Behavioral Health Clinician Ll

County of Orange
Full Time 500 per week $84,968 - $105,560 Per year CA 405 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701, United States



Correctional Health Services 

(Formerly Clinical Social Worker/Marriage Family Therapist II)

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 – 4.25% increase

Effective June 27, 2025 – 4.00% increase

Please note we have a One Day Hiring Event for this position on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm at our County Administration North building: 400 W. Civic Center Dr., Santa Ana, CA 92701.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online but will also be able to apply in person. Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested.

Please note that a current, valid license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is required to be placed on the eligible list. If you have applied for your license but do not possess such by the date of application, you are required to provide proof of your BBS license application at the time of application submission. Those without possession of a valid LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, or proof of application for a BBS license will be disqualified from the recruitment.

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

Premium Pay

In addition to the hourly salary, eligible applicants


receive premium pay for the items listed below.

  • Bilingual pay: Qualified employees who meet the criteria found ( shall receive an additional ninety $0.90 per hour for all hours paid.
  • Night Shift Differential pay: Employees assigned to a night shift shall be paid a night shift differential for each hour actually worked on the assigned night shift. Payrate is determined by assigned shift hours found   (page 15).
  • Jail Supplement pay: An employee in this classification who is permanently assigned to the Central Jail/Intake/Release Center (including Correctional Medical Services), Theo Lacy Branch Jail or James Musick Facility shall receive an additional $1.50 per hour for all paid hours.
  • Call-Back pay: An employee in this classification who returns to work because of an agency/department request shall be eligible for Call-Back pay as detailed (page 17).

This recruitment is open to the public.This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list that will be used to fill current and future Behavioral Health Clinician II positions within the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the County are met. Candidates who are placed on the eligible list will remain on the eligible list for six (6) months and may be considered/referred for selection/hiring interviews. After six (6) months, candidates must reapply to receive further consideration.  HEALTH CARE AGENCY
The is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of five (5) service areas - Strategy and Special Projects, Mental Health and Recovery Services, Correctional Health Services, Medical Health Services and Public Health Services - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.  

The , program provides medical, dental, nursing, infection control, health education and pharmaceutical services at a community standard of care and also provides mental health services including 24-hour emergency triage and crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment beds, individual and group therapy, substance abuse counseling, medication assessment and discharge planning to all adult inmates in the County's five (5) correctional facilities.

The County of Orange has adopted a Stepping Up Initiative, with a primary goal of reducing the number of individuals with mental illness in the jails and recidivism rates. ACHS is seeking qualified Behavioral Health Clinicians in the CHS Mental Health Services and in the Jail to Community Re-Entry Program (JCRP) to perform extensive case management and discharge planning with the incarcerated population.

The CHS Mental Health Program consists of services to Adults and Older Adult incarcerated populations who are justice involved. The position provides professional counseling and treatment services for these populations exhibiting a wide variety of mental health, drug abuse and/or alcohol related disorders in an institutional setting.  

The JCRP provides services within CHS, providing discharge planning and linkage services to Adults and Older Adult incarcerated populations who are justice involved. The position provides extensive case management and collaboration with community partners to link clients for post release after care treatment.
The responsibilities of the Behavioral Health Clinician II will include but are not limited to:
  • Performing Psychosocial MH evaluation, Drug Screening and/or conduct needs assessments to facility mental health needs and referrals
  • Providing both individual and group interventions utilizing a variety of evidence-based practices, conduct case management activities, and facilitate referrals and linkages to community services, and document services rendered
  • Utilizing evidence-based practices (EBP) for individuals and groups with psychological and substance use disorders to address barriers to re-entry and prevent relapse to criminal behaviors
  • Planning and coordinating the re-entry plan with the client on an ongoing basis while in custody and ensuring increased follow through
  • Avoiding gaps in care with community-based services and post custody supervision
  • Developing individualized service plans by determining appropriate level of interventions based on clients current level of functioning, symptoms, behaviors and identifying target inmates' multiple criminogenic needs in order to have greater impact on successful re-entry and recidivism
  • Linking the target population to a continuum of treatment and supportive services upon release, including but not limited to counseling, medication support, housing, and transportation
  • Facilitating connections with family and other support systems such as forensic peer support mentors; and conducting re-entry groups with the target population prior to release, in order to troubleshoot possible barriers to successful re-entry
  • Collaborating frequently with BHS agencies, Adult Correctional Health Services (ACHS), Sheriff's Department staff as well as outside department contacts such as police agencies from the community, family of patients, court personnel, community hospital staff, other County agencies such as Public Health, Juvenile Health Services and surrounding hospitals in order to match clients level of criminogenic risks and behavioral health/substance use needs with appropriate levels of community supervisions and treatment
  • Other work as assigned

