Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist-Collaborative Care Team (Open and Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jan 07, 2019
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $69,201.60 - $86,507.20 Annually

Job Description

Note: This recruitment was amended on May 11, 2018, to reflect one Limited Term vacancy.
Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on March 8, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The County of San Mateo Health System is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist-CollaborativeCare Team.

Thereis currently one Limited Term and one full time vacancy in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division located in San Mateo, but will travel throughout the greater Bay Area to perform the duties of the job.

TheHealth System is excited to be able to offer a unique job opportunity to join aninnovative inter-departmental team dedicated to improving the lives of our highest risk adult clientswith seriousmental illness (SMI), co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders. Supported by Executive level leaders as a high priority issues and based on the concept of "Right Care at the Right Time and Right Place," this position will work collaboratively with Aging and Adult Services (AAS), San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS). This clinician will be part of an inter-disciplinary team; the Collaborative Care Team which includes two Psychiatric Social Workers/Marriage and Family Therapists, a Management Analyst, a Mental Health Program Specialist and a Psychiatrist.

This Collaborative Care Team will build and improve relationships with care facilities both inside and outside of the County, collaborate with client treatment teams, assess clients for their readiness to move to another level of care and be the catalyst for resolutions for clients who have complex diagnoses and histories. Team members for these positions will demonstrateflexibility, collaborative skills, a client centered philosophy with a system oriented perspective and a willingness to visit care facilities within and outside San Mateo County.

Primary duties include:
  • Visit in and out of County (OOC) locked psychiatric treatment, skilled nursingor board and care facilities.
  • Review cases for appropriate Level of Care (LOC).
  • Meet with facility staff and clients residing in locked psychiatric treatment, skilled nursingor board and care facilities.
  • Initiate and organize case conferences for "stuck" clients that are ready to discharge but cannot move due to administrative or other delays.
  • Participate in treatment reviews and make recommendations (i.e. individual behavior plans).
  • Build relationships with partner and contract providers.
  • Work collaboratively as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT).
  • Facilitate referrals and transitions to alternate LOC facilities by being the liaison between the sending and receiving facility.

The ideal candidates will possess:
  • Experience working withadult clients with serious mental illness (SMI).
  • Experience delivering co-occurring services to adult clientshaving bothbehavioral health and substance use disorders.
  • Experience working with adult clients with SMI that areresiding in locked psychiatric treatment, skilled nursingor board and care facilities.
  • Solid clinical assessment, diagnostic and evaluation skills working with an adultSMI population.
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, and various treatment modalities for an adult SMI population.
  • Excellent documentation skills: progress notes, assessments, client care plans, etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise, skill and interest with adult clients of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and an ability to provide culturally appropriate and proficient services.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families, co-workers, other professionals, collaborative partners and the public.
  • A current license as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist.
Term position:
One current vacancy is a limited term, at-will position. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Licensure/Certification :
PSW I - current California registration as a Clinical Social Worker Associate (ASW).
MFT I - current California Registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern (IMF). Individuals hired in these classifications must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of California.

PSW-II - current California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
MFT II - current California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

Psychiatric Social Worker I
$33.27 - $41.59 Hourly
$2,661.60 - $3,327.20 Biweekly
$5,766.80 - $7,208.93 Monthly
$69,201.60 - $86,507.20 Annually

Psychiatric Social Worker II
$37.32 - $46.65 Hourly
$2,985.60 - $3,732.00 Biweekly
$6,468.80 - $8,086.00 Monthly
$77,625.60 - $97,032.00 Annually
Education and Experience : Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is a Master's degree in Social Work, Social Welfare or a closely related field.

Knowledge of: Current recovery model philosophy, principles, and practices for services to clients with serious mental illness; clinical case management, individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology;and human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources that may address psychosocial stressors.

Skill/Ability to : Provide treatment to adults from transitional age youth to older adultswith various mental disabilities ranging from serious mental illness to dysfunctional behavior patterns, including victims of sexual or physical abuse; set recovery treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate the degree of mental disability or emotional distress of patients/clients; communicate effectively orally and in writing; provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations; and work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions.Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview(weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification . All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Carolyn Burns(021518) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G040/G035/G120/G121)

Keywords: Social Worker, Adult Services, Behavioral Health, SMI