This class incumbent is responsible for directing a comprehensive mental health program consisting of out-patient clinics, detoxification centers, psychosocial/rehabilitation centers, day and residential programs, mobile crisis services, special programs and client and evaluation activities for a region or division.
Nature and Scope
An incumbent reports to the Division Director and is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the fiscal, administrative and clinical operations of a community mental health services. An incumbent plans, coordinates and directs psychiatric, psychological, medical and social service activities for the region or division. The incumbent develops operating policies and standards. Work includes studying clinical operations and revising existing services or developing new service programs in order to improve services provided. In addition, an incumbent designs and implements clinical, community support and quality assurance programs to meet the treatment and rehabilitation needs of clients.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Manages and directs the comprehensive Community Mental Health Center Program.
Plans, develops and administers the clinic budget involving state and federal funds.
Provides advisory and consulting services to schools, courts, hospitals, churches, welfare agencies, and/or other public/private agencies.
Participates with public and private hospitals, community agencies and facilities in various community mental health projects.
Develops and prepares reports relative to the Community Mental Health Program Operations, goals and objectives and related activities.
Insures the provision of quality programs through proper allocations of resources and monitoring.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques used in field of community mental health administration and supervision.
Knowledge of quality assurance procedures and principles and practices of psychotherapy and clinical psychopathology diagnosis and evaluation.
Knowledge of sound fiscal and accounting principles.
Knowledge of grant administration and development procedures.
Knowledge of community, state and federal resources.
Knowledge of program design and implementation.
Skill in setting priority, providing direction and support to specialized programs.
Skill in budgetary analysis.
Skill in applying policies and procedures of administration to the practical operation of the community mental health clinic program.
Skill in analysis of program and operating strengths and weaknesses and corrective action planning and implementation.
Ability to coordinate services, and relate with people of various backgrounds, needs and professions.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Community Mental Health Director Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Three years experience in health or human services program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of health or human services programs and services; planning and establishing short and long range program goals and objectives. Providing advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
Three years experience in developing policies and procedures.
Three years experience in operations management which includes planning, directing, coordinating, controlling and evaluating operations typically through subordinate supervisors.
Six months experience in strategic planning such as planning and mapping a path between the present and future usually for three to five years by determining key objectives, how to accomplish the key objectives, what strategies should be used, what activities would contribute to accomplishing the key objectives and developing performance measures to gauge and report progress or success.
Six months experience in budget administration which includes managing, developing, analyzing and implementing budgets; developing strategic plans and establishing internal control.