Position Title: Mental Health Specialist                       

 Department: CARE Center

 REPORTS TO: CARE Center Director

Position Type: part time

 Salary: $35,000-45,000

AGENCY: GRIP is an interfaith, multi-cultural coalition of 41-member congregations – Christians, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Sikhs – working together to address critical issues of human dignity and social justice in West Contra Costa County. For over 50 years GRIP has been providing services and shelter to the Contra Costa homeless population. We currently operate three core programs serving homeless families.

GENERAL PURPOSE. Under supervision of the CARE Center Director, the Mental Health Specialist  provides cultural competent, therapeutic interventions to  support the complex needs of individuals and families experiencing trauma who use the CARE Center/ Reside in GRIPs Emergency Family Shelter. In collaboration with the Coordinated Entry System of Contra Costa County, the goal of support services is to assist people to move into housing and attain self-sufficiency.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. In general, the Mental Health Specialist is responsible for assessment of consumers identified to receive services related to Behavioral/ Mental Health Services. Mental Health Specialist will also work collaboratively with the consumers to complete assessments, identify consumer needs and symptoms, drafts and implementation of treatment plans, engagement consumers in therapy and enrichment activities and groups. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Conduct Individual assessment, treatment planning, facilitation of groups, discharge planning,
  2. Provide Adult individual counseling, adolescent individual counseling, parent-child counseling and family collateral services.
  3. Provide Services and/ or make referrals to support Parent consumers with wellness and life-skills education group, adolescent wellness and life-skills education group.
  4. Coordinate with GRIP Substance Use Counselor and other health, social, mental health and educational services, to ensure Continuum of care addressing: Assessment, psychiatric management, domestic violence assessment, adult trauma therapy, adult or children’s mental health, and adult substance use treatment.
  5. Work collaboratively with consumer and treatment team in efforts to identify and construct a treatment plan, which addresses, holistic needs of the consumers
  6. Inform and maintain the rights of the consumer along with any cultural or special needs
  7. Provide services incorporating evidence based practices and additional therapeutic and strengths based, harm reduction strategies.


Bachelors Degree in psychology, sociology or related fields.

Can be masters level trainee, pre-licensed (AMFT, LPC intern, ASW) or a licensed clinician (e.g. LMFT, LCSW, LPCC) and registered with California BBS.

Passionate interest in child abuse prevention and serving urban communities experiencing complex trauma, including but not limited to homelessness, disability, community violence, food disparity and lack of access to care.

Extremely punctual and reliable, highly organized and detail-oriented.

At least one year experience in individual and group psychotherapy with children and families.

Experience with conducting assessments, treatment planning and case management

Well organized, demonstrated ability to prioritize, detail-oriented.

Strong written & verbal skills.

Requisite Skills:
1. Must pass a criminal, driving background, and fingerprint background check.
2. Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, or equivalent, particularly Word and Excel, preferred.
3. Must be sensitive to client and volunteer needs and be able to manage multiple priorities.
4. Must conform to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.
5. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with and support diverse faith communities.
6. Effectively communicate with and relate to diverse, multi-ethnic, homeless, and low-income adults and children with multiple barriers.
7. Knowledge and awareness of City of Richmond/Contra Costa County programs and services a plus.
8. Committed to the mission of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program.

We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

  • This is a Benefited Position.

APPLICATION: Email current cover letter, and resume to: njones@gripcommunity.org