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ADMHS Practitioner I

Salary: $23.89-$29.17 hourly / $4,156-$5,074 monthly / Range: 5696

DEFINITION: Under direction, assesses, diagnoses, counsels, and provides psychotherapeutic treatment, rehabilitation, and care coordination for seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and seriously and persistently mentally ill adults; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is the entry-level class for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). Incumbents provide professional mental health services. This class is distinguished from Mental Health Practitioner II in that the latter is assigned more complex and/or difficult cases. ADMHS assigns staff in this classification based on employee licensure and clients' needs for services.


  1. Interviews potential clients to assess needs for mental health services or referral elsewhere; counsels or provides psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals, couples, or members of a family to assist them in achieving productive social adjustments, reducing the impact of disabling disorders, and facilitating their achievement of living, vocational, recreational, and interpersonal goals.
  2. Documents clinical activity presenting diagnostic and interview findings, clinical evaluations, and recommendations; as a member of an interdisciplinary team, reviews diagnosis and treatment plans of clinic staff; may act as a case manager by coordinating services for clients to assure continuity of care and to assure that clients receive appropriate types of service.
  3. Provides crisis counseling in the field and in the office for individuals experiencing acute episodes; evaluates patients and arranges for voluntary or involuntary admission to facilities for observation and treatment.
  4. Confers with and advises clients' relatives to secure their understanding of and cooperation in treatment and rehabilitation programs.
  5. Cooperates and works with other agencies and practitioners regarding mutual clientele.
  6. Educates clients and their families regarding their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and rehabilitation process.
  7. Manages the care of clients by assessing and referring them to public and private providers and monitoring their progress.
  8. Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health care, benefits and entitlements, and to learn basic living skills.
  9. Participates in quality assurance and program evaluation studies.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

Initial appointment may be based on licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), or equivalent in another state; California licensure is required within 2 years of appointment, as a condition of continued employment.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions.

Working knowledge of: assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment of marriage, family, and child relationship dysfunctions; methods of developing and implementing a treatment plan; human service delivery system; current trends in the field of mental health; laws and regulations applicable to mental health; and basic math.

Ability to: perform effective counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with clients' families, members of other professional disciplines, social service agencies, and co-workers; relate professionally with persons with serious mental disorders; identify and utilize community resources; prepare and present clear and concise oral and written reports.

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