Mental Health Intake Specialist - La Cultura Cura

The La Cultura Cura program offers a continuum of services and opportunities to youth and their families with a particular emphasis on individuals that have had contact with/or are at high risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Youth and families are provided with case management and mental health services in the community and have access to culturally oriented structured after-school arts and enrichment programs.

This position requires someone who can demonstrate cultural competency in addressing the diversity of the Mission community including: gender, race, language, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.  The qualified applicant will provide services that include individual/family/group and community interventions; parent engagement and psycho- educational interventions to build protective factors and reduce risk factors related to untreated trauma among youth and family, community level interventions including traditional approaches (i.e., Drumming for Peace, Healing Circles and Youth Drumming).

Essential Job Duties are, but not limited to the following:

Intake Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for preliminary assessment of clients in order to identify needs and strengths as way of ensuring appropriate placement
  • Responsible for screening potential clients for intake, eligibility, registration, risk level and readiness for services
  • Provides a high quality of support and services at the time of first contact until the point of admission/ registration
  • Provides clients with a welcoming experience and accurately enters information into various electronic systems (internal and county systems) in order to complete the admissions/intake processes and keep track of all client assignments and referral closures
  • Assesses and screens clients for treatment needs, and completes all mental health intakes. Identifies and coordinates any social, legal, medical, or other services needed. Ensures all required paperwork is completed accurately and within required timeframes.
  • Communicates and coordinates with staff, other IFR programs, and outside community agencies via phone, in person and through email to ensure appropriate placement is made based on the needs of the client and program availability
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate records by data entering documentation into various electronic systems for all clients in accordance with guidelines established by IFR/LCC to satisfy internal and external requirements
  • Coordinates with team members to ensure all required documentation for clients are completed during the time of assignment and within a timely manner
  • Responsible for the tracking of all mental health referrals within internal systems
  • Maintains compliance with Timely Access

Mental Health Specialist:

  • Provides family and individual counseling/psychotherapy services
  • Requires provision of case management and advocacy services as part of treatment planning
  • Maintains logs and records for system processes such as registration, and Quality Assurance
  • Participates in care coordination of services with staff and community agencies to assure that a continuum of services is provided to clients
  • Facilitates groups as needed or assigned
  • Participates in agency meetings, IFR’s sponsored cultural events, and attends all individual and clinical group supervision
  • Provides behavioral health and co-occurring substance abuse services to adults, adolescents, children and their families, including the severely mentally ill population, within a multidisciplinary team
  • Maintains progress notes, billing sheets, and charts; and is HIPPA compliant
  • Work closely with the Program Manager on program design, planning, hiring prevention staff, and service implementation
  • Collaborate closely and maintain relationships with SF Juvenile Probation Department, SFUSD, and Violence Prevention social service partners; function as first contact with partners’ program staff
  • Compliance with all legal and ethical requirements set forth by the Board of Behavioral Science and with the policies of the San Francisco Behavioral Health Department
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Required Skills
  • Must be Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Experience providing after care/re-entry planning and support to systems-individuals and 5150 hospitalized individuals
  • Familiarity working within health care environments and systems
  • Experience in a Non-Profit community agencies
  • Bicultural competency
Conditions of Continued Employment
  • Must submit to a tuberculosis test annually
  • Must pass Department of Justice Fingerprint screening pass
  • Must complete annual recurrent online training
Education, Certifications and Licenses
  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology and/or, Social Work, or other related field
  • Must be CA Licensed or license eligible (registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology)
Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of that which an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Working with children and youth involves extensive physical activity, mental alertness and enthusiasm
  • Good general health, physical stamina and emotional stability are essential
  • Ability to hear within normal range, and communicate effectively in person or via telephone in a manner which can be understood by those with whom the person is speaking, including a diverse population
  • Requires physical ability to sit at key board for long periods of time and manual dexterity to operate word processing equipment with skill, speed and accuracy
  • Ability to move quickly to address emergency or potentially dangerous situations
  • Ability to move about the building and the organization as needed
  • Ability to use public and/or private modes of transportation, duties are office based, but travel to various offsite venues is required
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various types of weather conditions
  • On occasion must lift up to 35 LBS

Wages for this position are based on an annual rate and are determined depending on experience. The Mental Health Specialist I pay range is from $67,000 to $71,500 annually. The pay range for a Mental Health Specialist II position is from $72,500 to $77,500 annually. 

This is a full time, exempt position that is entitled to health benefits, dental coverage, and access to vision plan, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and ongoing opportunities for learning. 

To Apply

Please submit your resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining why you feel you would be a good fit for this position, and elaborate on your positional experience in community based organizations. Please title your email as MHS_LCC and send it electronically to: [email protected] and cc it to Program Director [email protected] Please note that resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. People of color are encouraged to apply.


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