Under general direction to administer and
coordinate the County's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services System of
Care, Specialty Mental Health and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (ODS)
Medi-Cal carve out, contracts with local non-profits and for-profit
organizations for the delivery of services, and contracts with State Department of Health
Care Services; and to do related work as required.
This single position class reports to the Health
Services Administrator or designee and is responsible for directing the Behavioral
Health Division of the Health Services Agency.
Plan, organize and direct through subordinate
supervisors the work of staff engaged in a variety of countywide mental health
and substance abuse program activities. Ongoing evaluation of community mental
health and substance abuse services, policies, procedures, system gaps, strengths
and areas needing improvement as part of an ongoing continuous quality
improvement process and ensure that recommendations for improvements are
implemented. Supervise program evaluation and assessment of community needs
including strategic planning efforts, and a broad based stakeholder engagement
process to ensure provider, consumer and family input into policy and future
funding decisions. Preparation and submission of an annual budget for Mental
Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. Monitor contract and programmatic
revenues and expenditures to ensure the Division is achieving the required
budget targets. Collaborate with the
staff of other divisions, departments, and agencies in the development of
program planning initiatives and timely resolution of administrative problems. Ensure
full compliance with federal, state and local standards and that regulations
are effectively implemented. Oversee Medi-Cal managed care responsibility for
the County, including oversight of the annual external quality review
organization, mental health and substance use disorders audit, and
implementation of the recommendations from that review process. Present to the
Board of Supervisors and State agencies. Represent the Behavioral Health
Division at State and public stakeholder meetings. Support and collaborate with
the Santa Cruz County Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) and Drug and Alcohol
Advisory Committee regarding community needs and service priorities, including
an annual review of the budget and input from the MHAB on budgetary priorities.
Direct work with contract provider executive staff to review performance and
identify areas of need to ensure timely resolution of critical issues as they
emerge. Select, assign, train and evaluate the performance of subordinate
managers. Attend meetings and conferences. Prepare and present analytical reports
and correspondence to support the Behavioral Health Division and Health
Thorough knowledge of:
planning, mental health and/or substance abuse administration and
development and monitoring.
level and detailed knowledge of best practice models for community mental
health and substance use disorder services in the community.
or more of the following fields: psychiatry, rehabilitation, psychology,
social work, or psychiatric nursing or marriage /family therapy.
of supervision and personnel management.
Working knowledge of:
concepts and services of local community mental health and substance abuse
interrelationships of services provided by local public and private mental
health agencies and organizations.
principles of the various mental health disciplines and clinical care.
and Federal mandates for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
For incumbents who are psychiatrists, the above,
Thorough knowledge of:
principles and methods of psychiatry.
uses and effects of medication in psychiatric and related conditions.
developments in the field of psychiatry.
organize and direct the activities of a large staff working in varied
mental health and substance abuse programs.
initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment in solving difficult
administration and personnel problems.
and apply complex regulations, laws and directives.
mental health and substance abuse programs and develop revised or new
programs as necessary to meet the needs of the community.
ideas effectively in oral and written form.
functions and maintain effective relationships with other divisions,
departments, agencies and organizations.
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:
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.
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.
clinical social worker who shall possess a Master’s 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.
marriage, family, and child counselor who shall have a Master’s 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.
nurse who shall possess a Master’s 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
administrator who shall have a Master’s 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 Health Care Services. 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.
Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or
the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the
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.
Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.
Other Special Requirements:
Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 06
EEOC Job Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 61
Workers Comp Code: 0290