Behavioral Health Program Manager

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Project Management Public Health
  • Salary: $109,260.73 - $132,824.32 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services (DHS) is seeking multiple experienced Behavioral Health Program Managers to join our team!

Starting Salary up to $63.64/hour ($132,824/year) plus a competitive total compensation package!*

NOTE: This position requires current, active State of California licensure as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Registered Nurse (RN), or Licensed Psychologist (LP).

DHS is recruiting to fill two full-time Behavioral Health Program Manager (BHPM) positions within our Community Mental Health Clinics (CMHC) program and our Youth Access Program. The BHPMs oversee various programs within our Adult Services, Youth Services, and Program support teams. If you are interested in one or both of these positions, we encourage you to apply now!

Community Mental Health Clinics Program

Our CMHC's serve individuals in Sonoma County by providing outreach and engagement as well as outpatient specialty mental health care. Our program serves those who are homeless and/or have co-occurring substance abuse disorder problems, as well as underserved racially and ethnically diverse communities.

Youth Access Program

The Youth Access program serves as the front door to Youth and Family Services (YFS), providing services for severely emotionally disturbed children and youth up to age 18 providing access to county residents that including, assessments, case management, crisis intervention and stabilization, psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, therapy, and rehabilitation services.

BHPM's oversee the daily operations of programs within your assigned sections, establish, implement, monitor standards of care, and respond to client issues as needed. Additional duties include:

  • Providing administrative and clinical supervision of Behavioral Health Clinicians providing services to clients, including hiring, training, development, and progressive discipline
  • Participating in the development of new programs, services, and clinical modalities
  • Attending meetings to plan, coordinate, and lead efforts to serve clients in our programs
  • Acting as the liaison between behavioral health, referring parties in our community, and all other programs
  • Providing clinical guidance and consultation for complex cases clients experiencing a crisis
  • Monitoring program services, outcomes, adherence to requirements, and the quality and quantity of work produced by staff
These positions work a regular schedule, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and may be eligible for an alternate or hybrid/telework schedule after completion of a probationary period, depending on program needs. After-hours work may be required on occasion. In addition to being organized, independent, and self-motivated, the ideal candidates for this position will possess:

  • Prior experience managing behavioral health programs, serving individuals with mental health needs
  • Knowledge of principles of mental health and substance use disorder recovery, trauma-informed care, and harm reduction
  • Familiarity with the DHS Behavioral Health Division as well as with community-based organizations providing services to our clients
  • Excellent skills in conflict resolution and problem-solving
  • Successful completion of a clinical supervision course through the Board of Behavioral Sciences is desirable
  • Experience supervising professional clinical staff, providing clinical supervision, and providing education to the community regarding mental health issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • Hybrid Telework - A schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • Salary Advancement - A salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Paid Time Off - Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions - 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay - Annual benefit allowances of up to $2,000 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement - County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement - A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave - May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employment
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits Directory .

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

The Civil Service title for this classification is Health Program Manager.

APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Academic course work which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university or employer approved training in psychology, sociology, counseling, health care administration, public administration, business administration, management, accounting, statistics, personnel or closely related courses would provide such opportunity. A Masters Degree is desirable.

Experience: Any combination of experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, three years of full time, paid experience in a position which provided the opportunity to perform professional clinical, counseling and/or managerial services with a public or private organization engaged in the provision of health services, and /or counseling would provide such and opportunity.

Desirable qualification: Experience in direct first line supervision of professional, administrative and clerical is desirable.

License: Some positions within the Health Services Department may require the possession of a professional license in medicine, clinical psychology, clinical social work, marriage, family and child counseling, registered nursing; or specifically related to the division managed; some positions may also require the possession of a valid California driver's license.

Special Qualification: Positions within the Alcohol and Other Drug Services Division must register, obtain, and maintain a Counselor Certification as defined by the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 8: Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors. Upon appointment to this class, employees will have six months to register and five years to obtain Certification from an ADP approved certifying organization whose curriculum includes a minimum of 240 hours of formal classroom training. Human Resources will waive the Counselor Certification requirement for licensed professionals (or registered interns) who successfully pass a written examination similar to that administered for Certification. This examination will be administered by the Sonoma County Human Resources Department, and will be designed to measure those areas included in the curriculum required for certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: principles and practices relating to the management of a managed care health services delivery system which includes methods to conduct analytical studies related to program improvements; acceptable cost projection methods, acceptable revenue assumptions procedures and accepted customer survey methods; current issues and trends affecting the program(s) under management control.

Working knowledge of: operations and functions of County government including budget development and personnel management procedures; contemporary principles, practices and theory of management techniques; Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to the corresponding Health Services division; contemporary medical, and/or psychiatric protocols and practice; or psychological effects of chemical dependency; modern education, treatment & rehabilitation techniques used in the appropriate health services program; group dynamics as it relates to public organizations; research methodology, report writing and basic statistics and their application; effective personnel and supervisory techniques; written and oral communications skills, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition; modern office methods and procedures.

Ability to: manage a health services delivery system which includes the skill to conduct analytical studies related to program improvements; the skill to develop realistic cost projections, the skill to produce acceptable revenue assumptions and the skill to develop, conduct and analyze customer surveys; establish program goals and measurable objectives and perform acceptable data collection, interpretation and evaluation to assess program performance; understand, interpret and apply Federal, State and local legislation, rules, regulations and ordinances and relate them to the program(s) goals and objectives; adapt currently accepted treatment and/or management philosophies and theories and apply them to program operations; communicate effectively by writing or by presenting formal and informal oral presentations; effectively manage and supervise the work of professional, technical and clerical employees; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County management personnel, employees, community based organizations, the public and others who have an interest in health services; work effectively with the medical and/or psychiatric professionals; use principles of inductive and deductive reasoning to validate recommendations; persuade, rationalize and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations; analyze administrative problems, budgets, and a variety of program, systems, and procedures.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.


Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are accepted online at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits described herein do not apply to Extra Help positions.

COUNTY OF SONOMA BENEFITS: MANAGEMENT*

These are some of the excellent benefits the County offers:

Paid Time Off :Competitive vacation accrual and sick leave accruals; additional management leave annually; 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; and may be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.

Health Plan :Choice of five health plans (a PPO, EPO, HMO, and two deductible HMOs) with a County paid premium contribution.

Retirement :Fully integrated with Social Security.For more information regarding eligibility, retirement contributions, and reciprocity with prior public service, please visit https://scretire.org/active-/-deferred/when-you-are-hired .

IRS 457 Plan :Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.

Retiree Medical :County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits.

Plus excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development, and more.

For answers to specific questions regarding the employment process and more details about benefits or retirement, please contact Human Resources at (707) 565-2331.Additional details about benefit and compensation packages can be found in the MOUs located at https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/administrative-support-and-fiscal-services/human-resources/divisions-and-units/employee-relations/labor-agreements-and-salary-resolution . For specific information about health and welfare benefits including plan options, coverage, and premium amounts go to https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/administrative-support-and-fiscal-services/human-resources or, contact the Human Resources' Risk Management-Benefits Office at benefits@sonoma-county.org or (707) 565-2900.

*IMPORTANT NOTES: Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay

109,260

Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map