San Joaquin County
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JOB TITLE: Director of Behavioral Health Services 
AGENCY: San Joaquin County Human Resources
LOCATION: Stockton, CA
FILING DEADLINE:  August 29, 2022
SALARY RANGE:  $172,768 - $210,000 annually 

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Director of Behavioral Health 

Make San Joaquin County your new home!
A land of beauty, recreation and natural riches-from the waters of the Delta to the vines of the wine, San Joaquin County has it all. San Joaquin County boasts seven cities and some of the finest opportunities in the state for boating, fishing, camping, history-gathering, or just plain fun in the sun. Each city, as well as the unincorporated county areas, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy natural California beauty and nature, or music, arts and culture.  Whatever your interest, it can most likely be found in San Joaquin County.
The Position
San Joaquin County Health Care Services is recruiting a Director of Behavioral Health Services (Chief Deputy Director - Behavioral Health Services) to lead an organization of dedicated mental health professionals. The County is seeking clinical candidates who are visionary, collaborative, and results-oriented with senior-level management experience in the area of behavioral health services, preferably in the public sector. The Director reports to the Health Care Services Agency Director, and provides strategic direction and administrative oversight for Behavioral Health Services (BHS).  The Director is responsible for leading, managing, directing and administering BHS programs, functions, budgets and activities and ensuring their compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as the policies established by the Director of Health Care Services, the County Administrator, and the Board of Supervisors.   This position serves as the Mental Health Director and Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator for the County, is an at-will position and is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service System.

The Department
Behavioral Health Services provides an array of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, primarily for Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the County.  The mission of San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services is to partner with the community to provide integrated, culturally and linguistically competent mental health and substance abuse services to meet the prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery needs of San Joaquin County residents. The department consists of 864 employees and has an operational budget of $265 million.  The operational divisions of the department include:  Administration, Mental Health Services, Mental Health Forensic Services, Adult/Older Adult Services, Inpatient and Crisis Services, Children’s Services, Substance Abuse Services and Mental Health Pharmacy.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will  be a demonstrated leader dedicated to meeting the communities needs for integrated health services.  The successful candidate will be a licensed professional whose experience demonstrates a desire to effectively serve vulnerable populations with respect and dignity. 

The ideal candidate will:
Possess the ability to leverage the technical expertise of internal and external resources while managing competing demands of a large, dynamic organization. Possess excellent communication skills, with the ability to establish relationships, build networks, and generate resources to meet the needs of Behavioral Health Services and the community. Lead with integrity and demonstrate the ability to mentor and develop staff at all levels of the organization

Typical Duties
The Director plans, organizes, and directs Behavioral Health Services programs, budgets and activities.
In conjunction with the Director of Health Care Services (HCS) and medical and clinical staff, the Director will develop and implement Behavioral Health Services operational policies and procedures. The Director collaborates with the  Behavioral Health Officer (medical director) on matters related to behavioral health medical operations, including patient care and training programs and confers with the Director of HCS in developing recommendations to advisory boards, County Administrator, and the Board of Supervisors.

Minimum Qualifications
License:  Valid California licensure as one of the following:
1. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS).
2. A Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology.
3. A Physician, issued by the Medical Board of California (including certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology).
Education: Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s or doctorate degree required by the State of California to become licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Psychologist, or Physician.
OR Pattern II
License: Valid licensure as a Education: Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing.
AND for Both patterns
License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Desirable Qualifications
Experience:  Seven years of senior-level management experience in a federal, state, or local behavioral health agency, including two years in a diverse community-based behavioral health program.