Ventura CountyThousand Oaks 91360
Full Time

Works with the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology teams (nurses, assistants, physician, and support staff) in providing support to our pediatric patients, their parents, and families;.

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Behavioral Health Clinician Iii/iv

Ventura County
Full Time Ventura County Health Care, 125 W Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, United States
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Overview

Under general supervision (Behavioral Health Clinician III), or general direction (Behavioral Health Clinician IV), provides clinical or administrative psychiatric behavioral health services in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment through therapy (individual, family, or group), case management, interagency collaboration, and community organization. This position will be part of and support the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Ambulatory Care team located beside the Ventura County Medical Center.

The ideal candidate will be a compassionate, bilingual, licensed Social Worker with a willingness to work with children and have the fortitude and courage to provide the necessary support during difficult times.

PAYROLL TITLES AND APPROXIMATE SALARIES:
Behavioral Health Clinician III: $2,608.26 - $3,653.51 biweekly
Behavioral Health Clinician IV: $2,737.52 - $3,835.21 biweekly

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
Behavioral Health Clinician III - is the advanced journey-level classification providing behavioral health services as part of a multi-disciplinary team under general supervision. Incumbents in this classification demonstrate greater skill and depth of job knowledge in the assessment of consumer and family needs, and in the formulation and implementation of treatment and wellness and recovery plans.

Behavioral Health Clinician IV - is the expert level of the series, able to independently perform the most complex clinical and case management assignments and provide clinical supervision according to licensure and training. Demonstrates leadership within the multi-disciplinary team.

Behavioral Health Clinician III/IV are represented by the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) and are not eligible for overtime compensation.

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Possible educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree pursuant to provisions in Sec. 624 of the SEIU Memorandum of Agreement. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Health Care Agency – Ambulatory Care

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent, and Extra-Help vacancies for this position only. There is currently one (1) full-time Regular vacancy.
 
NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.
 
 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
 OPENING DATE: September 5, 2023
 CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. (Previously:
September 19, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.)
Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Works with the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology teams (nurses, assistants, physician, and support staff) in providing support to our pediatric patients, their parents, and families;
  • Independently assesses, evaluates and provides mental health and/or substance abuse services including individual, group and family therapy/counseling, rehabilitation, crisis intervention and case management services for persons with serious chronic health conditions or terminal illness or youth with serious emotional disturbance utilizing culturally-sensitive, client/family-centered, strength-based, wellness and recovery models of service delivery;
  • Independently completes clinical documentation and maintains productivity according to department standards with minimal administrative oversight;
  • In collaboration with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, including consumers and family members, participates in the development of treatment plans, coordinates treatment, case management and discharge planning;
  • Collaborates on behalf of the consumer/family with other support services provided by health care, social services agencies and community organizations;
  • Participates in training on various topics such as cultural competency, clinical practice, compliance, treatment planning, case management, co-occurring disorders and substance abuse;
  • Provides administrative support services including outreach and information about how to access and apply for state and federal programs (such as Medi-Cal), performs pre-screening and assists in paperwork completion to determine eligibility; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.
In addition to the Behavioral Health Clinician III duties listed above, Behavioral Health Clinician IV duties may include:
  • Develops and participates in training on a variety of topics such as cultural competency, clinical practice, compliance, treatment planning, case management and makes presentations to local agencies and community groups regarding issues related to mental health or substance abuse; and
  • May provide leadership and supervise the work of others.
Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
 
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE
Behavioral Health Clinician III/IV:

  • A Master's degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Clinical Social Work from a college or university approved by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California License as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
AND:

Behavioral Health Clinician III 
  • A minimum of 3 years (2 must be post-master's degree) experience working in an acute or residential setting for Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) Adult or Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) youth, or outpatient public mental health setting providing mental health services to Transitional Aged youth (TAY), adults or older adults with serious mental illness or youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families. 
Behavioral Health Clinician IV
  • A minimum of 4 years (must be post licensure) experience working in an acute or residential setting for Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) Adult or Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) youth, or outpatient public mental health setting providing mental health services to Transitional Aged youth (TAY), adults or older adults with serious mental illness or youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families. 

SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS: 
  • Must be willing to work with children
  • Incumbents are required to maintain Licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a condition of continued employment
DESIRED:
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Experience working with a multi-cultural client population
  • Experience carrying out the responsibilities of a social worker within a medical or hospital setting
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:social work concepts and methods applied to individuals with chronic health conditions or terminal illness; the diagnostic and assessment process; the application of appropriate intervention techniques; psychosocial and cultural factors affecting healthcare, mental health or substance abuse service delivery; the scope and activities of private and public agencies; medical case management; and the principles of supervision and training.
 
Ability to:  establish and maintain effective working relationships with others as part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team; assess, treat, and manage cases for an ethnically diverse population of individuals with chronic health conditions or terminal illness; communicate effectively in writing and orally, including public speaking; efficiently organize time and workload responsibilities; effectively utilize agency and community resources; conduct group meetings, interpret and explain laws, rules and regulations to other staff, clients, family members, and the public; and plan, organize and supervise the work of others, as required.

Supplemental Information:  Assignments may involve work in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural settings with seriously mentally ill adults or seniors, or seriously emotionally, disturbed children or adolescents.  Mental health services are decentralized throughout the County and involve field-work and travel within the County.  Incumbents are expected to work in interagency environments.
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