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The County of El Dorado is recruiting applicants for Mental Health Clinician. This recruitment will establish a list for the purpose of filling current and future full time, part time and extra help vacancies for at least three (3) months.
We currently have the following vacancies:
- Five (5) full time vacancies in the Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Division located in Placerville, CA.
- One (1) full time vacancy in the Health and Human Services Agency, Alcohol and Drug Program located in Placerville, CA.
- The ideal candidate will possess knowledge and understanding of assessment techniques and tools used in a Substance Use Disorder Program, and possess certification as an Addiction Counselor.
- One (1) extra help vacancy in the Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Division located in Placerville, CA. Extra help vacancies are made to maintain adequate coverage of work for short periods of time at frequent intervals, where employment is of a recurrent nature depending on the needs of the Agency; work may be seasonal, on-call, and/or for a limited duration.
A training and experience evaluation may be utilized to determine an applicant's ranking for referral to specific vacancies. Based upon the information in the application and/or responses to supplemental questions, the applicant's education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.
Supplemental questions play an integral role in this recruitment process. Please take the time to provide thoughtful and thorough responses. The information you provide may be used to determine your ranking for referral to specific vacancies. All work experience that is described or included in your response(s) MUST be included in the "Work Experience" section of your application. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation. The ability to speak and read Spanish in addition to English would be an asset and preferred in this position, but is not required.
Under general supervision, has responsibility for a psychiatric caseload involving both children and adults; performs psychotherapeutic counseling, including individual, group, family and other approved techniques; and provides outreach, and emergency services and counseling in crisis situations.
Mental Health Clinician IA is the entry level in this professional mental health series, providing mental health casework and psychotherapeutic support to clients. Initially under close supervision, incumbents are assigned more routine client casework and support duties while learning County policies and procedures. Incumbents may advance to Mental Health Clinician IB after gaining experience, demonstrating proficiency which meets the qualifications of the higher level class, and obtaining an appropriate license.
Mental Health Clinician IB is the journey level licensed class of the series, fully competent to perform psychotherapeutic support and effective casework management for assigned clients in both in-patient and out-patient long-term or crisis situations. Incumbents are expected to provide required intern supervision for those completing student internships within the County Mental Health Department.
Mental Health Clinician II, in addition to providing licensed journey level psychotherapeutic support and casework management, incumbents are expected to provide required intern supervision for those completing both pre- and post-masters and doctoral level internships within the County Mental Health Department. This class is distinguished from Senior Mental Health Clinician in that the latter is the lead class in this professional series providing direction, consultation, and review for assigned therapists and support staff, and handling the more complex casework assignments, including psychological testing and assessment.
- Evaluates patients in a variety of in- and out-patient settings including Juvenile Hall, County Jail, County Mental Health offices, hospital emergency and other settings; obtains a patient history and mental status exam.
- Receives and responds to emergency calls, walk-ins, and field contacts; provides evaluation and diagnosis of patients and makes appropriate referrals for support services.
- Makes presentations of physical and mental condition findings to on-call psychiatrist who determines if medication should be prescribed; observes and reports adverse medication effects.
- Consults with and serves as a liaison with community agencies and other mental health programs and services to evaluate community health needs and services.
- Provides individual or group therapy using a variety of counseling techniques and modalities; provides psychotherapy to chronically mentally ill persons who need periodic maintenance appointments, and brief therapy for clients experiencing situational-type problems.
- Provides case management services to severely mentally ill including out of home placements; determines suitability of treatment facilities or prospective foster parents based upon an analysis of individual psycho-social needs.
- Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team providing critical clinical input related to patient diagnosis and recommended treatment plans; participates in case conferences and consults with psychiatric staff to review patient cases and resolve difficult therapeutic problems.
- Evaluates clients for voluntary and involuntary commitment; signs commitments for clients requiring hospitalization.
- Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team providing consultation to school and adult programs; performs program planning to develop and implement services appropriate to assisting both child and adult psychiatric patients.
- Performs detailed patient record documentation and maintains caseload records; prepares intake and discharge summaries, progress notes and treatment reviews.
- Consults with staff of residential facilities and public/private conservators regarding mental health clients; assists other staff, community agencies and conservators in treatment plan implementation.
- Conducts clinical case conferences with licensed and non-licensed staff to evaluate case progress; provides consultative direction to staff as necessary; develops staff awareness and skills; provides information and training on the latest service techniques.
- Provides direction, training and chart auditing for assigned student interns; participates in training and quality assurance/peer review functions.
- Attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
- Performs related work as assigned.