Mental Health Clinician I

  • County of Mendocino, CA
  • Ukiah, California
  • Mar 20, 2024
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $60,340.80 - $73,340.80 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

** This job posting has been extended, and will now close on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:59 pm **

This position serves as the Licensed Mental Health Clinician for the Juvenile Hall and Juvenile Probation. The vacancy is in Ukiah, CA.

The list developed from this recruitment will be used for a limited period to fill open and promotional, regular full-time, and part-time positions throughout the County, should they occur. Pursuant to current bargaining unit agreements, employees regularly assigned to the coastal region or in Covelo are eligible to receive a 5% assignment premium .

Under the supervision of licensed personnel, performs professional level counseling services and psychotherapy functions including managing cases, initiating crisis management, and conducting therapy sessions. This is the entry-level position in the series.

Bilingual English/Spanish encouraged to apply. Se buscan personas bilingües en inglés y español. Para recibir una solicitud en español, llame a Recursos Humanos al 234-6600.

Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents
  • Performs counseling and psychotherapy functions including answering crisis calls; talking with patients, one on one, identifying problems and assisting patients in reaching goals; conducting evaluations and assessments; providing ongoing supportive therapy; conducting group therapy sessions; presenting findings; and intervening during patient crisis.
  • Interviews and evaluates client for admittance, determines if client has potential to harm self or others.
  • Participates in treatment team, staff and professional meetings to discuss client progress.
  • Prepares progress notes, charts and closing and/or transfer summaries on clients in accordance with professional standards, state regulations and department protocol.
  • Maintains and provides safe environment for clients and staff.
  • Initiates, coordinates and manages special programs.
  • Serves as liaison and consultant with schools, organizations, parents, children, etc. on issues concerning clients; may serve on committees, boards, etc., and participate in community activities/organizations relevant to client needs.
  • Monitors productivity/work flow and resolves problems to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Maintains and upgrades knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars, meetings and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.
  • Researches and corrects errors.
  • Enters and retrieves information from a computer terminal; uses the computer system to retrieve a variety of daily, monthly and yearly reports.
  • Disseminates a variety of information to various agencies, divisions, or departments via telephone, employee meetings, mail or fax.
  • May serve as backup for other positions within the department.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work, Psychology or related field; and, one to two years of progressively responsible experience; or, when possessing the required Master's Degree and licensure or certification, a combination of related education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (or)
Associate Clinical Social Worker (or)
Current registration with Board of Behavioral Sciences (or)
Fully eligible for registration with Board of Behavioral Sciences (or)
An intern in a PhD. or PsyD. Program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which would, upon successful completion, lead to licensure by the California Board of Psychology.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Modern methods, techniques and procedures used in marriage, family and child counseling.
  • Psychological theory.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Crisis intervention techniques.
  • Community resources.
  • History, theory and new trends in mental illness.
  • Special education laws pertaining to emotionally disturbed children.
  • School policies and procedures.
  • Ethical and legal management practices.
  • Patients legal rights.
  • Uses and effects of psychotropic medications.
Skill in:
  • Case management.
  • Observing and recording psychiatric behavior.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Using a computer to accurately and rapidly enter and retrieve data and information.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

Mental and Physical Abilities:
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and diagnose situations and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Ability to conduct 3632 eligibility evaluations.
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and chart notes in accordance with professional standards, state regulations and department protocol.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and speak and hear; and use sound perception and discrimination.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and is occasionally required to apply a physical exertion in restraining overactive or hostile clients and/or move up to 30 pounds.
  • Work is performed in a mental health facility, school campuses, various buildings and in patient homes, exposing the employee to people who have the potential to be violent and verbally abuse or may have contagious diseases.

Selection Procedure & Other Important Information

Important Application Information:
  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.
  • You must complete all sections of the application. A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application. Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference “see résumé” will be rejected as incomplete.
  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.
  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.
  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address. Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.
  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative. Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan. Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards. Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.
  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Examination Process: All complete applications will be reviewed; incomplete applications will not be considered. Based on the number of qualified candidates, applicants meeting the job requirements and qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral examination (weight 100) or an unassembled exam, consisting of an evaluation of education and experience as stated on the application form. The examination process will test the knowledge and abilities described above. A minimum score of 70 must be attained for placement on the employment list.

Special Testing: If you require special testing arrangements to accommodate a disability or religious conviction you must contact Human Resources at 707.234.6600 prior to the test date to make your requirements known. You must provide enough advance notice to allow Human Resources to properly review and evaluate your request .

Special Requirements: Employment in some County departments or positions may require the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background, which may include fingerprinting, and/or a medical examination, which may include drug screening.

This announcement is a synopsis of duties and requirements of this job. To review the complete classification specification and benefits, please see the HR website. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by the final filing date.

The County of Mendocino is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This information is a summary of general benefits. Benefits listed in Mendocino County Resolutions or Memorandums of Understanding prevail over this listing. This information is not legally binding, nor does it constitute a Contract.

Compensation is based on a five-step salary range, with annual merit-based increases within the salary range.

Covered under Social Security and the 1937 act; both employees and the County pay into the retirement fund. For the most current information regarding County Retirement please go to:

Mendocino County observes 11 paid holidays per year. Employees are granted 24 - 48 hours of personal leave annually, depending upon Bargaining Unit.

Accrues at the rate of two weeks per year for three years. Three weeks per year after three years, four weeks after eight years and five weeks after 15 years.

Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of 1.25 days per month, or 15 days per year. Accruals are pro-rated for part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week. Part-time employees working less than 20 hours per week, and extra-help employees receive up to 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave annually.

The County and the employee share the cost of an employee selected health care plan; enrollment in the plan includes $20,000 Life Insurance.

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Closing Date/Time: 5/28/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

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Job Address

Ukiah, California 95482 United States View Map