Chief of Mental Health

  • Stockton, California
  • Nov 15, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Public Health
  • Salary: 383,124 USD

Job Description

Pursuant to the Public Health Orders ( ) and ) issued by the California Department of Public Health and the directive issued by the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR), all staff assigned to this post/position may be required to show evidence of full vaccination and booster for COVID-19, absent an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation precluding them from vaccination.

Masks must be worn in accordance with local requirements, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirements, and directive ( ) issued by CDCR.

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Please note: Although there are two bulletins for the Chief of Mental Health recruitment, there is only one vacancy. The position will either be filled at the CEA Level A as a Psychologist or at the Receiver’s Medical Executive as a Psychiatrist.

This job is posted as "Until Filled" with the following internal cutoff dates:
  • December 31, 2022
  • January 31, 2023
  • February 28, 2023
  • March 31, 2023

About This Position

This position located at California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California.

Under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and with the clinical guidance of the Regional Mental Health team, the Chief of Mental Health is one of the highest ranking clinical mental health leaders within a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) adult institution. The Institution Chief of Mental Health has comprehensive 24/7 accountability for the operations and delivery of mental health patient care services throughout the individual CDCR adult institution. The Institution Chief of Mental Health is a policy advisor for programs within the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS) and is responsible for the day-to-day policy formation, interpretation and implementation at the CDCR adult institutions alongside the Chief Psychiatrists.

Certification Requirement: Possession of a valid certificate in Psychiatry issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.


In collaboration with the institution Chief Psychiatrists, ensures local policies and procedures are consistent with statewide MHSDS policies, leads the MHSDS management team in developing local policies and procedures; works with local and headquarters (HQ) MHSDS management team to identify and resolve gaps between policy expectation feasibility and local procedure implementation. Assists in planning, developing, and implementing the policies and strategies to achieve institutional compliance with the Coleman court order and works to improve access to and quality of mental health services to patients. Communicates with executive leadership on critical program and policy issues at the institution level and assists in resolution of the issues.

In collaboration with the institution Chief Psychiatrists, develops and maintains an on-going program to deliver, monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality and appropriateness of mental health patient care in the institution. Assists with the development of mental health patient care policies, procedures, and protocols to standardize and promote effective mental health care delivery and to achieve and maintain compliance with mandated litigation, addresses local operational issues impacting mental health care and contract administration and other local and statewide regulatory agencies as appropriate. Together with the institution Chief Psychiatrists, ensures compliance with all federal, State and county regulations, laws and policies and procedures essential in the management of a licensed facility (i.e., Title 22). Identifies problems and implements solutions for operational and organizational issues pertaining to mental health patient care. Directs quality management functions and ensures that patient care audits are conducted on an on-going basis, including the development and implementation of corrective actions plans.

Participates in the assessment and monitoring of productivity, workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships as directed; identifies and makes recommendations for improvement; and assists in the implementation of changes. Assists with the formulation of operational and capital budgets and, together with the institution Chief Psychiatrists, makes decisions or effectively recommends a course of action with regards to management of the institution’s MHSDS budget. Other duties deemed necessary to operate the CCHCS.

Promotes public relations with community health care providers. In coordination with the CEO, institution leadership, and other MHSDS leaders, reviews, approves, and coordinates the transfer of patients between institutions and to outside mental health facilities to ensure appropriateness and effective utilization of mental health care beds within the state.

We are looking for an individual with the following Core Competencies :

• Professional/Technical Expertise
• Customer and Patient Focus
• Teamwork
• Valuing Diversity
• Managing Performance
• Leadership
• Planning and Organizing
• Organizational Savvy
• Process Improvement
• Developing Others
• Managing Change
• Strategic View
• Assessing Talent
• Relationship Building
• Negotiating
• Handling Conflict
• Oral Communication

The Salary Range:
$383,124 - $408,792 / Annually*
Salary based on assignment and qualifications

And here are just some of the benefits of the job:

• Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
• Paid Holidays
• Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
• License renewals reimbursed
• State Safety Retirement
• 401(k) and 457(b) available: tax defer up to $48,000 a year

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Minimum Requirements:

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How To Apply

You may apply for this position by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page.

Appointments to these positions are limited-term (at will) for the first two years, with a possibility of becoming permanent, followed by a one-year probationary period.

About Eligibility
You must have List, Lateral, or Reinstatement Eligibility for this classification to apply for this position. If not, you must complete the Online Self-Assessment for this classification.

The challenges of our work are tremendous. But the rewards of making such a significant difference in people’s lives are even more impressive. We provide competitive compensation as well as the superior California State Employee benefits and retirement package.

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The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

Closing Date/Time: Until Filled

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