Street Medicine ASW
LifeLong Medical Care is recruiting to fill an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW/ASW) position within the innovative Street Medicine program. Examples of our work can be seen in a variety of local and national news articles, particularly as it pertains to our COVID-19 response within the population of people experiencing homelessness in Alameda County. The ACSW/ASW works as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary team including a community health worker, registered nurse, and primary care providers to assess, treat, and support the holistic needs individuals living in encampments and on the streets experiencing homelessness. This position will be deployed in one of the five service areas in Northern Alameda County that LifeLong Street Medicine serves as part of its partnership with Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless.
The ACSW/ASW works with patients and partner organizations to provide short-term intensive transitional case management until a patient has stabilized enough to transition to a conventional system of care (primary care and/or a community mental health clinic or Intensive Case Management program) or has been placed in a higher level of care. As a key member of this team, the ACSW/ASW is responsible for outreach and engagement, mental health assessment and intakes, care plan development, intensive short-term case management of a 25-patient caseload, and collaboration with licensed mental health clinicians and the larger medical and mental health system. The ASW/ACSW is also the team lead to conducting housing assessments and supporting patients to secure housing when matched to a housing resource.
Ideally, the ACSW/ASW will be a trusted member of the community they will work with. This relationship will enable the ACSW/ASW to serve as a liaison between health, social services, and housing resource providers. Following LifeLong COVID-19 safety protocols and exercising good judgment regarding risk mitigation is essential for staff and patient safety.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center in Northern California with over 45 years of dedicated service to the community, LifeLong serves over 66,000 patients in the East Bay Area's socio-economically underserved regions. We provide medical, dental, behavioral health, and school-based services at more than 15 primary care sites across Oakland, Berkeley, and West Contra Costa County. From opening a residential respite program for homeless persons discharged from hospitals to offering free COVID testing to the community, we are innovative and responsive to our times' social and medical needs. We provide an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity and with which our patients can identify. To this end, we seek candidates who reflect the diversity of the East Bay communities we serve.
LifeLong Medical Care is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. If you seek accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.
We offer a competitive annual salary of $65,000-$68,000 DOE, excellent benefits: medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, dependent and domestic partner coverage, 403(b) retirement savings plan, and loan repayment programs. LifeLong is a qualified site for federal and state loan repayment programs (HPSA score is 16). Acceptance rates may vary year to year based on funding levels and the number of applicants.
Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy:
In accordance with LifeLong Medical Care's commitment to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our patients and visitors; and the community at large from infectious diseases, that vaccinations may reduce. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Order of the California State Public Health Officer. Unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is approved, all employees must receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Participates with street health team members in conducting street outreach, intake, and assessment for people living in homeless encampments.
- Conducts behavioral health assessments and triage, creates client-centered care plans and implements brief interventions and short-term counseling using appropriate modalities for patients with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, addiction, etc.
- Supports linkages and coordinated care with public and community-based mental health and substance use treatment systems.
- Provides intensive case management to a caseload of 25 clients, focused on linkage to health care, housing, and benefits.
- Assists with crisis intervention as needed and includes assessment, de-escalation, and notifying the public mental health crisis response team if necessary. Follow up on crisis intervention as appropriate.
- Participates in daily huddles, outreach and follow-up planning, and weekly case conferences, ensuring care coordination with medical providers and other interdisciplinary team members.
- Maintains clinical and administrative records following contractual and billing requirements
- Consult with medical providers as needed.
- Follow all State of California mandated reporting requirements.
- Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively in both non-traditional, street, and encampment settings and a fast-paced primary care clinic
- Must be an independent self-starter, balancing outreach, counseling, case management, and administrative tasks.
- Ability to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team
- Demonstrated ability and sensitivity to working with a diverse staff and with a patient population from various ethnic, socioeconomic, age, education, lifestyle, and experiential backgrounds
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Computer literate in MS Office applications and willing to learn clinic systems.
- Master’s degree in social work and be a registered ASW with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
- Knowledge and experience providing mental health services to high-risk populations.
- Familiarity with evidence-based practices for the treatment of depression and other mental disorders.
- Experience in clinical case management and harm reduction.
- Experience with homeless adults and/or adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
- Access to use of personal vehicle and in possession of current license and insurance.
- Lived experience relative to working with people experiencing homelessness (e.g., formerly homeless, social or behavioral health services consumer, criminal justice system involvement, foster care involvement, close family member of someone with these experiences)
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