Full time County of San Mateo in Behavioral Health Email Job
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Job Detail

  • Career Level Manager
  • Experience 2 Years
  • Industry Behavioral Health
  • Qualifications Master’s Degree

Job Description

The current position is in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division, in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Unit, located in Belmont, and will travel/drive throughout the County to meet with providers, staff, clients, or non-profit organizations, and to attend various meetings. Additionally, night and weekend on-call work is required for supervision and to provide support for your case management team.


This Supervising MH Clinician will supervise and coordinate the work of substance use professionals, paraprofessionals, technical, and support staff in the delivery of behavioral health services and will provide supervision of specialized complex casework, including assessment, engagement, and counseling provided to individuals in a variety of settings. The Supervising MH Clinician will participate in program planning, administration, evaluation, and reporting and compliance with contract and regulatory requirement for one or more behavioral health and recovery programs.


This Supervising MH Clinician will work in AOD’s Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment (IMAT) team, an innovative program that is part of the Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot. The IMAT program engages and serves county residents with severe and persistent substance use disorders with other complex needs such as frequent emergency department visits, mental health, physical health, homelessness, and/or justice system involvement.


This Supervising MH Clinician will lead a team of IMAT Case Management Assessment Specialists based in the San Mateo Medical Center Emergency Department and in the field. The IMAT team serves as a liaison between clients, health care providers, substance use and mental health providers, and other community-based services by providing engagement and case management support to ensure clients have access to appropriate care. This position also requires close coordination with the Primary Care Interface IMAT staff, Psychiatrists, a BHRS Program Analyst, a Benefits Analyst, other treating clinicians, and with contracted partner agencies to ensure quality services are provided and care is coordinated.


As part of Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot, this Supervising MH Clinician will participate in WPC design, coordination, reporting, and evaluation activities. WPC is a collaborative effort within San Mateo County Health to provide clients with complex needs engagement and support throughout their recovery process and to assist them in receiving the appropriate level of care.


This Supervising MH Clinician will coordinate with the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Residential Treatment (RTX) team, but will not directly supervise the RTX staff.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated expertise and skill in clinical work with adults with substance use disorders, with serious mental illnesses, complex physical health needs, homelessness, and criminal justice involvement and others from diverse cultures and backgrounds from a trauma-informed perspective.
  • Experience and skill in the use of evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) clinical practices and modalities, e.g. Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed treatment, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Psycho Education, Harm Reduction, Medication Assisted Treatments, and Recovery Support Services and use of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
  • A keen understanding of alcohol and other drug patient privacy and confidentiality laws, ethics, and documentation requirements; knowledge of Federal Substance Abuse Prevention Treatment (SAPT) regulations, and of Drug Medi-Cal and Mental Health Medi-Cal Managed Care requirements.


Licensure/Certification: Possession of a California license in at least one of the following: Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Social Worker; or Marriage and Family Therapist.


A typical way to qualify is:


  • Education: A Master’s degree in a mental health specialty, such as social work or clinical counseling.
  • Experience: Two years of professional post-graduate experience in a mental health setting.