DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Job Specifications

 

Class Code:

PR8

Analyst: MM/CE

MM, NP

Date Originated:

11/82 

Dates Revised:

05/00, 3/12, 2/13, 10/22 

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

DEFINITION

Under general direction to administer and coordinate the County's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services System of Care, Specialty Mental Health and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (ODS) Medi-Cal carve out, contracts with local non-profits and for-profit organizations for the delivery of services, †and contracts with State Department of Health Care Services; and to do  related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This single position class reports to the Health Services Administrator or designee and is responsible for directing the Behavioral Health Division of the Health Services Agency.

TYPICAL TASKS

Plan, organize and direct through subordinate supervisors the work of staff engaged in a variety of countywide mental health and substance abuse program activities. Ongoing evaluation of community mental health and substance abuse services, policies, procedures, system gaps, strengths and areas needing improvement as part of an ongoing continuous quality improvement process and ensure that recommendations for improvements are implemented. Supervise program evaluation and assessment of community needs including strategic planning efforts, and a broad based stakeholder engagement process to ensure provider, consumer and family input into policy and future funding decisions. Preparation and submission of an annual budget for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. Monitor contract and programmatic revenues and expenditures to ensure the Division is achieving the required budget targets. †Collaborate with the staff of other divisions, departments, and agencies in the development of program planning initiatives and timely resolution of administrative problems. Ensure full compliance with federal, state and local standards and that regulations are effectively implemented. Oversee Medi-Cal managed care responsibility for the County, including oversight of the annual external quality review organization, mental health and substance use disorders audit, and implementation of the recommendations from that review process. Present to the Board of Supervisors and State agencies. Represent the Behavioral Health Division at State and public stakeholder meetings. Support and collaborate with the Santa Cruz County Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) and Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee regarding community needs and service priorities, including an annual review of the budget and input from the MHAB on budgetary priorities. Direct work with contract provider executive staff to review performance and identify areas of need to ensure timely resolution of critical issues as they emerge. Select, assign, train and evaluate the performance of subordinate managers. Attend meetings and conferences. Prepare and present analytical reports and correspondence to support the Behavioral Health Division and Health Services Agency.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge:

Thorough knowledge of:



Working knowledge of:



For incumbents who are psychiatrists, the above, and:

Thorough knowledge of:



Ability to:



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:

  1. A 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.
  2. A 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.
  3. A clinical social worker who shall possess a Masterís 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.
  4. A marriage, family, and child counselor who shall have a Masterís 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.
  5. A nurse who shall possess a Masterís 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 educational requirements.
  6. An administrator who shall have a Masterís degree in hospital administration, public health administration, or public administration from an accredited college or university, and who shall have at least three yearsí 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 Health Care Services. 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.



Special Requirements/Conditions:



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 appointment.



PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 06
EEOC Job Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 61
Workers Comp Code: 0290