Mental Health Specialist - Juvenile Justice Involved Youth - La Cultura Cura

Job/Program Description

IFR seeks a bilingual (English/Spanish) mental health professional to join our team and work in a rewarding setting to provide individual trauma recovery and family crisis intervention to youth and their families. Services are provided at IFR’s Main Center, in addition to other co-located community-based settings, through telehealth, and where youth receive other vital services. In this position, the qualified candidate would offer a range of services and opportunities to youth at risk and involved in the juvenile justice system.

The qualified Mental Health Specialist candidate would primarily serve youth through our ISCS (Intensive Supervision & Clinical Services) & Family First Programming, which targets pre & post-adjudicated Chicano/Latinx youth between the ages of 12-18 years old, including transitional aged youth (18-24), who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system in San Francisco. Through these programs, we also serve youth who are currently placed in or recently returned home from the Juvenile Justice Center detention facility or any other out-of-home-placement facility commitment within a 90-mile radius of San Francisco.  An emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of monolingual Spanish or limited English-speaking clients who are residents of the Mission District and adjacent areas with high-density populations of Latino youth.

Referrals for these services are made through San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department (JPD), Intensive Case Review (ICR), Presiding Judge, the SF Public Defender, SF District Attorney, or Special Programs for Youth (SPY). Family F.I.R.S.T. referrals will include only youth who have at most a 90-day release and/or Re-Entry date already confirmed by the Juvenile Probation Department or placement facility in order for IFR to open an episode and initiate engagement and assessment efforts with the youth at out-of-home placement facilities and with family in their community.

Essential Job Duties are, but not limited to the following:
  • Provides behavioral health, individual, and family therapy services to youth and their families, including Transitional Aged Young Adults within a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Travel in and outside of San Francisco to meet youth in out-of-home placement settings to facilitate re-entry
  • Provides case management and advocacy services as part of the treatment plan
  • Coordinates services with staff and community agencies to ensure that a continuum of services is provided to clients, including coordinating reporting duties with the Juvenile Probation Department
  • Maintains progress notes, billing, and charts in compliance with HIPPA
  • Provides individual trauma recovery and family crisis intervention services to program participants
  • Provides psycho-educational services to parents and youth
  • Attends CBHS training and implements policies
  • Facilitating CFT (Child Family Team) meetings with the youth’s support system and probation department
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Program Manager and Sr. LCC staff
  • Participates in agency meetings and IFR’s sponsored cultural events
Required Skills
  • Must be Bilingual in Spanish/English
  • At least two years of clinical services experience with an emphasis on working with the Chicano/Latino community
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel within a 90-mile radius outside San Francisco County
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of diversity in the Latino/Chicano community, especially around sexual orientation, culture, language, and gender
  • Work evenings and Saturdays as necessary
Preferred Skills
  • Familiar with working within systems that involve youth or Probation Department interface
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience with public mental health
  • Bicultural competency
  • Familiar with the Latino population and experience working with mixed-age groups
  • Family therapy training and group therapy experience training
  • Education, Certifications and Licenses
  • Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology or related behavioral science
  • Must be license eligible or CA licensed (registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology)
Conditions of Continued Employment
  • Must submit to a tuberculosis test annually
  • Must pass the Department of Justice Fingerprint screening pass
Compensation and benefits²

This is a full-time, exempt position with full benefits. The position is 35 hours per week. The incumbent will be hired as either a Mental Health Clinician I or Mental Health Clinician II based on licensure and/or experience. The salary range for a Mental Health Clinician I is $72,500 - $81,500 annually. The salary range for a Mental Health Clinician II is $78,000 - $88,000 annually. The incumbent will be hired as either a Mental Health Clinician I or Mental Health Clinician II based on licensure and/or experience.

All full-time positions at IFR are eligible to participate in benefit health plans, including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) plan, earn vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and ongoing opportunities for learning.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and thoughtful cover letter electronically to: [email protected]Please note that a resume and a cover letter are required for consideration.

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.

² Please note that IFR reserves the right to change its benefits and contributions at any time at its sole discretion.

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