County of Alameda

Behavioral Clinician I (#6505)

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Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Social Workers (005)
$45.66-$52.41 Hourly / $3,424.50-$3,930.75 BiWeekly /
$7,419.75-$8,516.63 Monthly / $89,037.00-$102,199.50 Yearly

Under close supervision, provide psychiatric clinical and case management services; conduct evaluations and assessments; provide ongoing counseling, treatment and intervention; conduct individual, group and family psychotherapy; provide consultation to other programs and agencies on treatment needs and behavioral plans; and perform other duties as assigned.


Behavioral Health Clinician I/II is a flexibly-staffed class series located in Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS). Incumbents in this series report to a Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor or Behavioral Health Clinical Manager.

Behavioral Health Clinician I is the trainee-level class in this flexibly staffed series. Under close supervision, incumbents are expected to gain experience and demonstrate proficiency, which qualifies them to promote to the higher level class after six months of full-time experience and possession of the required State licensure from the applicable licensing authority


NOTE:  The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1.  Provides clinical and case management services to BHCS clients; interviews clients and family members; conducts initial and ongoing psychosocial strength-based assessments.

2.  Develops initial and ongoing treatment plans on assigned clients; identifies and pursues necessary resources to implement treatment plans.

3.  Conducts individual, group, and family psychotherapy sessions; provides education on behavioral health care symptoms and the role of medication in alleviating such symptoms; diagnoses illnesses and dual recovery/co-occurring disorders.

4.  Prepares and maintains psychosocial case histories for use in diagnostic evaluations and monitoring client progress.

5.  Provides crisis intervention as needed; stabilizes clients in crisis including brief intervention in clinic; arranges for hospitalization and coordinates treatment elements.

6.  Notifies clients and families of community resources and makes referral as necessary to meet basic needs such as housing, medical care, and employment.

7.  Maintains all records in accordance with the Quality Assurance standards of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.

8.  Participates in clinical case presentations and peer reviews.

9.  Prepares reports, case summaries, correspondence and other written materials.

10.  Testifies in court when required for determination of client’s legal status regarding outpatient court-ordered treatment.

11.  Conducts mental status examinations and formulates Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-IV related diagnoses.

12.  Collaborates with other departments and agencies related to client treatment planning.

13.  Provides education and consultation services to Alameda County departments and the community as assigned.

14.  May serve as a liaison to other community agencies.



Possession of a master’s degree from a recognized college or university in social work, marriage and family therapy, clinical or educational psychology or in a closely related field. 



 Possession of a valid registration as an Associate Social Worker, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Psychological Assistant/Associate, or Associate Professional Clinical Counselor from the applicable licensing authority:( California Board of Behavioral Sciences or California Board of Psychology) required within six (6) months of hire date with confirmed verification within six (6) months of the hire date.

Special Requirements:

In compliance with the Administrative Simplification provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), employees in this classification are required to possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number prior to their first day of employment. 

In compliance with Medicare regulations, eligible licensed clinicians in this classification are required to complete the “Medicare Enrollment Process for Physicians and Non-Physician Practitioners” through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prior to their first day of employment.  

Approval for Medicare processing must be received from the CMS within 180 days of the date of hire.  Active enrollment in Medicare is a condition of employment.  Failure to attain or maintain active enrollment will result in termination.  

Some positions require a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.  Applicants must possess such license prior to appointment to such positions.

In compliance with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Federal Cures Act, Employees in this classification who are required to render direct specialty mental health services in the course of their assignment must successfully be enrolled in Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment (PAVE) web portal prior to commencing employment.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:  The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of: 
  • Current theories, practices, and principles and practices for services to clients with serious behavioral health care symptoms and diagnoses.
  • Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Cultural and social factors affecting behavior patterns.
  • Wellness, recovery and resiliency oriented strategies and supports.
  • Dual recovery/co-occurring disorder treatment, screening and assessment tools.
  • Community needs, resources and organizations related to behavioral health care. 
  • Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.
  • Principles and practices of direct client service delivery.
  • Principles of social needs, problems, attitudes and behavioral patterns.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Computer applications related to the work. 

Ability to: 
  • Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, community resources and organizations.
  • Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines. 
  • Interpret, explain, and apply regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze, evaluate and make sound decisions.
  • Prepare clear, accurate and effective reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships .
  •  Work with a diverse population


TT:lfm Revised: 7/81
Retyped: 2/85
Updated: 10/86
LB:pb Revised: 4/5/89
Old doc:  0642h
New doc:  6505.doc
CSC Date:  5/24/89
TE:pf  Revised 7/28/2004
CSC Date:  10/27/2004
SG:po revised 7/16/09
CSC Date: 8/12/09       
SG:cs  Revised/Retitled 1/11/10
Former Title:  Psychiatric Social Worker I
CSC Date:  2/10/10
RY:cs  Revised 6/12/12
CSC Date:  7/11/12
NLB:ah  Revised 8/9/18
CSC Date: 9/26/18
IL:saa Revised 3/16/23
CSC Date:06/14/2023
IL:saa Revised 06/16/2023
CSC Date:07/12/2023


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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