Sierra Mental Wellness Group employs a top notch staff dedicated to our clients and our team approach to services. Sierra Mental Wellness Group values the many talents and abilities of its employees and seeks to foster an open, cooperative and dynamic environment where employees and the Agency alike can thrive.

Staff Clinician (Tahoe City)

The Staff Clinician position requires direct clinical treatment to clients which can include performing intakes, screenings, mental health assessments, and providing individual, couple and group therapy. In addition, completion of utilization reviews, file reviews, progress recording and all related paperwork is essential. Candidate must display a positive and energetic outlook and a willingness to participate effectively as a member of a team of professional colleagues. Professional verbal and written communication skills are essential.

Minimum Qualifications and Licensing Requirements: This position requires graduation from an accredited university with a master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field, plus a professional license recognized by the State of California in the appropriate field of practice. At least two (2) years of direct practice experience in a human service agency providing therapy is expected.  The candidate must be fingerprinted and cleared by the Department of Justice.

Case Manager (Tahoe City)

The Case Manager is to perform a variety of professional case management and direct client services duties, to coordinate and act as liaison with other departmental and community services/resources and to function as an integral and supportive member of assigned departmental and multi-disciplinary team(s). 

Major Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Provide counseling and case management to assigned client(s) on an on-going basis, monitor and document treatment plans and activity strategies, provide linkage and refer client to other departmental and/or community services and resources, conduct home/work site visits and monitor and assess client status on an on-going basis;*
2. Perform intakes and screen applicants for designated services, review investigations and case studies utilized in the determination of the needs and qualifications of applicants/client; determine appropriate services necessary and/or applicable to most effectively meet client needs;*
3. Coordinate and oversee clients involved in the learning and performance of designated living/working skills; evaluate and track the level of functional behavior; teach/train clients in appropriate behavior/skills utilizing a multi-disciplinary team approach and assist clients with re-entry into community and/or work place;*
4. Participate in the development and on-going implementation of treatment plans, activity strategies, and other individualized program to include behavior modification, basic financial management, social and workplace skills, job search and other activities necessary for independent living; observe and interact with clients and families, employers and other involved participants in a defined and professional manner and record observations and interactions;*
5. Assess applicant/client status and abilities relative to assigned program acceptance, appropriate placement and/or on-going participation; conduct needs assessments, administer tests and apply standardized criteria in making determinations and recommendations;*
6. Identify and report potential crisis situations or within established procedures, apply appropriate intervention; document activities, behavior, incidents and interactions; be alert to all conditions and situations involving client; counsel clients and provide positive role model behavior;*
7. Provide limited crisis intervention or conflict resolution in emergency/stressful situations requiring immediate attention;*
8. Participate in and contribute to an inter-agency and community networking/referral system; evaluate clients’ needs relative to appropriate program referrals; maintain close communication with contract providers, employers and community service agencies to ensure treatment plan/activity strategies and client needs are being met in a successful manner;*
9. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, community resources, clients and the general public utilizing principles of effective customer service;*
10. Participate effectively in staff meetings, in-service training, new employee orientations, peer reviews, collegial team projects and inter-agency coordination activities;*
11. Maintain professional development and practice currency by reading, course work, conference attendance, work on professional committees and contacts with colleagues in the field;*
12. Comply with agency policies and county, state and federal guidelines and paperwork;*
13. Participate effectively in clinical supervision, presenting and reviewing cases and peer review.*
14. Other related duties as assigned.
(denote duties that are considered Essential Job Functions with an asterisk*)

Minimum Qualifications and Characteristics:

1. Graduation from a four year college with a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences required; master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related field preferred. 
2. At least two (2) years experience performing client services and support functions in a public health/social services environment.
3. Demonstrated ability to facilitate communication between/among multiple entities.

Crisis Specialist (San Luis Obispo County)

The Crisis Specialist is responsible for providing mobile crisis support services, both on uncontrolled standby and on-site (days, nights & weekends), in San Luis Obispo County, by performing mental health assessments and 5150 evaluations, providing short-term, stabilizing counseling and/or referral and linkage to community resources, and follow-up. In addition, the Crisis Specialist provides crisis intervention for individuals who are in distress, completes admissions to an appropriate mental health inpatient unit, including completing forms with clients who are to receive ongoing mental health services, and assists mental health clients in obtaining social and other human services by communicating directly and effectively with hospital staff and psychiatrist(s).  The Crisis Specialist effectively participates in staff meetings, in-service training, new employee orientations and inter-agency coordination activities.  

Minimum Qualifications and Licensing Requirements: Minimum qualifications include graduation from a four year college with a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences or an A.A. degree with two years’ experience in mental health crisis work or closely related field; Licensed Psychiatric Technician or Master’s Degree preferred; a professional license (or license eligibility) recognized by the State of California in the appropriate field of practice is ideal but not necessary. 

Experience:  The successful candidate must possess at least three (3) years’ experience in provision of crisis support services, and a sound grasp of the principles of crisis evaluation and clinical interviewing, with a demonstrated ability to facilitate communication between/among multiple entities and 5150 Certification completed in San Luis Obispo County.

Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) Mental Health Professional (Nevada County)

The CSU Mental Health Professional acts independently and in conjunction with the Crisis Response Team to provide a variety of behavioral health services and referral support to clients residing in the CSU, and prepares and maintains documentation related to client services. The CSU Mental Health Professional will apply theories, principles and techniques of mental health treatment including clinical interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, crisis intervention, individual and group therapy and counseling; as well as identify psychological, physical and social aspects and characteristics of mental illness, emotional disturbances and chemical dependency while applying the applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures governing mental health services, including 5150 protocols. Knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures and operations of CSU programs, County and community mental health systems of care, community resources and related services, and basic psychiatric terminology and treatment methods, including uses, effects and side effects of psychotropic drugs, and an understanding and acceptance of the Wellness and Recovery Model. 

Minimum Qualifications and Licensing Requirements: A valid license as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage, Family Therapist able to exercise considerable independent clinical judgment within the scope of the program responsibilities is preferred; or Registered Interns with the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners able to accrue hours of Supervised Professional Experience as defined by the requirements of the Board of Psychology will be considered.

Interested candidates, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Annika Giron
Accounting & Human Resources Assistant
Email: annikag@sierramentalwellness.org
Fax: (916)783-5207