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Behavioral Wellness Practitioner I/II

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Lompoc
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

SALARY Practitioner I Hourly: $39.78 - $47.78 Practitioner I Annually: $83,031.89 - $99,728.85 Practitioner II Hourly: $41.45 - $49.82 Hourly Practitioner II Annually: $86,509.04 - $103,976.14 Annually Bilingual allowance when applicable Special Duty Assignment allowance when regularly assigned to a Psychiatric Health Facility We are accepting applications to fill multiple full-time Practitioner I/II vacancies in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc. The current vacancies are in the Behavioral Wellness Department.

Location of Vacancies: We are accepting applications to establish one employment list for current and future Full-Time, Part-Time, and Extra Help (temporary) and *1414 vacancies for Practitioner Associate in multiple locations which include Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. Therefore, you must check the Individual Location(s) on the application where you would be willing to accept an assignment for current and future employment.
*1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.
The selected candidate may need to travel between different sites within Santa Barbara County. The operational area includes: Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, and Santa Ynez.

The candidate selected for this position will, under direction, assess, diagnose, counsel, and provide psychotherapeutic treatment, rehabilitation, and care coordination for seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and seriously and persistently mentally ill adults; and performs related duties as required.

Candidates may be appointed at the I or II level, depending on the candidate's qualifications and the needs of the department.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Behavioral Wellness Practitioner I/II is a flexibly staffed series. Behavioral Wellness Practitioner I is the entry-level class for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT),. Incumbents provide professional mental health services. This class is distinguished from Behavioral Wellness Practitioner II in that the latter is assigned more complex and/or difficult cases. Behavioral Wellness assigns staff in this classification based on employee licensure and clients' needs for services.

Incumbents in these classes work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related problems, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.

Founded in 1962, it is the mission of the Department of Behavioral Wellness to promote the prevention of and recovery from mental illness and addiction among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services. The Department provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental illness and substance use disorders annually through its professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers.
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PROGRAMS WITH CURRENT VACANCIES Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) Social Services Team
The Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness (BWELL) is currently seeking a Practitioner I/II for the PHF's Social Services Team. The Practitioner I/II position for the PHF's Social Services Team provides inpatient case management for clients admitted to the PHF. Services include: treatment planning as part of a multidisciplinary team along with psychiatrist, nursing staff, and recreation therapist; documentation of clinical activity including admission, comprehensive psychosocial assessment, and discharge planning; engagement with clients to build rapport, identify needs and strengths, provide psychoeducation to clients and family members; facilitation of clinical groups; and linkage for clients to outpatient services by maintaining communication and collaboration with BWELL outpatient clinics and other community agencies.

Adult Outpatient Services - Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc
These positions work as part of the treatment teams at the Santa BarbaraAdult Outpatient Clinic, Santa Maria Adult Outpatient Clinic, and Lompoc Adult Outpatient Clinic serving clients by providing assessment, therapy, and group as well as on-call/walk-in service needs. The practitioner works collaboratively across team disciplines and with community partners to address clients' needs. The position works with adults living with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI); adults with severe, complex Co-Occurring disorders (SPMI and Alcohol/substance abuse); older adults; and provide case management linkage and advocacy for clients.

Bilingual (English and Spanish fluency) candidates are preferred at the Santa Maria Adult Outpatient Clinic and Lompoc Adult Outpatient Clinic.
Alternative schedule options are potentially available at the Santa Maria Adult Outpatient Clinic depending on clinic needs with the priority being sufficient coverage for standard business hours of M-F 8-5.

Children Outpatient Services
These positions work as part of the treatment teams at the Santa Maria Children's Outpatient Clinic, Lompoc Children's Outpatient Clinic, and Santa Barbara Children's Outpatient Clinic serving children, teens, and Transitional Age Youth by providing individual, family and or group rehab and skill training. They conduct screening, evaluation, and treatment planning.

SPIRIT Full Service Partnership
The SPIRIT Full Service Partnership program in Lompoc provides services for children ages 6-15. This position provides Wraparound, family-focused, strength-based, individualized service to help children and their families meet needs through natural community supports and mental health services. The team includes a therapist, case manager, and parent partner. The medication services are offered by the clinic medication provider and clinic medication support staff. The parent partner is staffed by CALM. The SPIRIT team members provide services in a 24/7 rotation of clinic hours and on-call services.

Crisis Services Program
The Crisis Services program in the County of Santa Barbara Department of Behavioral Wellness (BWELL) consists of three different roles: Mobile Crisis, Crisis Clinic and Access Screener.

The Mobile Crisis role involves responding in the community as a team with a partner to address behavioral health crisis situations in our community. As a member of the Mobile Crisis team, staff are trained to assist in de-escalation of the situation, conduct crisis evaluations, provide safety planning and referrals/linkage, and conduct follow-up outreach and engagement services to community members in need.

The Crisis Clinics are staffed with multidisciplinary teams who provide behavioral health support to community members who are discharged from hospital discharged from inpatient psychiatric hospitals or following an Emergency Department visit that involved a behavioral health crisis. As a member of the Crisis Clinic team, staff may be responsible for conducting mental health assessments, rehabilitation and therapeutic treatment, case management services and linkage to longer term services.

Access Line Screeners in Crisis Services are responsible for answering all calls coming into our departmental Access Line. As a member of the Access Line, staff are responsible for screening and determining the needs of the caller, whether community member is seeking mental health treatment, substance use services, requesting mental health or substance use information for a family member or friend, crisis de-escalation support, or dispatching a Mobile Crisis Team to respond to the community member in crisis. Access Line Screeners work a standard work week (M-F 8a-5p). Locations: Offices in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.

