Mental Health Clinician III (#RS2013)
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$52.78-$64.15 Hourly / $9,148.53-$11,120.09 Monthly / $109,782.40-$133,441.19 Yearly


Under general direction, supervises a unit in a social services program in a mental health or related setting; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the first supervisory level in the professional Mental Health Clinician series. An employee in this class is responsible for providing direct supervision of social casework services and/or psychotherapy to mentally ill, disabled or emotionally handicapped clients. This class is distinguished from the Mental Health Clinician II in that the Mental Health Clinician II is a licensed practitioner and may provide clinical supervision while the Mental Health Clinician III formally supervises staff.


  • Plans, assigns and directs the work of a unit of professional and/or para-professional staff in the performance of social casework; may perform clinical supervision.
  • Works with mentally ill, disabled or emotionally handicapped individuals in team treatment programs.
  • Makes or reviews decisions on difficult casework matters; participates in interdisciplinary diagnostic and dispositional conferences to determine nature of illness and recommend treatment plans.
  • Plans and implements treatment methods and service components; performs clinical assessments; provides clinical monitoring and quality control services.
  • Assists in the development of community resources for all programs; confers with other services and relevant agencies.
  • Assists and participates in the development and delivery of in-service training and staff development programs.
  • May be responsible for coordinating a client caseload requiring clinical case management and providing related services in office and/or field settings.
  • Coordinates and conducts audits, reviews, monitoring, and analysis to formulate recommendations for maximizing effectiveness and compliance of service delivery.
  • May assist management in the oversight and monitoring of contracts.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of policies and procedures.
  • May direct research studies.
  • Prepares and maintains correspondence and reports.
  • Speaks before interested groups on specific health care programs and services.


Special Requirement: Must possess and maintain a valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Special Requirement: Must possess and maintain a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology.
Education: Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s or doctorate degree in social work, counseling, psychology or other course of study acceptable to the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences towards licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Psychologist. 

Experience: Three years of progressively responsible counseling or therapy in clinical or treatment casework experience to include six months as a licensed LCSW, MFT, LPCC or Psychologist. 

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license if required by the nature of the assignment. 


Principles of supervision and training; methods and techniques of giving casework consultation to staff members; laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of public social services agencies and the various specialized assistance programs; community public and private agency resources; social services research methods and techniques.


Plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinate clinicians and related staff; work cooperatively with fellow employees and the general public; organize and interpret data pertinent to caseload management; interpret program goals; apply casework skills and knowledge to meet goals; communicate effectively; write clear, concise reports; effectively use related computer applications; interpret laws that apply to program.


Mobility – frequent operation of a keyboard, sitting for long periods of time, walking; occasional standing for long periods of time, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting and stair climbing; Lifting – frequent lifting of 5 lbs. or less; Visual – constant use of overall vision, hand/eye coordination, depth perception and reading/close-up work; frequent need for color perception and field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity – frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking – constant hearing of normal speech, talking in person and talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on a telephone/radio; occasional hearing of faint sounds and talking over a public address system; Emotional/Psychological Factors – constant public contact, decision-making and concentration; frequent exposure to emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief or death; Environmental and Other Conditions – frequent work in an indoor office environment; occasional exposure to noise, varied outdoor weather conditions; occasional working alone, working weekends/nights, and/or work-related travel.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RS2013; EST: 6/18/1990; REV: 10/13/2021;