Psychiatric Social Worker II/Marriage & Family Therapist II-Crisis Response-Limited Term (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $92,352.00 - $115,460.80 Annually USD

Job Description


San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is seeking four Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist II -Limited Term crisis Response clinicians to partner with local law enforcement. These Limited Term positions are for a 2-year pilot program, located In San Mateo, Daly City, Redwood City and South San Francisco.

This is 2- year pilot partnership between San Mateo County (SMC) and San Mateo, Daly City, South San Francisco and Redwood City (the cities) to partner a law enforcement officer with a licensed mental health clinician 8 hours per day, 5 days per week to respond to 911 calls that involve one or more individuals that may be exhibiting behaviors consistent with mental illness or substance abuse. The project has been approved by the County Manager's Office (CMO), Board of Supervisors (BOS) and there is a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with each of the cities specifying the scope of project, duration, roles, duties, and budget. The proposed start date is beginning of March 2021 to March 2023. The MOU specifies that Stanford Gardner Center will conduct an evaluation of the project using performance metrics to be developed between SMC and the cities and approved by CMO and BOS.

The position requires a 40-hour work week. Shifts are 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. The schedule for each city will depend on each department's highest call volume. Clinicians will be provided a County car and police radio in order to respond to calls. This is a co-response model, but the clinician will respond in a county vehicle rather than riding with a particular officer.

Psychiatric Social Worker II Salary

$44.40 - $55.51 Hourly
$3,552.00 - $4,440.80 Biweekly
$7,696.00 - $9,621.73 Monthly
$92,352.00 - $115,460.80 Annually

Primary duties of the position:
  • Perform initial diagnostic evaluation during a crisis noting behavioral symptoms which may indicate organic and/or mental disorders in children, youth or adults.
  • Determine whether individuals are holdable on a W&I 5150 and follow appropriate procedure.
  • Determine other resources to connect individuals to who do not meet criteria for 5150.
  • Work closely with different law enforcement communities.
  • Participate in monthly San Mateo County Field Crisis Consultation Committee (FCCC).
  • Perform suicidal/homicidal/Grave Disability risk assessments
  • Conduct home visits and/or field-based services.
  • Crisis Intervention.
  • Provide outreach counseling and refer clients to appropriate behavioral health resources.
  • Collect and evaluate medical or psychosocial data such as case histories, behavior patterns and family relationships of patients/clients.
  • Follow up with individuals where appropriate who are reluctant to engage with resources.
  • Work as a psychiatric team member with other treatment disciplines.
  • Utilize Trauma Informed Care and other Evidence-based practices.
  • Provide consultation and education services.
  • Ability to work weekends.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • A current license as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Solid clinical treatment, assessment, diagnostic and evaluation skills.
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis management and various treatment modalities
  • Experience providing treatment for adults and youth with serious mental illness.
  • Experience delivering services to adult and/or youth consumers who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Excellent documentation skills, progress notes, assessments, client care plans, etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise, skill and interest in working with a broad range of clients of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and an ability to provide culturally appropriate and proficient services.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families, co-workers, other professionals, collaborative partners and the public.
  • Extensive knowledge of available community resources within the County of San Mateo and its neighboring counties.
  • Experience using electronic health/medical record systems (e.g. AVATAR,SOARIAN).
  • PREFERRED: Fluency in any of the threshold languages: Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) or Russian; and experience providing clinical services using bilingual skills.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

NOTE: This is a Limited Term assignment. The current vacancies are limited term, at-will positions. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

  • PSW-II - current California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or
  • MFT II - current California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Master's degree in Social Work, Social Welfare or a closely related field.

Knowledge of:
  • Current philosophy, principles, and practices for services to clients with serious mental illness.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults or children.
  • Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Personality development from infancy through adulthood.
  • Human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Provide treatment to adults, children or adolescents with various mental disabilities ranging from serious mental illness to dysfunctional behavior patterns, including victims of sexual or physical abuse.
  • Set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment.
  • Evaluate the degree of mental disability or emotional distress of patients/clients.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations.
  • Work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team.

If you are interested in this position, a resume, including your BBS license number, must be electronically submitted . Submittals that do not include the required information will not be considered.

Please include the words "Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist II-Limited Term Position" in the subject area of email submissions. All submitted materials should be in a Word or PDF format. Applications are not accepted online. Please submit your resume electronically via email to:

Jennifer Basler-Cameron


Behavioral Health & Recovery Services will review resumes as they are received and will contact qualified candidates for an interview.

Submit resume immediately. This limited term assignment may be filled at any time during the selection process.

Deadline to submit resume: P
lease contact Jennifer Basler-Cameron, Mental Health Program Specialist, Behavioral Health & Recovery Services @

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