Community Mental Health Nurse-Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (Open & Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $133,681.60 - $149,448.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on March 10, 2020 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

San Mateo County Health's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Division
has exciting opportunities for three experienced psychiatric nurses to work in Behavioral Health and Recovery Services as members of one of our interdisciplinary teams.

Community Mental Health Nurses provide psychiatric assessment, and treatment planning, care coordination, medication therapy and individual, group and family counseling. Our nurses work with acute hospitals and community resources to coordinate clients' clinical care and recovery services.

Two of the positions are within one of our five outpatient regional clinics within County of San Mateo, providing services for adult clients with serious mental illness, co-occurring disorders and complex medical conditions. The third position is in Total Wellness, an integrated behavioral health and primary care program.

We have one full time vacancy in our adult outpatient clinic for the Northern region of the County, North County Clinic, in Daly City. North County Clinic is the largest of our five regional outpatient clinics. A second full time vacancy is in our adult outpatient, Coastside Clinic in Half Moon Bay. Coastside Clinic serves clients from El Granada to Pescadero and is unique in that it provides services to a rural part of the county, serving a large Spanish Speaking population and a large migrant farm worker population and their families. The third full time vacancy is in Total Wellness, our integrated behavioral health and primary care program.

The ideal candidates will possess:
  • Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing is preferred but not required.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families and consumers.
  • Knowledge of current psychiatric nursing practice including psychopharmacology and the medical issues associated with serious mental illness.
  • Knowledge of the behavioral health needs of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Experience in providing individual and group skill-based psycho-education.
  • Experience working in an outpatient community mental health setting.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team as a direct service provider.
  • Minimum of one-year experience in outpatient community mental health setting is required.
  • Bilingual Spanish skills preferred.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform initial intake assessments, formulate diagnoses and develop client's treatment plan.
  • Provide case management and/or care coordination services.
  • Conduct individual, group and family therapy sessions.
  • Participate in diagnostic and treatment aspects of patient care with interdisciplinary care team; assess progress of clients on a selected basis and propose treatment plan modifications.
  • Dispense, administer and supervise clients' medication.
  • Establish and utilize knowledge of community resources for mentally or emotionally unstable clients.
  • Interview patient relatives, care givers, and other personnel involved in the care of the patient in order to gather case history data.
  • Observe, record, and report clinically significant changes in the client's condition.
  • Participate in individual client and program conferences, staff development, and professional growth activities.
  • Provide crisis intervention services including evaluating clients and referring clients to appropriate resources.
  • Conduct home visits when needed and appropriate.
  • Provide physical and mental health information services on a formal or informal basis.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health service programs.
  • Provide psycho-education to clients and families.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Total Wellness (TW) aims to reduce disparities in access to health care for people with mental illness and alcohol and drug addictions, as well as improve their physical health outcomes through chronic disease prevention, early intervention, health care coordination, and disease management strategies. The (TW) Community Mental Health Nurse will work with a multidisciplinary team of medical and behavioral health professionals, community workers, and others to improve health outcomes of BHRS consumers. General supervision of the Community Mental Health Nurse will be provided by the Total Wellness Supervising Mental Health Clinician.

Additional Duties and responsibilities for the Total Wellness Community Mental Health Nurseinclude, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The primary liaison between the Primary Care Providers and the BHRS clinic and contract staff who are providing services for the enrolled client.
  • Communicate formally and informally about client needs and progress.
  • Participate as indicated in staff meetings and case conferences about enrolled clients.
  • Provide appropriate documentation in client's BHRS medical record for purposes of communication and claiming.
  • Wherever possible and appropriate, establish relationships with enrolled clients as lead health coach/clinician.
  • Perform initial baseline assessments and progress report interviews for enrolled clients.
  • Take lead role in encounter data collection, analysis, and reporting out.
  • Design and implement client education programs, including medication education, weight management, smoking cessation, nutrition, sleep management, and diabetes care.
  • Support other staff in implementing client education programs listed above
  • Help establish and monitor client's wellness plans through assessment, development, activation, and evaluation.
  • Work with clients on an individual or group basis on integrating health and wellness plans into their lifestyles.
  • Work with clients to adhere to appointment schedules, screening protocols, and treatment regimens.
  • Be available to screen or triage ongoing client requests for services by primary care providers.
  • Provide consultation and direction to Peer Wellness Coaches.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Bachelor's degree in Nursing.

One year of nursing experience in outpatient community mental health setting.

California license as a Registered Nurse.

Knowledge of:
  • Current psychiatric nursing practices including psychopharmacology and the medical issues associated with serious mental illness.
  • Knowledge of the behavioral health needs of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Principles of hygiene, nutrition, parenting and health practices.
  • Social and physical aspects of mental and emotional disturbances.
  • Basic techniques and dynamics of individual and group therapy.
  • Community resources available for treatment of clients.
  • Laws that govern psychiatric mental health nursing and the treatment of the mentally ill.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Provide individual and group skill-based psychoeducation.
  • Work in an outpatient community mental health setting and within a multidisciplinary team as a direct service provider.
  • Engage, establish and maintain productive working relationships with families and consumers.
  • Apply the techniques used in individual and group therapy.
  • Develop and evaluate creative approaches to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with serious mental illness.
  • Obtain and record social, medical, psychiatric, education and work histories.
  • Write clear, accurate and concise reports.
  • Conduct group and individual counseling.
  • Establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients.
  • Speak effectively before groups.


Open & Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination will consist of an interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application materials. Because of this screening process, all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination . All examinations will be given in County of San Mateo, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Deadline to Apply:
Application Screening: TBD
Combined Panel/Department Interviews: TBD

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.

The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Carolyn Burns (021820) (Community Mental Health Nurse - F049)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map