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Behavioral Wellness Team Supervisor-Practitioner

Company: Santa Barbara County, CA
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Description

NOTE: If you applied to this position on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 before 4:59 PM PST your application is still under consideration for the position and you do not need to re-apply.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. For first consideration, apply by January 22, 2021.

BENEFITS OVERVIEW!

  • Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.
  • Holidays: 12 days per year.
  • Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement.
  • Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium.
  • On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 15.
  • Bilingual allowance when applicable.

For more information on County of Santa Barbara benefits click on the Benefits Tab above or visit: http://www.countyofsb.org/hr/employee-relations/compensation-summary/seiu-local-620.sbc.

Applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate

We are accepting applications to fill one full-time vacancy for a Team Supervisor-Practitioner in Santa Barbara for the Behavioral Wellness Department.

We are also accepting applications to establish one employment list to fill full-time and part-time vacancies at All Locations for the Behavioral Wellness Department. Separate lists for

different locations will not be established. Therefore, you must check "All Locations" on the application and must be willing to accept an assignment at any location. The selected candidate may need to travel between different sites within Santa Barbara County. The operational area may include: Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Mara, and Santa Ynez.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:

The County of Santa Barbara's Department of Behavioral Wellness 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. Behavioral Wellness also provides substance use disorder treatment services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. 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 that are guided by measurable client-specific outcomes. Behavioral Wellness annually provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to approximately 9,800 clients (3,000 children/adolescents and 6,900 adults) with mental illness and 4,500 clients with substance use disorders. For more information, please visit: www.countyofsb.org/behavioral-wellness

THE POSITION:

The candidate selected for this position will, under direction of program managers in the Behavioral Wellness Department, provides administrative supervision and, within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, clinical supervision, for a team providing assessment, treatment, and rehabilitative services to individuals with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring conditions; provides treatment services directly to clients, supervises the staff and daily operations of an administrative/prevention services or treatment services unit; administers and coordinates intern and/or staff training and development programs; provides professional consultation services to local communities, agencies, coalitions, and contract service providers; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a working supervisory classification in which incumbents typically provide services to clients as part of their team and in addition assign, coordinate, and review the work of other team members. Incumbents may work in any Behavioral Wellness division. Depending on their licensure and/or area(s) of expertise and in conjunction with program managers, incumbents also provide supervision of clinical

assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation services and/or administration and coordination of workforce-building efforts. This classification is distinguished from Behavioral Wellness program managers by the latter's responsibility for managing all activities associated with assigned clinics or programs, including budget

preparation and monitoring, providing overall program direction and oversight, and coordinating program components with other departmental functions and managers and with services provided by other County departments and outside agencies.

Incumbents in this class work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related programs, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.

Program Options: This is a working supervisory classification with four distinct areas of focus: Children Services Program, Crisis Services, Forensic Services - Adults and Adult Outpatient Services. Candidates may select and/or be assigned to one of the following programs per the needs of the department:

  • Adult Services
  • Children's Services
  • Crisis and Triage Services
  • Forensic Services - Adults
  • Juvenile Justice MH
  • Homeless Services
  • Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)
  • Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF)
  • The ACT Model Program
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Services

NOTE: For program details refer to the supplemental questionnaire.

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Have knowledge of principles and practices of supervision and performance management.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication.
  • Work with clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Have proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Have experience with electronic health records.
  • Have the ability to read, write, converse fluently in English and Spanish.
  • Have experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program.
  • Have experience in alcohol and drug assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALTY

  • Evaluates new cases to identify placement on a continuum of low-acuity cases to high-acuity cases and assigns clients to staff accordingly; coordinates services within the treatment team; reviews staff charts and cases to ensure effectiveness of treatment plans; oversees case discussion and review; ensures that staff comply with departmental policies and procedures governing treatment and rehabilitation services and that staff employ best practices within the System of Care framework.
  • Provides direct services, which may include direct clinical assessment, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation and medication services, within the scope of licensure and professional expertise; provides collateral consultation to partner agencies and/or family members involved in the client's life; prepares case reports.
  • Within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, provides clinical oversight of treatment team members, including supervision of assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic treatment, and rehabilitation services by Behavioral Wellness professionals; ensures that staff members are informed of and in compliance with the department's policies and procedures for delivering clinical services.
  • Confers with Behavioral Wellness Program Managers concerning worksite problems and System of Care issues; identifies potential and actual program and operational problems and assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to resolve them; acts as a liaison between employees and management, including defining and advocating organizational goals and policies to employees and passing employees' views to management; represents Program Managers at meetings and performs site management duties when assigned or in the Program Manager's absence.
  • In conjunction with Behavioral Wellness Program Managers, interviews and selects candidates for hire, promotion, or reassignment; sets employee performance standards including standards in clinical areas within the scope of licensure and professional expertise; communicates expectations and ensures staff compliance; evaluates and documents employee performance; takes minor disciplinary measures, such as issuing warnings and reprimands, and recommends actions to Program Managers in more serious cases.
  • Compiles and prepares statistics on clients served; ensures that proper documentation is kept and that charts are complete to maximize revenue from billing; identifies training needs and provides or arranges training for staff in program policies and procedures; prepares correspondence to clients; tracks participation of staff in training necessary for continued licensure or to ensure staff members remain current with the department's administrative and program policies and procedures.
  • Within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, may develop and provide site intern training programs and supervise interns for licensure.

