Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$83,948.80 - $104,915.20 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Job Number
9/28/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on September 14, 2018 to extend the closing date. Final Closing Date will be September 28, 2018.

The San Mateo County Health System is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Program Specialist - Forensic Team - Youth Services Center in Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).  The Youth Services Center (YSC) BHRS Unit provides mental health related services to youth involved with the Juvenile Probation Department, the teams of this unit aim to reduce and help prevent criminal recidivism in addition to unnecessary out-of-home placements.  The Forensic Team at the Youth Services Center coordinates crisis response and short-term interventions for youth experiencing acute psychiatric and/or psychosocial crises.

Youth Services Center - Forensic Team (YSC)
Supervises clinical forensic staff and students and provides the oversight and provision of direct clinical services to youth within the Juvenile Hall; coordinates the YSC intern program; and collaborates with Juvenile Institutions and Court.  This Forensic Team Program Specialist reports to the YSC Supervising Mental Health Clinician; will carry a small case load; and performs related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
  • Have two years of providing clinical supervision to mental health staff and/or interns.
  • Knowledge of and experience providing trauma informed care.
  • Proficiency in providing both mental health and substance use treatment services in a clinical setting.
  • Knowledge of current best practices in the fields of addiction treatment and mental health regarding co-occurring substance use and mental illness.
  • Ability to communicate well in large public groups and oversee the work product of a large number of individuals implementing program-based quality improvement activities.
  • Flexibility in job assignments and able to work among line clinical and administrative staff, consultants and management.
  • Strong organizational skills, with an ability to work with the "big picture" of systems change, while managing many levels of detail in implementation.
  • Ability to provide leadership and promote quality improvement process, as well as an ability to negotiate, solve complex problems, and resolve conflict.

The current vacancy is with the BHRS Forensic Team located at the Youth Services Center, 222 Paul Scannell Drive, San Mateo.

NOTE:  The list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Practicum Student Training Coordinator-Responsible for annual recruitment of a 6-9 Doctoral students, and recruitment of 1 Master level student.  This includes ongoing collaboration with their respective universities.
  • Supervise staff and students assigned to the Forensic Team.
  • Demonstrate youth experience in the areas of: emotional disturbances, histories of complex trauma, disrupted attachment, substance abuse/dependence, LGBTQ youth, and Commercially Sexually Exploited Children.
  • Facilitate morning briefings and Forensic Team weekly meetings.
  • Weekly participation in three separate multi-disciplinary meeting with Juvenile Probation and Institutions.
  • Provide internal audits of assessment and treatment plan timeliness.
  • Co-supervise 2 Part-time Child/Youth Psychiatrists and 1 Psychologist.
  • Co-supervise the Court-Ordered Psychological Evaluation Program.
  • Maintain close working relations with Juvenile Institutions, Juvenile Probation, Human Services Agency, Special Education Services, Correctional Health, Contractors and Community Partners in order to maintain mental health service delivery within the Juvenile Hall.
  • Maintain statistics on:  Forensic Clinical case assignments, Psychiatrist Case assignments, YSC Clinical and Psychiatric services.
  • Assist the Unit Supervisor in outlining policies and procedures for the Forensic Team.
  • Administratively supervise staff and students for compliance of County Policy, Correctional Health Policy and Title 15 requirements.
  • Submit the Annual Forensic Team Title 15 Report and assist in the submission of the YSC-BHRS Report.
  • Submit Performance evaluations for Forensic Team staff.
  • Provide clinical supervision to practicum interns and clinical staff on an ongoing basis utilizing trauma informed principles.
  • Provide group supervision on a weekly basis for practicum interns.
  • Will carry a small case load.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


County Status:  An applicant must have been a San Mateo County employee 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.

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; 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.


Departmental Promotional Only. Only current County of San Mateo 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. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. 

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 materials. 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.

Final Filing Date: 
 September 28, 2018
Application Screening:  TBD
Panel/Department Interview:  TBD


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.

Analyst: Carolyn Burns (083118) (Mental Health Program Specialist - G081)

Application Instructions

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