. Also, provides information regarding the continuum of mental health services available in the community.
  • Provides mental health consultation in any Child & Family Team meeting that may include any of the following members: PSW, Parent(s), Child Health Disability Prevention (CHDP) nurse, Court Appointed Special Advocate(s), substance abuse counselor, mentor, and legal representation of all parties.
  • Maintains an outpatient therapy caseload of individual and/or family clients who are involved with FCS. This includes establishing a positive working relationship, providing client with an explanation of the diagnosis(es) and causes for impairment; collaborating on the treatment plan, conferring with consulting psychiatrists and PSW on treatment, delivering culturally-affirming evidence-based practices, and actively monitoring progress.
  • Maintains confidential and timely client notes/records in compliance with HIPAA guidelines including the CANS Screen or Assessment, Treatment Plan of Care, and progress notes in Avatar. Incorporates all new CBHS electronic record keeping protocols and practices in compliance with HIPAA guidelines.
  • Confers with supervisor in regularly scheduled supervision meetings on case formulation and treatment progress, impact of clinical work on self, development of clinic policies and procedures, and compilation of periodic reports.
  • Participates in periodic staff meetings, team meetings, group supervision and clinical conferences, and quality assurance processes (e.g., Peer Utilization Review and Quality Control meetings), as well as any other scheduled meetings.
  • May interface with the San Francisco Family Treatment Court, including the Judges, Commissioners, City Attorneys, and Panel Attorneys, as needed related to screening findings and mental health recommendations.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • At least 12 months’ (2000 hours) of clinical experience with children and youth.
  • Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

OR

  • Possession of valid registration as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) , issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

OR

  • Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) , issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

OR

  • Possession of valid registration as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) , issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

OR

  • Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) , issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

OR

  • Possession of valid registration as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor I (APCC) , issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

In compliance with the California Department of Public Health's mandate, by September 30, 2021, all employees must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Medical and religious exemptions are available.

Compensation: $95,680.00-$116,246.00
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competative benefits package.
City: San Francisco, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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