Examples of Duties

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALTY

  • Evaluates new cases to identify placement on a continuum of low-acuity cases to high-acuity cases and assigns clients to staff accordingly; coordinates services within the treatment team; reviews staff charts and cases to ensure effectiveness of treatment plans; oversees case discussion and review; ensures that staff comply with departmental policies and procedures governing treatment and rehabilitation services and that staff employ best practices within the System of Care framework.
  • Provides direct services, which may include direct clinical assessment, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation and medication services, within the scope of licensure and professional expertise; provides collateral consultation to partner agencies and/or family members involved in the client's life; prepares case reports.
  • Within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, provides clinical oversight of treatment team members, including supervision of assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic treatment, and rehabilitation services by Behavioral Wellness professionals; ensures that staff members are informed of and in compliance with the department's policies and procedures for delivering clinical services.
  • Confers with Behavioral Wellness Program Managers concerning worksite problems and System of Care issues; identifies potential and actual program and operational problems and assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to resolve them; acts as a liaison between employees and management, including defining and advocating organizational goals and policies to employees and passing employees' views to management; represents Program Managers at meetings and performs site management duties when assigned or in the Program Manager's absence.
  • In conjunction with Behavioral Wellness Program Managers, interviews and selects candidates for hire, promotion, or reassignment; sets employee performance standards including standards in clinical areas within the scope of licensure and professional expertise; communicates expectations and ensures staff compliance; evaluates and documents employee performance; takes minor disciplinary measures, such as issuing warnings and reprimands, and recommends actions to Program Managers in more serious cases.
  • Compiles and prepares statistics on clients served; ensures that proper documentation is kept and that charts are complete to maximize revenue from billing; identifies training needs and provides or arranges training for staff in program policies and procedures; prepares correspondence to clients; tracks participation of staff in training necessary for continued licensure or to ensure staff members remain current with the department's administrative and program policies and procedures.
  • Within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, may develop and provide site intern training programs and supervise interns for licensure.

Employment Standards

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must provide detailed information on their application to demonstrate how they meet the employment standards (minimum qualifications) listed below:

Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, AND

  • Two (2) years of post-licensure, journey-level experience performing duties equivalent to a Behavioral Wellness Practitioner II with Santa Barbara County that included lead work or responsibility for coordinating treatment services provided by staff.

Additional requirements for LPCC: a minimum of (6) hours of continuing education (CE) specific to marriage and family therapy during each license renewal cycle.

Equivalent Combinations:

Applicants for Clinical Psychologist, Practitioner, Masters Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse, or Psychiatric Technician Team Supervisor must possess the appropriate license stated above. However, combinations of training, education, and experience that provide the required knowledge and abilities will be considered for their equivalence to the stated experience requirement.

Professional Licensure: Applicants must possess licensure in their profession from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences at the time of application. Interested professionals possessing out-of-state licensure are encouraged to obtain an MFT Intern, Associate CSW Registration, or Professional Clinical Counselor Interns (PCC), from the California Board of Behavioral sciences and apply for Behavioral Wellness Practitioner Intern.

Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid California Class C driver's license is required at the time of appointment. Employees may be required to use their personal vehicle for work-related travel.

Knowledge of: training practices; standard English grammar and usage; and, at a level appropriate to the scope of licensure and professional expertise, knowledge of medications and pharmacology; current mental health assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation modalities; treatment of co-occurring conditions; State Medi-Cal regulations, e.g., rehabilitation option and managed care; California laws and regulations pertaining to the mental health patients' rights program; System of Care approaches to mental health care; principles and practices of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with mental and emotional disorders; current developments in the field of mental health treatment, clinical case management, and treatment protocols for licensed and unlicensed staff; community resources available to and needed by the mentally ill and their families; professional standards of conduct; Medicare and Medi-Cal billing procedures.

Ability to: interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies; plan, organize, and prioritize the work of self and others; assign work, delegate responsibility, and coordinate work assignments; motivate and work effectively with subordinates from a variety of professions; evaluate job performance of staff and provide constructive feedback; gather, organize, and analyze data to make decisions, under pressure and within deadlines; foresee the likely advantages and disadvantages of decisions; accept responsibility for decisions; learn department's policies and procedures related to employee supervision, training and evaluation; establish and maintain records of the type and quality of clinical treatment services provided by staff; prepare complete and accurate narrative reports and a variety of written documents such as correspondence, policies and procedures, and performance evaluations; present information in an organized and comprehensible manner; develop practical solutions to problems; remain poised while dealing with pressure exerted by others; defuse hostile or stressful situations; employ creativity in resolving problems; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; maintain confidentiality of information; implement the philosophy of professional assault response training (PART). Supplemental Information

  • Fingerprinting for the purpose of a criminal record check as authorized by Section 16501 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code and Section 11105.3 of the California Penal Code may be required for some positions.
  • Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background investigation.

APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS:

  • Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Candidates' response to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven (11) qualified candidates.

Applicants must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire 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 written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

Recruiters will communicate with applicant by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines. The County of Santa Barbara will not release any applicant's email address to a third party.

REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.

The County of Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) who believes a diverse workforce is vital to upholding its mission. Recruiting efforts are designed to find, hire and retain top talent of various background and, experiences. We believe a diverse workgroup promotes productivity and cultural acceptance where differences are embraced and encouraged.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications received by January 22, at 4:59 PM PST will receive first consideration. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com.

Roderick Wells, Behavioral Wellness Recruiting Manager, rwells@sbcbwell.org.

Keywords: Santa Barbara County, CA, Santa Barbara , Behavioral Wellness Team Supervisor-Practitioner, Other , Santa Barbara, California

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