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Forensic Mental Health Counselor (Bilingual Spanish Preferred) - Juvenile Hall, Napa, CA

Organization: County of Napa
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Napa, CA
Date Job Posted: November 5, 2021
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Human Resources
1195 Third Street, Suite 110
Napa, CA 94559

Forensic Mental Health Counselor (Bilingual Spanish Preferred) - Juvenile Hall

An Equal Opportunity Employer

$39.19 - $46.92 Hourly $3,135.20 - $3,753.60 Biweekly $6,792.93 - $8,132.80 Monthly $81,515.20 - $97,593.60 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/13/21
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
JOB TYPE: Part Time
Job Category: Criminology and Forensics, Mental Health
DEPARTMENT: Health & Human Services Agency
LOCATION: Health and Human Services Agency - 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr, Napa, CA94558



The Napa Valley - Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.


The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.


The Forensic Mental Health Counselor provides professional mental health forensic services including screening, counseling, crisis intervention and continuing care services for minors housed in Napa County's Juvenile Hall facility.

The eligibility list generated from this recruitment will be used to fill full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to twelve months. There are currently (1) regular full-time and (1) regular part-time (20 hours per week - Weekends) vacancies. Being bilingual in Spanish is preferred but is not required.

The Recruitment Process

1. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until the current vacancy is filled.

2. Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications as they are received. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring department for further consideration.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to the recruitment process and schedule at any time.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Provide screening for mental health and substance abuse issues to all minors following booking; provide education on mental health services and follow-up treatment for minors who screened positive for signs of mental/emotional disturbance; provide supportive individual counseling to incarcerated minors with an emphasis on helping them cope with the stress of incarceration, court process, and management of conflict with peers and staff; provide ongoing psychological assessment of minors, make referrals and provide feedback to the psychiatrist making on-going medication management decisions; support psychiatrist in medication management by facilitating flow of educational information on medications to minor and/or caregivers; respond to crisis situations in which minors are threatening themselves or others or are engaged in out-of-control or self-injurious behavior; order suicide watch or other special precautions when indicated; assist minors in managing emotional, behavioral and psychiatric disorders; assist minors in preparing to transition from Juvenile Hall and facilitate appropriate resource referrals to support mental health; assist Corrections staff and CFMG nurses in better understanding mental health issues of juveniles; provide educational information on mental and behavioral health issues and respond to staff requests in this regard; support Corrections supervisors in their ability to educate their staff in issues related to mental and behavioral health; maintain timely mental health progress notes, log entries and special reports as requested by the Probation Department; provide liaison between Health & Human Services Agency Mental Health Division and Department of Corrections.



Theories of human behavior and personality development.

Case management techniques for the adult mentally ill.

Personality disorders diagnosed among mentally ill offenders.

Social factors relating to crime and adult offenders.

Economic factors relating to crime and adult offenders.

Psychological factors relating to crime and adult offenders.

Mental and emotional illnesses and professional methods for assessment and treatment.

Basic knowledge of medications and psychotropic drug treatment.


Assess patient behavior including emotional and mental problems.

Develop and implement effective and appropriate treatment plans.

Conduct effective and appropriate individual therapy for Penal Code clients.

Conduct effective and appropriate group therapy for Penal Code clients.

Analyze situations accurately, make recommendations and take appropriate action.

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Prepare and maintain clear, concise and complete reports and correspondence.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course ofwork.


Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time.

Stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist.

Use repetitive hand movement and fine coordination skills including using a computer keyboard.


To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:


Sufficient post-masters experience providing treatment and counseling in a mental health agencyto obtain required licensure. Experience in a forensic setting is highly desired.


Possession of a Master's degree with a major in social work, clinical or counseling psychology, or a closely related behavioral science field, and completion of a university approved clinical internship in a mental health agency.

Required License:

Possession of any of the following valid licenses issued by the State of California: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor**, Licensed Clinical Psychologist or Registered Intern or Associate Clinical Social Worker who is licensable within one year.

Current license by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as either a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); OR current license by the State of California as a Licensed Psychologist.

*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position. Loss of the required State licensure may result in termination or reassignment.

ADA Accommodation

Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at(707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



1195 Third Street, Suite 110,
Napa, CA 94559
EXAM #00004

Forensic Mental Health Counselor (Bilingual Spanish Preferred) - Juvenile Hall Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. Instructions for Supplemental Application Questions. The following questions comprise one of the steps in the selection process for this position and are intended to assist you in presenting your qualifications. Only the information you provide in your answers to these questions will be evaluated and scored to determine the best qualified candidates to continue in the selection process for this position. Please be complete and specific in answering the questions as your score will be based on this information. Applications submitted without responses to the supplemental questions will not be evaluated.
Although your experience and education should relate back to your application, your application and or resume will not be reviewed when scoring the supplemental questions. Therefore, please be as detailed as possible in your responses to the supplemental questions. I have read and understand the instructions presented above.

* 2. Do you possess a Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university?

* 3. Based on the licensing requirements for this position, as it relates to the possession of a valid license issued by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, please select the box that applies to you:
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Psychologist
Registered Intern or Associate Clinical Social Worker and eligible for
None of the above

* 4. Are you fluent in Spanish?

* 5. Please describe your work-related experience, education and training that qualifies you to provide individual, group, family, case management, assessment and other forensic mental health services to youth who have experienced severe trauma, suffer from a mental illness, and who have been accused or have committed crimes.

* 6. Please describe your work-related experience, education, and training that qualifies you to intensively supervise and monitor court-mandated youth and young adults with mental illness and substance abuse diagnoses in an institutional setting.

* 7. The Forensic Mental Health Counselor – Probation requires time-sensitive assessments and documentation on inmates within the correctional facility, as well as evaluations and coordination of treatment for the mental health needs of adolescents and transitional-aged youth transitioning between the Juvenile Hall and Jail. What is your experience balancing high acuity treatment provision, administrative responsibilities (such as documentation timeliness), and coordination with stakeholders?

8. Napa County Mental Health and Juvenile Probation have a diverse workforce and client population (in terms of ethnicity, language, class, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc.) Can you tell us about your experience working with and serving a diverse population?

9. There are currently (1) regular full-time and (1) regular part-time (20 hours per week -Weekends) vacancies. Please indicate your preference below:
Full-Time Only
Part-Time Only (20 hours per week-weekends)

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