2930 Behavioral Health Clinician (Jail Health Services)

Recruitment #TPV-2930-074152


2930 Behavioral Health Clinician (Jail Health Services)
San Francisco Department of Public Health

Appointment Type:
Temporary Provisional (TPV). Provisional appointees must participate in a Civil Service Examination for this job classification to be considered for permanent appointment.

Position Description:
Under general supervision of a Senior Behavioral Health Clinician, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring one (1) full-time TPV employee in class 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician. The Behavioral Health Clinician provides comprehensive, strengths-based behavioral health treatment and care management and coordination to individuals incarcerated in the San Francisco City and County Jails.  Behavioral Health Clinicians wo­­­rk as part of an integrated treatment team with jail medical services, Sheriff's Department, community treatment providers, the courts, the Office of the Public Defender and others to provide whole person care, create positive patient outcomes and facilitate access to treatment both in and out of custody. This position also provides a broad range of clinical services including assessment, evidenced-based individual/group therapy, case management, crisis intervention, and grief/bereavement support. Performs related duties as assigned.

The essential job functions include the following:

  • On basis of interviews and analyses, decides upon one of several alternative dispositions such as emergency therapy, referral to other staff members for further study, referral to appropriate community resources or assistance on a temporary basis; completes appropriate forms and documents relating to the intake processes
  • Provide routine mental health assessments and mental health stabilization and treatment including, but not limited to, individual, group and milieu therapy using evidence-based interventions and trauma-informed care
  • Provide emergency psychiatric assessments care and crisis intervention; confer with consulting psychiatrists on treatment; refer to psychiatrist for medication when indicated
  • Develop treatment plans of care and collaborate with patients to develop comprehensive Reentry plans; maintain records of all activities relating to patients' care using established standards
  • Provide case management services to assigned clients including making appropriate referrals to community programs, providing progress reports to the courts and attending case conferences
  • Work with Jail Health Services staff and other treatment providers to ensure integrated, whole person care and appropriate continuity
  • Triage, assign and monitor caseloads and client progress in psychiatric housing areas and for Reentry Services
  • Conduct Administrative Segregation Review
  • Coordinate and/or facilitate weekly groups and activities in the Psychiatric Sheltered Living Units
  • Coordinate and manage the Jail Behavioral Health and Reentry intern training program
  • Collect demographic and treatment outcome data for Jail Behavioral Health and Reentry patients; prepare clinical statistics and compile periodic reports
  • Provide follow-up treatment, monitoring and reporting after community placement
  • Complete court-ordered evaluations (4011.6 PC); attend court as needed
  • Assist clients with misdemeanor competency restoration (1370)
  • Assess clients for 5150 WIC criteria
  • Contact community providers, family, court and lawyers as needed to obtain collateral information and ensure continuity of care; assist with purchasing and picking up client supplies
  • Provide training to new staff, interns, and Sheriff's Department staff
  • File Tarasoof reports, Child Protective Services Report, and Adult Protective Services Reports
  • Participate in on going quality improvement and assurance efforts and leads such efforts
  • Assist with initiating and renewing conservatorships when clinically appropriate
  • May present cases for group supervision and peer review

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).

Special Conditions:
One (1) year of experience working in a jail mental health services environment; AND
Bilingual fluency in Spanish

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification. 

Condition of Employment:
Security clearance issued by the Sheriff’s Department is required prior to appointment of positions with Jail Health Services and must be maintained for continued employment.  Failure to demonstrate/show proof of security clearance may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

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

  • Experience providing forensic mental health services
  • Experience with crisis intervention, assessment, suicide prevention, and substance use treatment
  • Experience with an electronic health record system

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Written verification of qualifying work experience must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer's authorized representative.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Eric Benzel, by telephone at (415) 554-2931, or by email at eric.benzel@sfdph.org.

Selection Procedures

Departmental Review:
The selection process will include an evaluation of applicants in relations to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Applicants meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing. Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a FaceFitting Respirator.

Medical Examination/Drug Testing:
Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Copies of Application Documents: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#copies

Right to Work: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#identification

Issued: March 10, 2017
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: TPV-2930-074152
DHR Position #: 01134549
DPH / EB / (415) 554-2931


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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