Mental Health Counselor /Licensed/Unlicensed Registered Associate (Bilingual Spanish Preferred) MH

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Human and Social Services Legal Services Public Health
  • Salary: $77,563.20 - $96,262.40 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: integrity, accountability, and service.

The Position
These positions may be filled with the Licensed or Unlicensed Registered Associate classification, depending on qualifications.

The current vacancies are in the Mental Health (MH) Division at the Health and Human Services Agency.

Working title for this position is: Mental Health Mobile Response Team (MRT) Counselor

There are full-time vacancies in our Mobile Crisis Response Team for a Licensed or an Unlicensed Registered Mental Health Counselor. Will work directly within the Mental Health Division’s Mobile Response Unit and will manage, respond, and deploy to crisis calls throughout Napa county. Mental Health MRT Counselors conduct clinical assessments, de-escalate critical situations, write 5150/5585 holds, complete timely and accurate clinical documentation, and provide linkage to relevant services in our community for stabilization, treatment and further support. Day and evening shifts available.

The Mental Health Counselor - Licensed/Unlicensed Registered Associate position in MH requires the ability to conduct a ssessments, respond to community in crisis/disasters, develop treatment plans, and utilize de-escalation skills to provide support to individuals experiencing significant distress, deliver clinical case management and link clients and community to relevant services that improve their mental health and overall wellbeing . Experience in crisis services and Medi-Cal service documentation is highly desired.

The Mental Health Counselor - Licensed
$38.64 - $46.28 Hourly
$3,091.20 - $3,702.40 Biweekly
$6,697.60 - $8,021.87 Monthly
$80,371.20 - $96,262.40 Annually

The Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Associate
$37.29 - $44.58 Hourly
$2,983.20 - $3,566.40 Biweekly
$6,463.60 - $7,727.20 Monthly
$77,563.20 - $92,726.40 Annually

The Recruitment Process

1. Applications will be accepted on-line on a continuous basis until the current vacancies are filled.

2. Applications will be reviewed for verification of possession of the required licenses and supplemental questions will be scored on a continuous basis. The first review of applications is scheduled for the week of September 20, 2021.

3. Only the most qualified from the review of supplemental questions 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.
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.

Respond to community and current clients in distress throughout Napa County . Conduct clinical interviews to obtain information to ensure an accurate assessment to resolve how to direct, support, or de-escalate individuals in crisis ; determin e mental health status and any acute and/or chronic mental health needs that meet medical necessity for mental health services; assess for level of danger to sel f, other s, and grave disability for crisis assessment or stabilization services when appropriate; provide brief clinical case management, mak e appropriate referrals for agency and community based services, housing and other supports for activities of daily living; interpret, evaluate and apply evidence based practices and other methods of alleviating emotional and behavioral challenges; maintain timely documentation including: assessments, diagnoses, wellness and recovery plans, treatment progress notes, incident reports and other data.



Principles, practices, techniques, trends and literature of clinical interviewing, casework, diagnosis and assessment, wellness and recovery, and client directed care.

Theories, principles and techniques of individual, dyadic, family and group counseling and therapy, and other clinical methodologies appropriate for treatment of targeted populations, including evidence based practices.

Medi-Cal compliance and documentation.

Techniques of evaluating and modifying behavior.

Planning, development and implementation of comprehensive client directed wellness plans.

Culturally specific/effective approaches to working with diverse cultural populations.

Report preparation and case documentation.

Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations governing mental health, substance abuse, child abuse and elder abuse.

Public and private health, mental health substance abuse and social services community resources.


Conduct accurate and thorough interviews, which involve assessing client status, history, chemical dependency and related mental health information.

Prepare diagnosis and assessments of mental and emotional disorders.

Formulate, implement and monitor casework treatment plans.

Conduct individual, dyadic, family and group counseling (psychotherapy) and other clinically base mental health services.

Collect, interpret and utilize feedback data to maximize effectiveness of services.

Prepare complex and detailed reports and maintain the reports.

Understand, interpret and apply complex mental health technical materials and applicable laws, codes and regulations.

Make appropriate referrals to other providers for mental health services.

Understand impact of cultural, gender, socio-economic status and trauma on the manifestation of emotional distress, mental illness and maladaptive behaviors.

Engage and collaborate effectively with individuals of various ages and socio-economic backgrounds, cultural groups and those with physical, behavioral and/or emotional challenges.

Establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, children, community and agency representatives, County employees and the public.


Work in a standard office setting as well as in the field, client homes, treatment programs etc.

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

Communicate verbally and in writing, in English, to exchange information.

Communicate verbally and in writing, in Spanish, to exchange information, depending on assignment.

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:

Mental Health Counselor - Licensed

Two years supervised experience in a mental health setting providing direct services to mentally or emotionally disabled persons, including dual diagnosis and addiction concerns for those assigned to the substance abuse setting.

Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, clinical or counseling psychology, or a closely related field.

Required License:
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.

Loss of the required State license may result in termination or reassignment.

Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Associate

Two years' experience in the provision of mental health counseling services.

Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in social work, Marriage and Family Counseling, clinical psychology, counseling, or a closely related field and registration by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

License or Certificate:*
Incumbent in this position is expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to assignments and hours worked, public transportation may not be an efficient method for traveling to required locations. Individuals appointed will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License while employed.

*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.


Incumbent in this class must be willing to work after hours, evenings, weekends as required, at an out-station location or in a setting with other professionals integrated as a team.
Language Proficiency:
Some positions may require bilingual skills.

Background Investigation:
Incumbents for some positions in this class will be required to pass a background investigation in accordance with applicable law, regulation and or policy.

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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