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Mental Health Program Chief, Martinez, CA

Organization: Contra Costa County Health Services
Category: Administrator
Location: Martinez, CA
Date Job Posted: May 1, 2020
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Mental Health Program Chief

Salary $114,271.20 - $138,897.36 Annually
Location Martinez, CA
Job Type Permanent Full-Time
Department Health Services - Only
Job Number VQDN-2020A
Closing Continuous


The Position
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Bargaining Unit: Local 21 – Supervisory Management


The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is seeking two (2) qualified individuals interested in the Mental Health Program Chief positions for the Behavioral Health division. One vacancy will be responsible for providing overall management and coordination of operational, clinical, and administrative activities for programs Division-wide which will include: child and adolescent services, transitional aged youth services, adult and older adult services, and alcohol and other drug services. The second vacancy will plan, organize and coordinate information technology and data management systems to support optimum decision-making and service deliver. This will include the management and analysis of electronic health record, billing, and performance data. Both vacancies are located in Martinez, CA

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Able to utilize modern practices of management and supervision
  • Able to adapt to different working scenarios

A few reasons you might love this job:

  • Never a dull day! Intermediate to fast paced working environment
  • Will face challenging situations

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Program planning, program development, and policy-making activities towards target population(s)
  • Negotiates and manages Mental Health contracts

To read the complete job description, please visit the website: The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.


Tentative Training and Experience: Periodically Until Filled

Typical Tasks

  • Provides overall program and policy direction
  • Provides both management supervision and professional direction to subordinate managers, supervisors and staff
  • Conducts program planning/program development and policy-making activities for the provision of services to target population(s)
  • Develops interagency services agreements and negotiates and manages contracts
  • Estimates budgetary requirements and acts as cost center manager for program affairs
  • Makes recommendations regarding the allocation of available funds for both Country-operated and contract agencies
  • Coordinates service program activities with the services of other public and private agencies concerned with the mentally disabled population
  • Prepares requests and justifications for new positions and participates in the interview and selection process of professional and medical personnel
  • Conducts program evaluations and oversees performance outcome studies
  • Reviews and interprets proposed legislation and assures administrative compliance with applicable Federal and State laws regulations
  • May review requests from facilities seeking designation as "5150" receiving/treatment facilities and makes recommendations regarding approval/denial of these requests to the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health and Board of Supervisors
  • May coordinate the development and implementation of training for medical personnel at "5150" receiving/treatment facilities, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department and local police agency personnel
  • Ensures that services are provided in accordance with quality management standards
  • May coordinate disaster plan activities for mental health services, including Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD)
  • Represents the Department with constituency groups such as client advocates, family alliances, legislation representatives, and professional organizations
  • Prepares a variety of reports and correspondence for division administration as required
  • Provides staff assistance to the Mental Health Commission
  • May act for the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health for Behavioral Health Division in the latter's absents relative to area expertise
  • May coordinate training programs for the Behavioral Health Division
  • Provides and promotes excellence in customer service for both internal and external customers.

Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process; AND Possession of one of the following professional licenses: either (a) a current valid unrestricted license as a Psychologist issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology; or (b) a valid license as a Clinical Social Worker issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences; or (c) a valid license as a Marriage and Family Therapist issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Education: Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major in psychology, social work, counseling or a closely related field.

Experience: Four (4) years of full-time post-licensure experience, or its equivalent, providing mental health services to the seriously and persistently mentally ill, two (2) years of which must have included administrative responsibility for mental health programs/services and the supervision of subordinate staff.

Substitution: Possession of a Bachelor's degree and two (2) years of additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required Master's degree.

Selection Process



  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Training and Experience Evaluation: Consists of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. (Weighted 100%)
  4. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The examination steps noted above may be changed in accordance with the County's Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.


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