Alternative Response to Mental Health · Pleasanton, California
Alternative Response to Mental Health
- $101,000 annually DOE
This position requires 10-hour shifts working
4 days a week. The ARMH unit shifts are Mon. – Thur. 10am-8pm
and Tue. - Fri. 7am – 5pm.
Sign-on bonus of $1,000 upon hire and
additional $1,000 upon completion of 90 days probation.
Preferred – Language Stipend for those who qualify
House, Inc. (BHI) is a well-respected nonprofit mental health agency with
multiple sites in Alameda County and an operating budget of $10 million. It was
founded in 1971. BHI is also a social rehabilitation agency providing a full
range of Medi-Cal services to adults with co-occurring serious mental health
and substance use disorders.
Alternative Response to Mental Health (ARMH) Unit is a collaboration between
BHI and Pleasanton Police department to provide emergency response to mental
health crises in the community. This two year pilot program is an
innovative response to reduce police presence. This team will
respond to 911 calls in the community related to mental health crises,
substance use and homelessness. Teams consist of a plain clothed officer and
licensed behavioral health clinician, riding in an unmarked vehicle responding
to calls for help. Teams respond to calls within the City of Pleasanton, though
may utilize disposition sites anywhere within Alameda County.
collaboratively with the Officer as a team, the ARMH Clinician will respond to
the call, evaluate and determine the disposition of the person in need and
facilitate that process. The ARMH Clinician will utilize a variety of resources
in consultation up to and including law enforcement, psychiatric prescribers,
and hospital staff, to effectively provide rapid quality mental health care.
ARMH clinicians will participate in 80 hours of onboarding training, that
includes being certified in Pro-Act.
Clinician is required to maintain fidelity to Pro-Act Intervention Model, other
evidence-based practices, crisis management interventions, and the use of
screening tools to help inform the decision-making process. Must have a strong
knowledge and be able to provide practical application of Motivational
Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (for depression, anxiety, psychosis,
substance use disorder, insomnia, and suicide prevention), trauma-informed
care, Solution Focused Therapy, mindfulness/mindfulness-based stress reduction
techniques, culturally specific mental health needs, and provide linkage to
local community resources. ARMH Clinician’s contribution to the performance of
the ARMH Program helps to reduce repeat Psychiatric Emergency Services and
Emergency Department presentations month to month by client, and has
great impact reducing 5150’s regionally.
ideal candidate will be experienced in the field of crisis management and
experienced in working with a highly diverse community.
Is experienced in rapid screening and assessment, DSM5 Diagnosis
and works effectively and efficiently in stressful situations.
Licensure (LCSW, LMFT, LPCC) with the California Board of
Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology.
Minimum two years of experience providing behavioral health
services in a public health, community mental health, crisis
services, or other setting serving people who are unhoused.
Basic Life Support certified within 30 days of employment
(training provided by program).
Must be able/willing to work outside during most
of shifts, travel in van with others between crises, and physically move
frequently during shift.
Must be able to travel to and from worksite and other locations
within Alameda County.
Ability to work with and honor a highly diverse community served,
as well as ARMH Unit members, while showing humility and openness.
Willingly open to learn and understand different
perspectives, as well as show self-awareness around race, gender, class, sexual
orientation, lived experience, and other important attributes.
Must have experience with Electronic Health Record systems
(e.g. Welligent, Clinicians Gateway, Reddinet, Epic)
Must comply with all legal and ethical mandates including child
and elder abuse reporting, HIPPA, PHI and PII.
Must be able to meet the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
Must have valid California Driver’s License and a
driving record acceptable by the Agency’s insurance company.
Direct crisis intervention and crisis management services
Timely documentation including consistency with Agency and
Attend clinical meetings and trainings
Billing- Medi-Cal and Medicare
Assists with tracking program outcome data and ensure all
consumers a provided with after-care follow-up
Community Outreach- internal and external stakeholders-
Perform other clinical duties assigned by the Director of Crisis