Behavioral Wellness Children's Outpatient Clinic Team Supervisor-practitioner

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $92,223 - $110,955 Per year CA 401 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436, United States Apply before 5/22/2024 5:00


***NOTICE OF CHANGE***The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 22, 2024.
We are accepting applications to fill one (1) full-time vacancy for the Children’s Outpatient Clinic Team Supervisor-Practitioner position in Lompoc for the Behavioral Wellness Department.  This is a working supervisory classification with the following area of focus: Children Services Program. This recruitment will also be used to fill future vacancies in the Public Health Department.
The selected candidate may need to travel between different sites within Santa Barbara County. The operational area may include: Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, and Santa Ynez.
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 Team Supervisor-Practitioner in multiple locations which include Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. Therefore, you must check the Individual Location(s) on the application, work types, and departments where you would be willing to accept an assignment for current and future employment. If you qualify for this position and pass the required selection steps, your name may be sent to the hiring department for the vacancy locations where you have expressed interest in working.

*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.
This position is utilized by two departments in the County of Santa Barbara. Each Team Supervisor-Practitioner’s duties vary from one department to another, depending on the needs of the department and the nature of the work that you will be performing. The work schedule for this position will depend upon the needs of the Department.
The County of Santa Barbara's Department of Behavioral Wellness isresponsible for ensuring the provision of mental health services mandated by the State of California for children with serious emotional disturbance, adults with serious mental illness, and all Medi-Cal beneficiaries with specialty mental health needs.  Behavioral Wellness also provides substance use disorder treatment services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Our Mission is to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals; families and communities by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services that are guided by measurable client-specific outcomes. Behavioral Wellness annually provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to approximately 9,800 clients (3,000 children/adolescents and 6,900 adults) with mental illness and 4,500 clients with substance use disorders.  For more information, please visit:  
The County of Santa Barbara’s Public Health Department mission is to improve the health of our communities by preventing disease, promoting wellness and ensuring access to needed health care, and our vision is healthier communities through leadership, partnership and science. With a staff of 500+ and a budget of approximately $83 million, Public Health serves a population of about 420,000 residents in Santa Barbara County. learn more about the Health Care Centers. For more information, please visit: .
The candidate selected for this position will, under direction of program managers in the Behavioral Wellness Department, provide administrative supervision and, within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, clinical supervision, for a team providing assessment, treatment, and rehabilitative services to individuals with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring conditions; provides treatment services directly to clients, supervises the staff and daily operations of a treatment services unit; administers and coordinates staff training and development programs; provides professional consultation services to local communities, agencies, coalitions, and contract service providers; and performs related duties as required.
BWELL Children Services Program: The candidate will have experience and training in the following areas: Understanding of the impact of trauma in children, teens, and Transitional Age Youth, Family Systems knowledge; Screening, Evaluation and Treatment planning; Providing Individual, Family, and/or Group rehab and skill training; Work with children or teens involved with gangs or juvenile probation; Work with children in the foster care system and collaboration with Child Welfare Services; Work with schools, children in Special Education or with IEP; Crisis Intervention with children; Experience with co-occurring disorders and alcohol and drug services; and other relevant experience.
Under direction of program managers in the Public Health Department, provides administrative supervision and, within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, clinical supervision, for a team providing assessment, treatment, and rehabilitative services to individuals with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring conditions; provides treatment services directly to clients, supervises the staff and daily operations of an administrative/prevention services or treatment services unit; administers and coordinates intern and/or staff training and development programs; provides professional consultation services to local communities, agencies, coalitions, and contract service providers; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a working supervisory classification in which incumbents typically provide services to clients as part of their team and in addition assign, coordinate, and review the work of other team members. Depending on their licensure and/or area(s) of expertise and in conjunction with program managers, incumbents also provide supervision of clinical assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation services and/or administration and coordination of workforce-building efforts. This classification is distinguished from Behavioral Wellness program managers by the latter's responsibility for managing all activities associated with assigned clinics or programs, including budget preparation and monitoring, providing overall program direction and oversight, and coordinating program components with other departmental functions and managers and with services provided by other County departments and outside agencies.
Incumbents in this class 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 programs, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.
The Ideal Candidate will:
  • Have knowledge of principles and practices of supervision and performance management. 
  • 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.
  • Have experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program.
  • Have experience in alcohol and drug assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services.

