City of Berkeley is now accepting applications for Behavioral Health Clinician I! The City of Berkeley's Mental Health division is within the Health, Housing and Community Services Department (HHCS). A commitment to cultural competence and a wellness/recovery orientation are essential to the work of the Mental Health Division.
Behavioral Health Clinician I's provide a variety of community behavioral health services to clients and to the community in an outpatient setting. Responsibilities include conducting assessments; performing case coordination, care management, and rehabilitative services; providing diagnosis and treatment plans; providing psychotherapy; and preparing reports, case summaries, and other required forms to maintain a case within the clinic. Supervision and consultation will be provided by Senior Behavioral Health Clinicians and other Mental Health supervisory staff.
Below are descriptions of the core Mental Health teams that service the Berkeley community:
Adult Full Service Partnership Team (FSP): The (FSP) team is responsible for providing services to approximately 65 clients who are considered the highest need within our adult mental health service system. Clients assigned to this level of care have been difficult to engage in mental health services in the past, and had difficulty with frequent hospitalizations and maintaining housing. The FSP team is based on an Assertive Community Treatment Model which involves low staff-to-client ratios at approximately 12:1, and a focus on providing care as a team rather than individual case load assignments. Services are primarily provided in the community rather than in an office setting.
Comprehensive Community Treatment Team (CCT):The CCT team is responsible for providing services to approximately 170 adults with severe and persistent mental illness who require specialty mental health services. Staff-to-client ratios are maintained at approximately 20:1. Clients receiving services from the CCT team will receive case management and therapeutic services, and also have access to clinic group services. Services are provided in the field, as well as in the clinic depending on client needs. Case managers typically meet with clients on a weekly to monthly basis to provide services and support.
Family, Youth and Children Team (FYC): The FYC team is responsible for providing the following services to a wide array of children, adolescents, and families in Berkeley and Albany who are experiencing mental health concerns: *Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT): EPSDT team provides comprehensive and preventive child health services which include assessment, plan development, individual/family/group therapy, rehabilitation, collateral, case management, and medication referral. *Education Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS): The ERMHS's program provides mental health services to the special education population in Berkeley Unified School District. Services include assessment, plan development, individual therapy, and collateral. *Berkeley High School Health Center team provides crisis intervention, assessment, short term counseling, and group counseling. *Children's Full Service Partnership (FSP): this team utilizes the WRAPAROUND model to provide intensive mental health services to children and youth in Berkeley and Albany (0-18 yo). Services include outreach/engagement, crisis intervention, assessment, plan development, individual/family therapy, collateral, intensive case management, rehabilitation, and meds referrals. Services for all programs at FYC are provided in the community and in the clinic dependent on needs.
Focus on Independence Team (FIT): The FIT is responsible for providing services to approximately 100 clients who have graduated from higher levels of care within the clinic. The team was formerly referred to as the "Meds Only," but the name was changed to Focus on Independence Team when we expanded staffing and services offered at this level of care. Staff-to-client ratios are approximately 35:1. Services are provided both in the field and in the clinic depending on client needs.
Homeless Outreach and Treatment Team (HOTT): The HOTT's primary goal is to engage, house, and connect to treatment, individuals who have significant mental health and related disorders, and are currently living on the streets of Berkeley and Albany. The HOTT focuses on mental health treatment, housing, and linkage to resources, with short term housing support available. The goal is to connect individuals to the existing network of resources, with the hope of creating the possibility of less community disruption, reduce hospitalization and incarceration rates, and reduce the presence of chronically homeless people on the streets. Most importantly, we aim to reduce the suffering taking place in our community.
The Mobile Crisis Team (MCT): The MCT provides crisis intervention services at locations throughout the community, disaster and trauma-related mental health services, and consultation regarding mental health issues to the police and fire departments, hospital emergency personnel, community agencies, and citizens. The team is on duty from 11 am to 10 pm, 365 days per year. Most services are field-based. Types of calls include 5150 evaluations, phone and in-person crisis intervention, de-escalation, assessment, and support; consultation regarding mental health issues to hospital emergency personnel, community agencies, business owners, City staff, and citizens; homeless outreach and engagement in conjunction with our Homeless Outreach staff; and provision of information, referrals, and support to consumers and family members.
Social Services Unit (SSU): The primary role of SSU is to provide Targeted Case Management and resource information/referral services to seniors (over age 55) with complex needs who are Berkeley residents or homeless in Berkeley. Additional services can include providing groups, community outreach/presentations, caregiver consultations, trainings, and other resource development and organization. Clinical staff may also perform other tasks such as case consultations, intern supervision, and quality assurance for service documentation. Typical concerns that are addressed in case management include: housing, financial and benefits support, nutrition, home safety, caregiver needs, declining physical and mental health concerns, substance use, disability, legal supports, transportation, low income resources, and end of life issues.
The employment eligible list established from this recruitment will be valid for one year, and the department will have access to the list for all current and future vacancies within the life of the eligible list.
EDUCATION: A master's degree from a recognized school of Social Work, Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, or other Marriage and Family Therapy eligible discipline, or a doctorate degree in Psychology
EXPERIENCE: Field placement of at least one (1) year in a medical, psychiatric, or community mental health setting.
LICENSE Must secure a license as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Psychologist, as provided for by California state law within four years from date of hire, or be subject to termination.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS Must be able to travel to various locations within and outside of Berkeley to meet program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, incumbents must have a valid California driver's license as well as a satisfactory driving record.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Principles, practices, and methods of community mental health treatment including interviewing, assessment, individual, marriage, child, family, and group counseling and crisis intervention
Adult and child psychology, including development and psychopathology; characteristics and types of mental disorders
Applicable city, state, and federal guidelines, and laws affecting mental health treatment services and reporting procedures
Community mental health resources and services, and other health, financial, social, recreational, cultural, housing, and legal advocacy services
Assess client mental health status, develop effective treatment plans, and make appropriate referrals
Provide on-going therapeutic support and counseling for individuals, groups, and families
Coordinate treatment with other community agencies and services;
Perform crisis intervention as necessary
Provide case management and rehabilitative services to the chronically mentally ill
Prepare complete and detailed documentation of client visits and other required reports including charting audits and approval of clients treatment plans
Conduct behavioral health educational programs and workshops
Understand cultural background as it relates to treatment
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other clinicians, City staff, community health, or other referral agencies and the public
Applicants must submit the following:
City of Berkeley Employment Application
All materials must be received no later than 5:00 PM (PST) on the closing date. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.
The examination process will consist of:
Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.
Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan fingerprinting.
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All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency/disaster.
Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Human Resources Department | 1-510-981-6800 | firstname.lastname@example.org |2180 Milvia 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704. Requests can be made via email, phone, or in writing via U.S. mail.
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The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer.
To apply and for more information about this opening, please visit our website at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/hr/, no later than Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PST).
Internal Number: 2019-01-24780
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