Forensic Mental Health Counselor (Bilingual Spanish Preferred) - Juvenile Hall

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Human and Social Services Legal Services Probation Public Health
  • Salary: $81,515.20 - $97,593.60 Annually USD

Job Description

The Napa Valley

The Napa Valley - Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.
County of Napa as an Employer
The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.
The Position

The Forensic Mental Health Counselor provides professional mental health forensic services including screening, counseling, crisis intervention and continuing care services for minors housed in Napa County's Juvenile Hall facility.

The eligibility list generated from this recruitment will be used to fill full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to twelve months. There are currently (1) regular full-time and (1) regular part-time (20 hours per week - Weekends) vacancies. Being bilingual in Spanish is preferred but is not required.

The Recruitment Process

1. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until the current vacancy is filled.

2. Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications as they are received. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring department for further consideration.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to the recruitment process and schedule at any time.

Additional Pay Incentives

Applicants appointed to this position will receive a o ne-time signing bonus of $5,000; $2,500 of the hiring bonus will be paid in the second pay period of employment and the remaining $2,500 bonus will be paid upon successful completion of probation period.

LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM: Applicants appointed to this position who attended and received a degree (Associate's or Bachelor's) consisting of a minimum of 60 credits/units at a regionally accredited school by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions are eligible to receive a payment up to $20,000 (or $30,000 if certified bilingual by Napa County) towards student loan(a). Loans must be existing loans, which the employee can prove they held as of their hire date and was borrowed while attending the accredited institution during the time the degree was earned. All payments will be made directly to the student loan lender once appropriate verifications have been made. In order to be eligible for loan forgiveness, the employee must complete five (5) years of satisfactory service with Napa County, without break in service.
Example of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Provide screening for mental health and substance abuse issues to all minors following booking; provide education on mental health services and follow-up treatment for minors who screened positive for signs of mental/emotional disturbance; provide supportive individual counseling to incarcerated minors with an emphasis on helping them cope with the stress of incarceration, court process, and management of conflict with peers and staff; provide ongoing psychological assessment of minors, make referrals and provide feedback to the psychiatrist making on-going medication management decisions; support psychiatrist in medication management by facilitating flow of educational information on medications to minor and/or caregivers; respond to crisis situations in which minors are threatening themselves or others or are engaged in out-of-control or self-injurious behavior; order suicide watch or other special precautions when indicated; assist minors in managing emotional, behavioral and psychiatric disorders; assist minors in preparing to transition from Juvenile Hall and facilitate appropriate resource referrals to support mental health; assist Corrections staff and CFMG nurses in better understanding mental health issues of juveniles; provide educational information on mental and behavioral health issues and respond to staff requests in this regard; support Corrections supervisors in their ability to educate their staff in issues related to mental and behavioral health; maintain timely mental health progress notes, log entries and special reports as requested by the Probation Department; provide liaison between Health & Human Services Agency Mental Health Division and Department of Corrections.



Theories of human behavior and personality development.

Case management techniques for the adult mentally ill.

Personality disorders diagnosed among mentally ill offenders.

Social factors relating to crime and adult offenders.

Economic factors relating to crime and adult offenders.

Psychological factors relating to crime and adult offenders.

Mental and emotional illnesses and professional methods for assessment and treatment.

Basic knowledge of medications and psychotropic drug treatment.


Assess patient behavior including emotional and mental problems.

Develop and implement effective and appropriate treatment plans.

Conduct effective and appropriate individual therapy for Penal Code clients.

Conduct effective and appropriate group therapy for Penal Code clients.

Analyze situations accurately, make recommendations and take appropriate action.

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Prepare and maintain clear, concise and complete reports and correspondence.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time.

Stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist.

Use repetitive hand movement and fine coordination skills including using a computer keyboard.


To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:

Sufficient post-masters experience providing treatment and counseling in a mental health agency to obtain required licensure. Experience in a forensic setting is highly desired.

Possession of a Master's degree with a major in social work, clinical or counseling psychology, or a closely related behavioral science field, and completion of a university approved clinical internship in a mental health agency.

Required License:
Possession of any of the following valid licenses issued by the State of California: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor**, Licensed Clinical Psychologist or Registered Intern or Associate Clinical Social Worker who is licensable within one year.

Current license by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as either a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); OR current license by the State of California as a Licensed Psychologist.

*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

Loss of the required State licensure may result in termination or reassignment.
ADA Accommodation
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Salaries are based on a five-step range. Appointments are usually made at the beginning step with advances occurring at six months and the completion of each year thereafter. Salary rates are reviewed annually.

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Certain designated County positions require a candidate to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

All employees hired into allocated positions or extra help positions will be fingerprinted.


FOR POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT - The selection process will include an oral board interview, psychological assessment, background investigation, and a pre-employment physical exam.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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