Humboldt County Office of Education: Mental Health Clinical Services Program Manager

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HCOE Job Description

Mental Health Clinical Services Program Manager

Position Summary

The Mental Health Clinical Services Program Manager (MHCPM) provides essential management to support school-based mental health and wellness in our local districts and charter schools.  The MHCPM offers technical assistance and coaching to district and charter school staff, focusing on sustainable funding models, resource allocation and the coordination of school-based support.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is Classified Management. This management level position requires a strong understanding of mental health systems, educational systems and the importance of collaboration and coordination.  Oversight of providers, supporting districts in scaling-up school-based mental health, and assisting with site-based needs and support are unique characteristics of this position.

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position is under the direct supervision of the Director of Prevention and Intervention Services. This classified management position may supervise, and coordinate the supervision of, interns requiring supervised qualifying hours toward licensure with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), Behavioral Wellness Coaches and mental health specialists.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with community based and tribal organizations, local schools of higher education and our local districts and charters.
  • Participate in state and local meetings.
  • Engage in all aspects of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) relevant to school-based mental health and wellness.
  • Provide technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) looking to build capacity to bill for eligible services under the multi-payer fee schedule or seeking for the County Office of Education (COE) team to bill for eligible services under the multi-payer fee schedule, and/or assist with the development of district consortia to benefit from billable services.
  • Work with Partnership Managed Care Plan to best access available funding to support school-based services.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Humboldt County Behavioral Health/Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Public Health, Probation and other local state agencies to best serve our communities.
  • Work closely with the Prevention and Intervention Department Programmatic Funding Analyst to assist and support local school districts.
  • Assist school sites in assessing current practices and policies for consistency with prevention objectives aligned to healthy child development principles.
  • Collaborate with school leadership and district personnel to improve mental health and behavioral outcomes for children.
  • Participate in Humboldt County Children’s System of Care collaborations, workgroups and other associated meetings, working to improve behavioral and mental health outcomes for our children and families.
  • Assist with grant attainment and reporting.
  • Supervise for BBS licensure and/or supervise mental health providers.
  • Supervise and oversee a cadre of Behavior Wellness Coaches who will be regionalized throughout the county providing district level support.
  • Assist with the coordination of Humboldt Bridges to Wellness (collaborative partnership with County Behavioral Health) and the facilitation of the Advisory Committee.
  • Supervise and coordinate the placement of field work students and interns.
  • Participate with the coordination and response of school crisis and threat assessment.
  • Support with methods of Universal Screening for mental health concerns.
  • Collaborate within the Prevention and Intervention Department, and across all departments, at The Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE).
  • Work anchored in evidence-based practices, community-based practices and tiered frameworks of intervention – Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF).
  • Assist with training and technical assistance in the implementation of PBIS, Trauma Informed Practices, Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices and mental health interventions.
  • Develop awareness of Compassionate Systems Awareness, Restorative Practices and Universal Design for Learning.


Knowledge of:

  • Mental health, social emotional and wellness interventions and strategies.
  • Program planning and evaluation design and tools.
  • Policies and procedures, organizational structure and functions and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Ethics, confidentiality and person-centered service delivery.
  • Staff development and professional development resources and the ability to implement them effectively.

Ability to:

  • Demonstrate competence in communicating effectively with children, parents, staff members and representatives of other agencies.
  • Commit to system improvement and increasing access to mental health for all students.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, organizational, communication and human relationship skills.
  • Use software and technology to complete necessary tasks.

Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess license with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in Psychology, Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Three (3) years of experience supporting at-risk youth through mental health programs.

Working Conditions

May be required to work evenings and weekends.

Environmental Elements

This position will be assigned to an educational setting. The employee will be expected to work closely with other county offices, district personnel, students, families, outside agencies and private partners.  The employee may be assigned to school site settings where multiple students and school staff are present.  Employees may be required to walk, stand or conduct work in outdoor educational environments, where there may be loud students or staff, varied temperatures, public interaction and/or upset staff or students.

Physical Demands

Consideration will be given to reasonable accommodation for the following physical requirements:

  • The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear.
  • The employee will need to frequently perform repetitive hand/finger movements for activities such as, but not limited to, using a keyboard.
  • The employee is occasionally required to climb stairs, bend, reach with hands/arms, lift, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • The employee will regularly be required to drive long distances to remote areas of the county and may be required to lift and move equipment up to 25 lbs.
  • Sufficient vision to read printed materials.
  • Sufficient hearing to conduct in-person and telephone conversations.
  • Sufficient mobility to move about the county office and other sites as may be required.
  • Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard at normal conversational distance, on the telephone, and to address groups of varying sizes.
  • Physical and emotional stamina to cope with sometimes stressful situations and conditions.

Other Requirements

  • Must be fingerprinted and a satisfactory Department of Justice records check must be received by HCOE prior to employment.
  • TB testing and/or risk assessment will be required upon employment.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical (if applicable).
  • May be required to obtain first aid and CPR certificates within the first 6 to 12 months of employment.
  • May be required to drive with or without students; requires a California driver’s license, proof of insurance and possible participation in the DMV PUll Notice Program once employed.

Classified Management Specialists – Class 3

PC Approved: 06/11/2024

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