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Mental Health Counselor - Licensed/Unlicensed RegisteredAssociate (Access Unit), Napa, CA

Organization: County of Napa
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Napa, CA
Date Job Posted: November 19, 2021
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Human Resources
1195 Third Street, Suite 110
Napa, CA 94559

Mental Health Counselor - Licensed/Unlicensed Registered Associate (Access Unit) - CONTINUOUS

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: 11/19/21
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.


This recruitment is for a position in the Mental Health Access Unit. Bilingual Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

The Mental Health Access Unit is the first point of contact for individuals interested in mental health services. The Access Unit is responsible for determining eligibility for Medi-Cal services, and provides a comprehensive assessment to all children, adults, and older adults who are requesting services. The comprehensive assessment is provided in person or via telehealth, on-site and in the community at various designated sites, and also on an as-needed basis for those potential clients for whom transportation or other issues make it difficult to travel to the designated sites.

Napa County regular employees (permanent part-time and full-time) assigned to positions that require bilingual communication skills, and who pass the bilingual assessments, are eligible to receive an extra compensation, in addition to their regular pay.

The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies (both bilingual and non-bilingual) for up to one year.

Mental Health Counselor – Mental Health Counselor is the advanced journey level in the series and incumbents work under limited supervision and handle the more difficult assignments including provision of a wider array of behavioral health services. Positions in this class are assigned responsibility for outreach, intake, assessment, client placement, service intervention, and general counseling to individuals and families with varying levels of need. The responsibility includes providing daily back-up and other support for Human Services entry programs.


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

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. Applications will be reviewed for verification of possession of the required licenses and supplemental questions will be scored on a continuous basis. The first review of applications is scheduled for the week of November 29, 2021.
  3. Only the most qualified from the review of supplemental questions will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring department for further consideration

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 resources.


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 any 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 children and youth, including dual diagnosis and addiction concerns for those assigned to 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/Registered (BL Spanish Preferred) - Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 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.

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 Intern. Please indicate how you qualify for this position. BBS Registered Intern

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
None of the Above

* 3.

Bilingual (Spanish) skills is not required but highly preferred. Are you proficient in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish? Applicants who indicate bilingual skills in their application may be required to demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing.

* 4. Due to current California Department of Public Health mandates, this position is subject to full vaccination with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson and Johnson COVID19 vaccine, or approved religious exemption or medical accommodation. Before employment with the County of Napa, the selected candidate must do one of the following: 1. Email a copy of your vaccine card to or show proof at the front desk of Human Resources – 1195 Third Street, Napa, CA 94559 2. Contact Mrs. Caragan at or (707) 253-4303 to request a religious exemption or medical accommodation. If either of these is granted, the incumbent will enter into a mandatory weekly COVID19 testing procedure. I understand the above information and I acknowledge what I must do before my first day of employment. Yes

5. Describe your experience providing therapy, assessments, and/or mental health rehabilitation services to Adults, Older Adults, Children, Youth struggling with mental illness and/or behavioral challenges.

* 6. A priority of the Napa County Mental Health Division is to be culturally sensitive to the needs of the diverse clientele that it serves. Explain your approach reaching out to and connecting during the therapeutic process with youth and families who are representatives from minority groups and/or of diverse cultural backgrounds.

* 7. Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with community partners is an essential aspect of the work conducted in Access. Describe your experience in working with community based organizations, law enforcement and county services.

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