Mental Health Clinical Specialist

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $62,161.68 - $92,279.28 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 856 - Health Services Unit

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is recruiting individuals to fill vacant Mental Health Clinical Specialist positions. The individuals appointed to these positions may be assigned to such program components as inpatient psychiatric wards, out-patient mental health clinics, day treatment programs, crisis intervention, screening units, public health or a criminal justice mental health program. Mental Health Clinical Specialists provide psychotherapeutic intervention and treatment services to patients and/or clients and their families in an individual and group therapy environment. In addition, they prepare social case histories, refer patients or clients to appropriate community agencies, and perform specialized mental health services. Full-time, part-time, permanent intermittent (on-call), and project positions are available.

Qualified Spanish-speaking persons are encouraged to apply. A monthly salary differential of $100 is paid to employees in positions that require bilingual proficiency.

Typical Tasks
  • Provides psycho-therapeutic intervention, treatment, and other related mental health services to consumers and their families
  • Provides individual, family, and group therapy services
  • Participates in the evaluation of problems presented and in the formulation of diagnoses and the development of treatment plans
  • Prepares social case histories with particular emphasis upon psycho-social factors affecting the client
  • Coordinates with other staff members and community agencies in carrying out treatment and/or rehabilitation plans
  • Evaluates residential facilities for level of care and continuing program eligibility
  • Provides supportive services to board and care staff including training, treatment plan development, and liaison at the client level
  • Interprets and explains to clients, relatives, services to specific population groups (i.e., children and adolescents, older adults, detained persons)
  • May serve as a deputy conservator
  • Participates in specialized programs/projects or serves as a support person in program planning, evaluation, and policy developments
  • Participates in staff development programs and in staff conferences regarding clients and professional clinical approaches
  • Interprets and explains to clients, relatives, community groups about social and emotional factors pertaining to mental health illness
  • Refers clients to appropriate community agencies
  • Provides specialized mental health or related services to specific population groups (i.e. children and adolescents, older adults, detained persons)
  • Provides quality documentation and testifies in court as required
  • May serve as representative payee for clients
  • May be required to gather services statistics and write reports and correspondence
  • Utilizes a personal computer to send and receive work-related electronic mail, and access and maintain electronic records and files
When assigned as a Team Leader, additional tasks may include:
  • Convene and facilitate team meetings
  • Provide clinical oversight and direction for the unlicensed staff and community support workers
  • Keep the Mental Health Supervisor/Manager informed of any critical incidents
  • Assist in the daily operation of the program or clinic, filling in as officer of the day when necessary
  • Participate as a member of the Utilization Review Committee
  • Assist in the training and orientation of new staff members
  • Provide feedback on ways to improve the delivery and types of clinical services offered to consumers
  • Arranges day-to-day staff work schedules for the unit, including relief coverage
  • Coordinates day-to-day programmatic and clinical decisions in response to operational demands
  • Conducts clinical discussions regarding complex and/or difficult cases
  • Responds to emergencies that occur on the unit
  • Coordinates the flow of information and clinical data to ensure program and/or shift continuity
  • Assigns cases to staff, taking into consideration urgent clinical intervention, general clinical necessity, current staff workloads and time factors
  • Coordinate/facilitate weekly chart reviews
  • Provides on-site feedback/training to staff regarding documentation issues
  • Conducts peer training regarding difficult documentation issues
  • Serves as liaison with UR/QI Administration concerning documentation issues/concerns
  • Serves as liaison with other units, services, and agencies

Minimum Qualifications

Licenses Required:
1) Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicles Operator's License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process

2) Possession of one (1) of the following professional licenses is required: either a) a current valid unrestricted license as a Clinical Social Worker issued by the State of California, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners; or b) a current valid unrestricted license as a Marriage and Family Therapist issued by the State of California, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners; or c) a current valid unrestricted license as a Psychologist issued by the State of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Psychology Examining Committee.

Substitution for License:

Either 1) possession of a Master's Degree in psychology or closely related behavioral science field from an accredited college or university, and current valid registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) intern or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) intern; or 2) possession of a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from an accredited college, university, or other educational institution accredited by the California State Board of Psychology.

Incumbents qualifying under the Licensure substitution pattern work under the direction of a licensed clinician and perform a variety of mental health activities for which State of California license eligibility is required. As a condition of continued employment, incumbents qualifying under this substitution pattern must complete the training and experience requirements necessary to obtain and maintain licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or as a Psychologist within the time periods prescribed by the governing bodies administering the issuance of these licenses.

Other Requirements: A background investigation/fingerprint and/or physical exam may be required prior to the start of employment.


Selection Process
  1. Application Filing: All applicants, including County employees, are to apply on-line at, and submit the required information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date listed above. All applicants must clearly demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications provided on the job announcement. Resumes may not be substituted for the official County application. Paper, faxed, or late applications WILL NOT be accepted. To view the typical tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit our website to see the detailed job description.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Examination:The examination will consist of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. Candidates must receive a rating of at least 70% from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be 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 used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. 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.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Job Address

Martinez, California United States View Map