Mental Health Specialist III (#RS2003)
$23.80-$28.93 Hourly / $4,125.33-$5,014.53 Monthly / $49,504.00-$60,174.40 Yearly


Under direction, supervises a group of paraprofessional employees in a Mental Health setting or performs advanced journey level work in a Mental Health setting; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the highest level class in the Mental Health Specialist series. An employee in this class may be assigned to perform advanced paraprofessional services in one or more of the following: provide case management for a complex client caseload; provide group and individual counseling for emotional, drug, alcohol or other mental health problems; or provide in-service training to speakers, educators and counselors. An employee may also be assigned to supervise a unit engaged in one of those activities or may manage a large mental health program.


  • Supervises a variety of mental health paraprofessionals.
  • Manages a large mental health or related program including responsibility for program development, budgets, personnel issues, utilization review and compliance with state and federal requirements.
  • Provides case management for a complex client caseload of relatively unstable mentally ill or elderly clients; trains and/or supervises less skilled case managers.
  • Provides client counseling to groups and individuals to assist them in developing and maintaining necessary skills and knowledge.
  • Develops and modifies client treatment plans; implements or supervises or participates in the implementation of treatment plans.


    Education:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Psychology, Social Work, Nursing or a related social science.


    Experience:  Two years providing client services in a mental health hospital or social service area.


    OR II

    Education:  Completion of 45 semester units from an approved college or university of which a minimum of 30 must be in Psychology, Social Work, Nursing or a related Social Science.


    Experience:  Two years providing client services in a mental health hospital or social service area.



    Mental health programs, policies and procedures; community resources; causes and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses and substance abuse; techniques of dealing with the physical, emotional and social needs of emotionally disturbed individuals and substance abusers; techniques of training and supervising staff; techniques of researching and analyzing data and writing reports; methods and techniques of managing resources.


    Train and direct others; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare budgets; express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; develop and maintain confidence and cooperation of clients and patients, establish and maintain effective working relationships.

    CLASS: RS2003; EST: 10/9/1985; REV: ;