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THE COUNTY OF SHASTA
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/shasta/default.cfm
INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR

Mental Health Clinician I/II

CURRENT VACANCY IS WITHIN THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES
BRANCH OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
 
SEE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENT” SECTION REGARDING POSSESSION
OF A VALID PROFESSIONAL LICENSE 
 
RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS REQUIRED
 
SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE STATEMENT
MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS
 
APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED WEEKLY UNTIL CURRENT VACANCY IS FILLED
 
FINAL FILING DATE ** CONTINUOUS **

SALARY INFORMATION

Mental Health Clinician I:  $5,282 – $6,741 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $30.47 – $38.89 APPROXIMATE HOURLY*
Mental Health Clinician II: $5,823 – $7,432 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $33.60 – $42.88 APPROXIMATE HOURLY*

*Please refer to the appropriate Bargaining Unit Memorandum of Understanding for potential future salary increases* Please visit https://co.shasta.ca.us/MOUs

ABOUT SHASTA COUNTY

Shasta County offers all of the amenities of the big city while retaining a comfortable small town atmosphere.  With its natural beauty, diversified culture, affordable housing, excellent educational system, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Shasta County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Health and Human Services Agency
The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) partners with communities to protect and improve the health and well-being of Shasta County residents. Established in 2006, the HHSA is organized into four branches: Children’s Services, Adult Services, Public Health and Economic Mobility, with a centralized administration. The HHSA promotes optimal health for all. The frail, the abused, the mentally ill and those without resources look to the HHSA for services and resources to meet their basic needs, and to protect their health and safety. This transformation improves efficiency, avoids unnecessary duplication of effort, encourages collaboration among programs and organizes the HHSA’s services to be more responsive to the needs of the public.

Children’s Services encompass the services that help ensure children are protected and safe. This branch investigates alleged abuse and neglect of children, and it licenses foster and adoptive homes for children who are experiencing traumatic events in their lives. The branch also encompasses children’s mental health and youth alcohol and drug services. This branch also works with juvenile justice and education to coordinate services for clients.

ABOUT THE POSITION

Mental Health Clinician I:  Under direction of a licensed clinician, provides strengths based, recovery oriented mental health service interventions.

The overarching goal of service delivery is to promote and support rehabilitative activities of adults and/or promote appropriate development of children who are experiencing a mental illness that significantly impacts their daily functioning. Also, performs related work as assigned.

Mental Health Clinician II: Under general supervision, to provide professional rehabilitative, case management, counseling, and medically necessary treatment services to seriously emotionally disturbed adults and children; and to do related work as assigned.

Note:  Employees of Shasta County working in a publicly-funded mental health program may be eligible to apply to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for a Mental Health Loan Assumption Program award to repay educational loans.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Mental Health Clinician I:  This is the entry-level classification in the Mental Health Clinician series. Under supervision, employees in this class carry a caseload and deliver mental health services. Candidates for this level must have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work or have a Master’s Degree that qualifies for an Associate registration through the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, and maintain registration with the appropriate California licensing board and follow required supervision guidelines.

Mental Health Clinician II:  This is a licensed Mental Health Clinician classification. Upon entrance into this class, incumbents are expected to be fully trained and licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. Employees in this class carry a caseload, delivering biopsychosocial rehabilitation services and assessment to mental health clients.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Mental Health Clinician I:  Conducts clinical interviews with individuals seeking mental health services, as well as family members when appropriate to gather information about psycho-social history, presenting symptoms, developmental history, medical history and risk factors for the purpose of diagnostic assessment and eligibility determination; provides mental health services in clinic and community settings as assigned that may include crisis intervention, individual, group and collateral psychotherapy, rehabilitation services, and clinical case management; completes documentation of assessments and interventions as well as claiming for services provided on a daily basis; may on occasion participate in legal proceedings; attends departmental and community meetings, consults with other staff members and community members; participates in staff meetings and training activities as directed by the department.

