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Recruitment #13-SK7-01


THE JOB: Under general supervision, review medical records of patients who are under treatment for emotional or mental illness to ensure proper utilization of treatment resources; review patient records for proper case documentation, and medical necessity of treatment in relation to federal, state and county regulations; assess continuing treatment plans; advocate for required patient treatment with medical providers; and perform other duties as required. The current vacancies are within the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the Health Services Agency.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS:  Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be: 

Possession of a Master's Degree with a major in Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Marriage and Family and Child Counseling, Registered Nursing or a closely related science field which has included completion of a university approved internship and the equivalent to one year of experience at the level of Senior Mental Health Client Specialist.   

Special Requirements: License, Registration: Possession of a license as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family and Child Counselor, Clinical Psychologist, or Registered Nurse. Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.  

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of Psychological and social aspects and characteristics of emotional disturbances and mental illness; principles and methods of counseling and the accepted techniques for assessing psycho-social behavior. Working knowledge of human behavior and development; appropriate and available community resources; problems, needs and attitudes of the emotionally ill and socially disturbed; pertinent laws and regulations regarding health and social service programs; federal, state and county regulations pertaining to utilization review; laws and regulations as they pertain to clients' legal rights; pharmacology of medications and psychotropic drug treatment; methods and procedures of admissions, disc

harges and patient care in acute care psychiatric facilities.

Ability to: Communicate effectively in oral and written format; maintain effective interpersonal relationships; understand and apply state, federal and local regulations and laws governing quality assurance and utilization review; work independently; analyze treatment plans, which include the diagnosis of client behavioral and emotional problems; use good judgment in order to make critical decisions about the medical necessity of treatment; and work in a high stress, chaotic environment.


– 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years.  Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS – 12.5 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – 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.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENTPension 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.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training 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 and supplemental 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 and supplemental 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 supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them 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.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer