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Behavioral Health Clinical Specialist

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:


$87,679.91 - $106,589.22 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

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Department of Health Services (DHS)

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Position Information
Grow your career as a Behavioral Health Clinical Specialist
with the Department of Health Services (DHS)!
Multiple full-time positions available!

Starting salary up to $51.07/hour ($106,589/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*
Behavioral Health Clinical Specialists (Clinical Specialists) work in a variety of different programs, with a great degree of independent discretion and judgment, and are expected to use initiative to attain the program and clinical objectives that are established in collaboration with their supervisor. Typical responsibilities include providing oversight of clinical services, clinical supervision and training to staff, and direct services to adults, youth and families receiving services through County programs. Clinical Specialists interface and collaborate with internal and community-based service providers, ensure compliance with rules and regulations, and attend and/or organize case conferences. While they are not involved in personnel issues or overall administration of the program, they act as a lead staff member on the team.

Duties for these positions include:

  • Reviewing clinical documentation from staff, providing feedback, and signing off on clinical assessments
  • Assigning and managing daily workflow and assignments for the program and program staff
  • Acting as a liaison with contracted agencies and community partners
  • Facilitating team meetings and meetings with contracted partners at the Health Program Manager's direction
  • Consulting with staff on crisis situations and modeling trauma-informed crisis intervention
  • Providing clinical supervision to staff pursuing hours for licensure
  • Assisting with writing policies and procedures
  • May assist with de-escalation, seclusion, and restraint in emergency situations
  • Providing direct services when needed to ensure timely admissions, discharges, and crisis servicesClinical Specialists may be assigned to work in any of the following programs:

    • Adult Access
    • Adult Outpatient Services (Adult Full-Service Partnership, Integrated Health Team, Integrated Recovery Team, Older Adult Team, Community Mental Health Centers, SonomaWORKS, Transitional Age Youth Team, Transitional Recovery, Whole Person Care)
    • Crisis Stabilization Unit
    • Program Support (Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Team)
    • Youth Services (Family Advocacy, Stabilization and Support Team, Foster Youth Team, Juvenile Hall, Juvenile Sex Offender Program, Valley of the Moon Children's Home, Child Trauma Response Team, Youth Access, Youth Medication Support)Note: For information on these specific Behavioral Health Division programs, many of the programs above are hyperlinked for additional resources.

      The ideal candidates for these positions will be highly flexible, organized, and skilled in interacting with diverse individuals and groups. Additionally, they will possess:

      • Experience working with adults and youth with serious mental health needs, and experience in conducting crisis assessments
      • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to navigate and manage clinical disagreements among staff
      • Experience in providing clinical supervision
      • The ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
      • A commitment to continual quality improvement
      • Excellent facilitation, crisis intervention, clinical, and customer service skills
      • The ability to form and maintain excellent working relationships with contracted agencies
      • Certification in Adult or Child Needs and Strengths Assessment
      • Completion of the Board of Behavioral Sciences' approved course on providing clinical supervision (highly desirable)
      • Knowledge of trauma-informed practices (preferred)
        What We Offer

        Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:
        • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
        • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
        • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
        • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
        • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
        • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
        • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
        • Some positions may have the ability to work within a hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we servePlease note: Effective January 1, 2017, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) must obtain written confirmation from the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) stating that they meet the requirements to assess and treat couples and families prior to assessing or treating a couple or family client. If you are a LPCC, be sure to answer the corresponding supplemental question and attach your written confirmation from the BBS to your application materials.
          *Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future vacancies should consider applying to this recruitment.
          Minimum Qualifications
          Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include a Master's Degree or higher in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field from an accredited college or university; and two years of related experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, licensed Psychologist, OR a successor licensure recognized as equivalent by the State of California.Special Requirement: Possession of either a valid, current Licensed Clinical Social Worker license, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist license, OR Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor license, issued by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, State of California; OR possession of a valid, current license as a Psychologist issued by the State of California, Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Psychology Examining Committee; OR possession of a successor licensure recognized as equivalent by the State of California.License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
          Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
          Considerable knowledge of: prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation techniques used in the identification and treatment of mental illness and emotional disorders; federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations associated with mental health treatment and education programs; the social, psychological, and physiological effects of mental disorders; principles, methods, and techniques used to develop formal and informal training programs associated with assigned specialty areas; methods and techniques used to develop community information and education programs; the scope and activities of community based agencies involved in the education and treatment of mental health, including wellness and recovery, and strength based approaches with clients and their families.Knowledge of: modern methods and techniques used to lead, plan, and control the work of others.Ability to: plan, assign, supervise, review, and evaluate the work of staff; plan, organize, conduct, and evaluate the effectiveness of training and education programs, including training staff in clinical casework techniques and methodologies; provide lead direction to a multi-disciplinary mental health treatment team; use community resources to establish and maintain effective community programs to assist in the care, prevention, education, and treatment of mental health clients and their families; assess situations, identify problems, develop acceptable problem-solving options, anticipate possible risks associated with each option, and determine appropriate course of action; work effectively with a multicultural client and family population with diverse background and needs; establish and maintain effective working relationships on a multi-disciplinary team with peers, supervisors, subordinates, members of the public, other County employees, community agency staff, and others who have an interest in mental health prevention and treatment; supervise individual and group behavior and provide necessary support; prepare clear and concise oral and written reports; lead, plan, and control the work of others.
          Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
          • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
          • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
          • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
          • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
            Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state, "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
            The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

            An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


            A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

            Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

            HOW TO APPLY

            Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
            The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

            HR Analyst: DP
            HR Technician: RR

Keywords: County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa , Behavioral Health Clinical Specialist, Other , Santa Rosa, California

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