R.F. & Associates, Inc. (RFA), a full service development and consulting firm, was founded in 2004 by Rhonda F. Harris. With a portfolio of $10 million in business activity, RFA constructed single family homes and purchased and renovated distressed properties, to provide housing and neighborhood safety. Addressing issues of inequality affecting local small business contractors, she established the Contractor’s Alliance of Richmond (CAR) in 2005, comprised of fifteen locally owned businesses specializing in the building trades.
To treat every veteran with respect, honor and dignity that resides in our partners' facilities by maintaining our integrity, reliability, sustainability, accountability and profitability.
To provide a clean, safe living environment for veterans who may be homeless, or formerly incarcerated, who are returning home from the military and are looking for stability and want to reunite with their families. RFA enhances the well-being of our men and women who have risked their lives for our country by serving in the armed forces by honoring them and nurturing them back into society, which enables them to regain their dignity, to move forward on a path of wholeness and restoration, to develop a health consciousness, and to provide an environment for higher learning and employment opportunities where they can dream again.
What We Do
On October 1, 2011, R.F. & Associates, Inc. (RFA) entered into a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Mental Health Services, San Francisco, CA. Since 2013, RFA has placed over forty veterans at the Granada Hotel in San Francisco. RFA provides veterans who are enrolled in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) treatment program, with a placement that can range from 1 – 6 months, shelter in place services consisting of:
- a clean, sober and safe place;
- a warm comfortable environment;
- a place of peace;
- a place to receive nutritious meals
We have plans to develop other housing options in the Bay Area for veterans and work in partnership with other clean and sober living facilities.
Rhonda F. Harris
Rhonda F. Harris founded R.F. & Associates, Inc. in 2000. As a member of a military family, Ms. Harris began serving homeless veterans before it became the right thing to do. In honor of her late father, a wounded Korean veteran, she founded The Veterans Resource Program (VRP) in 2011 to assist veterans with housing, applying for benefits, and higher educational opportunities to help them transition back into society through gainful employment. The veterans are provided information about available resources, the latest VA programs and assistance in filing and following up on disability compensation and pension claims to help with their immediate and future needs.
Addressing issues of inequality affecting local small business contractors, she established the Contractor’s Alliance of Richmond (CAR) in 2005, comprised of fifteen locally owned businesses specializing in the building trades.
To address the high unemployment rate and the lack of training in the building trades, Rhonda F. Harris, CEO of RFA co-founded the Richmond Community Based Employment Collaborative (CBEC) in 2008. CBEC provided services to underserved youth and young adults who are actively involved in gangs, drugs, and gun violence or who are at-risk for these types of activities with Program Readiness/Job Readiness Skills Training and placement.
Mt. Diablo Valley College
Certificate, Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Activities & Affiliations
• 2013 Jefferson Award recipient
• MEA Magazine Award
• 25 Influential Women in Business
Clinical Case Manager
R. F. & Associates is seeking a Clinical Case Manager position who wants to work with veterans with chronic mental illness in San Francisco. This is an ideal position for a recent licensed MSW graduate to work for an organization that provides community-based residential and treatment services to veterans with chronic mental illness authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs at Fort Miley and the Downtown Clinic. This is a 25-hour position that pays $30 an hour, not to exceed $3,000 per month.
The Clinical Case Manager provides clinical care, case management and actively supports the needs of the veterans in the program. All the veterans have been diagnosed as chronically mentally ill, e.g., schizophrenia, major affective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, and have been homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The veterans live in an integrated housing community consisting of veterans and non-veterans.
The Clinical Case Manager must be able to provide services, either directly or with the coordination of the VA clinical staff or through community resources to include:
- Manage a caseload of 15-18 veterans and meet weekly with each veteran to assess their progress on their individual discharge plan for a successful permanent, community-based housing placement.
- Case Management: In collaboration with the VA and/or using community resources, provide individual counseling, including counseling on self-care skills, adaptive coping skills, support for transitioning into an alcohol and drug abuse-free lifestyle and, as appropriate, vocational rehabilitation counseling.
- Group Activities: Coordinate services as appropriate, either directly or with the coordination of the VA clinical staff or through community resources. Services could include group therapy, social skills training, life-skill training, independent living training, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, vocational counseling and physical activities as appropriate.
- VA Coordination: Coordinate and refer to appropriate Veterans Affairs professionals for health, mental health, and other services, including VA residential treatment programs for addiction, homelessness, and/or PTSD, as well as outpatient treatment as recommended by VA providers. Communicate with VA staff about notable clinical events such as new medical or mental health symptoms, unexpected departures from the facility, intoxication, etc.
- Life Skills: Assist veterans to develop responsible living patterns and to achieve a more adaptive level of psychosocial functioning, upgraded social skills, and improved personal relationships.
- Discharge Planning: In conjunction with the VA Mental Health Treatment Coordinators / Mental Health staff, aid in discharge planning. Housing needs will be assessed upon arrival and resources will be coordinated for veterans to be discharged to permanent, community-based housing placement. Clinical Case Manager will assist to create an initial discharge plan within thirty days that includes identified objectives and target dates for task completion(s), and for which progress shall be evaluated and documented on an ongoing basis for the duration of the veteran’s admission.
- Management of Medications: Medications and narcotics for veterans are properly stored, controlled, issued and recorded in compliance with physicians’ orders. Veterans may self-administer medications, but at a minimum, the Clinical Case Manager will provide a means of securely and properly storing all medications brought into the program for veteran use. Storage shall ensure that no other residents are able to access an individual veteran’s medication.
- Clinical Issues: Establish and review a written protocol with the SF VA Mental Health team for managing medical and behavioral emergencies, including severe psychiatric symptoms, self-harm and violence, severe alcohol withdrawal (delirium tremens), and management of intoxication.
- Transportation: Support the veterans in finding solutions for their local transportation needs (e.g. to scheduled meetings, appointments, etc.).
- Record Keeping: Timely completion of documentation of services in accordance with the Department of Veterans Affairs recording standards. The Clinical Case Manager shall maintain an individual client record on each veteran admitted and shall comply with the requirement of the “Confidentiality of Certain Medical Records (38 USC 4132) and the “Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient” (42 CFR, Part II). All records shall be secured and confidential. Records will be made available on a need-to-know basis to appropriate VA staff members involved with the treatment program of the veterans concerned.
- Represents R. F. & Associates professionally with VA Mental Health, in the community and participate in community meetings and presentations as assigned.
- Masters in Social Work or Counseling from an accredited university or college.
- Registered intern or associate with California BBS required.
- Licensed (LCSW or MFT).
- Demonstrated ability to work with homeless or formerly homeless individuals and those struggling with substance use and mental health issues and disabilities.
- Maintain the highest level of client confidentiality; follow HIPPA regulations.
- Fulfillment of TB clearance, fingerprinting and state clearance, and any other mandatory state/federal requirements.
- Demonstrated cultural responsiveness in working with diverse families and communities.
- Clean driving record; current CA Driver’s License.
- Must have access to dependable transportation; personal car insurance meeting minimum liability coverage required if the position requires driving for work or transporting participants.
- Basic computer and keyboarding competence with the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and/or competency with electronic clinical documentation systems.
- $30 an hour for 25 hours a week
- The position is based in San Francisco.