Behavioral Health Clinician

  • Full Time
  • Boston

Website Boston Health for the Homeless


Hours:   Full time, Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) is seeking a dedicated Behavioral Health Clinician to join our street team and MGH-based clinic!

We are committed to ensuring that every homeless individual has access to comprehensive medical and behavioral health care, including stigma free, trauma-informed addiction care. Some of the priorities that draw us to this work are: responding to social and racial injustice; developing long-term individual relationships, and providing the support our patients need to achieve greater stability, social connectedness, and well-being.

As the Street Team/MGH Clinic Behavioral Health Clinician, you will work within a robust multi-disciplinary outreach team and focus specifically on providing behavioral health services for people with a history of chronic unsheltered homelessness and in connecting with people who are experiencing homelessness while hospitalized. The work settings will include street outreach, home visits and hospital clinic based care.


Provides high-quality, focused behavioral health services predominantly to people who have experienced or are currently experiencing street homelessness. Most patients have a history of severe substance use disorder and/or serious mental illness and may require substantial engagement and relationship building before a care plan can be developed.
Provides initial behavioral health evaluation, intakes, ongoing assessments, evaluations, support services to BHCHP patients and ongoing individual and group therapy (if indicated) as well as episodic crisis-stabilization services.
Collaborates, communicates, and meets regularly with BHCHP multidisciplinary teams as well as clients needed to develop person-centered, recovery oriented treatment plans. This role will work specifically with the BHCHP Street team and BHCHP team that is based out of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Works closely with BHCHP psychiatrists to create comprehensive and individualized behavioral health plans for patients; provides leadership in assisting BHCHP staff with behavioral health concerns and/or psychiatric emergencies.
Maintains frequent contact with patients’ health care team in order to provide comprehensive, coordinated care; makes referrals to outside addiction treatment or behavioral health programs or other supports as needed.
Assists in consultation and coordination of care for persons experiencing homelessness admitted to, or in the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital; assists with service coordination across other behavioral health providers (e.g. hospitals, crisis stabilization units, partial/IOP programs, respite programs, substance use disorder treatment programs).
Provides ongoing education and support of patients and follow up care in person and via telephone/telemedicine platforms when needed; completes appropriate documentation with excellent record keeping, done in a timely fashion.
Obtains billing authorizations in a timely fashion and provides documentation for grants, projects, etc. as directed by supervisor.
Undertakes projects and assignments as required. Participates on intra-agency committee(s).
Meets with senior staff for clinical supervision as needed; attends weekly treatment team meetings and clinic staff meetings as scheduled. Provides supervision to unlicensed clinicians as needed.

Must be licensed or must obtain license within 18 months (for LCSW) or 42 months (for LMHC) of hire date.  Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred.
Experience with people experiencing homelessness and/or with people who have experienced incarceration preferred; experience in caring for patients with substance use disorders is required.
Knowledge of harm reduction and trauma-informed principles preferred; knowledge of DBT skills, including emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness preferred
Experience working with survivors of sexual violence and trafficking preferred.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with providers and team members form various settings
Knowledge of community and health resources, particularly addiction related resources and supports; eEmbraces cultural humility across differences related to race/ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, beliefs, and behaviors.
Commitment to equitable and culturally appropriate care for a wide range of diverse populations, including (but not limited to) communities of color, LGBTQIA communities, non-English speaking populations, people with histories of incarceration, people with substance use disorders, and people experiencing homelessness.
Ability to work with patients with dual or multiple disorders, including complex trauma,  who also have chronic medical illnesses; ability to be flexible and takes direction well and works effectively with a multidisciplinary approach
Life support training certification (e.g. CPR, BLS, ACLS) from a course that includes a hands-on, in-person component. If not certified prior to the start date, applicant must submit certification within 60 days of the start date.
Compensation and Benefits:

Salary starting at $60,000 and will increase with years of experience; additional compensation for LICSW and LMHC.
BHCHP full time employees are eligible for our competitive time off policy of 4 weeks’ vacation, health, dental and vision insurance, 403B retirement savings plan and employer retirement contribution, and pre-tax MBTA pass program with 40% discount. In addition, eligible employees will receive yearly increases, additional annual compensation of seven thousand five hundred dollarsfor demonstrated bilingual proficiency and the opportunity to work with local hospitals and community health centers.
Does this amazing opportunity interest you? Then we’d love to hear from you.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, BHCHP pledges not to discriminate against and encourages those from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds to apply, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA identifying, first generation college students and adults without a college degree, Bilingual and Bicultural persons; and individuals from low economic backgrounds.

Covid-19 Vaccination: For the protection of our workplace and patients, BHCHP requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination(s) is required for employment. All candidates offered employment will be given details about how to demonstrate receipt of vaccination.

Please Note: Employment at Boston Health Care for the Homeless is at-will. Boston Health Care for the Homeless does not sponsor work authorization visas.




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