MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Under general direction to administer
and coordinate the County's Community Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse
Services, Mental Health Managed Care Program, the Low Income Health Programís
behavioral health services (as contracted) with the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services and the State Department of Health Care Services; and to do
related work as required.
This single position class reports to
the Health Services Administrator and is responsible for directing the Mental
Health and Substance Abuse Services divisions of the Health Services Agency.
Plan, organize and direct through
subordinate supervisors the work of staff engaged in a variety of countywide
mental health and substance abuse program activities. Evaluate community mental
health and substance abuse services, policies, procedures and organization and
formulate and implement improvements. Supervise program evaluation and
assessment of community needs. Administer hospital placements and aftercare
services. Analyze workload and develop criteria for determining personnel
needs. Participate with administration and fiscal services in preparing,
monitoring and controlling the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
budget. Work with the staff of other divisions, departments and agencies in the
development of joint procedures, program planning and resolution of
administrative problems. Insure that federal, state and local standards and
regulations are effectively implemented. Oversee MediCal managed care
responsibility for the County. Develop mental health and substance abuse
program position statements for presentation to the Board of Supervisors and
State agencies. Represent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the
public, as appropriate. Consult with Mental Health Advisory Board and Drug and
Alcohol Advisory Committee regarding community needs and service priorities.
Maintain liaison with and coordinate, review, and evaluate the performance of
contractors. Select, assign, train and evaluate the performance of subordinate
managers. Keep administrative staff informed of changes and problems pertaining
to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services operations. Attend meetings and
conferences. Prepare reports and correspondence.
When the position is filled by a
psychiatrist, in addition to the above:
Direct and evaluate the medical aspects
of mental health programs. Supervise, review and evaluate the work of
physicians in the provision of medical services in mental health programs. Evaluate
medical policies, programs and procedures and develop improvements.
Thorough knowledge of:
planning, mental health and/or substance abuse administration and
or more of the following fields: psychiatry, rehabilitation, psychology,
social work, or psychiatric nursing or marriage /family therapy.
of supervision and personnel management.
Working knowledge of:
concepts and services of local community mental health and substance abuse
interrelationships of services provided by local public and private mental
health agencies and organizations.
principles of the various mental health disciplines and clinical care.
and Federal mandates for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
For incumbents who are psychiatrists,
the above, and:
Thorough knowledge of:
principles and methods of psychiatry.
uses and effects of medication in psychiatric and related conditions.
developments in the field of psychiatry.
organize and direct the activities of a large staff working in varied
mental health and substance abuse programs.
initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment in solving difficult administration
and personnel problems.
and apply complex regulations, laws and directives.
mental health and substance abuse programs and develop revised or new
programs as necessary to meet the needs of the community.
ideas effectively in oral and written form.
functions and maintain effective relationships with other divisions,
departments, agencies and organizations.
and relate to others the aims, concepts and principles of mental health
and substance abuse programs.
Education and Experience:
In accordance with California Code of
Regulations, Title 9, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 620 the local
Director of Mental Health Services shall be one of the following:
physician and surgeon licensed in the State of California showing evidence
of having completed the required course of graduate psychiatric education
as defined in Section 623 to be supplemented by an additional period of
two years of training or practice limited to the field of psychiatry, one
year of which shall have been administrative experience.
psychologist who shall be licensed in the State of California and shall
possess a doctorate degree in psychology from an institution of higher
education. In addition, the psychologist shall have had at least three
years of acceptable clinical psychology experience, two years of which
shall be administrative experience.
clinical social worker who shall possess a masters degree in social work
or higher and shall be a licensed clinical social worker under provisions
of the California Business and Professions Code and shall have had at
least five years mental health experience, two years of which shall have
been administrative experience.
marriage, family, and child counselor who shall have a masters degree in
an approved behavioral science course of study, and who shall be a
licensed marriage, family, and child counselor and have received specific
instruction, or its equivalent as required for licensure on January 1,
1981. In addition, the marriage, family, and child counselor shall have
had at least five years of mental health experience, two years of which
shall have been administrative experience. Note: equivalent experience may
include demonstrated experience in assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and
counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment of premarital, marriage,
family, and child relationship dysfunctions.
nurse who shall possess a masters degree in psychiatric or public health
nursing and shall be licensed as a registered nurse by the Board of
Registered Nursing in the State of California, and shall have had at least
five years mental health experience, two of which shall have been
administrative experience. Additional post-baccalaureate experience in a
mental health setting may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the
administrator who shall have a masters degree in hospital administration,
public health administration, or public administration from an accredited
college or university, and who shall have at least three years experience
in hospital or health care administration, two of which shall have been in
the mental health field. Additional qualifying experience may be
substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis with
approval of the Department of Mental Health. Note: For recruitment
purposes, additional qualifying experience must be approved in advance and
in writing, by the State Department of Mental Health and submitted along
with the standard application packet as announced on the job announcement.
Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or
the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the
NOTE: See Education and Experience requirements
above for additional required licenses. Out of state applicants are encouraged
to apply. California licensure (as indicated above) is required at time of
Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.
Special Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule including
evenings, weekends and holidays.
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 06
EEOC Job Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 61
Workers Comp Code: 0290