THE JOB: Under direction, assist severely mentally ill and/or disabled clients apply for benefits from various federal and state programs; assist severely mentally ill and/or disabled clients obtain necessary documentation of eligibility; advocate for severely mentally ill and/or disabled clients in the application and appeals processes; and perform other duties as required. The current vacancy is with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services division in the Health Services Agency.
THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training or experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Two years of experience assisting clients apply for benefits from various federal, state or local government sponsored programs.
Equivalent to a degree from an accredited four year college or university in counseling, psychology or a behavioral or social science and one year experience working with severely mentally ill and/or disabled clients.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Upon appointment possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation, which is approved by the appointing authority.
Knowledge: Working knowledge of interviewing techniques; the problems, needs and attitudes of individuals with disabilities, including serious mental illness; and human behavior and development. Some knowledge of the philosophy, principles, objectives and specific provisions of a variety of state and federal benefits programs; and of community resources.
Ability to: Effectively interview severely mentally ill and/or disabled clients to obtain pertinent program eligibility information; prepare reports, case notes and records and accurately complete complicated benefit program applications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with severely mentally ill and/or disabled clients (including those of varied ethnic and social backgrounds), families or their representatives, department staff, community agencies and others contacted in the course of work; learn, understand, interpret, apply and explain the complex laws, policies, procedures and regulations for state and federal benefit programs; communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing; analyze and evaluate evidence and the facts of situations and draw sound conclusions; work independently to manage a caseload of severely mentally ill and/or disabled clients; and work with physicians and other medical staff to develop needed documentation to support disability claims.
22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
12.5 paid holidays per year.
3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County pays a portion of retirement contribution and participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
SDI Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing pre-tax dollars.
H-CARE PLAN Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION Offers systematic savings and low interest loans.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
OTHER Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.
THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months, and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.
HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now! Click on the link below; or print out an application and mail/bring application to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD# (831) 454-2123. Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.
Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.
To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.
Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.
NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.
An Equal Opportunity Employer