2930 Behavioral Health Clinician - Foster Care Mental Health

Recruitment #TPV-2930-107029



September 25, 2020:  Extended deadline for additional applicants.  Prior applicants do not need to reapply.

Appointment Type:  Provisional.  Provisional applicants must participate in a Civil Service Examination for this job classification to be considered for permanent appointment. The qualified applicant pool resulting from this recruitment may be utilized to fill vacancies at various locations within DPH.

The Department of Public Health’s Foster Care Mental Health (FCMH) Program is accepting applications for one (1) full time position in class 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician.

The Foster Care Mental Health Program is a collaborative effort of the Human Services Agency’s (HSA) Family and Children’s Services 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.

FCMH's 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician conducts screenings for children, youth and families to determine the eligibility of applicants for mental health care and services; evaluates information gained through interviews and collateral sources; completes appropriate forms and documents relating to intake procedures; makes pertinent determinations and recommendations; attends collaborative meetings with parents/community partners/HSA to present findings from screening; and serves an outpatient caseload of individual and/or family clients.

Location:  3801 3rd St. Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94124

Schedule/Shift:  Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Essential Duties:
Under general supervision of the Team Supervisor, the 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician performs the following duties:

  • Accepts assignments of between 5 and 10 children per week of newly FCS-involved children, placed up to 60 miles from the office, to screen and determine eligibility for mental health therapeutic intervention; accepts assignments for re-screening every 6 months 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 which 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); completion of the CANS Screen and CANS Summary Report with treatment recommendations; and working Diagnosis in the Avatar Electronic Health Record system;
  • Provides essential documentation and collaborates on necessary paperwork for the appropriate System of Care services, which may include psychiatric medication services and mental health outpatient treatment, Comprehensive Child Crisis Services (CCCS), Family Mosaic Project (FMP), and other appropriate community services, with the case management team;
  • Works within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure successful case linkage when applicable which may involve following up with families to ensure attendance at appointments 30 days post-referral;
  • Attends Child & Family Team-Behavioral Health (CFT-BH) meetings, as needed, which are collaborative meetings with parents, community partners, and PSW’s, to present findings from the CANS screening and to ensure behavioral health needs of the child are understood by the larger treatment team; 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 approximately 5 individual and/or family clients who are involved with FCS which includes: establishing a positive working relationship, providing the 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, 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; and
  • Interfaces with the San Francisco Juvenile Dependency Court related to screening findings and mental health recommendations, as needed, including the Judges, Commissioners, City Attorneys, and Panel Attorneys.

The 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician performs related duties as required.

Nature of Work:
Requires responsibility for: carrying out and explaining established methods and procedures to applicants, recipients and others; achieving economies and/or preventing losses through careful and judicious interpretations of various legal provisions, methods and procedures in recommending assistance; making regular contacts with applicants, recipients, their families and others concerned, also with employees, other departments and outside organizations; gathering, compiling and reviewing important detailed psychiatric financial, personal and confidential information. Nature of duties involves occasional exposure to accident hazards and disagreeable elements in dealing with mentally ill and emotionally disturbed persons.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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).


  • One (1) year of clinical experience with children.

One (1) year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a forty (40) hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Special Conditions
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. 

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.

  • Two (2) years of verifiable experience providing clinical services to children and youth involved, or at risk of involvement, with the child welfare system.
  • Extensive knowledge/familiarity with mental health services available within San Francisco County, particularly those serving children and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully and cooperatively in a multi-disciplinary team structure.
  • Experience and training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments.
  • Ability to work sensitively with diverse cultural groups, including experience with African American and Latino families.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, critical-thinking, documentation, and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated high degree of professionalism, including organization and comportment.
  • Ability to interface effectively with government officials, service providers, and community-based agencies across various management and organizational levels.
  • Possession of a California driver’s license.

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

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.

Verification of required education typically must be a photocopy of the degree or transcript from an accredited college or university.  

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit written verification of outside experience.   CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.     

Verification of required licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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 analyst, Yvette Gamble, by telephone at (415) 554-2911 or by email at yvette.gamble@sfdph.org   

Selection Procedures

Departmental Selection Procedures:
The department may implement screening mechanisms in order to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps in the selection process. Only applicants most closely meeting the needs of the department will be invited to continue in the selection process.   


Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 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 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 a selected candidate, 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.



Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.  

Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout duration of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.   

Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR):
The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.  

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 Face Fitting Respirator.  

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

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Issued:  September 4, 2020
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:  TPV-2930-107029
DPH/YG/(415) 554-2911  (#01106749)


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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