Mental Health Counselor - Licensed (Hospital Liaison Case Manager/Adult Mental Health)

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Jun 24, 2022
Full Time Human and Social Services Legal Services Public Health
  • Salary: $86,632.00 - $103,771.20 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
This recruitment is for one position in Adult Mental Health Division, Health and Human Services Agency.

Adult Mental Health - Hospital Liaison Case Manager :

The Adult case management unit serves at-risk consumers with mental health diagnoses that have a variety of needs, such improving social well being, behavioral and physical health, or could benefit from increased recovery skills and improved quality of life. Case managers in this unit assist clients with increasing or maintaining mental health stability at the lowest level of appropriate care.

The Hospital Liaison provides short term case management and care coordination for clients while they are psychiatrically hospitalized, and up to 30 days post-hospitalization. Services are client centered and can range from intensive wraparound interventions to long term maintenance, and are provided in the office, the community, and in contracted facilities. These include targeted case management services, rehabilitative skill development, treatment coordination, collaboration with treatment team or other providers, advocacy and linkage to community resources as identified by client need, and collaboration with the other members of the client’s support network.

Role of the Mental Health Counselor in the Adult Case Management Unit
1. Case Management Duties:
  • Coordination with contracted agency service providers to gather information regarding the consumer's recent mental health treatment and behavior.
  • Face to face visits with consumer in the hospital to initiate planning for discharge and determination of aftercare needs, while working closely with inpatient hospital staff to assess consumer's acuity and progress toward discharge.
  • Linkage to resources such as rep payee, Medi-cal and Social Security benefits
  • Coordination with LPS conservator, hospital, and the court, should treating psychiatrist request a temporary conservatorship for the consumer.
  • Placement at a Crisis residential or IMD by sending referral packets, or arrange for the consumer to return home with appropriate supports.
  • Coordination or provide transportation or arrange transport as needed upon discharge to bring a consumer back to Napa County or other placement as identified.
  • Linkage and coordination to ensure follow up psychiatric and/or ongoing mental health treatment.
  • Collaboration with family or significant support persons with information, education, and referrals as needed to assist them with prevention of future hospitalizations.

2. Documentation: Includes various assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries etc. in the electronic health record, as well as preparing packets required for accessing placement, completing applications, releases of information, quarterly Treatment Team reports, and other needed documents for individual clients. All documentation to be legible, timely, and expressed concisely and clearly.

3. Meeting and court attendance: In collaboration with LPS conservator and LPS office assistant, facilitation of inpatient Treatment team meetings as well as attendance unit meetings, educational workshops and agency committees when requested.
4. Officer of the day functions: Includes covering as responder of the day for the mental health division as assigned.

The Recruitment Process

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

2. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts on a continuous basis. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview.

3. Oral Panel Interviews will take place on a continuous basis.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process 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.

Conduct clinical intake interviews with new program participants to obtain information relative to their request for therapeutic services; prepare assessments including diagnoses, determining an individual's developmental, medical, personal, social, emotional, behavioral and substance use/abuse history; determining 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 self or others and refer for crisis services when appropriate; work collaboratively with individuals and families to facilitate a client determined plan of care including specific goals and objectives; provide clinical casework services to individuals including case management, making appropriate referrals for agency and community based services, housing and other supports for activities of daily living; conduct individual, dyadic, family or group therapy, and other clinically directed mental health services in the various Health and Human Services programs; provide crisis intervention and supportive individual counseling on issues related to specific mental health conditions and mental health treatment, understanding medication management, substance abuse, co-morbid conditions, etc.; interpret and explain to clients, relatives, support persons and community groups the social and emotional factors pertaining to mental illness, how behaviors may be related to mental illness and how wellness may be supported; interpret, evaluate and apply modern evidence based and other methods of alleviating emotional and behavioral challenges; use outcome measures to track effectiveness of treatment efforts; maintain contacts with agencies and community groups dealing with developmental, social, emotional, educational, health, substance abuse, child welfare and legal/probation issues; prepare reports, correspondence, outcome surveys and maintain timely documentation including: assessments, diagnoses, wellness and recovery plans, treatment progress notes, progress reports, discharge summaries, 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.

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.

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess a 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.

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

Special Instructions


Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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