Job: Psychiatric Social Worker I/II -Same Day Assistance/Primary Care Interface-Spanish Spking Required

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Job Title:Psychiatric Social Worker I/II -Same Day Assistance/Primary Care Interface-Spanish Spking Required
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 10/10/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$32.30 - $45.29 Hourly
$2,584.00 - $3,623.20 Biweekly
$5,598.67 - $7,850.27 Monthly
$67,184.00 - $94,203.20 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 2, 2017 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be October 10, 2017.

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on July 17, 2017 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The County of San Mateo Health System's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Division
is seeking a well-qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist – Same Day Assistance/Primary Care Interface – Spanish Speaking Required.  Same Day Assistance (SDA) is a county wide service provided by Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) to San Mateo County residents seeking behavioral health services. A San Mateo County resident will meet with a clinician to determine needs and will then be linked to appropriate services. This clinician will work collaboratively with the primary care clinic as a member of a multidisciplinary team which includes primary care physicians, psychiatrists, therapists and co-occurring case managers and peer workers.

The current vacancy is with the BHRS Coastside Clinic, located in Half Moon Bay, CA, but may travel to other locations within County of San Mateo to perform duties of the job (meetings, trainings or community events). The position is a regular full-time, 40-hour per week; and requires fluency in both English and Spanish. Population served represents a diverse community; and a specific focus is on providing services that meet cultural and language needs of the youth and families being served in a rural community, from Half Moon Bay to Pescadero.  This community also has a large immigrant and migrant seasonal farmworker population.

Psychiatric Social Workers/Marriage and Family Therapists on the SDA-Interface, under general supervision, provide specialized psychiatric casework counseling and brief therapy services to either children and adolescents or mild to moderate mentally ill adults; provide individual and group therapeutic counseling and case management services to clients having basic and/or severe emotional, family, and/or social adjustment problems, refer clients to the Private Provider Network and community agencies; link clients identified as severely mentally ill to BHRS regional clinics; and if qualified may supervise graduate interns.
The primary duties will include triage, mental health assessments; case management; crisis management; brief treatment (individual, family and leading groups for adults, youths and parents); and collaborating with primary care providers and outside agencies and/or schools. Clinician will also perform "Officer of the Day" and "Same Day Assistance" duties. Same Day Assistance (SDA) is a county wide service provided to San Mateo County residents seeking mental health services, a clinician will meet with the client to determine needs and will then be linked to appropriate services.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Solid clinical treatment, assessment, diagnostic and evaluation skills.
  • Experience providing brief treatment to youth and adult populations (individual, group and family treatment).
  • Experience working with youth and adult populations with emotional disturbances, history of complex trauma, disrupted attachment, substance abuse/dependence.
  • Experience with crisis assessment and triage.
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis management as well as evidence-based practices.
  • Demonstrate ability working with a broad range of clients from diverse cultures, and backgrounds, and an ability to provide culturally appropriate clinical services in both Spanish and English.
  • Experience working with undocumented youth and families.
  • Experience working in rural communities and/or migrant and seasonal farm working population.
  • Experience working collaboratively with primary care, psychiatry, and school districts.
  • Experience generating community referrals, and helping clients to connect with those community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Solid and timely documentation skills: assessments, progress notes, client care plans, discharge plans, etc.
  • Experience delivering co-occurring services to adult consumers who have mental health and substance abuse problems.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families, co-workers, other professionals, collaborative partners and the public.
  • The ability to make sound decisions based on the exercise of judgment and the consideration of all available information.
PSW I:   $5,598.56 - $6,999.07-Monthly
PSW II:  $6,279.75 - $7,850.27 Monthly

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: 
  • Provide daily in-person Same Day Assistance and triage high volume of referrals received from Primary Care and the Call Center as well as walk-ins.
  • Coordinate new admissions scheduling a SDA screening appointment and, follow up with no shows to offer a reschedule appointment.
  • Perform initial comprehensive assessments including diagnostic evaluation, risk assessment, behavioral symptoms, level of care needs, family history, and other information necessary to determine treatment needs.
  • Work collaboratively with client or family to develop appropriate treatment plans.
  • Ability to recognize signs of behavioral escalation, increasing distress and determination of appropriate interventions to mitigate them.
  • Provide brief individual, group and family counseling/therapy sessions, clinical case management, and outreach services for clients toward the fulfillment of their treatment goals and wellness and recovery.
  • Participate in developing individual and group treatment plans utilizing a variety of brief psychotherapeutic, psychosocial and psycho educational modalities.
  • Coordinate client transitions into services and discharges from treatment.
  • Complete progress notes for all services provided in client's electronic medical record according to established documentation timeline.
  • Work as a part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team. Provide consultation and education services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned. 


PSW I - current California registration as a Clinical Social Worker Associate (ASW).
MFT I - current California Registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern (IMF). Individuals hired in these classifications must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of California.

PSW-II - current California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
MFT II - current California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

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 a Master's degree in Social Work, Social Welfare or a closely related field.

Knowledge of: Current recovery model philosophy, principles, and practices for services to clients with serious mental illness; clinical case management, individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; and human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources that may address psychosocial stressors.

Skill/Ability to: Provide treatment to adults from transitional age youth to older adults with various mental disabilities ranging from serious mental illness to dysfunctional behavior patterns, including victims of sexual or physical abuse; set recovery treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate the degree of mental disability or emotional distress of patients/clients; communicate effectively orally and in writing; provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations; and work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
Open and Promotional:
Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court 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. 

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight:pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be 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 or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.  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:  October, 10 2017
Application Screening:  TBD
Combined Panel/Department Interviews:  TBD

The County of San Mateo will no longer 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.
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (062817) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G040/G035/G120/G121)

Keywords: Social Worker, Behavioral Health, Adult Mental Illness, Primary Care, Same Day Assistance, SDA


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