• State of Nevada
  • Elko, Nevada
  • Nov 28, 2021
Human and Social Services Legal Services Public Health
  • Salary: N/A USD

Job Description





Salary Range: $51,281.28 - $76,170.24


Phone: 775 684-0126


Position Description

Mental Health Counselors provide counseling, case management, direct clinical services, community and home based services, and behavioral and human services to mentally ill, developmentally disabled and/or emotionally disturbed clients in an outpatient, residential, community or similar setting. Incumbents perform in a trainee capacity and acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required in this occupation.

The Nevada DIVISION OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES (DCFS) has career opportunities for Mental Health Counselor I's to underfill Mental Health Counselor II's to work in our Child Welfare system. These positions are assigned to our Ely, Elko, Winnemucca, Fernley, Fallon, Yerington, Carson and Pahrump offices. Candidates interested in other rural Nevada locations are encouraged to also apply, as other locations may be considered. Mental Health Counselors provide Intensive Family Services (IFS) to families involved with the child welfare system in rural Nevada. Staff provide in-home, family centered, intensive services including counseling, skill-building, supportive services, advocacy, mental health assessments for children and their parents and clinical case management to complex, high risk families. Mental Health Counselors with IFS provide diagnosis to children in custody for access to services; higher level of care; crisis intervention; placement disruption services; and case consultation services for other DCFS program staff. IFS does not replicate existing services and is not considered a mental health program, but rather a clinical child welfare program designed to intervene quickly with families where safety threats have been identified and removal of children is imminent without effective preventative services. IFS prioritize efforts to enhance deficient caregiver protective capacities to mitigate safety factors.

These are full time positions with an anticipated flexible work schedule Monday through Friday with Saturdays and Sundays off, which includes a variable work agreement with overtime after 40 hours per week. The State of Nevada and DCFS offer an excellent benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, participation in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), accrual of annual and sick leave, paid holidays and no state or social security tax! DCFS also encourages education by providing on-going trainings and paid release time for staff to obtain CEU's. Some positions may also be eligible for an additional 5% Shift Differential pay.

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Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology, social work or closely related academic field; OR an equivalent combination of education and clinical experience at or above a master's degree and experience as described above.

The Examination

Application Evaluation Exam
  • The exam will consist of an application and resume evaluation. It is essential that applications/resumes include detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. The most qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for interview. The hiring agency may require specific skills related testing as part of the interviewing process.

    Special Requirements
    • A State of Nevada/FBI background check will be required of the selected applicant.
    • This position requires a valid driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility at the time of appointment and for continuing employment.

    The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.

    Nearest Major Market: Elko

Job Address

Elko, Nevada United States View Map