Behavioral Health Clinician
The Housing Not Jail (HNJ) team is a collaboration of The Road Home, Volunteers of America, and SL County, with staff from each agency working as a cohesive, multi-disciplinary team. The HNJ team includes an Outreach Specialist, Housing Specialists, Case Managers, a Behavioral Health Clinician, and an Employment Specialist. The team connects individuals experiencing persistent homelessness with housing assistance and services needed to end a current housing crisis and avoid chronic homelessness. The HNJ Behavioral Health Clinician uses a Trauma-Informed Care framework to provide assessment and referral services, as well as short-term therapeutic interventions to HNJ participants. This position is employed by VOA.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide high-quality, objective substance use assessments for individuals with possible
substance use problems. Assessments will include:
- Comprehensive DSM diagnoses.
- Detailed information regarding substance use and/or mental health issues.
- Consideration of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) placement criteria.
- Provide high-quality, objective mental health assessments for individuals with possible mental health disorders. Provide brief counseling or psychotherapy using evidence-based techniques such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and other relevant interventions.
- Provide education to program participants about common mental health and substance use disorders and available treatment options.
- Provide referrals to the appropriate services to address the individual’s unique treatment
issues and life circumstances. Most referrals for treatment will occur through Salt Lake
County’s behavioral health network.
- Provide outreach services for program participants who are homeless or recently housed;
offer therapy and therapeutic supports for them as they stabilize in housing.
- Facilitate participant engagement and follow-up with referred treatment program.
- Track participant follow up and clinical outcomes.
- Document participant progress and treatment.
- Use agency vehicles to provide transportation for participants.
Education and Experience
- Active licensure through the state of Utah to practice mental health therapy.
- Master’s level degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field.
- Experience working with diverse and vulnerable populations.
Skills and Requirements
- Experience performing bio-psychosocial assessments and utilizing the ASAM criteria.
- Previous training and experience working with severe and persistent mental illness
substance use disorders.
- Adhere to and believe in the mission and vision of The Road Home.
- Ability to be proactive and maintain organization, initiating daily tasks, and coordinating
schedules working as a member of a team.
- Be dependable and reliable.
- Ability to build and foster relationships with partner agencies.
- Ability to maintain a calm demeanor amidst potentially high distress population.
- Ability to enter clients’ dwellings, including climbing stairs.
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Knowledge of homeless populations and Salt Lake area community resources preferred.
- Knowledge and experience working with individuals with mental illness and substance
Physical and Equipment Requirements
Ability to lift 25 pounds.
Instructions to Apply
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title Behavioral Health
Clinician in the subject line.
The Road Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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