Chelsea Simms is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and serves as an Implementation Specialist on the PMHP team. Originally from LA County, she spent the last 15 years working and studying in the San Francisco Bay Area and is thrilled to be back in her “hometown.”
Chelsea engaged in direct practice social work for over four years in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to joining the PMHP team. Upon earning her MSW, Chelsea transitioned from intern to clinical social worker at the California Medical Facility, where she provided individual and group therapy to incarcerated individuals within an inpatient mental health program inside the prison. Following this role, Chelsea worked on the UCSF Citywide Roving Team (a Housing First program) where she was an outreach clinical case manager working with marginally housed individuals with serious mental illness and other functional impairments to prevent eviction through individual counseling and care coordination. Through these two roles, Chelsea developed passions for group facilitation, harm reduction approaches, and continued learning to combat burnout.
Prior to graduate school, Chelsea worked at UCSF for almost a decade in multiple roles — providing patient navigation services to pregnant patients at UCSF Medical Center, coordinating professional development programming for UCSF’s Center for Gender Equity, and assisting the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health with reproductive health research.
Chelsea is proud to be joining the PMHP team in delivering evidence-informed mental health training to enhance direct services to community mental health consumers in Los Angeles County.