Position title
Mental Health Specialist

The Mental Health Specialist is responsible for implementing direct services for retention of housing, including the provision of substance abuse and mental health services as needed.  The Mental Health Specialist maintains an assigned caseload of veterans; provides individual and group counseling, case management, assessment, advocacy, outreach, and crisis intervention.  The Mental Health Specialist also supervises the Peer Counselor.

  • Coordinate with the Property Management to ensure supportive efforts in furthering housing stability for all supportive housing residents
  • Manage census in collaboration with Property Manager
  • Assure proper collection and maintenance of data for reporting purposes to agency management and funders
  • Assure legal and contractual compliance; including timely and accurate reporting.
  • Act as a liaison with community programs and the community in general
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the VA and Community Service Providers regarding mental and physical health of residents: develop linkages to services and community resources to assist residents in meeting goals.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date clinical charts and documentation
  • Case Conference facilitation
  • Provide individual and group counseling for residents
  • Crisis intervention/de-escalation and conflict resolution
  • Engage residents to promote personal growth and create “Life Plans” in order to monitor progress toward personal goals
  • Provide day to day support for all veteran tenants
  • Provide weekly supervision to Peer Counselor
  • Work closely with Activities Coordinator and other staff as it relates to community activities
  • Attend all required training to ensure individual and professional growth
  • Participate in weekly supervision with Clinical Director for Residential Programs.
  • Other duties may be assigned
  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or human services.
  • License preferred
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience providing mental health, substance abuse counseling and/or case management services to homeless, formerly homeless, or disabled individuals, with at least three (3) years in human service agencies.
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience conducting individual and group counseling sessions
  • Experience in crisis intervention and client assessment including suicidal and homicidal ideation, and relapse prevention
  • A thorough understanding of the problems of veterans with an emphasis on the readjustment problems of veterans, such as: post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic homelessness, substance abuse and other mental health issues
  • Familiarity with DSM-V
  • Understanding of confidentiality requirements
  • Familiarity with community resources in social and human services: substance abuse, medical and mental health resources, and resources serving persons experiencing homeless
  • Ability to perform duties in a respectful, professional manner with all parties: residents, staff, and community partners
  • Excellent time management
  • Ability to outreach and engage clients
  • Clear writing skills
  • Ability to input progress notes and data and maintain current, appropriate case documentation and professional correspondence
  • Basic computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Crisis intervention, de-escalation, and conflict resolution skills
Job Benefits

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

  • Excellent medical and dental packages
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • 17 vacation days in the first year
  • 12 holidays every year
  • Wellness program
Date posted
November 1, 2019
Valid through
December 31, 2019

This position is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Employment Type
Full-time, exempt
Job Location
San Francisco, CA
Working Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume to [email protected].

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Position: Mental Health Specialist

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