Ventura CountyThousand Oaks 91360
Full Time

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 mental illness or youth with serious emotional disturbance utilizing culturally-sensitive, client/family-centered, strength-based, wellness and recovery models of service delivery;.

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Behavioral Health Clinician I/ii/iii/iv

Ventura County
Full Time 38.06 - per week Ventura County Health Care, 125 W Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, United States
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Overview

Under immediate (I, II), general supervision (III), or general direction (IV), provides clinical or administrative psychiatric behavioral health services in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment through the use of therapy (individual, family or group), case management, interagency collaboration and community organization.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Behavioral Health Clinician I (unlicensed):  is the entry/trainee level classification, where emphasis is on learning casework and treatment methods appropriate to a public mental health setting, procedures and policies as part of a multi-disciplinary team under the close clinical supervision of a California Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Psychologist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
 
Behavioral Health Clinician II (unlicensed):  is the journey-level classification, providing behavioral health services as part of a multi-disciplinary team under general supervision with clinical supervision by a California Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Psychologist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Behavioral Health Clinician III (licensed):  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 (licensed):  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.

APPROXIMATE SALARY:
Behavioral Health Clinician I:  $27.16 - $38.06 - hourly
Behavioral Health Clinician II:  $2,483.58 - $3,481.36 - biweekly
Behavioral Health Clinician III:  $2,608.26 - $3,653.51 - biweekly
Behavioral Health Clinician IV:  $2,737.52 - $3,835.21 - biweekly 

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:  Incumbents may be eligible for educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT:  Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Clinician series is represented by the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation.

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 within the Health Care Agency. There are currently multiple Regular vacancies with locations throughout Ventura County with anticipated Fixed-Term and Intermittent positions in the future.

NOTE:  If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level(s) 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:  7/18/23
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.
Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Behavioral Health Clinician I/II

  • 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 mental illness or youth with serious emotional disturbance utilizing culturally-sensitive, client/family-centered, strength-based, wellness and recovery models of service delivery;
  • Performs clinical documentation and maintains productivity according to department standards;
  • 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.
Behavioral Health Clinician III
In addition to the Behavioral Health Clinician I/II duties listed above, Behavioral Health Clinician III duties may include: 
  • 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 mental 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;
  • Provides 5150 evaluations and writes holds as appropriate;
  • May provide clinical supervision to unlicensed clinicians and student interns within the context of licensure, in keeping with BBS regulations and according to applicable Ventura County Behavior Health (VCBH) policies; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Behavioral Health Clinician IV
In addition to the Behavioral Health Clinician I/II/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 and case management, and makes presentations to local agencies and community groups regarding issues related to mental health or substance abuse;
  • Provides clinical supervision to unlicensed clinicians and student interns within the context of licensure, in keeping with BBS regulations and according to applicable Ventura County Behavior Health (VCBH) policies;
  • May participate as a member of a committee or team as assigned, and develops and/or delivers related training materials to other staff, consumer/family members or the public;
  • May provide leadership and support to Behavior Health Clinicians providing clinical supervision through the facilitation of a supervision group etc;
  • Provides support to the Clinical Administrator with assigned duties to ensure efficient clinic operation; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE: 
A Master's degree in one of the following is required (by date of hire) for all Behavioral Health Clinician levels:

  • Marriage & Family Counseling;
  • Counseling Psychology;
  • Clinical Psychology;
  • Clinical Counseling;
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling;
  • Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling;
  • Social Work with an emphasis on Clinical Social Work; OR
  • Other equivalent Master's degree from a college or university approved by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners;
AND:

Behavioral Health Clinician I

Must either be currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as a:

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Associate Clinical Social Worker; OR
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
OR

Be within 90 days of completion of the requirements for graduation with a Master's degree in a discipline as noted above; and following graduation, provide documentation that an application for an intern or associates registration number has been submitted to the BBS.


Behavioral Health Clinician II

Must either be currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as a:

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Associate Clinical Social Worker; OR
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
AND

A minimum of one (1) year of experience (may be pre- or post-Master's degree) 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 III 

Must possess and maintain a valid California License as a:

  • Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Clinical Social Worker; OR
  • Professional Clinical Counselor.
AND

A minimum of three (3) years of experience (two (2) years must be post-Master's degree) 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

Must possess and maintain a valid California License as a:

  • Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Clinical Social Worker; OR
  • Professional Clinical Counselor.
AND

A minimum of four (4) years of experience (post licensure) 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.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license as a condition of continued employment.
  • At all levels, positions may require work experience with specific age groups such as children, adults, or older adults and/or related service types. Some positions may require some evening hours and weekend coverage.

Behavioral Health Clinician I/II
  • Candidates are required to have at time of hire and maintain a current California Board of Behavioral Sciences registration number as a condition of continued employment.
  • Incumbents must obtain a LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) license, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) license or LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) license with the California BBS within six (6) years of initial registration as an Associate Marriage Family Therapist, Associate Clinical Social Worker or Associate Professional Clinical Counselor as a condition of continued employment.
Behavioral Health Clinician III/IV
  • Incumbents are required to maintain a LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) license, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) license or LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) license with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a condition of continued employment.
Desired:
Spanish-English bilingual skills

Supplemental Information: 
All assignments 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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