Job: Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Mental Health Program Specialist (Open & Promotional)

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Job Title:Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Mental Health Program Specialist (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 07/18/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Salary:$39.18 - $48.97 Hourly
$3,134.40 - $3,917.60 Biweekly
$6,791.20 - $8,488.13 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on July 13, 2017 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be July 18, 2017. 
**Please note:  This position has been filled.

The County of San Mateo's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Division is seeking a well-qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Mental Health Program Specialist.  This position will partner with a specialized Sheriff's Detective as the members of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) to pro-actively prevent and reduce violent episodes in the community between individuals with mental illness, law enforcement and the public; work in the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County including North Fair Oaks, West Menlo Park, the Coastside as well as the contract cities of Woodside, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Millbrae, Half Moon Bay, and the SamTrans and Caltrain transit systems; and will be located at a Sheriff's Office facility.  If this pilot program is successful it may expand to include the entire county.

The PERT Mental Health Program Specialist will provide consultation to law enforcement officers and other First Responders in the field in order to develop solutions, prevent and resolve conflict, obtain client information, access resources and assure follow-up to necessary services, reducing or preventing hospitalization, incarceration and tragic outcomes for individuals with mental illness; and engage individuals' family members/significant others, FAST Team and other clinical staff as indicated, to pro-actively prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, incarcerations and violent episodes. The individual will also supervise other members of the team as needed.

The Team will conduct a field assessment of the individual experiencing a crisis or an individual whose mental illness has resulted in contact with law enforcement, determine if the individual is known to BHRS and if so will enlist support from other clinical staff, providing earlier intervention and facilitating alternative referrals to therapeutic community resources. The assessment will allow this clinician to determine factors contributing to the crisis or incident which might include such factors as medication non-compliance, co-occurring substance use, untreated physical illness, untreated trauma and psychosocial stress arising from homelessness, poverty, and/or family issues.  Threats to public safety will be of particular concern.

The PERT Mental Health Program Specialist will provide technical assistance and training to law enforcement and other First Responders that may include expanding and enhancing the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Academy; and act as liaison with the multidisciplinary Field Crisis Consultation Committee. The Team will provide post event debriefing, linking the CIT participants, to follow-up consultation and resources leading to more effective solutions aimed at helping law enforcement and the public to begin to understand the complexities of successfully intervening with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation.

The ideal candidate for this position will have:
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working directly with individuals living with a mental illness and providing crisis response/intervention services.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Crisis Management and/or Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement regarding individuals with mental illness and their families.
  • Experience and comfort working closely with law enforcement personnel.
  • Knowledge of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services resources.
  • Experience with field-based assessments for individuals living with mental illness, untreated trauma and other co-occurring substance use and/or medical issues
  • Familiarity with medication compliance issues.
  • Working knowledge of co-occurring substance use treatment, Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction techniques.
  • Sensitivity to psychosocial stressors arising from homelessness, poverty and/or family issues.
  • Experience supervising the work of others on a team providing clinical services.
  • Experience serving culturally diverse clients; providing culturally appropriate services; and providing services using bilingual skills, if applicable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is preferred.
NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Licensure/Certification:  California license as one of the following:  1) Clinical Social Worker; 2) Marriage and Family Therapist; 3) Clinical Psychologist; or 4) Registered Nurse.

Education and ExperienceAny 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; and 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; and supervise and train interdisciplinary subordinates.
Anyone may apply.  Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County employees 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 will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. A supplemental application questionnaire must be submitted in addition to the standard San Mateo County employment application. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.  This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) that involves the evaluation of relevant training and experience as demonstrated in candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions.  Candidates who pass the application screening are invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Only those applicants whose education and experience most closely match the needs of the department will be invited to the oral interview. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

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.
Final Filing Date:  July 18, 2017
The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (071816) (Mental Health Program Specialist - G081)


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