MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 4
Pay Range GC22
This classification serves as clinical and/or administrative supervisor or program specialist for a unit within the mental health division of the health and social services department. Incumbents provide a variety of services: 1) perform complex psychological social work for both voluntary and involuntary clients for children, adolescents and adults with mental/emotional disorders, 2) management of hospital and other contractor resources, and 3) quality assurance coordination.
This classification is distinguished from the mental health specialist 3 by the supervisory responsibility of mental health specialists 3 or the performance of highly specialized level clinical/administrative services. This classification is distinguished from the mental health specialist 5 who serves as program manager.
EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES
(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed duties.)
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of psychological/psychosocial theory, principles and practices of mental health treatment including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of specific client population; thorough knowledge of human behavior/development as it relates to crisis situations and problems of client population; thorough knowledge of behavior intervention, management and support strategies and principles; thorough knowledge of quality assurance principles and practices; considerable knowledge of the laws relating to mental health and services provided to client population; considerable knowledge of community resources and the functions and procedures of other social service agencies and service providers; considerable knowledge of psychological and personality testing and application to diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill persons; considerable knowledge of DSM IV and ICD-9 diagnoses; considerable knowledge of psychoactive medication and treatment applications; reasonable knowledge of and ability to participate in program planning, implement and evaluating mental health programs to meet specific objectives; thorough knowledge of sound case management; considerable knowledge of substance abuse and addictive behaviors as it pertains to client population. Skill in: Writing clear and concise correspondence, records, treatment plans, legal documents, reports and statistical data; interviewing, counseling, listening, negotiating and therapeutic techniques and principles; family and group dynamics; assessment, diagnosis, coordination, mediation and treatment of client population. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both written and oral form; plan/consult/coordinate with source agencies, physicians, families of clients and the community; work within inter-disciplinary team; support, supervise and motivate a staff of mental health specialists and support staff; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; work with and relate to a diverse population of people with mental and physical handicaps; assess, diagnosis and treat clients; develop treatment plans; conduct thorough interviews, assessments and evaluations and to deal effectively with target population; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; work independently, efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, clients, families, hospitals, schools, state agencies, judicial and law enforcement agencies, physicians, other service professionals and agencies, service providers, contractors, committees, advisory councils and the public.
Education, experience and training: Master's degree in psychology, social work or related field and four years post-graduate experience in mental health counseling and psychotherapy which includes supervisory, quality assurance coordination or resource management experience. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.
Certifications: LCSW preferred. Some positions may require additional professional licensing or certification in specialized areas and/or experience with specific target population.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION
Work is performed under the general direction of a mental health specialist 5 or mental health division director. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Capacity for independent judgment is expected in the diagnosis and treatment of clients at this level. Direction, assistance and review will be given for difficult cases. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.
Work is performed within departmental policy and procedure, federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations, guidelines and ordinances; mental health, alcohol and drug and counseling reference materials, corrections guidelines, application of clinical ethics of social work; physical restraint procedures. Available guidelines may not completely apply to every situation encountered, so the mental health specialist uses considerable judgment in interpreting and adapting to individual situations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Regular and consistent attendance is required. Work is performed in an office environment and in the field; may involve bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 14 pounds, sitting, standing and walking. Considerable attention is given to personal safety when in contact with potentially aggressive clients. Employees must maintain a positive mental attitude and a tolerance for pressure situations. A reasonable amount of driving is required.