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DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (#PR8 )

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$77.49-$103.81 hourly / $13,431.00-$17,993.00 monthly / $161,179.20-$215,924.80 yearly


Definition

Under general direction to administer and coordinate the County's Community Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Services, Mental Health Managed Care Program, the Low Income Health Program’s behavioral health services (as contracted) with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State Department of Health Care Services; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This single position class reports to the Health Services Administrator and is responsible for directing the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services divisions of the Health Services Agency.

Typical Tasks

Plan, organize and direct through subordinate supervisors the work of staff engaged in a variety of countywide mental health and substance abuse program activities. Evaluate community mental health and substance abuse services, policies, procedures and organization and formulate and implement improvements. Supervise program evaluation and assessment of community needs. Administer hospital placements and aftercare services. Analyze workload and develop criteria for determining personnel needs. Participate with administration and fiscal services in preparing, monitoring and controlling the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services budget. Work with the staff of other divisions, departments and agencies in the development of joint procedures, program planning and resolution of administrative problems. Insure that federal, state and local standards and regulations are effectively implemented. Oversee MediCal managed care responsibility for the County. Develop mental health and substance abuse program position statements for presentation to the Board of Supervisors and State agencies. Represent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the public, as appropriate. Consult with Mental Health Advisory Board and Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee regarding community needs and service priorities. Maintain liaison with and coordinate, review, and evaluate the performance of contractors. Select, assign, train and evaluate the performance of subordinate managers. Keep administrative staff informed of changes and problems pertaining to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services operations. Attend meetings and conferences. Prepare reports and correspondence.

When the position is filled by a psychiatrist, in addition to the above:

Direct and evaluate the medical aspects of mental health programs. Supervise, review and evaluate the work of physicians in the provision of medical services in mental health programs. Evaluate medical policies, programs and procedures and develop improvements.

Employment Standards

Knowledge:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Program planning, mental health and/or substance abuse administration and coordination.
  • One or more of the following fields: psychiatry, rehabilitation, psychology, social work, or psychiatric nursing or marriage /family therapy.
  • Principles of supervision and personnel management.

Working knowledge of:

  • Aims, concepts and services of local community mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • The interrelationships of services provided by local public and private mental health agencies and organizations.
  • The principles of the various mental health disciplines and clinical care.
  • State and Federal mandates for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

For incumbents who are psychiatrists, the above, and:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • The principles and methods of psychiatry.
  • The uses and effects of medication in psychiatric and related conditions.
  • Current developments in the field of psychiatry.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and direct the activities of a large staff working in varied mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • Exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment in solving difficult administration and personnel problems.
  • Interpret and apply complex regulations, laws and directives.
  • Evaluate mental health and substance abuse programs and develop revised or new programs as necessary to meet the needs of the community.
  • Express ideas effectively in oral and written form.
  • Coordinate functions and maintain effective relationships with other divisions, departments, agencies and organizations.
  • Understand and relate to others the aims, concepts and principles of mental health and substance abuse programs.

Education and Experience:

In accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 620 the local Director of Mental Health Services shall be one of the following:

a.    A physician and surgeon licensed in the State of California showing evidence of having completed the required course of graduate psychiatric education as defined in Section 623 to be supplemented by an additional period of two years of training or practice limited to the field of psychiatry, one year of which shall have been administrative experience.

b.    A psychologist who shall be licensed in the State of California and shall possess a doctorate degree in psychology from an institution of higher education. In addition, the psychologist shall have had at least three years of acceptable clinical psychology experience, two years of which shall be administrative experience.

c.    A clinical social worker who shall possess a masters degree in social work or higher and shall be a licensed clinical social worker under provisions of the California Business and Professions Code and shall have had at least five years mental health experience, two years of which shall have been administrative experience. d.    A marriage, family, and child counselor who shall have a masters degree in an approved behavioral science course of study, and who shall be a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor and have received specific instruction, or its equivalent as required for licensure on January 1, 1981. In addition, the marriage, family, and child counselor shall have had at least five years of mental health experience, two years of which shall have been administrative experience. Note: equivalent experience may include demonstrated experience in assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment of premarital, marriage, family, and child relationship dysfunctions.

e.    A nurse who shall possess a masters degree in psychiatric or public health nursing and shall be licensed as a registered nurse by the Board of Registered Nursing in the State of California, and shall have had at least five years mental health experience, two of which shall have been administrative experience. Additional post-baccalaureate experience in a mental health setting may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the educational requirements.

f.    An administrator who shall have a masters degree in hospital administration, public health administration, or public administration from an accredited college or university, and who shall have at least three years experience in hospital or health care administration, two of which shall have been in the mental health field. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis with approval of the Department of Mental Health. Note: For recruitment purposes, additional qualifying experience must be approved in advance and in writing, by the State Department of Mental Health and submitted along with the standard application packet as announced on the job announcement.

Special Requirements/Conditions:

  • License Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

NOTE: See Education and Experience requirements above for additional required licenses. Out of state applicants are encouraged to apply. California licensure (as indicated above) is required at time of appointment.

  • Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.
  • Other Special Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays

Miscellaneous

PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None

Bargaining Unit: 06

EEOC Job Category: 01

Occupational Grouping: 61 Workers Comp Code: 0290


CLASS: PR8; EST: 11/1/1982; REV: 2/1/2013;