DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
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.
single position class reports to the Health Services Administrator or designee
and is responsible for directing the Behavioral Health Division of the Health
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
- Program planning,
mental health and/or substance abuse administration and coordination.
development and monitoring.
- High level
and detailed knowledge of best practice models for community mental health
and substance use disorder services in the community.
- One or more
of the following fields: psychiatry, rehabilitation, psychology, social
work, or psychiatric nursing or marriage /family therapy.
- Principles of
supervision and personnel management.
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.
- State and
Federal mandates for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
incumbents who are psychiatrists, the above, and:
principles and methods of psychiatry.
- The 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.
- Interpret 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.
- Express 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.
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:
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.
Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or
the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the
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.
Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.
- Other Special
Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings,
weekends and holidays.
CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 06
EEOC Job Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 61
Workers Comp Code: 0290