Behavioral Health Clinician

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: 77,766 USD

Job Description

Position Information

Are you a skilled Behavioral Health professional with a passion for helping others?
Join the Department of Health Services as a Behavioral Health Clinician!

Starting Salary up to $45.29/hour plus a cash allowance of approximately $3.45/hour*

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services (DHS) seekslicensed professionals to fill multiplefull-time, part-time, and extra-help Behavioral Health Clinicianpositions. These positions may also befilled by Behavioral Health ClinicianInterns, for which there is a separate, concurrent recruitment.
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, and 12 paid holidays per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About the Positions

Behavioral Health Clinicians provide recovery-oriented behavioral health interventions to adults, families, children, and youth. These services include individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, outreach, and other related duties. Assignments include adult outpatient programs, intake teams, teams focused on a specific geographic region, youth and family outpatient programs, community based teams,the Crisis Stabilization Unit(CSU), the Mobile Support Team, forensic programs, or Hospital Liaison & Utilization Review.

The ideal candidates for these positions:
  • Work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Possess the ability to multi-task and set priorities independently and an understanding of when to seek supervision and consultation
  • Possess strong attention to detail
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Are recovery-focused
  • Have prior recovery-focused professional experience with substance abuse disorder and/or mental health clients
  • Are currently registered as a Medicare providers or willing to register upon appointment
About the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

The CSU's dedicated team of licensed mental health clinicians, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists provide crisis intervention, medication assessment, stabilization, and information and referral services 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for adults, children, and families experiencing a mental health crisis. The CSU provides up to 23-hours of supportive care, including medications for individuals in an acute mental health crisis. For those needing a higher level of care, voluntary crisis residential services or inpatient hospitalization are arranged.

Please visit the Behavioral Health Division's website for more information on its programs and services.

Please note: Effective January 1, 2017, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs)must obtain written confirmation from the Boardof Behavioral Sciences (BBS)stating that they meetthe requirements to assess and treat couples and families prior to assessing or treating a couple or family client. If you are aLPCC, be sure to answer the corresponding supplemental question and attach your written confirmation from the BBS to your application materials.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for aCounty contribution towardmedical coverage.

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) .

This employment list may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include a Master's Degree or higher in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field from an accredited college or university; some post-license experience in Behavioral Health is desirable.
Special Requirement:Possession of either a valid, current Licensed Clinical Social Worker license, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist license, OR Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor license, issued by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, State of California; OR possession of a valid, current license as a Psychologist issued by the State of California, Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Psychology Examining Committee, OR possession of a successor licensure recognized as equivalent by the State of California, is required prior to hire.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working Knowledge of: principles and practices of individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults or children; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; personality development from infancy through adulthood; current principles, techniques, and practices of psychiatric case work for adults or children; the human and health services systems in the community including private agencies and other community resources; methods used in individual, family, and group therapies for adults as inpatients, outpatients, and in day-treatment centers; psychosocial aspects and characteristics of mental and emotional disorders, terminology, and medications; principles of mental health education, client and community advocacy, and systems theory; principles of crisis intervention; needs, problems, and attitudes of mentally disturbed, socially and economically disadvantaged people, and minorities; client's legal rights; principles and techniques of clinical supervision.
Ability to: diagnose and treat either adults or children/adolescents with various mental disabilities ranging from dysfunctional behavior to victims of sexual or physical abuse; set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate clients' degree of mental disability or emotional distress; provide therapy services to adults or children individually and in groups; effectively communicate with mentally ill individuals to gather psychosocial histories and to provide therapeutic assistance to chronic, sub-acute, acute and difficult clients; develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of mentally and emotionally disturbed clients to secure pertinent information and to effectively deliver mental health services; work effectively with a multicultural client and family population with diverse background and needs; establish and maintain effective working relationships on a multi-disciplinary team with peers, supervisors, clients, their families, other agencies, their staffs, and others who have an interest in mental health prevention and treatment; lead and train support staff personnel; analyze situations accurately and make sound decisions; prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive clinical and social case work records; speak and write clearly.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement.Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: AC

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