The Behavioral Health Specialist will work in the Behavioral Health department as part of the Health Equity team to conduct both street and clinic-based substance use disorder assessments and link individuals to necessary clinical services including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and mental health care. The Behavioral Health Specialist will also take lead in the agency’s Hep C support services and report to the Health Equity Program Manager.
· Conduct street and clinic-based substance use assessments to a diverse population of people including people experiencing homelessness. · Link individuals to necessary medical, mental health, substance use and dental services based on need by providing education, referrals and navigation support. · Facilitate Hep C support group, including conducting outreach, managing events, and guest speakers. · Oversee Hep C peer navigation program including day-to-day functions, recruitment, and training for 6-month cohorts. · Conduct follow-up outreach to clients interested in engaging in medical, dental, behavioral health services at SFCHC. · Support Client(s) with linkage to SFCHC for enrollment in programs, ensuring successful completion of Center intake packet and assisting with navigation as they establish care. · Act as an ambassador of the organization and represent the work of the agency to the community including at street fairs, at partner organizations, and at community events. · Coordinate with medical, behavioral health, and dental teams ongoing regarding clients’ psychosocial needs · Complete timely documentation of assessments and any other required documentation. · Function as a supportive role for the various programs of the Health Equity team. · Participate in case conferences, staff meetings, in-service trainings and supervision. · Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.
· Ability to sit, stand, and walk frequently (this position requires that being in the field at least 50%-75% of the time) · At least one year of experience providing counseling, advocacy, education and service coordination and/or outreach work to disenfranchised communities, including people living with Hep C, HIV/AIDS, Trans-identified individuals, and people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. · Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, STIs, substance use, mental health, social service and the probation system. · Knowledge of harm reduction philosophy, client centered counseling, and motivational interviewing techniques. · Must be adaptive, flexible, and a team player. · Strong verbal and written proficiency in English. · Fully vaccinated against COVID-19, complete with booster shot, and able to show proof of vaccination. · Ability to work weekends and evenings occasionally. · Bilingual language skills preferred.
To transform lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality.
We are an LGBTQ and people of color health organization that believes EVERYONE
deserves to be healthy and needs access to the highest quality health care. We foster
resilience, strength, connection, health, and wellness for all communities. To us, health
care will always be grounded in social justice.
Our core values guide how we fulfill our mission, including our decision making, community collaborators and program delivery.
Our comprehensive, integrated approach to community and individual health puts our clients at the center of our work. Our wide array of medical, mental health, education, and community services are designed to empower people in safe, respectful, and supportive spaces. Individual and community transformations inform our training, consultation, and policy advocacy work.
San Francisco Community Health Center is committed to celebrating and honoring the diversity of our employees and clients. Part of this commitment includes proactively learning about and adopting practices that create an environment where all employees and clients are able to thrive. We include gender pronouns in our agency’s email signatures as a small, but important step to signify respect for all gender identities. As language is a powerful tool, using the correct pronouns for an individual makes one feel valued, included, safe and respected. Gender expression, identity and names do not dictate one’s pronouns. By adding our pronouns to our email signatures, we are stating that we are a gender affirming organization that encourages everyone to be their authentic selves.
San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly known as API Wellness) is a federally qualified health center that provides culturally competent, high quality medical care, health services, education, and outreach. We transform lives by advancing hea
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