Alameda Health System Supervising Licensed Clinical Psychiatric Social Worker, Behavioral Health Services in San Leandro, California

SUMMARY: Under general direction, assists in the administration and supervision of a behavioral health or social services unit within a behavioral health program or department. Provides full range of supervisory and administrative duties including the delegation of work, scheduling staff and evaluating performance. Provides the day to day supervision of departmental operations; including providing reports; auditing service, program, or administrative data; and ensuring the timely completion or submission of program/departmental outcomes. Provides oversight and consultation to licensed and unlicensed staff regarding complex cases, crisis assessments or intervention, and multidisciplinary coordination. Performs other duties as assigned.

DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE:The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification, however, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

  1. Assists with implementation of standard procedures and interventions for Behavioral Health Services units or programs, specifically within behavioral health crisis or emergency services, outpatient, or substance use departments.

  2. Conducts initial interviews, assesses, and provides brief clinical interventions and referrals.

  3. Conducts mental status examinations and formulates diagnoses consistent with current Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM) criteria.

  4. Regularly consults with Intake, Admissions, or other supervisors/staff in order to maximize patient through put, effective resource coordination, and the appropriate allocation of resources within the behavioral health unit.

  5. Confers with Behavioral Health or program leadership, including leaders from Nursing, Psychiatry, Health or other disciplines, on complex patient issues and; confers multi-disciplinary team members on treatment plan goals, coordination, and/or specific case problems.

  6. Coordinates the assignment of cases; schedules staff to provide for clinic coverage; and evaluates work performance.

  7. Makes clinical, placement, or referral recommendations consistent with standards of clinical social work practice.

  8. Directs and reviews the work of licensed clinical social workers and unlicensed staff; assists in setting work standards and ensures that professional standards are maintained within a program/unit. Guides staff in diagnosing and developing treatment strategies and with challenging client situations; formulating care plans or supportive services to patients; evaluates performance.

  9. Identifies and pursues necessary resources for patient care; identifies and removes barriers for staff to promote service delivery.

  10. Conducts huddles; leads planning meetings, case conferences and works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team. Identifies and works to remove barriers to effective team processes and workflows.

  11. Maintains appropriate charting - document progress notes and treatment plans as required by the clinic protocol and other mandated regulatory agencies; prepares-correspondence regarding social evaluation of patient and patient follow-up.

  12. Performs individual and group psychotherapy when appropriate. Performs other clinical or related duties as required.

  13. Provides crisis intervention as needed.

  14. Provides training and ongoing consultation for clinic providers, clinic staff, behavioral health staff, and students; provides education on specific topics as requested.

  15. Represents the patient’s needs and rights to providers and community in a variety of settings.

  16. Secures accurate social and personal data and record such data systematically.

  17. Tracks outcomes, maintains patient registries, and targets interventions based on quality metrics and behavioral health best practices.

  18. Performs limited administrative duties such as providing input into the budget process and performing office management functions. May monitor community contracts. May serve as a designee for a Manager or other leader of social work or other staff within an LCSW scope of professional practice.

  19. Manages Throughput of patients in PES to ensure disposition and discharge

  20. Provides assessment of patients and determines disposition

  21. Screen for additional resources and identify follow up care for patients

  22. Provide contact with family, community agencies and collateral for patients.


Licenses/Certifications: Licensed in the State of California as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Required Education: Master’s degree in Social Work or Social Services awarded by a recognized college or university.

Required Experience: Three years post-Master’s experience in behavioral health working with patients/clients with severe mental illness or acute psychiatric conditions within a community based, hospital, clinic, or acute crisis/residential setting; one year of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Alameda Health System is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military background.