Behavioral Health Clinician (Mental Health Clinician)

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Jun 28, 2019
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $62,462.40 - $84,115.20 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position

Mental Health Clinician I $30.03- $36.51 Hourly
Mental Health Clinician II $33.27 - $40.44 Hourly


We encourage you to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.

Oral exams will be held as qualified applications are received.


The Health Services Agency (HSA) is a network of outpatient medical programs and services. The HSA includes: medical offices in six locations throughout Stanislaus County; Community Health Services (offering traditional public health services to the community); health education programs and participates in the Valley Consortium for Medical Education (VCME), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.

The HSA holds strongly to its vision of "healthy people in a healthy Stanislaus" by developing its services with the community, in ways that support community need.


This recruitment is being conducted to filltwo vacancies, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at HSA and to establish an eligible list to fill future full-time vacancies. The position, referred as a Behavioral Health Clinician, provides services to patients within the primary care setting in conjunction with PCP's, physician residents and consulting psychiatrist to manage patients in the Health Services Primary Care Clinics. The LCSW functions as an integral member of the team involved in delivering a variety of highly skilled services to patients referred by a primary care provider.These LCSWs engage in population based education, prevention and early intervention with patients, participate in their chronic health disease management, including psychosocial assessments to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their, illness, treatment, and or life situation.These positions will help facilitate group visits and liaison with community based organizations. A strong background in childhood development is desirable.

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Typical Tasks
  • Work effectivelyin a fast paced primary care environment;
  • Display exceptional interpersonal skillsas part of a multi-disciplinary personnel team;
  • In the appropriate therapeutic and/or clinical setting, work with primary care physicians when necessary on treatment plans, or provide individual and group services which could include clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. For children and families, assist in assessing challenges and barriers to social and emotional health, and in partnership with them, develop a strength based realistic service plan;
  • Advise clients of available community resources and act as a liaison and/or advocate for clients/families to use the available services/resources effectively;
  • Work collaboratively with consumers and family members using a wellness, recovery or resilient-based approach and engage clients in treatment pathways and/or brief psychotherapy when indicated;
  • Provide trainings, lectures or participate in discussions on aspects of patient care and the use of psychotherapeutic methods to community agencies and venues;
  • Provide clinical assessment, client care planning and effective treatment implementation to children, adults and families;
  • Prepare and present cases for review with the clinical service team;
  • Prepare and maintain complex treatment and progress reports and document patient medical charts as needed which include diagnostic and treatment recommendations, discharge planning and follow-up services;
  • Learn and work with familial and developmental issues across a normal life span;
  • Use conflict resolution skills in all aspects of your work;
  • Support and utilize Electronic Medical/Health Record System software;
  • Work collaboratively with a wide range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines to assess client and family needs, design effective care planning or service goals or medical treatment plans regarding utilization of additional resources (i.e. community resources, home health and hospice);
  • Utilize effective and assertive communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills;
  • Engage in efforts to reduce stigma in individuals and community;
  • Monitor efficacy of psychotropic medication and functioning and therefore act as "a part of the net" under the patient.Assist the patient in getting back in with the medical provider, scheduling for the psychiatrist, and or assess/triage what other needs the patient may have;
  • Provides administrative support services including outreach and information about how to access and apply for state and federal programs (such as Medi-cal), performs pre-screening and assists in paperwork completion to determine eligibility;
  • Demonstrate multicultural skills, knowledge and experience, including the influence of cultural issues and providing services with appropriate cultural context;
  • Proficient in the identification and treatment of mental disorder;
  • Promote Primary care Behavioral Health as an adjunct function of the clinic;
  • Consult with primary care providers to assist with management of the behavioral health needs of their patients on an urgent basis (if needed);
  • Complete brief diagnostic assessments for mental health and other co-occurring addictive or medical disorders;
  • Provide and communicate recommendations for interventions;
  • Collaborates with the provider and the patient;
  • Work in loud environment, with frequent interruptions and constant changes in scheduling;
  • Conduct short term counseling when needed;
  • Function well in a team-approach accept the fact that they are NOT in charge of the clients care;
  • Effectively communicate and interact with primary care providers;
  • Exhibit time efficiency (15 - 30 minutes);
  • Prepare clear concise case work records and make recommendations on the basis of such information; organize and manage a caseload; and work with a bureaucratic system.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
  • Perform psychiatric social work and psychotherapy of a complex nature with clients and groups;
  • Prepare clear concise case work records and make recommendations on the basis of such information; organize and manage a caseload; and work with a bureaucratic system;
  • Retain personal objectivity while dealing with the problems of others;
  • Perform the therapist's role in a manner consistent with professional standards and ethics;
  • Prioritize the problems of mentally disordered persons and determine their needs;
  • Decide appropriate treatment focus and methods without clinical supervision;
  • Work with a team to integrate various clinical approaches into a treatment program; and
  • Recognize a potential crisis; handle stress and bizarre behavior and deliver crisis intervention services.
  • Principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, and various treatment modalities;
  • Biological, behavioral and environmental aspects of emotional disturbances, mental disability, retardation and substance abuse;
  • Culturally proficient practices with diverse case load;
  • Scope and activities of the public and private health and welfare agencies and other available resources; and
  • Principles and techniques of mental health education, prevention, and crisis intervention within the community.


Mental Health Clinician I

PATTERN I--Graduation from an accredited two (2) year Graduate School of Social Work with the receipt of a Master's Degree of Social Work which can lead to licensure as a Clinical Social Worker; OR

PATTERN II--Graduation from an accredited graduate program with receipt of a Master's Degree which can lead to a License as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); AND
  • Meet qualifications to participate in a Short-Doyle program; AND
  • Eligible to be licensed as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.
  • No experience required for both patterns.

Mental Health Clinician II

PATTERN I--Graduation from an accredited two (2) year Graduate School of Social Work with receipt of a Master's Degree and acquisition of the State recognized license;

PATTERN II--Graduation from an accredited graduate program with receipt of a Master's Degree and acquisition of a LCSW or MFT License which meets qualifications to participate in a Short Doyle program;

PATTERN III--Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology may be substituted for the above educational requirement; AND
  • Two (2) years of experience in a Mental Health setting under clinical supervision as required to qualify for the State recognized license; AND
  • Licensed as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California; OR
  • A license as a Psychologist in the State of California may be substituted for the above licensure requirement.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.

Applicant screening, in addition to the minimum qualifications, will focus on the following desirable categories. Please list any desirables you may have within the "Additional Information" section of the online application.
  • The Behavioral Health positions with the Health Services Agency require the person to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of California; AND
  • Current registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; AND
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Application and Selection Procedures
Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Technical Service bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).
  • Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.
Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

"Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application form. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications."

Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Describe the special test arrangements you require in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.
Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this flyer to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this flyer. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Personnel.
The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management".

Closing Date/Time: Continuous