2930 Psychiatric Social Worker

Recruitment #TPV-2930-056614







Permanent and provisional applicants encouraged to apply. Non-permanent applicants must participate in a Civil Service examination in order to become permanent in this job classification.




Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (LH) is accepting applications for one (1) full-time position in class 2930 Psychiatric Social Worker.  


Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center is a 780 bed long-term care facility with a new, LEED silver certified building that opened in Dec. 2010 in San Francisco.  The hospital is part of the continuum of services provided by the S.F. Department of Public Health. LH provides acute and nursing facility level care as well as rehabilitation services for disadvantaged geriatric and younger disabled populations and those with HIV/AIDS.  Approximately 60% of LH’s patients are age 65 or over and the medical, social and behavioral issues presented are complex and challenging.  Mental health and substance abuse issues are present in a significant number of the patients.




Under the general direction of the Substance Abuse Treatment Services (SATS) Supervisor, this position works in Substance Abuse Treatment Services (SATS), with clients who have multiple diagnoses including substance abuse, mental illness, and/or AIDS/HIV.


SHIFT: Varies. Monday through Friday; Possible weekdays. Evening and weekend hours may be required.




The essential job functions of the 2930 Psychiatric Social Worker include the following:

  • Conducts substance abuse assessments, individual and group substance abuse treatment;
  • Provides pre-admission/admission/ongoing assessments and treatment plan input;
  • Provides crisis intervention;
  • Provides case management, collateral contacts, and substance abuse and mental health education and consultation;
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary staff and other service providers;
  • Supervises staff and/or interns as appropriate;
  • Conducts outreach, placement, and collaboration with community service providers;
  • Maintains up-to-date client records and case documentation; and
  • Performs related duties as required.       




·         Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) OR

·         Current registration  as an Associate Social Worker (ASW) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)


Special Condition:  This condition requires one (1) year of experience providing direct substance abuse treatment.




·        Two (2) years verifiable experience as a mental health clinician.

·        Significant experience in treating persons with substance abuse, mental health and AIDS/HIV issues.

·        Ability to work effectively with persons having concomitant mental health and substance abuse disorders.

·        Significant experience in providing substance abuse treatment to cognitively impaired individuals.

·        Experience conducting Harm Reduction, Seeking Safety, Relapse Prevention, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Groups.

·        Demonstrated cultural competency working with diverse cultures and communities.

·        Skill in teaching and supervising staff and interns in performing clinical interventions.

·        Knowledge of best practices for interventions with severely mentally ill and substance abusers.

·        Ability to work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary team environment.

·        Prior hospital experience highly desirable.



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Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact


Yifang Qian, MD, PhD, Chief of Psychiatry

Via email at Yifang.Qian@sfdph.org     or via phone at 415-759-4562.



Verification may be requested at any time during this recruitment and selection process. If requested, verification of experience needed to qualify must be submitted on the employer’s letterhead and indicate the name of the applicant, job title, dates of employment, hours/week, and duties performed and must be signed by the supervisor and/or appropriate company representative.


City employees do not need to submit verification of City work experience if experience gained is from the class to which appointed.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules.  City employees relying upon qualifying work experience gained outside the City and County of San Francisco must submit written verification of such experience as described above. 


Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for a waiver at the time of filing may result in rejection of the application.


SELECTION PROCEDURES:                                                    


Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying licensure, education and experience. Only those candidates deemed best qualified will continue in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.




1.    Departments may utilize additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

2.    Valid licensure must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

3.    Information regarding licensure/registration for the LCSW/ACW may be obtained from the Board of Behavioral Sciences at http://www.bbs.ca.gov/

4.    Employees must maintain valid licensure as a condition of employment. In addition, eligibles who are not fully licensed (ASW) may be required to complete full licensing within a specific and defined time period upon employment. Employees who fail to maintain licensure or complete requirements for full licensure as a condition of employment may be subject to termination.

5.    Certain positions may have additional requirements regarding qualifications and/or experience. Such requirements can be, but are not limited to: part time schedules; rotating shifts; evening/night, weekends, and/or holiday work; designated male or female only; African American or Gay/Lesbian Health Specialist Certification or eligibility; valid California Driver’s License; or additional verifiable experience in a specialty area.

6.    Some positions may require bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending upon the dept's bilingual needs.  Only those eligibles who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for bilingual positions.  Applicants must indicate on the application form the language(s) in which they claim proficiency.

7.    Prior to appointment, at the Department’s expense, applicants may be required to take a TB screening test, and a medical examination.

8.    Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment.  Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes.  Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not  be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

9.    Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

10. Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Issued: February 15, 2013

List ID No.:  TPV-2930-056614

Team DPH/LL (415) 206-5417 (DHR Pos No 01122571)


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