Job: Mental Health Program Specialist - Youth Services Center (Department Promotional Only)

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Pay: $83,948.80 to $104,915.20/year

Salary : $40.36 - $50.44 Hourly $6,995.73 - $8,742.93 Monthly $83,948.80 - $104,915.20 Annually

Posted: 05/11/2018

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: 2075134

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Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Mental Health Program Specialist - Youth Services Center (Department Promotional Only)
Closing Date/Time:Fri. 05/25/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$40.36 - $50.44 Hourly
$6,995.73 - $8,742.93 Monthly
$83,948.80 - $104,915.20 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The County of San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Mental Health Program Specialist - Youth Services Center: Camp Glenwood & Camp Kemp.  Under the direction of the Youth Services Center (YSC)-Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Unit Supervisor the Camp Program Specialist will coordinate and supervise the Camp Glenwood and Camp Kemp teams which include a small staff of professionals:
Camp Glenwood is a residential camp for male wards of the court.  It is a minimum-security detention facility located in La Honda designed to serve a maximum of thirty boys.  Camp Glenwood serves youth between 14-18 years of age.  Camp Glenwood provides a structured residential setting with services addressing the issues around education, behavior, family, substance abuse, and gangs. The team consists of one full-time Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, one part-time Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, one part-time Associate Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist, and one part-time PhD/PsyD Trainee.
Camp Kemp is a gender responsive residential camp for female wards of the court.  Camp Kemp is designed to serve a maximum of 15 girls.  The Girls Empowerment Program (GEP) is a hybrid program of Camp Kemp comprised of out-of-custody girls.  Camp Kemp and Girls Empowerment Program serve girls between 14-18 years of age who participate in the same gender responsive therapeutic programming addressing education, behavior, family, substance abuse, and gangs.  The team consists of one full-time Associate Clinical Social Worker and one part-time Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee.
The Mental Health Program Specialist will assist in the oversight of the services delivery at these two Camps; reports to a Supervising Mental Health Clinician; and performs related duties as assigned.

The current vacancy is full time, regular with benefits.

Other duties include but are not limited to
  • Supervising staff which may include any of the following:  clinicians, family partners, and trainees;
  • Providing leadership in conducting a peer chart review program;
  • Standing in for Unit Supervisor in department and community meetings;
  • Assisting Unit Supervisor in devising and implementing clinic procedures;
  • Carrying a partial caseload;
  • Conducting outreach to under-served communities; and
  • Networking/collaborating with community-based organizations, schools and other partners. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications: 
  • Experience working with culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of and experience providing trauma informed services for both mental health and substance use/abuse treatment services in a clinical setting.
  • Knowledge of Recovery Model, Evidenced Based Practices, and current best practices in the fields of addiction treatment and mental health and co-occurring mental illness and substance use.
  • Ability to communicate well in groups or community settings and successfully build relationships with partners.
  • Flexibility in job assignments and able to work among line clinical, administrative staff, consultants and management.
  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to work within multiple systems promoting change, while managing many levels of detail in implementation.
  • Competence in supervising multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural staff and assisting with an internship training program.
  • Ability to provide leadership to negotiate and solve complex problems, and resolve conflict.
  • Fluency in another language is a plus, but not required.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Establish and maintain program procedures which are consistent with Federal, State and local laws governing mental health services;
  • Coordinate assigned program activities with services provided by and responsibilities of the Division's Regional clinics, private service providers, schools, state institutions and other public or community agencies;
  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly clinical case staff meetings with the BHRS Camp Glenwood team and the BHRS Camp Kemp team;
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings at Camp Glenwood and Camp Kemp;
  • Evaluate employee performance of subordinates assigned to Camp Glenwood and Camp Kemp;
  • Provide clinical consultation to the YSC team as needed and to various agencies an ongoing basis utilizing trauma informed principles;
  • Maintain one to two individual or family cases;
  • Provide leadership in conducting Quality Assurance support to clinicians adhering to documentation guidelines;
  • Assist Unit Supervisor in developing and implementing procedures, program development, quality improvement and quality management protocols;
  • Network/collaborate with community based organizations and other partners;
  • Maintain link to BHRS/Health System by attending and participating in team, staff and youth leadership meetings;
  • Perform administrative tasks in the absence of the Unit Supervisor; and
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Departmental Promotional Only. Only current San Mateo County employees in the Health System with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a regular, probationary, or extra-help classified position prior to the final filing date may apply.

Licensure/Certification: California license as one of the following: 1) Clinical Social Worker; 2) Marriage and Family Therapist; or 3) Clinical Psychologist.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is three years of experience as a Mental Health professional.

Knowledge of:
  • Basic program management techniques and practices.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics.
  • Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Current principles and practices of psychiatric casework.
  • Human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources.
  • Various methods used in individual and group therapies such as role playing, play, art and milieu.
  • Methods and techniques used in mental health education.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Prepare grant proposals and written reports.
  • Set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment.
  • Evaluate patients/clients degree of mental disability or emotional distress.
  • Supervise and train interdisciplinary subordinates.

Departmental Promotional Only. Only current San Mateo County employees in the Health System with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date may apply. 

A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form.  The examination will consist of an interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application documents. Because of this screening process, all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Application Filing Deadline:  May 25, 2018
Screening:  May 29, 2018
Panel Interviews:  June 7, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.  The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact:  Carolyn Burns (051118) (Mental Health Program Specialist - G081)


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