Crisis Specialist,associate Or Licensed

County of Marin
Full Time 4) per week $108,430 - $115,377 Per year CA 120 N Redwood Dr Suite 3, San Rafael, CA 94903, United States


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At Health & Human Services, we serve our community through the values of support, unity, trust and excellence with one common goal: to promote and protect the health, well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of all in Marin. Join our team of bright, committed, and energetic people who also want to make an impact through public service. 


New, full-time, regular hire Crisis Specialists (Associate or Licensed)  are eligible to receive a $10,000 signing bonus which will be split into two equal payments – 50% at time of hire (i.e. first paycheck) and the remaining 50% at successful completion of their probationary period. This amount is prorated for regular hire part-time employees based on the employee’s FTE. If the new hire voluntarily separates prior to the completion of their probationary period, they will be required to reimburse the County for the amount of the signing bonus received.

We have Crisis Specialist (associate or licensed) positions (Regular and Fixed-Term) available. Please read about the programs with vacancies below.
The Mobile Crisis Continuum unit encompasses the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) and the Transition and Outreach Team (TOT). These two teams work closely together. All clinicians, across programs, are trained and certified to initiate 5150 applications. Both teams are expected to cross-train and provide coverage as needed. The MCRT focus is on acute crisis intervention and the TOT focus is on short term, intensive case management and linkage for clients at risk of and/or coming out of a behavioral health crisis.

MCRT: Duties include, but are not limited to, community-based intervention as part of a team of two responding to acute behavioral health crises. Duties as the clinician also includes answering and logging calls for service utilizing a standardized intake screening tool, providing consultation and recommendations as indicated, information and education, as well as provision of solo response to secure and/or safe locations. All calls for service are documented in the County’s designated Electronic Health Record (EHR).
 The youth focused positions may entail short-term case management, support, and linkage to services as well as collaboration with families, schools, and the foster system. With information derived from a clinical interview, nursing reports, case history, and collateral information the Crisis Specialist writes a semi-structured report, develops, and implements a brief treatment and safety plan for clients under their care. This may include making referrals to appropriate agencies and levels of care based on the assessment and level of acuity. The youth-focused positions will also be required to build relationships and outreach to all schools in the county from elementary age to Junior College.All MCRT roles require a significant degree of independence as well as the ability to collaborate with team members and community-based organizations, including schools, hospitals, law enforcement, and private therapists, independent clinics, and juvenile hall. The positions are shift-based including weekends and holidays.
TOT: A safety net service and the duties include, but are not limited to, short term, intensive community-based case management alongside a Peer Support Specialist (PSS) with the focus on linkage to long term behavioral health services. The clinician and PSS work to identify barriers to connection and support the clients in overcoming those barriers. This team is also responsible for developing an in depth understanding of available resources in the county and utilize warm hand-offs to ensure continuity of care. This is a voluntary service and sometimes requires extended outreach and engagement.All positions will report to the Unit Supervisors assigned to the Mobile Crisis Continuum teams under the Forensic Mental Health Division. The positions are field/community-based and responsive to individuals presenting with behavioral health and substance-related crisis across Marin County.

Current Vacancies:

For Crisis Specialist:

MCRT: There are currently two (2) vacancies: 
One (1) regular ongoing 0.5 FTE (Daily 10 hour shifts two (2) days a week Thur – Fri 11am-9pm) **Eligible for swing differential;

One (1) youth focused fulltime **fixed term** position (Daily 8 hour shifts five (5) days a week Mon – Fri 8am-4pm – position ending on 6/30/2024).

