• Behavioral Health Specialist I or II

    Job Locations US-CA-Hayward
    Job ID
    Location Site
    Behavioral Health Services
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    As part of the integrated health model of Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC), the Integrated Behavioral Health Program provides behavioral health services to adult patients currently receiving primary care services at TVHC. The Behavioral Health Specialist II (BHS) conducts screening, assessment, brief treatment, and consultative services to patients with mild to moderate mental health symptoms. As a licensed clinician, the BHS will utilize Evidence-based practice using brief treatment modalities and also provide linkage and referrals to community services as needed. The BHS will work from an interdisciplinary approach and in collaboration with the PCP (Primary Care Provider), Consulting Psychiatrist, and Care Coordinator.


    Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) is a leading nonprofit community health center that has provided comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health care since 1971 that primarily serves the community's underserved population. TVHC is located in Hayward, California and is part of the beautiful San Francisco East Bay area.



    • Monday through Friday (8-5pm hours)
    • 100% employee only medical coverage (includes no co-pays). Spouse and dependent coverage also available. 
    • Dental, vision (spouse and dependent coverage available)
    • Generous PTO
    • 13 holidays
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • 403(b) retirement savings plan


    • Comply with established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental, and customer service standards.
    • Based on Primary Care Provider referrals, will conduct brief, non-stigmatizing screenings to evaluate the needs of adults and older adults for mental health and support services.
    • Perform comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment for mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, domestic violence and medical needs. Conduct follow-up as appropriate based on results of evaluation.
    • Provide licensed level behavioral health services in low-intensity/brief treatment, problem-solving therapy, behavioral activation, and other Evidenced-Based Treatments, in a culturally, linguistically and age appropriate manner.
    • Provide early interventions and collaborate with the Care Coordinator on referrals to specialty mental health services.
    • Provide ongoing consultation for primary care staff in appropriate mental health techniques for adults.
    • Participate in bi-monthly multidisciplinary collaborative meetings with the Primary Care Provider and Consulting psychiatrist.
    • Participate in integrated and/or therapeutic support groups to address behavioral health and chronic health conditions such as diabetes and depression.
    • Participate with other staff in multidisciplinary staff meetings and other staff processes to achieve program development, staff development, program evaluation, program operations review, and other activities needed to maintain quality of early intervention services.
    • Initiate and take on special responsibilities as required by grant funded projects and other program development efforts.
    • Maintain confidentiality regarding privileged administrative and patient information in a professional manner.
    • Performs all duties for successful electronic health records maintenance including but not limited to; completion of client/patients records after each visit according to established protocol, coding, and signing off charts within the designated time set by the organization.
    • Performs all duties and service in full compliance with TVHC’s Service Excellence Standards.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
    • Position requires ability to work independently, organize tasks, problem-solve, make decisions, and handle multiple priorities.
    • Position requires significant interpersonal skills with co-workers and with patients and families.
    • Knowledge of health information related to adults and older adults.
    • Work as a team member with fellow co-workers, primary care and agency staff.
    • Cultural sensitivity and understanding of adult issues.
    • Must be willing to travel to and from various service sites, including home visits, as needed.
    • Ability to work in a fast paced primary care clinic.
    • Ability to complete work and articulate provider concerns in a timely and concise manner.


    • Master’s Degree in Psychology or Social Work required.
    • Certification/Licensure as a LMFT, LCSW, or Licensed Psychologist preferred.
    • Minimum 1 years of job related experience.
    • Previous experience working with the adult population within ethnically and culturally diverse families.
    • Clinical experience with provision of mental health services in a community based setting.
    • Knowledge of and experience working in a primary care facility as a behavioral health specialist preferred.
    • Ability to chart using Electronic Health Records, preferred.


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