Mental Health Program Specialist II
County of Santa Clara - Santa Clara, CA

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Under direction to assist the Mental Health Bureau Chief in the planning, implementation and evaluation of mental health programs and services; to perform a variety of complex health program studies in support of program objectives.

All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applications received without the completion of the supplemental questionnaire will be rejected.

Current vacancies are in the

Office of Housing and Homeless Support Services, Older Adult Behavioral Health, 24 Hour Care Program and MHSA Learning Partnership-Workforce Education & Training unit


but the list will be used for other vacancies as they become available.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Typical Tasks:
Program Planning and Evaluation Assignments:
Assists in developing plans for Mental Health Programs aimed at meeting the Mental Health Service needs on a County-wide basis;

Assists department staff in defining health programs goals and objectives;

Participates in periodic in-depth evaluation of Community Health Centers related to standard of care;

Advises Bureau Chiefs and other staff on defining, designing, developing and evaluating program services and projects;

Formulates quantitative and qualitative methodologies for assessing the operations of health programs and services;

Participates in complex studies of Bureau level policies, procedures, organizational structure, staffing, training, equipment and space requirements relative to the attainment of short and long range program objectives and major program changes;

Assists in the formulation and development of new programs;

Evaluates and recommends on the advisability of and justifications for a grant or contract request;

Participates in the planning, development and legal arrangements for grant programs;

Reviews, interprets and makes recommendations regarding proposed legislation and its effect on mental health programs;

Serves as a liaison and contact person on programs development matters between Community Health Services and governmental and private community agencies;

May have responsibility for the development of a Bureau-wide staff development training programs;

May assist in the development of County Mental Health plans.

Minority Program Assignments:
Plans, develops and provides in-service training and consultation to Bureau staff and contract agencies related to the cultural factors affecting service delivery to ethnic minorities;

Develops recommendations on a variety of mental health programs related to the improvement of services to ethnic minorities;

Maintains on-going communication channels with selected minority groups, committees and planning agencies to facilitate service delivery to minority clients;

Represents the Mental Health Bureau to community health forums and small community groups to provide health information related to minority health services.

Assignments Common to all Positions:
May function as project leader over a small number of staff;

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards:
Training and experience equivalent to the possession of a Master's degree in the behavioral sciences or nursing field from an accredited college or university, which demonstrates a basic understanding of psychiatric assessment and treatment, and administrative, supervisory or consultative experience in a Health Agency which demonstrates a thorough understanding of basic Mental Health needs and services, consultation methods, and program evaluation and planning, and possession of the knowledges and abilities listed below.

Experience Note:
This employment standard normally represents four years of increasingly responsible mental health experience, which includes treatment activities and two years of high level administrative, supervisory or consultative experience.

Knowledge of:
Program evaluation and research methods and techniques;

Principles and practices of health care management;

Methods of assessing the quality of patient care;

Current developments in the field of community mental health;

Theories of personality growth and development, diagnostic categories, normal and abnormal behavior, psychiatric treatment modes and techniques;

Cultural, socioeconomic and language factors that effect service delivery to ethnic populations as assigned;

Consultation methods and training techniques;

Current trends in Federal and State mental health programs;

Laws and regulations relating to mental health care services;

Specialized knowledge of the principles and methods of community mental health services;

Grant management concepts;

Current trends, principles and application of organization and planning concepts;

Principles of mental health education, community organization and resources in the field of mental health;

Principles of supervision.

Ability to:
Consult on clinical and administrative aspects of treatment programs;

Utilize and apply effectively the required technical knowledges;

Plan, coordinate, and evaluate clinical programs effectively;

Develop, implement and evaluate creative approaches to selected program development;

Act as project leader and coordinate evaluation projects;

Analyze problems and take or recommend appropriate action;

Evaluate and recommend on grant or contract requests;

Establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of ethnic client populations as assigned;

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with lay and medical persons, personnel of other agencies, and the general public;

Interpret mental health programs to individuals and groups;

Work under general direction in identifying the need for and developing proposed changes in program practices and policies;

Make effective oral and written presentations.

Veterans Preference Information

This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran’s), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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