TOT: There are currently no vacancies
**The fixed term position is initially funded up to (06/30/2024) Please note, this position may end prior to (06/30/2024) if funding ceases or the work is complete. In addition, this position may continue after (06/30/2024) if funding is renewed or extended. Per PMR 48.2, fixed term employees are not subject to Reduction in Force rights at the completion of the term.
TOT: There are currently no vacancies

Please note: MCRT expanded to 24/7/365; effective January 1, 2024. At this time, shifts include an AM shift (7:00am-5:00pm), a Midday shift (10:00am-8:00pm), a PM shift (12:00pm-10:00pm), and a NOC (overnight) standby shift (9:30pm-7:30am). All positions hold the expectation to work nights and weekends as a part of MCRT expansion. Schedules are subject to change. 
We are currently starting all new Crisis Specialists (Associates) hires at the top step: $4,170 biweekly.
We are currently starting all new Licensed Crisis Specialist hires at the top step: $4,438 biweekly.
Depending on the assigned shift, you may receive one of the differentials below: 

  • Extra-hire = 15% 
  • PM/evening shift = 7.5% 
  • NOC/overnight shift = 15% 
  • Weekend shift = 10% 
  • Weekend PM/evening shift = 17.5%
  • Weekend NOC/Overnight shift = 25%
You must work a minimum of four (4) hours within the defined shift to qualify for the shift differential (consecutively, not concurrently)
Highly Desirable:Bilingual skills in Spanish and English are highly desirable.
Bilingual Testing/Certification: Please note if the successful candidate has bilingual skills, they must demonstrate proficiency in both Spanish and English prior to receiving differential pay. A bilingual proficiency exam will be administered at that time to ensure the candidate possesses the appropriate skill level to meet the requirements.


Our Highly Qualified Candidate:
Our highly qualified candidate will have experience working with clients experiencing severe and persistent mental health challenges across all ages in crisis or emergent situations. They will be able to work well with a small team. The candidate will be able to organize their work effectively, as well as being able to document complex clinical information quickly, accurately, and concisely, and utilize this information to rapidly develop a treatment plan. The ideal candidate can provide a welcoming environment to even the most distraught client. The ideal candidate will have strong diagnostic and assessment skills in addition to having the ability to work with and relay information to a wide-range of clients, families, and other professionals. In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience in de-escalating persons in high-stress and/or high anxiety situations to maintain the safety of clients and staff.

We recognize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required Minimum Qualifications:

EITHER possession of a Master's degree from an accredited institution in social work, psychology, counseling or a closely related field by first date of employment OR possession of a Doctoral degree in clinical psychology or a closely related field by first date of employment AND equivalent to one year of clinical behavioral health experience under qualified supervision in a behavioral health setting appropriate to the assignment.
Certificates & Licenses

From the first day of employment, an employee must be registered with the State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Clinical Social Worker, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist OR Associate Professional Clinical Counselor AND employees must successfully pass the licensing exam within six years from the date of employment. 
From the first date of employment, an employee who is an unlicensed Psychologist is required to be waiver-eligible AND must successfully pass the licensing exam within the five-year waiver period. 
Failure to obtain licensure within specified timelines will result in termination of employment. Incumbents must acquire the appropriate licensure before advancing to the Licensed Crisis Specialist.Must be professionally licensed by the State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor OR must be professionally licensed as a Clinical Psychologist issued by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology.
Qualified non-California residents must submit proof of license eligibility in California that meets the requirement of their prospective licensing board and be waiver eligible from the California Department of Health Care Services.
Failure to obtain licensure within the specified timelines, and/or loss of State registration at any time, will result in termination of employment.
Employees who drive on County business to carry out job-related duties must possess a valid California driver’s license for the class of vehicle driven and meet automobile insurability requirements of the County including review of a recent DMV history. At the time of the selection interview by the appointing authority, applicants will have to furnish a recent DMV driving record.  


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Testing and Eligible List: 
Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination may consist of a highly qualified review, application screening, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, performance examination, or any combination to determine which candidates' names will be placed on the eligible list.
The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies for open, fixed-term, full-time or part-time positions which may occur while the list remains active.
Candidates selected are subject to fingerprinting by the Sheriff's Department and must pass a Department of Justice LiveScan background check prior to appointment.

Disaster Service Workers: 
All County of Marin employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.