The Mental Health Counselor provides treatment services for homeless and at-risk young people between the ages of 12-24 who present with mental health-related challenges. The Mental Health Counselor works as part of a SAMHSA funded Behavioral Health Program for Homeless Youth and as part of LAYC’s Core Service Agency funded by the DC Department of Behavioral Health.  The Mental Health Counselor works closely with the assigned Outreach Worker/Case Manager and Substance Use Disorders Treatment Counselor to provide integrated behavioral health services and help link clients to community resources and permanent housing.


  • Conduct comprehensive assessments and provide individual, family and group counseling services to an average caseload of 20-25 clients
  • Assist participants in developing person-centered treatment plan designed to help them achieve their individual goals
  • Provide weekly individual, group and family counseling services to clients in the office, at school and/or in the community, depending on the needs of the client
  • Provide crisis intervention when needed
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other case-involved service providers and professionals;
  • Participate in quarterly youth/family team and interdisciplinary meetings
  • Attend meetings with community partners including Department of Human Services and Department of Behavioral Health
  • Enter all notes/data into Efforts-to-Outcomes or other electronic database on a daily basis
  • Enter participant outcomes data in SAMHSA’s CSAT Database
  • Complete Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) at intake, and every 90 days thereafter
  • Meet regularly with Clinical Supervisor for individual and group supervision
  • Attend individual and group clinical supervision on a weekly basis
  • Improve professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions
  • Maintain updated criminal background and child protective clearances as required by LAYC and funders
  • Perform other activities specifically assigned by the Social Services Director and Clinical Supervisor
  • Adhere to all LAYC personnel policies.


  • Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field
  • At least graduate-level license in the District of Columbia (LGSW or LGPC)
  • Minimum two years of experience working with adolescent/young adult mental health and/or substance abuse clients within  a culturally diverse population
  • Flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours, as needed
  • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred
  • Ability to evaluate youth’s emotional, behavioral and social needs and determine the optimal treatment strategies
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse population
  • Computer proficiency.


This is position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. Requires the ability to travel locally and/or regionally, on a regular basis.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


Please send resume and cover letter to Dora Guevara at