Senior Mental Health Worker-Licensed

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Public Health
  • Salary: $70,073.28 - $85,169.52 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This is a continuous filing exam, 28153-D. The next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:
12/20/21, 2/21/22, 4/18/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/19/22

Note: Vacancies may be permanent or intermittent on-call (per-diem). Shift differential may be available in addition to base salary. PM (swing) shift - 7.5%. Noc (grave) - 10%.

Performs a wide variety of duties to assist professional staff in coordinating and providing mental health services for mentally or emotionally disabled persons, in addition to providing services within the scope of the license possessed.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge Of
  • Social and psychological needs, problems, attitudes, behavior patterns and treatment methods of mentally and socially disabled persons.
  • Availability of and procedures for obtaining a wide variety of community and governmental services and resources.
  • Methods and techniques of interviewing.
  • Principles of counseling, including group leader functions.
  • Psychotropic drugs and their usage.
  • Terminology of psychiatric social work.
  • Gross anatomy.
  • Basic medical terminology.
Ability To
  • Accurately assess clients' immediate needs and insure clients' receipt of needed services.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
  • Follow prescribed procedures and develop client treatment plans with little direct supervision; provide direction to and review the work of assigned staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with mentally and socially disabled persons and their families, and with professional, paraprofessional and support staff in the department, outside agencies, and with the general public.
  • React effectively in crisis situations.
  • Work effectively in stressful, emotional, and confrontational situations requiring good judgment, self-control, and persuading and motivating people.
  • Administer prescribed medications and treatments.
  • Recognize factors causing reaction or changes in patient's condition or behavior.
  • Work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary mental health treatment team.
  • Understand and implement oral and written instructions.
  • Obtain, maintain, and present accurate client data.
  • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance.

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Possession of a valid license from the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse, Vocational Nurse or Psychiatric Technician
Either: 1. Two years of experience in the class of Mental Health Worker-Licensed in Sacramento County service.

Or: 2. Two years of experience in a private or governmental agency providing direct mental health related services, which included identifying client mental health needs, using community resources, and client advocacy.

Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the job announcement states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

License Requirement :
Failure to maintain the required license may be cause for disciplinary action under Civil Service Commission Rules.

Language/Culture Skills:
Some positions may require the ability to communicate fluently in a language other than English. When required, these special skills may be used in the performance of typical tasks shown in the "Examples of Duties" in this class specification. In addition, incumbents translate and interpret using standard English and a language other than standard English; and/or act as a consultant to others regarding the needs and problems presented by individuals of different languages and cultural backgrounds.

Hours of Work :
Incumbents must be willing to work irregular hours, holidays and weekends.

Working Conditions :
Incumbents must be willing to work with persons infected with communicable diseases.

Physical Requirements :
Incumbents must be physically able to help lift, carry and physically restrain patients. Positions also require repetitive hand movements and fine manipulation.

The County may access criminal history information on all candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for the above job class consistent with the provisions of the Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedure B-5 and applicable federal and state law. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history check, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

Child and Elder Abuse Reporting :
Persons selected for employment must, as a condition of employment, sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 and 11160 of the California Penal Code relating to child and elder abuse reporting.

Probationary Period:
The probationary period for this classification is six (6)months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667
  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note:Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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