County of El Dorado MENTAL HEALTH WORKER I/II in United States


The County of El Dorado is conducting this recruitment to fill one (1) full time vacancy in the Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health Division located in South Lake Tahoe, CA. It will also establish a list which may be used for up to three months to fill future full time, part time, and extra help vacancies throughout the county.

A Training and Experience Evaluation will be utilized to determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list. Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant's education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.

DEFINITION Under general supervision, provides in-patient support or continuing care sup­port for the mentally disabled; provides support to integrate care and service in the community for clients discharged from inpatient facilities and for clients who may be in need of extensive care.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Mental Health Worker I is the entry-level class in this specialist support class. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn departmental and treatment policies and procedures. This class is alternately staffed with Mental Health Worker II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency, which meet the qualifications of the higher-level class.

Mental Health Worker II is an experienced class responsible for providing services to mental health clients in an inpatient facility setting or in day treatment and/or independent living situations under the direction of a health professional. Responsibilities include extensive contact with mentally ill clients and effective follow-up to ensure treatment results. This class is distinguished from Mental Health Clinician and Psychiatric Technician classes in that the latter are certified classes providing professional clinical patient support.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Provides supportive services in a psychiatric health facility or a day treatment center including individual, group or family counseling.
  • Develops communications with agencies specifically related to after care on an as-needed and where-needed basis.
  • Provides client advocacy and leadership for the integration and mobiliza­tion of community resources and community organization efforts to improve community services for the mentally handicapped.
  • Develops community re-entry plans for mental health patients; organizes and develops family support groups for the relatives of patients.
  • Monitors in- and out-patient treatment stages to ensure movement to the com­munity level for individual clients, (i.e., psychiatric facility, protec­tive living, outpatient care, independent living).
  • Prepares a variety of reports and documentation including progress notes on client behavior; maintains accurate records and files; charts client histories and treatment information.
  • Confers with medical, mental health and inter-agency staff regarding client needs and ways of improving staff's ability to impact on clients; confers with board and care staff regarding suitability of client placement.
  • Monitors client vital signs in an inpatient facility; participates in and leads various group activities such as exercise and art.
  • Performs driving, facility or house cleaning, cooking and other household living tasks for mental health clients.
  • Coordinates food ordering and record keeping for clients.
  • Attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs related work as assigned. Education & Experience Requirements (typing "See Resume" in application will not be accepted)

Where college degrees and/or college course credits are required, degrees and college units must be obtained from an accredited college or university. Courses from non-accredited institutions will not be evaluated for this requirement.

Mental Health Worker I: Experience: Two years of experience in a mental health or related setting. College level course work in psychology or a related subject may be substituted for the experience requirement on a year for year basis.

Mental Health Worker II: Experience: In addition to the above, two years of experience in providing direct client care and treatment in a mental health or related setting.

Other Requirements: Must possess a valid driver's license. Specified positions may require a Class B driver's license.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and techniques related to care and treatment of the mentally ill and mentally retarded.
  • Basic concepts of mental and emotional disturbances and mental deficiencies.
  • Medical terminology and concepts related to basic mental health care.
  • Community resources providing assistance to the mentally ill.
  • Business arithmetic.
  • Recordkeeping principles and practices. Skill in:

  • Counseling the mentally disabled in day treatment and other after care settings.

  • Performing crisis intervention and responding promptly to client emergency situations.
  • Taking effective action to control potentially violent incidents.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials. Ability to:

  • Observe and accurately describe client behavior and activities.

  • Act as an advocate for the mentally ill.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Other Requirements

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is primarily performed indoors which may include a hospital, mental health, County Jail, Juvenile Institutions, or standard office setting.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment; vision in the normal visual range with or without correction sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment; hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Frequent sitting; fine finger dexterity of both hands. Occasional standing, walking; wrist and arm motions and upward/downward flexion of neck, ability to grasp and hold. Infrequent climbing, running, jumping, reaching and bending; lifting, carrying or pushing objects that weigh up to 15 lbs. or more.

Salary: $35,089.60 - $47,340.80 Annually $16.87 - $22.76 Hourly $2,924.13 - $3,945.07 Monthly $35,089.60 - $47,340.80 Annually

Job Number: 1611-8631/8632

Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA South Lake Tahoe, CA

Closing: 11/8/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Health and Human Services Agency

Agency: The County of El Dorado

Address: 330 Fair Lane Placerville, California, 95667.

Phone: 530-621-5565