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Mental Health Client Specialist in Santa Cruz County

  • County of Santa Cruz
  • Full time
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  • Santa Cruz County
  • 29/04/2019
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THE JOB: Under general supervision, to provide a variety of professional mental health and/or substance abuse services and related administrative functions in support of clients and their families, including case management, short term crisis intervention, evaluation, counseling, and/or assisting in the implementation of appropriate treatment or service plans and to do other work as required. MUST BE BILINGUAL TO APPLY. Bilingual Mental Health Client Specialist positions require that the mental health and/or substance abuse clinician be fully fluent in Spanish and English in order to provide the full range of professional level mental health and/or substance abuse services in Spanish, including the facilitation of individual, group, family, and crisis counseling. Bilingual clinicians may be asked to translate written clinical materials and interpret for Spanish speaking clients that need to communicate with monolingual English-speaking mental health and/or substance abuse professionals. The Current vacancy is in the Medication Assisted Treatment Program and requires an Alcohol and Drug Certification. Position is located with the Primary Care Clinic in the Integrated Behavioral Health unit.

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

Four years full-time experience in a recognized public or private agency providing mental health counseling*, substance abuse counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation, or case management services to individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, or emotional disturbance. 
                                                                                                OR
BA Degree from a college or university in counseling, psychology, other mental health related field AND three years full-time experience in a recognized public or private agency providing mental health counseling*, substance abuse counseling, psycho-social assessment, or case management services to individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, or emotional disturbance. 
                                                                                                OR
A one-year Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, or closely related behavioral science field  AND two years full-time experience in a recognized public or private agency providing mental health counseling*, substance abuse counseling, psycho-social assessment, or case management services to mentally ill, substance abusing, or emotionally disturbed individuals. 
                                                                                                OR
A two-year Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, or closely related behavioral science field (with a focus in counseling methods or techniques).  

*Educational counseling may be considered for up to 50 percent of qualifying experience for assignments in Children’s Mental Health.  

License Requirement: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority. Alcohol and Drug Assignment: All persons providing alcohol and drug counseling services within the Alcohol and Drug Program must be certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor OR be licensed as a mental health professional, OR within six (6) months of the date of hire, all non-licensed individuals, pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 8, Subchapter 2, or non-certified individuals providing counseling services in an AOD program, must be registered to obtain certification as an AOD counselor by one of the approved certifying organization (CCR, Section 13035(f)).  

Other Special Requirements/Conditions: All assignments: Exposure to offensive odors such as unwashed people and clothes, human and animal feces; the possibility of infections which may cause chronic disease or death; hostile or violent individuals and may be exposed to cigarette smoke. Juvenile Hall and Acute/Emergency Services assignments: Exposure to noise, such as people yelling. Children's Service assignment: Exposure to disturbing material, such as photos of abused children; allergens such as poison oak, insect stings or bites, and pollens. Some positions may require lifting objects such as boxes of belongings weighing up to fifty pounds. Note: Persons in this classification may be assigned to positions with any of the above working conditions on an emergency, as needed basis.  

Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.  

Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement! 

The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits!

APPLY ONLINE : www.santacruzcountyjobs.com

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$5,604 - 7,086 / Month



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