Mental Health Specialist

  • County Of Colusa
  • 547 Market Street, Suite 104, Colusa, California
  • Sep 09, 2021
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $3,849- $6,319 USD
  • Phone: 5304580420
  • Apply By: Sep 24, 2021


This is an entry-level clinical position within Colusa County’s Department of Behavioral Health. This position, under clinical supervision, is responsible for providing a full range of rehabilitative mental health services and targeted case management services to clients of the Behavioral Health Department; serves in “crisis intervention” roles; and provides a variety of services in the “rehabilitative” and “targeted case management” models as defined in regulations that includes services to individuals, families and/or groups but does not include the ability to independently diagnose or provide psychotherapeutic treatment. There are 6 Full Time positions available with the Behavioral Health Services Department.

Job Description


Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct telephone or in-person interviews with individuals, families, and groups in clinic, home, and community settings to help in the development of client-centered service plans; interview persons requesting mental health services; advise clients on available community resources and serve as a liaison with organizations and service agencies.
  • Prioritize service requests according to standard triage criteria for assigned health clients.
  • Work with individuals, families, and groups to develop client centered service plans; assist clients with understanding their problems and developing plans to resolve them; provide individual, and group rehabilitation services for children and/or adults.
  • Monitor daily progress of persons being treated in psychiatric hospitals to verify receipt of appropriate treatment; develop recommendations for discharge and follow-up treatment planning for clients and their families including making appropriate referrals and other arrangements for client treatment; work with clients’ families to secure their cooperation in treatment programs.
  • Prepare and maintain clinical and administrative records regarding services provided; provide background information as needed to physicians involved in client treatment.
  • Provide prevention and education services in schools and other community agencies.
  • Participate in the evaluation of problems presented by potential clients; develop appropriate rehabilitation plans.
  • Maintain client records in an electronic health record.
  • May provide crisis services in the clinic and other settings such as the emergency room or the County jail, as needed.
  • Interpret and explain to community groups the social and emotional factors pertaining to emotional and substance abuse disorders in order to provide a better understanding of the social, environmental, emotional, and physical problems experienced by a family in crisis.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Job Requirements

Any combination of training and experience, which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, social welfare, social work or related field.
  • Two years of experience in a community mental health setting.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License.

Special Instructions

THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED, FIRST REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 24, 2021. It is to your advantage to submit an application as soon as possible as the recruitment may close at any time following the review date. Application forms must be filled out completely and show clearly that all minimum requirements are met. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee selection in the examination process.

Additional Information

CalPERS retirement plan, either 3 @ 60 for Classic, or 2 @ 62; deferred compensation plans available with monthly matching employer contributions; paid holiday, vacation and sick leave; Health Reimbursement Arrangement account; paid health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance for employee. If employee elects not to enroll in County insurance and can provide proof of other group health insurance coverage, they may be eligible for a $300 monthly cash in-lieu benefit. This position is part of the Colusa County Employees Association (CCEA), Professional Unit.

Job Address

547 Market Street, Suite 104, Colusa, California 95932 United States View Map