• Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 05, 2021
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $96,127.44 - $143,890.56 Annually USD

Job Description

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 8:30 a.m Pacific Time (PT)

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


Open Competitive Job Opportunity

No out-of-class Experience or Verification of Experience Letter (VOEL) will be accepted.

This experienced-level class functions as a primary provider of mental health nursing services to individuals, families, and groups in a range of mental health care settings.

Positions allocable to this class are assigned to a mental health setting. Incumbents function as part of a multi-disciplinary team and, within scope-of-practice guidelines, typically receive administrative oversight from a supervising clinician and technical supervision and guidance from a Senior Mental Health Counselor, R.N. or psychiatrist. Incumbents provide mental health services to clients and families, and consultation services to community agencies. These positions function as primary providers of psychiatric mental health nursing services, carry a caseload, and demonstrate knowledge of the principles and therapeutic interventions of mental health nursing.
Essential Job Functions
  • Provides individual counseling to a caseload of assigned patients in the regional Mental Health Clinic.
  • Conducts initial interview and ongoing assessment of client's presenting problems, including mental status, level of functioning, developmental status, social and employment skills, co-occurring substance abuse problems, and mental and physical health educational needs.
  • Obtains client's social and medical history, and integrates assessment of physical health problems that impact the client's mental illness. Provides input to the multidisciplinary team with respect to the client's diagnosis as impacted by physical health problems.
  • With the participation of the client and appropriate others, plans and conducts the Client Care Coordination Plan; and in collaboration with the treatment team, determines whether the client requires long- or short-term counseling, the priorities in which the problems will be addressed, the counseling methods to be used, and the advisability of using individual or group counseling.
  • Administers psychotropic medication; monitors drug effectiveness and side effects; and provides drug education to clients and clients' families.
  • Provides periodic and ongoing re-assessment of changes in client's mental and physical health status, nutritional status, and progress toward recovery.
  • Plans and conducts conferences with family members, significant others, and caregivers in order to gain insight into the client's mental illness by observing how the client reacts to the family and the family to the client.
  • Evaluates client outcomes and periodically consults with the psychiatrist to determine the need for adjustments in the Client Care Coordination Plan.
  • Guides individual and group therapy activities by facilitating communication, clarifying questions, explaining behavior characteristics, and encouraging interaction within the group in order to assist clients in gaining insight into their emotional problems and in developing new coping strategies.
  • Identifies community agencies and resources to assist clients with rehabilitation and recovery while living in the community; and may interact with private medical facilities, courts, and governmental agencies to link or coordinate services.
  • Participates in team meetings to discuss ongoing client needs and progress, shift activity, and adherence to program policies and procedures such as documentation and timeliness of services and/or treatments provided.
  • Serves as a member of the Psychiatric Mobile Response Team or similar crisis response team in reply to urgent requests to evaluate the mental status of persons who appear dangerous to themselves or others, or who appear to be gravely disabled due to mental illness.
  • Assesses client's suicidal or homicidal tendencies, potential for violence toward self or others, and grave disability; makes independent judgment with respect to client's need for involuntary treatment; and, where appropriate, signs application for immediate 72-hour detention at a hospital facility or schedules an appointment for evaluation and treatment at mental health clinic.
  • As acting Officer of the Day, provides triage, information and referral when appropriate, and may assess incoming clients for assignment within the unit or department.
  • Serves as a consultant to schools, other county departments, and community agencies or hospital staff on an ad hoc and ongoing basis to counsel staff members in resolving individual and group behavioral problems and to provide training in the techniques of mental health services, with an emphasis on the impact of physical health on mental health care.
  • Participates in continuing education and training to maintain mental health nursing skills.
  • Conducts site reviews and investigate client complaints or grievances by reviewing clinical records to ensure quality of care, appropriateness of medications administered based on diagnosis, and overall mental health treatment plan; writes plan of corrective action as appropriate and conducts follow-up visits as necessary to ensure that compliance standards are met, as needed.


Option 1
One year as an Assistant Mental Health Counselor, R.N.* in Los Angeles County.
Option 2
A Bachelor's degree** in nursing from an accredited college or university with specialty coursework in psychiatric nursing -AND- two years of post baccalaureate experience in psychiatric nursing.

Option 3
A Master's degree** in psychiatric nursing -AND- one year of post-graduate experience in psychiatric nursing.

A valid, active license (without limitations or restrictions) to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing***.
Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

2 - Light. Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

*To qualify applicants must have County status in the specified class, as evidenced by holding or having held such payroll title in the service of Los Angeles County for the required amount of time to qualify.

**In order to qualify, you must include a legible copy of the Official Transcript(s) from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded if applicable, with Registrar's signature and/or school seal with your application online at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to

Official Transcript is defined as a transcript that bears the college seal and states "official and/or copy" issued by the school's Registrar Office. A printout of the transcript from the school's website is NOT considered official and, therefore, will NOT be accepted and may result in your application being incomplete and be rejected.

***In order to qualify, you must include a legible copy of the Registered Nurse License from the accredited institution which shows the title of the required license, number, date of issue, date of expiration and the name of the issuing agency with your application online at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to

NOTE: If you are unable to attach the required documents with your application online, you must e-mail them to within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission. In the "Subject" of the e-mail please type the Exam Number and Exam Title.

  • Additional points will be awarded for additional experience beyond the Minimum Requirements.
  • Experience assisting in overseeing the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment being delivered by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control providers, ensure that the care is meeting standards of practice, evidence-based, quality-focused, and appropriate, and that care resources are managed appropriately.

Additional Information
This examination will consist of an evaluation of education, experience, and desirable qualifications based upon application information and supplemental questionnaire at the time of filing weighted 100%.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Requirements and must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be added on the Eligible Register.

Passing this examination and being added on the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the
Eligible Register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.


Complete applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the Eligible Register accordingly.

The Eligible Register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.

Any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.


Applications must be filed ONLINE ONLY. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will NOT be accepted. Any required documents and/or additional information, if any, must be received with your application at the time of filing online or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to

Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button located at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Applicants must submit their completed applications by 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing.
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet
the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. Fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any relevant education, training, and job experience you include. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, dates attended, degree received, and degree major. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job/position title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work and duties performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be REJECTED.

  • Please note that ALL information supplied by applicants and included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • Applications may be rejected at any stage of the examination and selection process.
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification(s) and/or Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. In doing so your application will be dispositioned as INCOMPLETE and will not be accepted.
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst
Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488
Department Contact E-mail:

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (323) 914-8488
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
Closing Date/Time:

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