Chief Mental Health Clinician (#RS2014)
$44.47-$54.06 Hourly / $7,708.13-$9,370.40 Monthly / $92,497.60-$112,444.80 Yearly


Under general direction, plans, implements and evaluates a social service 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.


An employee in this class is responsible for management of a specific comprehensive program in the Mental Health Department. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, para-professional and other personnel.


  • Plans and develops a mental health program for mentally ill, disabled or emotionally handicapped clients.
  • Conducts and participates in staff meetings to insure effective coordination or work; hires, trains and evaluates staff.
  • Selects, assigns, supervises and evaluates subordinate professional and para-professional personnel in the performance of social casework, and in recording case histories and related matters; assigns cases and assists subordinates with difficult cases.
  • Prepares program budget; prepares and maintains records, reports and correspondence; may requisition supplies.
  • Consults with and informs medical personnel and other staff members of matters relating to social and environmental problems of clients and their families.
  • Participates in the planning and conducting of training programs teaching diagnosis and treatment methods; coordinates the social work program with related community social services and treatment facilities.
  • Supervises and participates in interdisciplinary diagnostic and dispositional conferences to determine the nature of illness and recommend treatment plans; performs clinical assessments; makes pre-release studies of cases and makes recommendations accordingly.
  • Determines, interprets and implements policies and procedures; monitors program effectiveness.
  • Represents Mental Health Services at conferences and addresses groups; may represent the department on matters relating to the service aspects of mental health programs
  • Serves as an advocate for the civil and service rights of clients and family members.


    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:  Two years of progressively responsible licensed casework experience as an LCSW, MFT, LPCC or Psychologist, which included counseling or therapy in a clinical or treatment setting and also included one year of supervisory experience.


    License:  Must possess a valid California driver’s license.


    Principles, practices, and techniques of psychiatric social casework; principles of employee supervision and training; accepted social work placement methods and practices; social aspects of disability and mental illness and of modern methods of treatment.


    Plan, assign, and direct the work of subordinate social workers and related personnel; prepare program budgets; prepare reports, records and correspondence; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with clients and their families; analyze information and reach sound decisions on the basis of such information; interpret the casework program to other personnel, other social service agencies, and the community; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


    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. 

    CLASS: RS2014; EST: 6/1/1990; REV: 1/14/2015;