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Accounting Technician, Supervising

Salary: $19.19-$23.42 hourly / $3,337-$4,074 monthly / Range: 5256

DEFINITION: Under supervision, assures continuity of care for clients in a community mental health program; and performs related duties as required.

Incumbents in this class work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related problems, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.


  1. Provides care management, crisis evaluations, and evaluations for involuntary hospitalization; interviews clients to obtain pertinent information including psychiatric, social, educational, and vocational history; makes field visits to evaluate clients to determine needs for services; assists clients in obtaining suitable services such as housing, vocational rehabilitation, financial assistance, and employment; helps clients develop necessary skills for everyday living; provides transportation for clients to obtain needed services; cooperates with other agencies and professionals to coordinate services for mutual clientele.
  2. Participates in interdisciplinary team reviews for collaborative assessment and treatment planning to ensure quality care; conducts social, recreational, or occupational skill development in accordance with the treatment plan; observes and reports to licensed staff observations of client's behaviors; confers with licensed staff regarding needed services and referrals to other community agencies.
  3. Serves as a point of contact to community agencies or contract service providers when programmatic issues arise.
  4. Documents client activity according to established departmental guidelines under supervision of licensed professional staff.


  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, or other behavioral science related to the mental health field; or,
  2. completion of 30 semester units or 45 quarter units that included at least 15 semester units or 22 quarter units in psychology, sociology, social work, or other behavioral science related to the mental health field and two years of experience performing duties equivalent to ADMHS Recovery Assistant with the County of Santa Barbara; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.

Knowledge of: characteristics of emotional and mental disorders; and correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

Ability to: read, understand, and follow detailed departmental procedures and state and federal laws and regulations; learn practices of care management including evaluating needs of clients, referring clients to resources, and providing skill development for clients; learn principles of paraprofessional counseling including conflict resolution and crisis intervention; learn about resources for social, health, welfare, and related services within communities served; provide services to clients from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; elicit from and communicate information to people with psychiatric disabilities and systematically and concisely record such data using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; interview clients to obtain information for crisis intervention; communicate effectively with clients and staff; work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team; respond supportively and empathetically to people with psychiatric disabilities; maintain calm, supportive demeanor in crisis situations; and understand and follow verbal and written instructions.

Background Investigation: Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background investigation.

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