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Senior Psychiatric Social Worker, Salinas, CA

Organization: Monterey County Health Department
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Salinas, CA
Date Job Posted: April 27, 2021
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Monterey County Health Department
Salinas, CA 93906

Senior Psychiatric Social Worker
Salary: $5,638.00 - $7,702.00 Monthly
Final Filing Date: 5/21/2021
Exam #: 21/60B25/04KR

Monterey County Health Department's Behavioral Health Bureau seeks experienced behavioral health professionals to fill several vacancies at the Senior Psychiatric Social Worker level. The Bureau has Senior Psychiatric Social Worker vacancies on the Access/CalWORKS, Crisis and Quality Improvement Teams.


The Access/CalWORKS Senior Psychiatric Social worker (Sr. PSW) will be part of a team working closely with the Department of Social Services Employment Services Branch (DSS CWES). The Sr. PSW position requires a high level of collaboration and communication, knowledge of the DSS CWES Employment Assistance Programs (EAP) as well as the Access/CalWORKS program and should have a working knowledge of Domestic Violence Treatment and Resources. This position will receive referrals from DSS CWES staff for clients who are or have been victims of Domestic Violence. The Senior Psychiatric Social Worker will conduct risk assessments, diagnose, provide therapy and case management services.

Adult Forensic Services Team – Mental Health Diversion / Jail Liaison (Prop 47 funded)

The Senior PSW on the forensic team will work with Behavioral Health staff throughout Monterey County’s system of care as well as with justice partners in support of Mental Health Diversion implementation. The incumbent will serve a key role in jail coordination efforts and provide informational groups as part of planned in-reach efforts at the county jail to educate inmates on how to access Behavioral Health services and resources. Primary functions of the job may include triage, comprehensive assessment and treatment planning, referral, preparing court reports, testifying in court, individual counseling, case management and group facilitation. The overall goal is to provide opportunities for justice involved adults with behavioral health challenges to be linked with treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. The Senior PSW may handle more of the initial referrals and court reporting for MH Diversion eligibility. As Mental Health Diversion can be for a period of up to two years, tracking, coordination and collaboration with the assigned outpatient treatment team throughout the county will be critical.

Crisis Team

The Senior Psychiatric Social Worker on the Crisis Team works as the lead worker in the Emergency Department of Natividad Medical Center, assessing and diagnosing patients, having collateral contact with client caregivers to collect information and providing psycho-education, providing referrals to clients and families and responding to crisis phone calls. This Senior PSW in Crisis uses advanced skills and knowledge to bring forward ideas for better efficiency, client care, and partnership within and between teams.

Quality Improvement

The Senior Psychiatric Social Worker vacancy on the Quality Improvement team supports the utilization review for specialty mental health services and evaluates the quality of care delivered. This Senior Psychiatric Social Worker would be expected to use in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements for specialty mental health and substance use disorder services and utilization reviews to determine the compliance of documentation with federal, state and local regulations, including Medi-Cal billing.

Other programs with Senior Psychiatric Social Worker positions are: Juvenile Court, Monterey County School District, Avanza Transition Age Youth. The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future temporary or regular vacancies as they arise.

Examples of Duties
Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Current philosophy, principles, and practices for services to clients with serious mental illness.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults and children
  • Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Personality development from infancy through adulthood.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate the degree of mental disability or emotional distress of patients/clients.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Work collectively with a multi-disciplinary team.

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Effective communicator
  • Clinically skilled
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Comfortable presenting clinical concepts to groups
  • Organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Enjoys collaboration with professionals from variety of disciplines

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
  • The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which include a Department of Justice fingerprint check. In accordance with HIPAA, incumbent must have applied for or have a National Provider Identifier (NPI)

Pursuant to Section 5751 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, possession of any one of the following:

  • Possession of a current Licensure either as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a License as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a License as a Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D) from the State of California issued by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

Additional Information

The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package (K Bargaining Unit) that includes health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; CalPERS retirement; 22 days of annual leave; educational leave; and 11 public holidays per year. For additional information, please see the information available 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 and the relevant Memorandum of Understanding prevails over this listing.


Submit the following application materials to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906 by the final filing date: Friday, May 21, 2021. Resumes may be submitted in addition to, but will not be accepted in lieu of, required application materials.

  • Monterey County Employment Application form
  • Response to the Supplemental Questions

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 the applicant's possession of required qualifications, this recruitment 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) 755-4541.

Or apply on-line at:

NOTE: If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at (831) 755-4541. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U. S. If you are hired into this classification, as a condition of your employment you will have thirty (30) days to join the union and authorize a union dues deduction or salary deduction of appropriate fees. 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.

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