• Substance Use Counselor

    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 (IBH) Program provides behavioral health services to pediatric and adult patients currently receiving primary care services at TVHC. The IBH department conducts screening, assessment, brief treatment, and consultative services to patients with mild to moderate mental health symptoms; and providing linkage and referrals to community services as needed. The IBH team work from an interdisciplinary approach and in collaboration with the PCP (Primary Care Provider), Consulting Psychiatrist, and Care Coordinators.


    TVHC is committed to strengthening the integration of primary care and SUD-mental health care while reducing barriers to treatment. In addition to performing the general Behavioral Health Specialist duties, the SUD counselor will assist in expanding SUD services. Expansion includes building on TVHC’s partnerships with local specialists and SUD community partners, promoting evidence-based practices, and education of care teams. The position plays a role in creating a strong integrated workflow and building referral sources that advance the integration practice with the primary care provider care team.  The Substance Use Counselor will serve as TVHC’s resident expert in SUD. S/he will develop treatment plans with patients, and will deliver brief interventions (some via telehealth; others in 1:1 visits).


    The position will focus on coordination, communication, professional trainings, and telehealth capabilities.


    • Enhance TVHC’s Integration of mental health, substance abuse, and primary Care Services.
    • Will serve as TVHC’s resident expert in SUD. Will develop  treatment plans with patients, and  deliver 1-10 brief interventions (some via telehealth; others in 1:1 visits). Patients who require in depth SUD/OUD interventions will be connected to TVHC’s referral partners, including a range of partnerships with sister FQHCs, area health departments and ERs, school districts, and public agencies. 
    • Implement a SBIRT screening model by providing patients with a comprehensive practice for universal/routine screenings (i.e. PHQ-9; DAST-10; AUDIT-C; AUDIT, SAFE-T; C-SSRS; or Columbia Suicide Rating Scale; PCL-C; GAD-7 and/or Life Event Checklist, or LEC) to determine SUD, risk of SUD, suicide risk, trauma, PTSD, cannabis or tobacco use, and/or depression. 
    • 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 Practices, 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 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 children and adults older adults.
    • Work as a team member with fellow co-workers, primary care and agency staff.
    • Cultural sensitivity and understanding of child and adult issues.
    • Must be willing to travel to and from various service sites 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 Social Work or Doctoral Degree in Psychology required.
    • California Licensure as an LCSW or Licensed Psychologist required.
    • Minimum 2 years of job related experience.
    • Previous experience working with the pediatric and 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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