This position is scheduled to receive a $1,000 bonus on July 30,
Under general direction, to plan, organize, and direct the
activities of one or more major behavioral health service programs;
to assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of multidisciplinary
professional and support staff engaged in planning and providing a
variety of mental health services for individuals, families,
groups, and the community; to provide direct clinical services for
clients, including crisis on-call coverage; and to perform related
work as required.
Positions in this class are in charge of one or more major
behavioral health.service programs and are responsible for
implementing specialized behavioral health services for adults and
children. Incumbents are responsible for maintaining the quality of
staff performance and compliance to workload standards.
Mental Health Director.
Mental Health Clinicians and other classifications assisting in
the delivery or support of behavioral health services.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal
manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects
weighing up to 25 Ibs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal
range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including
computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed in an office, clinic, home, school, or
community environments; work may involve the management of unstable
and potentially violent behavior; continuous contact with other
staff, agencies and the general public. Examples of Duties /
Knowledge & Skills
(The following is used as a partial description and is not
restrictive as to duties required.)
Plans, assigns, directs, supervises, and coordinates the work of
multidisciplinary staff providing behavioral health diagnostic and
treatment services, social and rehabilitation services, and
consultation and education services to consumers, public and
private agencies, and the community
evaluates overall activities of assigned programs/functions,
including methods and procedures for effectiveness and consistency
with program goals and objectives, recommending and implementing
changes in program, policies, and procedures as necessary.
Makes or reviews decisions on difficult consumer assessment and
Provides guidance to subordinates on departmental philosophy,
goals and objectives, policies and procedures through casework
conferences, staff meetings and work review
Assists and participates in the development and coordination of
in-service training and staff development programs.
Evaluates performance of personnel and takes or recommends
appropriate course of action
Interviews, selects, and recommends on the hiring of new staff
Participates in various forms of psychotherapy, such as
individual, group and family therapy, including caseload
responsibility and crisis on-call coverage
Works with other public, private, and community organizations
providing health and human services for mentally and emotionally
disabled individuals to gain and ensure cooperation in achieving
Participates in mental health conferences, trainings and
May participate in Countywide community needs assessment and
program planning, development and evaluation activities.
Assists in preparing annual budget requirements for assigned
programs/functions and monitors expenditures and revenues to ensure
programs/functions conform to the adopted budget
Prepares reports and correspondence regarding workload
statistics, casework and unit methods and procedures.
Minimum qualifications & Requirements
Any combination of training and experience that would likely
provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A
typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would
Three years of professional experience working in behavioral
health counseling, psychotherapy, and related social services in a
public or private welfare or health services setting. The
experience should demonstrate the ability to supervise clinical and
other behavioral health service providers and responsibility for
Equivalent to a Ph.D. or Master's degree in psychology, social
work, marriage and family counseling, or a related field from an
accredited college or university.
Possession of a valid vehicle operator's license for the State
Possession of a valid California license as a Clinical
Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family,
Therapist or, a valid California registration from the Board of
Behavioral Science Examiners as an Associate Clinical Social Worker
or Marriage and Family Therapist Intern or, official academic
records indicating successful completion of academic course work
that meets the requirements for license waiver from the California
State Department of Mental Health.
Principles and practices of management and supervision.
Principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy,
and various treatment modalities.
Biological, behavioral and environmental aspects of emotional
disturbances, mental disability, retardation, and substance
The scope and activities of public and private health and
welfare agencies and other available community resources.
Identification of individual, social, and environmental problems
and their analysis and resolution in existing social contexts.
Legislative and administrative rules and regulations pertaining
to Lanterman-Petris-Short and Short-Doyle services.
Plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate staff.
Provide effective leadership and consultation for staff in
casework and/or treatment methods and in professional and legal
implications of casework or treatment services.
Perform a variety of complex psychiatric social work and
psychotherapy processes for Mental Health Department clients.
Develop clear and comprehensive case records and
Develop and maintain cooperative, constructive relationships
with families of clients, members of other professional
disciplines, other agencies, and other staff.
Prepare treatment plans, client treatment recommendations, and a
variety of reports.
Organize and manage a caseload.
Define a therapist's role and deal with clients in a variety of
circumstances and settings in accordance with professional
standards and ethics.
Conceptualize and prioritize the problems of mentally disordered
persons, determining their needs, services, and appropriate
Integrate a number of clinical approaches into a treatment
Recognize a potential crisis and deliver crisis intervention
Handle stress and unstable client behavior.
Work with people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural
Effectively represent the Mental Health Department in contacts
with clients, the public, community organizations, other County
staff, and other government agencies.
In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et.,
seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster
service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain
on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an
emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable