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Mental Health Counselor / Licensed /Unlicensed Registered -Bilingual (Spanish) Required, 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

Mental Health Counselor / Licensed /Unlicensed Registered -Bilingual (Spanish) Required

An Equal Opportunity Employer

$37.29 - $46.28 Hourly $2,983.20 - $3,702.40 Biweekly $6,463.60 - $8,021.87 Monthly $77,563.20 - $96,262.40 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/21/21
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
JOB TYPE: Full Time
Job Category: Human and Social Services, 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 position may be filled with the Licensed or Unlicensed Registered Associate classification, depending on qualifications. Bilingual Spanish Required.

This recruitment is for one position in Adult Mental Health Division, Health and Human Services Agency.

Adult Mental Health – Case manager position:

The Adult case management unit serves at-risk consumers with mental health diagnoses that have a variety of needs, such improving social well being, behavioral and physical health, or could benefit from increased recovery skills and improved quality of life. Case managers in this unit assist consumers with increasing or maintaining mental health stability at the lowest level of appropriate care. Often clients we serve are entering the community out of psychiatric facilities, require ongoing support to maintain stability while living independently, or are deemed gravely disabled by the court and placed in facilities on LPS conservatorships.

The Mental Health Counselor in this unit provides services to a caseload of up to 20 clients. Services are client centered and can range from intensive wraparound interventions to long term maintenance, and are provided in the office, the community, and in contracted facilities. These include targeted case management services, rehabilitative skill development, therapy, treatment coordination, collaboration with treatment team or other providers, advocacy and linkage to community resources as identified by client need, and collaboration with the other members of the client’s support network.

Role of the Mental Health Counselor in the Adult Case Management Unit

1. Case Management Duties: Assess clients' needs and level of care, provide referrals and resources, collateral involvement with families and other professionals and with the treatment team. Assist clients in living in the least restrictive level of care possible. Individual and collateral support given through telephone, office and field visits. Coordination of services and assistance with accessing housing and financial resources, psychiatric and medical care, vocational and educational resources, etc. as needed by participants. Rehabilitative interventions aimed at building pro-social life skills, social skills, leisure skills etc. Advocate for consumers to obtain needed services provided by community resources and coordinate treatment planning with hospitals, board and care homes, IMD's, etc.

2. Documentation: Includes various assessments, Wellness and Recovery Plans, progress notes, discharge summaries etc. in the electronic health record, as well as preparing packets required for accessing placement and other resources, releases of information, quarterly Treatment Team reports, and other needed documents for individual clients. All documentation to be legible, timely, and expressed concisely and clearly.

3. Meeting and court attendance: In collaboration with LPS conservator and LPS office assistant, plan for yearly LPS renewal hearings and provide support to client throughout this process. Attend inpatient Treatment team meetings as well as unit meetings, educational workshops and agency committees when requested.

4. Officer of the day functions: Includes covering as responder of the day for the mental health division as assigned.

The Mental Health Counselor - Licensed


$38.64 - $46.28 Hourly
$3,091.20 - $3,702.40 Biweekly
$6,697.60 - $8,021.87 Monthly
$80,371.20 - $96,262.40 Annually

The Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Associate


$37.29 - $44.58 Hourly
$2,983.20 - $3,566.40 Biweekly
$6,463.60 - $7,727.20 Monthly
$77,563.20 - $92,726.40 Annually

The Recruitment Process

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

2. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts on a continuous basis. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview.

3. Oral Panel Interviews will take place on a continuous basis.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at anytime.


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.

Conduct clinical intake interviews with new program participants to obtain information relative to their request for therapeutic services; prepare assessments including diagnoses, determining an individual's developmental, medical, personal, social, emotional, behavioral and substance use/ abuse history; determining mental health status and any acute and/or chronic mental health needs that meet medical necessity for mental health services; assess for level of danger to self or others and refer for crisis services when appropriate; work collaboratively with individuals and families to facilitate a client determined plan of care including specific goals and objectives; provide clinical casework services to individuals including case management, making appropriate referrals for agency and community based services, housing and other supports for activities of daily living; conduct individual, dyadic, family or group therapy, and other clinically directed mental health services in the various Health and Human Services programs; provide crisis intervention and supportive individual counseling on issues related to specific mental health conditions and mental health treatment, understanding medication management, substance abuse, co-morbid conditions, etc.; interpret and explain to clients, relatives, support persons and community groups the social and emotional factors pertaining to mental illness, how behaviors may be related to mental illness and how wellness may be supported; interpret, evaluate and apply modern evidence based and other methods of alleviating emotional and behavioral challenges; use outcome measures to track effectiveness of treatment efforts; maintain contacts with agencies and community groups dealing with developmental, social, emotional, educational, health, substance abuse, child welfare and legal/probation issues; prepare reports, correspondence, outcome surveys and maintain timely documentation including: assessments, diagnoses, wellness and recovery plans, treatment progress notes, progress reports, discharge summaries, incident reports and other data.



