ADMHS Practitioner II
Salary: $24.99-$30.51 hourly / $4,347-$5,307 monthly /
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;
provides educational and consultation services to other staff,
community agencies, and the public; and performs related duties as
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is the
journey-level class for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). Incumbents provide the more
complex and difficult professional mental health services. Alcohol,
Drug & Mental Health Services assigns staff in this classification
based on employee licensure and clients' needs for services.
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- 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.
- 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; and 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.
- 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.
- Confers with and advises clients' relatives to secure their
understanding of and cooperation in treatment and rehabilitation
- Cooperates and works with other agencies and practitioners
regarding mutual clientele.
- Educates clients and their families regarding their diagnosis,
prognosis, treatment, and rehabilitation process.
- Manages the care of clients by assessing and referring them to
public and private providers and monitoring their progress.
- Develops and presents training programs for departmental
- Develops, conducts, and/or participates in quality assurance
and program evaluation studies.
- Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health
care, benefits, and entitlements, and to learn basic living
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license as a
Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT),
or equivalent, and:
- two years of post-master's mental health counseling
- one year of experience performing duties equivalent to ADMHS
Practitioner I with Santa Barbara County.
Professional Licensure: Applicants must possess licensure
in their profession at the time of application. Initial appointment
may be based upon comparable licensure in any state; however,
California licensure is required within two years of appointment as
a condition of continued employment.
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.
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; current trends in the field of mental
health; laws and regulations applicable to mental health; and basic
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 agencies, and co-workers; relate
professionally with persons with serious mental disorders; identify
and utilize community resources; advise and train other mental
health staff; and prepare and present clear and concise oral and
Background Investigation: Finalists for positions in this
class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background