Examples of Duties


  1. Evaluates new cases to identify placement on a continuum of low-acuity cases to high-acuity cases and assigns clients to staff accordingly; coordinates services within the treatment team; reviews staff charts and cases to ensure effectiveness of treatment plans; oversees case discussion and review; ensures that staff comply with departmental policies and procedures governing treatment and rehabilitation services and that staff employ best practices within the System of Care framework. 
  2. Provides direct services, which may include direct clinical assessment, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation and medication services, within the scope of licensure and professional expertise; provides collateral consultation to partner agencies and/or family members involved in the client's life; prepares case reports. 
  3. Within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, provides clinical oversight of treatment team members, including supervision of assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic treatment, and rehabilitation services by Behavioral Wellness professionals; ensures that staff members are informed of and in compliance with the department's policies and procedures for delivering clinical services. 
  4. Confers with Behavioral Wellness Program Managers concerning worksite problems and System of Care issues; identifies potential and actual program and operational problems and assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to resolve them; acts as a liaison between employees and management, including defining and advocating organizational goals and policies to employees and passing employees' views to management; represents Program Managers at meetings and performs site management duties when assigned or in the Program Manager's absence. 
  5. In conjunction with Behavioral Wellness Program Managers, interviews and selects candidates for hire, promotion, or reassignment; sets employee performance standards including standards in clinical areas within the scope of licensure and professional expertise; communicates expectations and ensures staff compliance; evaluates and documents employee performance; takes  disciplinary measures such as issuing warnings and reprimands, and recommends actions to Program Managers in more serious cases. 
  6. Compiles and prepares statistics on clients served; ensures that proper documentation is kept and that charts are complete to maximize revenue from billing; identifies training needs and provides or arranges training for staff in program policies and procedures; prepares correspondence to clients; tracks participation of staff in training necessary for continued licensure or to ensure staff members remain current with the department's administrative and program policies and procedures. 
  7. Within the scope of licensure and/or area(s) of expertise, may supervise associates for licensure through the BBS. 

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), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, AND 

  1. Two (2) years of post-licensure, journey-level experience performing duties equivalent to a Behavioral Wellness Practitioner II with Santa Barbara County that included lead work or responsibility for coordinating treatment services provided by staff. 
Additional requirements for LPCC:  a minimum of (6) hours of continuing education (CE) specific to marriage and family therapy during each license renewal cycle.
Equivalent Combinations: 
Applicants for Clinical Psychologist, Practitioner, Masters Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse, or Psychiatric Technician Team Supervisor must possess the appropriate license stated above. However, combinations of training, education, and experience that provide the required knowledge and abilities will be considered for their equivalence to the stated experience requirement.
Professional Licensure:  Applicants must possess licensure in their profession from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences at the time of application.  Interested professionals possessing out-of-state licensure are encouraged to obtain a MFT Associate registration, Associate SW Registration, or Professional Clinical Counselor Associate (PCC), from the California Board of Behavioral sciences and apply for Behavioral Wellness Practitioner Associate.
Driver's License:  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.  Employees may be required to use their personal vehicle for work-related travel.
Knowledge of: training practices; standard English grammar and usage; and, at a level appropriate to the scope of licensure and professional expertise, knowledge of medications and pharmacology; current mental health assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation modalities; treatment of co-occurring conditions; State Medi-Cal regulations, e.g., rehabilitation option and managed care; California laws and regulations pertaining to the mental health patients' rights program; System of Care approaches to mental health care; principles and practices of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with mental and emotional disorders; current developments in the field of mental health treatment, clinical case management, and treatment protocols for licensed and unlicensed staff; community resources available to and needed by the mentally ill and their families; professional standards of conduct; Medicare and Medi-Cal billing procedures.
Ability to: interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies; plan, organize, and prioritize the work of self and others; assign work, delegate responsibility, and coordinate work assignments; motivate and work effectively with subordinates from a variety of professions; evaluate job performance of staff and provide constructive feedback; gather, organize, and analyze data to make decisions, under pressure and within deadlines; foresee the likely advantages and disadvantages of decisions; accept responsibility for decisions; learn department's policies and procedures related to employee supervision, training and evaluation; establish and maintain records of the type and quality of clinical treatment services provided by staff; prepare complete and accurate narrative reports and a variety of written documents such as correspondence, policies and procedures, and performance evaluations; present information in an organized and comprehensible manner; develop practical solutions to problems; remain poised while dealing with pressure exerted by others; defuse hostile or stressful situations; employ creativity in resolving problems; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; maintain confidentiality of information; implement the philosophy of professional assault response training (PART).