Mental Health Clinician II:  Performs case management and rehabilitative treatment services with seriously emotionally disturbed adult or child clients and their families; develops treatment plans; gathers data relative to client’s personal, social, and emotional history by interviewing client, relatives, friends, teachers, and employers; prepares social case histories with particular emphasis upon psychosocial factors affecting the client; participates directly in individual therapy and group therapy programs for children, adults, and families; coordinates with other team members and with community agencies in carrying out treatment plans; interprets and explains to clients, relatives, and community groups the social and emotional factors related to emotional disorders. Attends staff conferences; team meetings; in-service training sessions; and continuing education or required training sessions. Maintains documentation of biopsychosocial rehabilitative services and assessment of mental health clients.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS

Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Mental Health Clinician I:  

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, techniques, trends, and literature associated with mental health treatment; basic knowledge of brain structures and functions; documentation standards associated with public and private reimbursement systems and Federal financial compliance; scope and activities of public and private health, social service, and law enforcement agencies.

Ability to: Apply the principles of biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment planning; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation with an interdisciplinary team; Implement recovery/strength based interventions; maintain an objective and empathetic understanding of mental illness, be tolerant, use tact and maintain emotional stability; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, mental health, public health, and social services professionals, contract providers, County and State representatives, consumers and their family members, community groups, and the general public.

These employment standards are typically attained with a Master’s Degree that qualifies for Associate registration through the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

Mental Health Clinician II:  

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, techniques, trends, and literature associated with biopsychosocial rehabilitation; documentation standards associated with public and private reimbursement systems and Federal financial compliance; and scope and activities of public and private health, social service, and law enforcement agencies.

Ability to: Apply the principles of biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment planning; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation with an interdisciplinary team; maintain an objective and empathetic understanding of mental illness, be tolerant, use tact, and maintain emotional stability; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, mental health, health, public health, and social services professionals, contract providers, County and State representatives, consumers and their family members, community groups, and the general public.

These employment standards are typically attained with possession of a valid license through the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate has a desire to work with children and their families in both a clinical setting, as well as the home environment or community.  The candidate works collaboratively and demonstrates the commitment to working in a team environment to help children/youth with mental health needs, either in the outpatient clinical setting or in the professional child welfare setting.  The ideal candidate has knowledge and skills to deliver trauma informed services, monitor youth outcomes, stabilize crisis situations, and collaborate with the Children’s Branch and community-based organizations.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Mental Health Clinician I:

  • Incumbents must maintain active current registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners while working towards obtaining their license in an approved field. The registration may be renewed a maximum of five times while working towards obtaining the required license. No registration shall be renewed or reinstated beyond six years from the last day of the month during which it was issued.  Failure to maintain registration will result in termination from the classification.
  • Incumbents are required to obtain licensure through the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners within six years of the date of initial registration or be terminated from the class.
  • Positions in this class may require a valid driver’s license.
Mental Health Clinician II:
  • Incumbents are required to maintain appropriate licensure through the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.
  • Positions in this classification may require a valid driver’s license.
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.

  1. Do you have current Registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as an Associate Social Worker, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern or Associate Professional Clinical Counselor?  Yes___ No___
  2. If yes, please list your Registration number and expiration date.  If no, please type “n/a”.
  3. Have you applied for Registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, or do you plan to soon?  Yes___ No___
  4. If yes, please list the date?  If no, please type “n/a”.
  5. Do you have a current license as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist or Professional Clinical Counselor issued by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners?  Yes___ No___
  6. If yes, please list your license number and expiration date.  If no, please type “n/a”.
  7. Do you understand that you must obtain a license as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Professional Clinical Counselor issued by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners within six (6) years of the date of initial registration or be terminated from the class?  Yes___ No___
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
  • Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints).    An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position.  The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.
  • Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.
  • Shasta County participates in E-Verify. For more information click here (Download PDF reader). If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flier.
  • In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
  • Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) – Professional Unit.
  • Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62.   An employee in this classification will also contribute up to 8.75% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit our employees benefit page at Employee Benefits for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information.  The provisions in this flyer and on the County’s website are for information purposes only.  To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County’s website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES

Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until current vacancy has been filled. A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter,” or “See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter” the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof. 

Veterans’ Credit: Veterans (as defined by California Government Code section 18973) who have been discharged from military service under conditions other than dishonorable and who receive a passing score on all components of the employment examinations (up to and including oral examinations) shall receive credit for an additional five points to be added to their final examination score. To be considered for this credit, a veteran MUST provide a copy of his or her discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent) and information as to the type of discharge (honorable, dishonorable, etc.) WITH THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at apply online or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Master's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: $30.47
    Maximum Hourly Wage: $42.88