Principles, practices, techniques, trends and literature of clinical interviewing, casework, diagnosis and assessment, wellness and recovery, and client directed care.

Theories, principles and techniques of individual, dyadic, family and group counseling and therapy, and other clinical methodologies appropriate for treatment of targeted populations, including evidence based practices.

Techniques of evaluating and modifying behavior.

Planning, development and implementation of comprehensive client directed wellness plans.

Culturally specific/effective approaches to working with diverse cultural populations.

Report preparation and case documentation.

Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations governing mental health, substance abuse, child abuse and elder abuse.

Public and private health, mental health substance abuse and social services community sources.


Conduct accurate and thorough interviews, which involve assessing client status, history, chemical dependency and related mental health information.

Prepare diagnosis and assessments of mental and emotional disorders.

Formulate, implement and monitor casework treatment plans.

Conduct individual, dyadic, family and group counseling (psychotherapy) and other clinically base mental health services.

Collect, interpret and utilize feedback data to maximize effectiveness of services.

Prepare complex and detailed reports and maintain the reports.

Understand, interpret and apply complex mental health technical materials and applicable laws, codes and regulations.

Make appropriate referrals to other providers for mental health services.

Understand impact of cultural, gender, socio-economic status and trauma on the manifestation of emotional distress, mental illness and maladaptive behaviors.

Engage and collaborate effectively with individuals of various ages and socio-economic backgrounds, cultural groups and those with physical, behavioral and/or emotional challenges.

Establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, children, community and agency representatives, County employees and the public.


Work in a standard office setting as well as in the field, client homes, treatment programs etc.

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

Communicate verbally and in writing, in English, to exchange information.


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

Mental Health Counselor – Licensed


Two years supervised experience in a mental health setting providing direct services to mentally or emotionally disabled persons, including dual diagnosis and addiction concerns for those assignedto the substance abuse setting.



Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, clinical or counseling psychology, or a closely related field.

Required License:

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.

Mental Health Counselor – Unlicensed Registered Associate


Two years experience in the provision of mental health counseling services.



Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in social work, Marriage and Family Counseling, clinical psychology, counseling, or a closely related field and registration by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

License or Certificate:*

Incumbent in this position is expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to assignments and hours worked, public transportation may not be an efficient method for traveling to required locations. Individuals appointed will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License while employed.

*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.


Incumbent in this class must be willing to work after hours, evenings, weekends as required, at an out-station location or in a setting with other professionals integrated as a team.

Language Proficiency:

Some positions may require bilingual skills.

Background Investigation:

Incumbents for some positions in this class will be required to pass a background investigation in accordance with applicable law, regulation and or policy.

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 EXAM #00010

Mental Health Counselor / Licensed /Unlicensed Registered - Bilingual (Spanish)Required Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. Instructions for Supplemental Application Questions. The following questions comprise one f 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. Are you fluent in Spanish?

* 3. In order to be considered it is required that you possess a current license in the State of California or hold status as a Registered Associate. Please indicate how you qualify for this position.
BBS Registered Associate
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
None of the Above

* 4. Please indicate which position you are qualified and applying for:
Mental Health Counselor - Licensed
Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Associate

5. If you are applying for the position of Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Associate, please describe your licensure timeline. (i.e. BBS hours accrued as of this date, and when you anticipate being eligible for examination, etc.)

* 6. Please describe your experience working with people who struggle with a severe mental illness.

* 7. Please describe your experience with evidence based practices and give an example of how you have used an EBP with a client you have worked with.

* 8. What are the most important elements of a clinical progress note?

* 9. How has your background and experience prepared you to be effective in an environment that holds diversity as core to our work and services?

* Required Question

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