County of Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA

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We are accepting applications to fill Psychiatrist positions in Santa Barbara at the Children’s Program and in Lompoc at the Lompoc Adult Outpatient Clinic. We are also anticipating future vacancies in Santa Maria in the Children’s Program and in the Transition Age Youth program. Bilingual Spanish speaking skills are required for the Santa Maria Children’s Clinic. The current vacancies are for Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services Department.
The on-call rotation is one weekend every three months.
Ability to speak fluently in English and Spanish is highly desirable. In addition to the great salary, you are eligible for additional allowances:
1. A bi-weekly bilingual allowance of $25.38 (when applicable). This allowance will be pro-rated for part time positions.
2. A 5% special duty allowance when assigned to the Psychiatric Health Facility or North County positions in Lompoc and Santa Maria.

The Department:
The Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services (ADMHS) provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to approximately 7,600 clients with mental illness and 4,500 clients with substance use disorders annually. Our Mission is to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals, families and communities by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services. Click here to view the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services web site.

The Position:
Under direction, but with independent responsibility for professional results, provides psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic services in a mental health clinic and/or inpatient psychiatric facility; and performs related duties as required.
Mental Health Programs

The Department is responsible for ensuring the provision of mental health services mandated by the State of California for children with serious emotional disturbance, adults with serious mental illness and all Medi-Cal beneficiaries with specialty mental health needs.

ADMHS Adult Mental Health Services Sites (Clinics) provide specialty mental health services to adults. Based in Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara, the clinics serve clients with serious mental illness and associated life impairments. The current opening at the Lompoc site is for a full time position.

The current opening at the Santa Barbara Children's site is for a full time position and includes providing services to the following programs:

Children’s Mental Health Services Clinics - provide mental health services to children, young adults and their families. Based in Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara, clinics serve clients with serious emotional or behavioral disorders.

Prevention/Early Intervention Services for Transition-Age Youth Program - provides early screening and treatment services for individuals experiencing the onset of a psychotic illness and/or those diagnosed with psychosis or other serious mental illness within the past 12 months. The program also provides outreach and education to the community by developing networks with those who can serve as “early identifiers."

New Heights Program - assists transition-age youth in making the successful transition into adulthood by offering an array of recovery-focused services, including mental health treatment, employment and education support and referrals, socialization support, and linkage to other service providers and community resources .
SPIRIT Program is a “Wraparound” program that provides a family-focused, strength-based, individualized service to help children and their families meet needs through natural community supports or through the mental health system of care. SPIRIT staff ensure that care is available 24/7 to keep youth and families stable and safe.

Examples of Duties:
1. Conducts psychiatric examinations
2. Makes diagnoses and prescribes therapy
3. Conducts individual and group psychotherapy
4. Administers and interprets projective tests
5. Participates in staff conferences recommending appropriate treatment approaches
6. Assists in developing and organizing a program of clinic treatment
7. May direct case conferences
8. May serve as a consultant to other clinic staff
9. Confers with patient's relatives regarding illness and treatment
10. Assists through consultation in establishing psychiatric programs and policies
11. Cooperates with other public health and hospital personnel
12. Keeps medical records and prepares psychiatric reports
13. Testifies to the Superior Court on matters concerning petitions and affidavits

Employment Standards:
Completion of a residency training program in psychiatry AND possession of a valid license as a physician and surgeon issued by the State of California. Initial acceptance may be based on licensure as a physician and surgeon in another state; licensure as a physician and surgeon in California is required prior to appointment.
Additional Qualifications : Employees must obtain their Board Certification in Psychiatry within five years of employment.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.
Knowledge of: General medicine and psychiatry; current developments in the field of psychiatry; and hospital and clinic organization, management, and procedures.
Ability to: Skillfully diagnose and treat severely and persistently mentally ill patients; analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action; prepare records and reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and maintain objectivity and confidentiality.
Additional Requirement for the position in the psychiatric facility: Incumbents will be required to acquire training in Management of Assaultive Behavior (MAB) or a related crisis prevention course within the first six months of employment.
Additional Qualifications : The ability to converse fluently in English and Spanish is desired for this position. Note : If you indicated on your application that you are bilingual, Human Resources will place you on the employment list for a job requiring bilingual skills. Hiring departments may test you on your fluency.

Supplemental Information:
1. Review applications to determine those candidates who meet the employment standards.
2. Application Ranking. Applications that meet the employment standards will be evaluated and scored. Candidates’ final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by the information provided on their application.
Applicants must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the Application Ranking examination to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list. The Human Resources Department will notify you by mail if your name is removed.

  • Computerized Competency Assessment . Once an applicant is placed on the employment list an email will be sent to providing information to complete a computerized competency assessment.
  • Background Investigation : Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background investigation. You must clear a Live Scan to work at a locked facility.
  • Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period.
For a summary of benefits visit:
The position may be filled at any time during the recruitment period and the recruitment will close without further notice.
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open until filled . Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at In Santa Barbara, applications and job bulletins may be obtained at the Human Resources Department, 1226 Anacapa Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In Santa Maria, applications and job bulletins can be obtained on-line only at the Workforce Resource Center located at 1410 S. Broadway, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified men and women of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and races.
HR Recruiter: Lyndi Swanson (805) 681-4011

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