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Health Worker 3

Organization: City of San Francisco Department of Public Health

Posted On: March 2019

Pay / Hours: Fulltime

Location: San Francisco, CA

Job Description:

Under general supervision, in collaboration with licensed staff, the Health Worker III will ensure that individuals seeking access to care are appropriately matched to an appropriate level of intensive treatment through the use of State authorized patient placement criteria. The Health Worker III will also represent DCTC at collaborative court meetings. The essential duties include, but is not limited to:

  • •Assist in providing substance abuse and recovery counseling for Drug Court (DC) participants, including outreach to clients who are housed in residential treatment programs;
  • •Outreach to families and/or natural support system of clients;
  • •Transport ambulatory clients between their homes and clinics, hospitals or other social agencies as needed; •Complete intake and assessment forms and make appropriate referrals;
  • •Utilize objective screening and assessment forms throughout client’s course of treatment;
  • •Attend court hearings as scheduled and prepare all relevant court documents needed for collaborative court meetings, consult with DCTC staff members on status updates for the clients who have a court hearing, and provide update to court on client’s progress;
  • •May assist in facilitating pre-treatment or treatment groups and document progress in client’s chart as needed;
  • •May transport clients from County Jail and orient them to DCTC policies and procedures;
  • •Work closely with licensed staff in designing and implementing treatment plans specific to client needs; Monitor and document treatment progress;
  • •Submit appropriate documentation according to State, Federal, County and HIPAA standards and regulations;
  • •Develop and maintain confidential client charts/information;
  • •Maintain quality assurance, confidentiality, legal and ethical standards;
  • •Seek consultation and complete any mandated reports (e.g. CPS, APS, Tarasoff) or other reports as indicated by DC policy and procedure;
  • •Consult and coordinate with Case Managers around client’s needs and participate in regular case conference meetings with DCTC team;
  • Assist in the coordination with other criminal justice agencies of the delivery of time sensitive and thorough information relating to individuals participating in the Drug Court program;
  • •Advocate for the placement of Drug Court clients into community-based treatment settings, as well as participate in case reviews related to the clients’ compliance and progress in treatment activities;
  • •Liaison with Sheriff Department and community partners to promote DCTC day to day activities as well support the needs of Drug Court clients with appropriate services and resources;
  • •Participate in group supervision to assist DC staff in deciding depositions of each case, including recommendations regarding the placement of Drug Court defendants into community-based treatment settings;
  • •Function as a member of the Drug Court Team and effectively represent treatment concerns.  Recommend plans for Drug Court to address the needs of vulnerable populations (i.e. dual/multiple diagnosed, homeless, etc.);
  • •Attend meetings, training's, conferences, etc. as required; and •Follow DPH, Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and Drug Court policies and procedures.

The Health Worker III performs other related duties as assigned/required.


  • Appointment Type: Temporary Provisional (TPV). Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment.   

  • The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) is accepting applications for temporary provisional positions in class 2587 Health Worker III for the San Francisco Drug Court Treatment Center (SFDCTC) Program.         

  • The San Francisco Drug Court was established in 1995 as an alternative to traditional sentencing for individuals with drug offenses. This court requires collaboration with different stakeholders (i.e., The Superior Court, Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Adult Probation) and community providers. The goal of the program is to connect individuals in the criminal justice system who have substance use treatment needs to community based services in an effort to enhance public safety, reduce recidivism, and reach legal dispositions that take their treatment needs into account.

Certifications / Requirements:

  1. Two (2) years of verifiable experience within the last five (5) years, working with a culturally diverse population performing a combination of at least two (2) of the following duties: Serving as a liaison between targeted communities and healthcare agencies; providing culturally appropriate health education/information and outreach to targeted populations; providing referral and follow up services or otherwise coordinating care; providing informal counseling, social support and advocacy to targeted populations; escorting and transporting clients; providing courier /dispatcher functions; performing pre-clinical examinations of vital statistics, such as measuring a patient’s weight, height, temperature and blood pressure; AND Special Conditions:
  2. Bilingual in Spanish and English; AND
  3. Possession of a valid Alcohol & Drug Programs Counselor Certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) per the State of California.

Application / Contact Information:

Note: Certification as an Alcohol and Drugs Program Counselor must be from one of the certifying organizations approved and recognized by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).  The list of approved certifying agencies can be found at: 

Substitution: Possession of a Community Health Worker Certificate from City College of San Francisco can substitute for 6 months of experience.

Company Contact: Tara Beasley-Stansberry
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Phone: (415) 554-2883
Company Address: 101 Grove Street, Ste 214, San Francisco, CA 94102