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Albany Crisis Clinician

Albany, CA

Posted: 12/20/2022 Job Number: 1133401 Pay Rate: 98k/year - 101k/year

Job Description

​​​Job Description
ARMH Unit Clinician
(ARMH) Alternative Response to Mental Health · Albany, California


(ARMH) Alternative Response to Mental Health

Regular Full Time

Benefit Eligible

Compensation: $98,000 - $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.


·      Bilingual Preferred – Language Stipend for those who qualify


Bonita 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.   


The 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.


Position Summary: 

Working 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.  


ARMH 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. 


Required Qualifications

The 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 requirements. 

·       Must have valid California Driver’s License and a driving record acceptable by the Agency’s insurance company. 


Essential Functions/Skills: 

·       Direct crisis intervention and crisis management services 

·       Timely documentation including consistency with Agency and Accreditation standards 

·       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 Services

Meet Your Recruiter

Isaiah Ritchie
Account Executive – Behavioral Health

Being exposed to the nonprofit world at a young age, Isaiah has a passion to invest his time and energy in community healthcare and improve our world.

He spent a year abroad and helped with several medical outreaches that were focused on providing medical care to those who don’t have access to it. From this experience, he understood firsthand what it looks like for a community to not receive the medical care they need.

Isaiah then received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Washington State University to be in the business of people and help serve their needs. Now at UHC Solutions, Isaiah is focused on assisting mission driven candidates find the opportunity that is right for them.

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