Behavioral Health Clinician I

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $68,931.20 - $81,120.00 Annually USD

Job Description

(Formerly Clinical Social Worker/Marriage Family Therapist I)

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public.

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list that will be used to fill current and future Behavioral Health Clinician I positions within the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the County are met. Candidates who are placed on the eligible list will remain on the eligible list for one (1) year and may be considered/referred for selection/hiring interviews. After one (1) year, candidates must reapply to receive further consideration.

Please note that a valid Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW), Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), or Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) number issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is required to be placed on the eligible list. If you have applied for your BBS certificate but do not possess such by the date of application, you are required to provide proof of your BBS certificate application at the time of application submission. Those without possession of a valid ACSW, APCC, AMFT, or proof of application for a BBS certificate will be disqualified from the recruitment.

The County of Orange Health Care Agency is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven service areas - Finance and Administrative, Mental Health and Recovery Services, Correctional Health, Medical Health Services, Office of Care Coordination, Public Health and Strategy and Special Projects is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services (MHRS) Division consists of three service areas Adult and Older Adult Behavioral Health, Authority and Quality Improvement Services and Children, Youth & Prevention Services which provide a culturally competent and client-centered system of behavioral health services for all eligible county residents in need of treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse and mental health care.

These positions provide professional counseling and treatment services for adults, children and youth exhibiting a wide variety of mental health, drug abuse and/or alcohol related disorders in a clinic, home, field or institutional setting. Depending on the assignment, night, weekend and holiday shifts may be required. The Behavioral Health Clinician I may:
  • Provide both individual and group interventions, such as psycho-educational groups, parent training, brief individual counseling, brief group counseling, case management, referral and linkage to community services; utilize a variety of evidence-based practices in interventions provided to the community
  • Screen participants for program eligibility, and conduct both individual and family needs assessments
  • Prepare written materials and present information in ways that are professional and will represent HCA positively; conduct training and educational programs for internal and external participants
  • Collect both demographic and outcomes data to measure impact of program and changes in behavioral health; responsible for chart documentation, which may include service plans and progress notes
  • Participate in the on-going development and implementation of programs and may complete a variety of projects to accomplish this task
  • Perform outreach to outside organizations and the public to explain services and eligibility for County run programs
  • Provide field-based services to participants in order to help engage them in treatment and also help them find meaningful roles and activities in the community
  • Attend trainings as needed and be prepared to utilize the Electronic Health Records (EHR) system for scheduling and documentation requirements for some divisions
  • Follow the ethical and practice guidelines as outlined by the Board of Behavioral Science
  • May participate in research projects, conduct oversight of services by contract providers, or perform crisis intervention and involuntary hold evaluations depending on division requirements

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate sound judgment, good decision making and problem solving skills. Additionally, the ideal candidate should be able to work independently and demonstrate reliability, proactive involvement in work, and confidence and optimism in performing daily tasks. Bilingual skills are highly desirable, especially in Spanish or Vietnamese. Also, the ideal candidate should have substantial knowledge and practical experience directly related to:

Technical Knowledge l Technical Experience
  • Understanding and applying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Evidence-based practices and experience utilizing them in a behavioral health setting
  • Recovery principles and experience working with participants as they move through the various stages of recovery
  • Working with participants who are often in crisis and may have had several hospitalizations due to their mental illness
  • Understanding of Integrated Care and treating a whole person by way of collaboration with our partners in the larger health care community
  • Providing prevention and early intervention behavioral health services
  • Proficiency with EHR, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook

Critical Thinking l Problem Solving
  • Understanding of the importance of outcome measures and how they can be utilized to make improvements in the program
  • Learning to evaluate for crisis in the community and determine if criteria are met for an involuntary psychiatric hold
  • Ability to make quick and effective decisions impacting clients' health care treatment

Communication l Interpersonal Skills
  • Communicating relevant critical information to other County agencies and/or stakeholders to better facilitate continuity of care
  • Preparing written materials and present information in ways that are professional and will represent HCA positively
  • Communicating with tact and discretion when working with confidential information
  • Ability to de-escalate hostile or confrontational clients/customers
  • Communicating effectively both in person and in writing

Click here for a complete classification description and minimum qualifications including Physical, Mental and Environmental Conditions for Behavioral Health Clinician I.

In order to meet minimum qualifications with an APCC number, applicants must have completed six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units focused on marital/couple/family therapy, possess 500 hours of documented supervised experience working with couples/families/children and have six (6) hours of continuing education during each license renewal cycle. Proof of education and documented hours required at time of hire.

Applicants who are applying with an out of state license should refer to the minimum qualifications link above.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all applications to identify qualified applicants. After screening, only those applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the selection procedures. Candidates will receive notification via e-mail of further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) | Application Rating (Weighted 100%)
A panel of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate the application and supplemental questions for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above.

Based on the Agency/Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. Candidates will be notified via e-mail of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

E-mail is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct e-mail address is included in our application and use only one e-mail account. Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via e-mail through the site. Please check your e-mail folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept e-mails ending with "" and "" If your e-mail address should change, please update your profile at .

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

For detailed information on how to apply, click here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Gazala Yerunkar at (714) 834-3205 or

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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