Psychiatric Social Worker I

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Jul 10, 2019
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $4,929.60 - $6,734.00 Monthly

Job Description

Position Description Exam Number 18/60B01/01JL
Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Monterey County Health Department, Behavioral Health Bureau, and Clinic Services Bureau is seeking enthusiastic Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) candidates to work as part of a medical care team with children, youth and adults as a Psychiatric Social Worker I.

The Behavioral Health Bureau is a progressive agency that serves children, youth, adults and their families with System of Care values of being community based, culturally relevant, client and family centered and using evidence based practices to support clients in the wellness and recovery of their mental illness.

Children's System of Care provides an array of clinical services from age's birth to 25 years of age and their families. Clinical teams include early intervention, transitional age youth, out of home placement as well clinical teams that partner with child welfare, education and juvenile justice.

Adult System of Care provides comprehensive therapeutic case management services to adults with persistent and chronic mental illness. Embracing the values and goals of wellness and recovery the therapeutic teams provide access services, crisis intervention, hospital based emergency services, alcohol and drug services, older adult intensive services and full services partnership programs.
Crisis Team: The ED Crisis Team is responsible for psychiatric evaluations of clients in the Emergency Department and assisting to determine the appropriate level of care for those patients; which may include 5150, outpatient treatment or placement in another facility.
Adult Forensic Services: The Adult Forensics Team will work as part of the AB109 collaborative multidisciplinary team. Primary functions of the job include triage, psychosocial and substance abuse assessments, treatment planning, referral, individual counseling, case management and evidence based group treatment.  The overall goal is to reduce recidivism for participants returning from state prisons to the community, those charged with 1170H offenses and high risk felony probationers.
Clinic Services Bureau operates primary care clinics that serve over 40,000 Monterey County residents. We are in the process of transforming care delivery to include care teams and include medical professionals and Social Workers to help patients improve their health, both medically and by addressing the social determinants of health that impact their medical diagnoses.

Our clinics are moving into the dynamic medical environment governed by the Patient Centered Medical Home and payment reform. At the core, both are putting the patient at the center of care and helping us reform the way we do business to improve outcomes and improve the experience of the patients as well as the staff at the clinic. Some of these measures include patient satisfaction surveys (98% approval), depression and drug screening, shorter waiting times, access to care, incidence of opioid prescribing, hypertension control and obesity counseling. We provide behavioral health services to our patients who have mild to moderate behavioral health diagnoses and that element of our care model is expanding.


Examples of Duties Summary of Position
As a member of a psychiatric team, this position will assist and participate in interviewing clients and families, compile social case histories, participate in diagnostic and evaluative staff conferences, prepare reports, interpret and explain factors pertaining to mental illness, provide case management services and work collaboratively with a variety of community, county and state agencies.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they arise.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Will have a proven track record demonstrating knowledge of :
  • Social work and psychiatric social work
  • Understanding of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV/V)
  • Ability to prepare records and reports
  • For candidates who are bilingual : Effectively be able to communicate mental health terminology in a culturally relevant and easy to understand manner for clients and their families. (Bilingual English/Spanish may be required for some positions)
The skill and ability to :
  • Provide treatment to adults, children, or adolescents with various mental disabilities ranging from serious mental illness to dysfunctional behavior patterns including victims of sexual and physical abuse.
  • In conjunction with the consumer, develop realistic, attainable, and measurable service plans and facilitate their attainment.
  • Evaluate the degree of community functioning or emotional distress of consumers.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and able to complete work using electronic format.
  • Work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate :
  •  Be culturally sensitive
  • A team player
  • Have great customer service skills
  • Develop and maintain positive partnerships within the agency and in the community
  • Commitment to integrity, Respect, Innovation, Health Equity and Excellence
Conditions of Employment :
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record or ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.
  • Possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited school of social work and registration with the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as an Associate Clinical Social Worker.
  • In accordance with HIPAA, incumbent must have applied for or have a National Provider Identifier (NPI).
  • Comply with California licensure requirements as outlined by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which include a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
Pursuant to Section 5751.2 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, provide proof:
  • Provide proof of Registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners (BBSE) as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) or Intern - Marriage and Family Therapist.   For complete information see the class specification/job description on our website at:

Submit the following application materials to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906.  
  • Monterey County Employment Application form
  • Response to the Supplemental Questions
Please be aware if the application form, responses to supplemental questions, and copies of Certificates is not submitted timely with other required application materials, the application will be removed from further consideration and not be considered further. 
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Resumes may be submitted, but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials.
Final filing date: CONTINUOUS 

Application materials will be competitively evaluated.  Those applicants who are determined to be most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the process.  To further assess applicant's possession of required qualifications, this examination may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination.  For more information or to receive application materials, contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at (831) 755-4519.

  • If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodations, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at (831) 755-4519.
  • Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.
  • If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed above.
The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package (K Bargaining Unit) that includes:
  •  22 days of Annual Leave
  • Educational Leave
  • Paid Holidays: 10 paid holidays
  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance: $20,000 Term Life
  • CALPERS retirement
  • Social Security/Medicare: The County participates in these programs
  • Deferred Compensation: Voluntary deferred compensation program
For additional information please visit Unit K's benefit summary sheet at:
The information listed above is a general summary of benefits for this position.  This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract.  The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution prevails over this listing.
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