As a member of the Crisis Services program, staff may be asked to cover any one of the three roles listed above depending on staffing and scheduling. All staff are cross-trained to work in any program. Vacancies in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc.Mobile Crisis is a 24/7 program so staff may be needed for weekend or overnight shift coverage. Mobile Crisis and Crisis Clinic staff typically work a 4/10 schedule that includes one weekend shift.

Co-Response Teams
Behavioral Wellness is currently recruiting licensed Practitioners (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Psychologist) to fill vacancies on our Co-Response teams in Santa Barbara and Lompoc. Our Co-Response teams pair a BWELL licensed practitioner with a law enforcement officer who respond together in the community to behavioral health crisis situations, conduct follow-up visits with individuals experiencing behavioral health concerns and engage in pro-active outreach with individuals who have had law enforcement or psychiatric contacts recently. The Co-Response teams aim to divert individuals with a history of behavioral health concerns from the criminal justice system and hospital emergency departments to trauma informed crisis stabilization and comprehensive behavioral health services. Co-Response clinicians typically work a 4/10 schedule that includes one weekend shift.

Mental Health Student Services Act Mental Wellness Education & Linkages Program
The Mental Health Student Services Act Mental Wellness Education & Linkages (MWEL) program is seeking a clinician in the Santa Maria. This position works in collaboration with Santa Barbara County of Education Office to support the school districts with prevention and early intervention for youth mental health. The clinicians work closely with navigators on referrals, provide education and outreach, groups, and crisis intervention for the schools and community. The clinicians will provide comprehensive screening and assessment for youth mental health referrals, groups, case managements, linkages, education for prevention and some direct behavioral interventions for families. The clinician will also work with Behavioral Wellness clinics to ensure linkage and smooth transition to services.


  • Have excellent oral and written communication.
  • Work with clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Have proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Have experience with electronic health records.
  • Have the ability to read, write, converse fluently in English and Spanish (preferred for some positions).
  • Have experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program (when applying for a position at the psychiatric health facility). Examples of Duties
  • Interviews potential clients to assess needs for mental health services or referral elsewhere; counsels or provides psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals, couples, or members of a family to assist them in achieving productive social adjustments, reducing the impact of disabling disorders, and facilitating their achievement of living, vocational, recreational, and interpersonal goals.
  • Documents clinical activity presenting diagnostic and interview findings, clinical evaluations, and recommendations; as a member of an interdisciplinary team, reviews diagnosis and treatment plans of clinical staff; may act as a case manager by coordinating appropriate types of service.
  • Provides crisis counseling in the field, int the office for individuals experiencing acute episodes; evaluates patients, and arranges for voluntary or involuntary admission to facilities for observation and treatment.
  • Confers with and advises clients' relatives to secure their understanding of and cooperation in treatment and rehabilitation programs.
  • Cooperates and works with other agencies and practitioners regarding mutual clientele.
  • Educates clients and their families regarding their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and rehabilitation process.
  • Manages the care of clients by assessing and referring them to public and private providers and monitoring their progress.
  • Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health care, benefits and entitlements, and to learn basic living skills.
  • Participates in quality assurance and program evaluation studies.
    Employment Standards
    In order to be considered for this position, applicants must provide detailed information on their application to demonstrate how they meet the employment standards (minimum qualifications) listed below:
  • Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Professional Licensure: Applicants must possess licensure in their profession from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences at the time of application.

    Additional requirements for LPCC: A minimum of (6) hours of continuing education (CE) specific to marriage and family therapy during each license renewal cycle.

    Driver's License: Independent travel is required for some positions in this class. A valid Driver's License is required at the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.

    Credentialing: Employees in this class must maintain a Credentialed status with the Department based upon its established standards and procedures for Staff Credentialing and Re-Credentialing in accordance with state and federal regulatory requirements.

    Knowledge of: assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment of marriage, family, and child relationship dysfunctions; methods of developing and implementing a treatment plan; human service delivery system; current trends in the field of mental health; laws and regulations applicable to mental health; and basic math.

    Ability to: perform effective counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with clients' families, members of other professional disciplines, social service agencies, and co-workers; relate professionally with persons with serious mental disorders; identify and utilize community resources; prepare and present clear and concise oral and written reports.

    Background Investigation: Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background investigation
    Supplemental Information
  • Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Candidates' response to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and autoscored. Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than 11 qualified candidates. Applicants must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

    Veteran's Preference Points: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and confinement were for a disability incurred during active military service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for veterans with 30% or more disability.

    To receive veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department by attaching it to your application, and (3) pass all phases of the examination process. The preference points will be added to your final test score.

  • Live Scan and Background Check: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, the selected candidate's appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a Live Scan and background check which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. A Live Scan is electronic fingerprint scanning that is certified by the State Department of Justice. Further instructions about when and how to complete the Live Scan will be included in the offer letter. Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination.
  • The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.
    Recruiters will communicate with applicant by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.

    BENEFITS: For more information on County of Santa Barbara benefits click or visit the Benefits Tab above. Additionally, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate.

    The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

    We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

    We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

    We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity.

    Disaster Service Worker: Pursuant to Governmental code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

    APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open until filled. First review of applications will be on Monday, April 1, 2024. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at .

    Amaris Tang, Recruitment Analyst -

Keywords: County of Santa Barbara, Lompoc , Behavioral Wellness Practitioner I/II, Other , Lompoc, California

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