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ADMHS Practitioner II

Salary: $24.99-$30.51 hourly / $4,347-$5,307 monthly / Range: 5786

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 required.

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:

  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; 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.
  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. Develops and presents training programs for departmental staff.
  9. Develops, conducts, and/or participates in quality assurance and program evaluation studies.
  10. Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health care, benefits, and entitlements, and to learn basic living skills.

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

  1. two years of post-master's mental health counseling experience; or,
  2. 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 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 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 written reports.

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



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