The City of Berkeley's Mental Health Division within the Health, Housing and Community Services (HHCS) department provides a variety of mental health services and programs throughout the community, including prevention and intervention services with a focus on high-risk adults, transition age youth, children, and families. Community-based support services are also provided and include coordination of housing, consumer and family services, and employment or vocational supports.
Typical duties include:
Provides direct and indirect behavioral health services in outpatient clinics, home settings and with diverse community agencies and groups; functions as a leader of a multi-disciplinary team for handling of scheduled and unscheduled clients
Performs an initial client assessment and develops and carries out treatment plans for a wide range of assigned child and adult clients, including case management, care coordination, and rehabilitative services for the chronically mentally ill
Provides individual, group and family therapy and crisis intervention to those experiencing life crisis and serious mental disorders
Accepts periodic "on-duty" assignments for emergency screening and follow-up of unscheduled clients; evaluates and signs commitments for clients requiring hospitalization; provides evaluation and referral for court defendants
Attends case conferences to review client cases and resolve difficult therapeutic problems; participates and conducts staff/intern training
Conducts behavioral health workshops for schools, other agencies and the public; consults with and serves as a liaison with community agencies and other mental health programs and services to evaluate community mental health needs and services
Maintains detailed client records and documentation on client visits; prepares a variety of reports for City management review
Provides supervision and charting audit for student interns and staff; provides consultation and direction on difficult mental health cases and handles the more difficult client assignments
Maintains current knowledge of mental health topics and issues and recommends improved practices and procedures
Leads quality assurance and peer review functions
Organizes and administers specific functions of the program
Below are descriptions of the core Mental Health teams that service the Berkeley community:
Adult Full Service Partnership Team (FSP): The Full Service Partnership (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.
Family, Youth and Children Team (FYC): The FYC team is responsible for providing services to a wide array of children, adolescents, and families in Berkeley who are experiencing mental health concerns. Services are provided at schools, in the field, as well as in the clinic.
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 11am to 10pm 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.
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 in Psychology, with field placement in a medical, psychiatric, or community mental health setting.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years experience in an out-patient clinic, hospital, child guidance clinic, mental health program or family agency which included regular psychiatric consultation.
LICENSE Must possess a License as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Psychologist, as provided for by California state law.
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.
Internal Number: 12345
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