Mental Health Clinician, Community Action Team (CAT)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512479-813586
    • Job Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 29, 2022
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Compensation Range: $25.00 - $32.00 per hour depending on education and/or experience. Includes a generous individual benefits package.
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Job Description:

Program: Community Action Team (CAT)

Position Summary

The Mental Health Clinician on the Community Action Team (CAT) embedded with City of San Luis Obispo Police Department will be responsible for providing therapeutic services in the field. Responsibilities include conducting assessments in the field, short term case management, assistance with rehabilitation services, crisis management, and coordination with necessary resources. The Mental Health Clinician will need to be familiar with therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) and Trauma Informed Care principles, for adults who have compromising mental health and/or drug and alcohol use issues. Under the direction of the TMHA Director of Housing and Forensic Services, and in close connection with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, the Mental Health Clinician provides consultation and subject expertise in the field or in groups with law enforcement personnel. The Mental Health Clinician works in collaboration with other TMHA programs and community partners in order to link clients to the most needed resources available.


Full-time, 40 hours per week.

Experience and Skills:

Possession of a valid license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT); or a Registered Intern progressing toward licensure in one of these disciplines is REQUIRED. Experience working with law enforcement personnel as part of a collaborative team delivering services in the field and supports to people with mental health concerns is PREFERRED.Bilingual (English/Spanish) is PREFERRED.Working knowledge of: assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment of family and child relationship dysfunctions; methods of developing and implementing a treatment plan; human service delivery system; current trends in the field of mental health (especially Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Informed Care); and laws and regulations applicable to mental health. Ability to: perform effective counseling and psychotherapy with individuals and families; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with clients’ families, members of other professional disciplines, social service agencies, and co-workers; relate professionally to persons with serious mental disorders; identify and utilize community resources; prepare and present clear and concise oral and written reports.Must have experience working with persons with severe and persistent mental illness.Must have experience working with persons who are chronically homeless, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.Must have a strong commitment to the right and ability of each person with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in a safe living environment, develop a meaningful role in the community, and have access to competent and continuous supports and services. Strong interpersonal skills, collaborative work style and oral/written communication skills. Well defined organizational and time management skills. Ability to work independently and flexibly. Ability to handle intense situations, display good judgment and decision-making skills, and remain calm and clearheaded under pressure. Able to deal effectively with a variety of people and personality types regardless of age, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or socio-economic level. Must be responsible and reliable and possess problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Must use reasonable precaution in the performance of one’s duties and adhere to all applicable safety rules and practices while acting in such a manner as to assure at all times, maximum safety to one’s self, fellow employees, clients, and other persons contacted through TMHA business. Conditions of employment include: Must be at least 18 years of age; possess a valid CA Driver’s License, reliable transportation, proof of auto insurance, and DMV driving record that meets TMHA’s current vehicle insurance requirements. May be required to utilize personal vehicle and auto insurance. Attendance is an essential function of this job that requires face-to-face interaction with clients and/or other employees. Ability to possess and maintain good physical and mental health. Comply with a T.B. assessment (possibly a TB test if needed to confirm a negative tuberculosis result) and receipt of a criminal record clearance through fingerprinting. Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including booster, or request a medical exemption with a healthcare provider document advising against the vaccine OR an exemption based on a strongly held religious belief or practice per the California Department of Public Health. Those who request and are approved for an exemption will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly and send the results to TMHA’s Human Resources Director every 7 days. Must be able to successfully complete First Aid and CPR training.