Mental Health Program Specialist - Pathways to Wellbeing (Open and Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Project Management Public Health
  • Salary: $99,840.00 - $124,779.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on September 7, 2021 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The San Mateo County Health's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Division is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Pathways to Wellbeing Program Specialist. Under direction, this position will coordinate and supervise a specialized program in BHRS such as the Child Welfare Mental Health Unit; supervise a small staff of professionals; consult with several community groups and agencies on behavioral health services and awareness; and set up service delivery systems.

The current vacancy is in the Child Welfare Mental Health Unit located in San Mateo. This position may travel throughout the county to attend meetings or perform other duties of the position.

Under direction, the Mental Health Program Specialist will coordinate and supervise the Pathways to Wellbeing mental health program under the Child Welfare Mental Health Unit. The Mental Health Program Specialist will work collaboratively with BHRS providers and Partners to facilitate and integrate service planning and delivery coordination for children and families.

The incumbent will provide consultation to supervisors and clinical staff throughout BHRS focused on the Continuum of Care Reform: Pathways to Wellbeing, Intensive Care Coordination, Child and Family Teaming (CFT), Intensive Home-Based Services, and Therapeutic Foster Care. The Mental Health Program Specialist must have the capacity to supervise and consult with clinicians specializing in services for Intensive Case Management (ICC) and Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS) and CFT facilitation. The incumbent may carry a small caseload.

The Mental Health Program Specialist will coordinate assigned program activities with services by the Division's clinics, Family Health systems, private sector providers, schools, state institutions and other public or community agencies; establish and maintain program procedures that are consistent with Federal, State and local laws governing mental health services; participate in program administration, policy implementation, planning and evaluation; and oversee program services and functions, facilitating team meetings, focusing on program development and enhancement.

This position is responsible for planning, developing and implementing a new service delivery program. This position will function as the point person for Pathways to Wellbeing for BHRS. This Mental Health Program Specialist will also provide administrative support and oversight to Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) contractors. The Mental Health Program Specialist will monitor, track and coordinate referrals to primary IHBS and ICC identified clinicians and assist in the development of a comprehensive and trauma informed care plan. This position will also be responsible for scheduling and the facilitation of CFTs for the BHRS Youth Division. This position will also develop and administer fidelity surveys to families within the ICC/IHBS programs and track the responses/outcomes.

The Mental Health Program Specialist for Pathways to Wellbeing will be a BHRS representative in collaborative meetings with other providers of mental health services, Children and Family Services, Public Health Nurses, Community Workers and Psychiatrists; acting as a liaison between BHRS and community partners; problem solving and working collaboratively with BHRS community partners; providing consultation to community groups and agencies on mental health services and awareness; and setting up service delivery systems. The Program Specialist will attend various leadership meetings; lead Team clinical meetings; and lead a clinical group at staff meetings on a regular basis.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of best practices for implementing Trauma Informed services within the BHRS Specialty Mental Health Services, as well as knowledge of best practices for implementing In-Home Behavioral Services and Intensive Care Coordination; be well versed in the Therapeutic Foster Care Model as outlined in the Medi-Cal Manual; skilled in facilitating complex Children and Family Team Meetings; and have knowledge of the principals outlined in the Core Practice Model guide. The ideal candidate will also have experience coordinating or supervising the clinical work of others; be licensed at least two years; and have experience working with children and youth, ages 0-21, that have system involvement with Children and Family Services, Short Term Residential Treatment Placements, School Based Mental Health, Psychiatric hospitalizations and/or Probation cases. The ideal candidate will have strong organization and administrative skills with an ability to work within multiple systems promoting change, while managing many levels of details in implementation. Fluency in Spanish and English preferred.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Coordinate assigned program activities with services provided by and responsibilities of the Division's Regional clinics, private service providers, schools, state institutions and other public or community agencies.
  • Establish and maintain program procedures which are consistent with Federal, State and local laws governing mental health services.
  • Monitor and consult with contract providers to ensure compliance with services requested by the County and help determine jointly beneficial solutions to problem areas.
  • Research and prepare grant proposals for specific mental health projects.
  • Consult with schools and other public agencies regarding the assigned program and provide the proper program supervision and liaison to the contractees.
  • Evaluate and integrate changes in legislation into the program procedures.
  • Provide clinical consultation to various agencies.
  • Evaluate employee performance of subordinates assigned to program.
  • Compile data and prepare program evaluations and other reports.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Licensure/Certification :
California license as one of the following: 1) Clinical Social Worker; 2) Marriage and Family Therapist; and 3) Clinical Psychologist.

Education and Experience :
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is three years of experience as a Mental Health professional.

Knowledge of:
  • Basic program management techniques and practices.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics.
  • Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Current principles and practices of psychiatric casework.
  • Human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources.
  • Various methods used in individual and group therapies such as role playing, play, art, milieu and group.
  • Methods and techniques used in mental health education.

Skill/Ability to :
  • Prepare grant proposals and written reports.
  • Set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment.
  • Evaluate patients/clients degree of mental disability or emotional distress.
  • Supervise and train interdisciplinary subordinates.

Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California 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.

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

The examination process will consist of an application screening (pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel 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 further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification . All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

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Apply immediately. This is a continuous recruitment and is open until filled. Selections may be made at any time within the process.

First Round Application Filing Deadline: Friday, September 3, 2021 11:59P.M.
First Round Application Screening: September 8, 2021
First Round Panel Interviews: September 22 and/or 23, 2021

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 Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Kristin Herman (08202021) (Mental Health Program Specialist - G081)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map