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Company Name :
Humboldt County
Company Location :
Eureka, CA
Job Position :
Mental Health Clinician I/II – Humboldt Bridges To Success Program
Job Category :
Jobs in California

Job Description :
DEFINITION

MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN I/II – HUMBOLDT BRIDGES TO SUCCESS PROGRAM

Department of Health & Human Services

Are you interested in making a difference? If so, please consider joining our dedicated team at the Department of Health & Human Services!
This position is part of the Humboldt Bridges To Success Program, which is a school county collaborative mental health project. Clinicians works in regional teams across the county and helps direct treatment of students with Mental Health needs.

What You’ll Do:
This position is responsible for a variety of duties, including:

Works as part of a multidisciplinary school team
Short term clinical stabilization and referral to outside providers for on-going care, documentation, and assessment.
Ability to think and act quickly to support change and school performance.

Where You’ll Do It:
This position is located in Eureka, California.
A typical schedule for this position is M-F 8-5

DEFINITION

Under general supervision, has responsibility for a psychiatric caseload involving children and/or adults; performs psychotherapeutic counseling, including individual, group, family and other approved techniques; provides outreach and emergency services and counseling in crisis situations; performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Mental Health Clinician I: This is the first working level in this professional class. Incumbents are assigned mental health casework which will broaden and deepen their professional experience in diagnosis, group and individual therapy. This class is alternately staffed with Mental Health Clinician II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meets the qualifications of the higher level class. (Note: Incumbents may only remain in this class up to the equivalent of six full-time years following intern registration.)

Mental Health Clinician II: This is the experienced level, fully competent to perform psychotherapeutic support and effective out-patient long-term or crisis situations. Incumbents are also expected to provide supervision for interns completing internships within the County Mental Health Department.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Evaluates patients in a variety of out- and in-patient settings, including field situations; obtains patient history, completes mental status exam, and develops treatment plans.
Provides on-going psychotherapy in short term out-patient and longer term day treatment environment; makes necessary referrals for patients as needs dictate.
Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team providing critical clinical input related to patient diagnosis and recommended treatment plans; participates in case conferences and consults with psychiatric staff to review patient cases and medication issues.
Evaluates patients for voluntary and involuntary commitment; signs commitments for clients requiring hospitalization.
Provides direction, training and chart auditing for assigned student interns; participates in staff/intern training and quality assurance/peer review functions.
Performs detailed patient record documentation and maintains caseload records; prepares intake and discharge summaries, progress notes and treatment reviews.
Provides courtroom testimony and consultation to school and adult programs as required; performs program planning to develop and implement services appropriate to assisting both adult and children psychiatric patients.
May serve as case coordinator for assigned patients or clients.
Consults with and serves as a liaison with community agencies, schools personnel, parents, and other mental health programs and services to evaluate community health needs and services; educates on needs of specific patient or segment of mental health patient population; advocates for patients.
May serve as the director of social services for the in-patient health facility.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of community mental health treatment, including interviewing, assessment, individual, family and group counseling.
General psychiatric emergency intervention, diagnosis and brief and long-term therapy methods.
Principles of adult and child psychology.
Laws and regulations related to patient’s rights, voluntary or involuntary treatment and commitment for treatment including criteria for commitment.
Community resources and agencies providing support services for the mentally ill or disabled.
Medical recordkeeping and documentation including patient charting.
Medi-cal regulations and documentation for medical necessity.
Basic principles of supervision and training.

Skill in:

Assessing client mental status and making accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans.
Analyzing crisis situations in a prompt and concise manner to facilitate appropriate treatment and referrals.
Conducting mental health education and training programs.
Evaluating patients for medication referrals.
Presenting patient history and behavioral impressions to psychiatrist for further review.
Preparing detailed case summaries and documentation and maintaining accurate patient records in compliance with local, state and federal rules and regulations.
Protecting patient’s rights and providing advocacy for the mentally ill.
Coordinating emergency psychiatric support service efforts with appropriate county, community, school, hospital, and other involved agencies.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other therapists, county staff, schools, referral agencies, physicians and the public.
Utilizing the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for performing diagnosis on all five axies.
Providing direction and training.

Other Requirements:

Specified positions may require the possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Mental Health Clinician I: Must possess a valid intern registration number from the State Board of Behavioral Examiners or be eligible to work as a Registered Psychologist in accordance with the requirements of the State Board of Psychology.

Mental Health Clinician II: Must possess an appropriate license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California.

Specified positions may be limited to candidates who are registered as an intern for, or in possession of, a license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with written confirmation from the Board of Behavioral Sciences stating that they meet the requirements to assess and treat couples and families.

WORKING CONDITIONS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CalPERS Retirement

Tier I: Prior to 7/5/2012: 2.7 @ 55
Tier II: Post 7/6/2012: 2.0 @ 55
Tier III: Post 1/1/2013: 2.0 @ 62

Selection Procedure
The County’s Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations. A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts.
Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination, or an evaluation of education and experience.

Policy of Nondiscrimination
The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is located in the Humboldt County Courthouse, which has an accessible entrance to the Courthouse is the 4th Street entrance. Accessible parking is available adjacent to the 4th Street entrance and on the 4th Street side of the K Street lot. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at
(707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

How to Apply
A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications may only be submitted online through the County’s automated application system at http://www.humboldtgov.org/hr no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing.

It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess.

Please read the job requirements section of the announcement. Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process. Your performance in this examination will be compared with the performance of others who take the test. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores. The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible. Scores will be provided in writing only.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment.

OTHER EXAMINATIONS: Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation.

LICENSES: Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses. Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver’s license.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period. This is normally six months, but may be up to one year. All designated safety employees serve a one year probationary period.

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: It is the County’s intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990. If you are offered employment you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONTRACT. THE COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXAMINATION PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY MERIT SYSTEM RULES.

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