Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$6,468.80 - $8,086.00 Monthly
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Correctional Health Services
Job Number

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on December 3, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The County of San Mateo Health System is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II-Correctional Health.

There is currently one regular vacancy in Correctional Health Services.  The position works in the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Maple Street Correctional Center, both located in Redwood City. Position includes weekend and evening shifts.

These clinician's primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide clinical mental health services to inmates with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders
  • Work closely with the Behavioral Health Pod Team and to assist with placement into and with the transition out of the Behavioral Health Pod while in-custody
  • Work closely with community behavioral health services, parole, probation, parole and the courts to assess inmates and assist with placement into wrap around services in the community
  • Assess mental health needs and formulate treatment plans
  • Triage and provide crises intervention
  • Facilitate psycho-education/psychotherapeutic groups with an emphasis on teaching emotional regulation skills and communication
  • Provide clinical case management and referrals to treatment programs and community-based services when appropriate
  • Exercise good judgment and tact when interacting with inmate patients and other service providers
  • Relate and communicate effectively with inmate patients and others from the diverse multi-cultural community served
  • Function as a team member in a multi-disciplinary work setting
  • Work independently
  • Collaborate with Sheriff's Office staff to manage inmate patients' daily activities
  • Work with various professionals involved with the court system, including probation officers, attorneys, case managers and other treatment providers, and develop treatment plans for seriously mentally ill inmates
  • Report to and receive clinical supervision from a clinical supervisor
The ideal candidate will have:
  • A license as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Experience working in a correctional facility;
  • Experience providing case management services for an inmate population;
  • Demonstrated ability in providing clinical mental health services to an adult population with serious mental illness or co-occurring disorders of serious mental illness and substance use disorder; and
  • Working with a diverse multi-disciplinary team and inmate population.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.

PSW/MFT I:  $5,767 - $7,209/month
PSW/MFT II:  $6,469 - $8,086/month

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.  Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan. 



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.

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

Security Clearance: This position requires that the applicant obtain and maintain a security clearance as a condition of employment.

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 philosophy, principles, and practices for services to clients with emotional disturbance or serious mental illness; individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to children or adults; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; personality development from infancy through adulthood; human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources.

Skill/Ability to: Provide treatment to children, adolescents or adults with various mental health disabilities ranging from emotional disturbance or serious mental illness to dysfunctional behavior patterns, including victims of sexual or physical abuse; set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate the degree of mental disability or emotional distress of patients/clients; provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations; work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.


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. 

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.

Responses to the supplemental questions 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 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.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date:  Continuous

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (111618) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G035/G040/G120/G121)

Application Instructions

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