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate sound judgment, good decision making and problem solving skills. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have experience working with the severely mentally ill population and have case management experience, be able to work independently and demonstrate reliability, proactive involvement in work and confidence and optimism in performing daily tasks.Also, the ideal candidate should have substantial knowledge and practical experience directly related to:

Technical Knowledge 
  • Understanding and applying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Understanding of relapse prevention and best practices for treating and engaging with the mentally ill clients
  • Completing and performing clinical risk assessment related to danger to self, danger to others or grave disability (i.e. 5150, 5250, T-con)
  • Discharge planning and linking mentally ill clients to community resources
  • Providing care to client in relation to their level of functioning (i.e. acute psychiatric housing)
  • Discharge planning and linking mentally ill clients to community resources
  • Understanding of relapse prevention
  • Using Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan (SOAP) format in preparing progress notes and reports
  • Proficiency with Electronic Health Records (EHR), Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification by date of appointment
Critical Thinking l Problem Solving
  • Analyzing factors that contribute to overall health problems and/or recidivism (i.e. poor medication compliance, drug and alcohol problems, homelessness)
  • Assessing and evaluating client's presenting symptoms and behaviors rapidly and accurately, including establishing appropriate clinical boundaries with clients
  • Recognizing factors that are outside of mental health that could be impacting the client's overall functioning and refer appropriately (i.e. drug or alcohol withdrawal, medical issues) skillfully
  • Ability to make quick and effective decisions to prevent any injury/loss of life, financial loss for the County, personal and/or public relations issues
  • Being alert and aware of personal safety and security while providing care and/or treatment to unstable or unpredictable mentally ill clients
  • Preparing written materials and present information in ways that are professional and will represent HCA positively
  • Ability to de-escalate hostile or confrontational clients/customers
  • Communicating effectively both in person and in writing
  • Engaging clients in discharge planning and developing a viable plan of self-care by formulating short and long term goal and objectives according to client's level of psychological functioning
  • Participating as a member of a mental health multidisciplinary clinical team by engaging and taking part in meetings, committees or training's providing education, knowledge and insight into clinical cases
  • Collaborating and communicating relevant critical information with other stakeholders, including the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), Orange County Probation, Orange County Public Defender, Social Services Agency, Regional Center of Orange County, Orange County Housing Authority and other ancillary agencies, to identify gaps in service delivery and solidify linkages with external stakeholders for a smooth transition from jail to community
Interpersonal Skills  
  • Eliminating the influence of personal biases in working with diverse clients
  • Being flexible to work in numerous clinical areas, including handling difficult and complex mental health cases
  • Having the compassion to provide care without judgment to a segment of clients that have been charged with criminal conduct
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and effectively handle stress in dealing with difficult clients, family members and law enforcement personnel
  • Incumbents must NOT have felony convictions or be on any form of probation
  • Must be able to pass and maintain background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner. Background screening includes; completing a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (N.A.C.E.S.).
  • The Correctional facilities are a 24 hour, 7 days a week facilities, incumbents must be able to work weekends, evenings or night shifts and holidays.
Click for a complete classification description and minimum qualifications including Physical, Mental and Environmental Conditions for Behavioral Health Clinician II.

Inorder to meet minimum qualifications with an LPCC number, applicants must have completed six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units focused on marital/couple/family therapy, possess 500 hours of documented supervised experience working with couples/families/children and have six (6) hours of continuing education during each license renewal cycle. Proof of education and documented hours required at time of hire. 

Applicants who are applying with an out of state license should refer to the minimum qualifications link above. 

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all applications to identify qualified candidates. After screening, only those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the selection procedures. Candidates will receive notification via e-mail of further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click to review the policy.

Based on the Agency/Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. Candidates will be notified via e-mail of any changes in the selection procedures. 

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.