Mental Health Program Specialist - Canyon Oaks Youth Center
County of San Mateo Health System
$6,791 - $8,488/Month
The County of San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Mental Health Program Specialist-Canyon Oaks Youth Center. This Program Specialist coordinates and supervises a staff of 17 full-time Residential Counselors and up to 15 relief counselors; assists in the oversight of the services delivery at this adolescent residential treatment facility; reports to a Supervising Mental Health Clinician; and performs related duties as assigned.
The current vacancy is at the Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC) located at 400 Edmonds Road, Redwood City, CA, 94062.
The Mental Health Program Specialist is responsible for:
Working with the Supervisor on day-to-day operations of the facility including care and supervision of the youth as well as oversight of the maintenance of the facility and maintaining all Community Care Licensing standards for residential facilities
Managing, with oversight, the petty cash fund
Scheduling and supervising Residential Counselors, including completion of performance evaluations
Providing clinical consultation to Residential Counselors and clinical team on an ongoing basis utilizing trauma informed principles
Conducting regular consultation with on-site teaching staff and administration
Being trained and maintaining ProAct certification, as well as providing training to all staff on a regular basis for annual certification
Regularly work hours on each of the three shifts at the 24-hour facility, which can include evening and/or weekend hours
Being available for after hours on-call rotation bi-weekly
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following skills:
Knowledge of and experience working in residential treatment with adolescents
Knowledge of and experience providing trauma informed care
Proficiency in providing both mental health and substance use treatment services in a clinical setting
Knowledge of current best practices in the fields of addiction treatment and mental health regarding co-occurring substance use and mental illness
Ability to communicate well in large public groups and oversee the work product of a large number of individuals implementing program-based quality improvement activities
Flexibility in job assignments and ability to work among line, clinical and administrative staff, consultants and management
Strong organizational skills, with an ability to work within multiple systems promoting change, while managing many levels of detail in implementation
Ability to provide leadership and promote quality improvement process, as well as an ability to negotiate, solve complex problems, and resolve conflict
Ability to supervise multi-cultural staff
IMPORTANT: COYC is a RCL 14 Residential Treatment Facility and by law, requires employees to obtain and maintain security clearance and be bondable. Any prior criminal conviction since your 18th birthday (excluding marijuana-related offenses that are older than two years as listed in the California Labor Code 432.8) will result in a denial of your security clearance by the Community Care Licensing agency. While in some circumstances an employer may obtain a waiver of conviction from the licensing agency, Behavioral Health has a policy against obtaining such waivers/exemptions for perspective employees. In addition, Behavior Health will not accept such waivers/exemptions obtained from the licensing agency by applicants in any other manner.
Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC): COYC is a 12-bed residential treatment facility operated by the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division of the San Mateo County Health System and is located at the Cordilleras site in Redwood City. The program serves seriously mentally ill and emotionally disturbed boys and girls ages 12-18. Serving as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for youth in crisis, the program's "crisis beds" are used to stabilize out-of-control, dangerous behaviors so that youth can be returned to the community as quickly as possible. The program also serves the most challenging youth that require out-of-home treatment for a longer period of time. Intensive individualized services are provided to these youth, engaging families as working partners in the treatment process. The program is designed to work closely with all levels of service providers within BHRS, and the referring agencies of Children and Family Services, Juvenile Probation and local Special Education Departments, to provide effective and well-integrated services.
Licensure/Certification: California license as one of the following: 1) Clinical Social Worker; 2) Marriage and Family Therapist; or 3) Clinical Psychologist.
Security Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.
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