A class incumbent directs the operation of a program unit responsible for a statewide mental health service.
Supervise a staff of 2-4 professional employees.
Nature and Scope
A class incumbent reports to the Director of the Division of Child Mental Health and is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating treatment services. A class incumbent has overall responsibility for a statewide mental health treatment unit and for the development and implementation of short range objectives and long term goals for a program unit such as one of the following: residential treatment centers, inpatient treatment, community-based treatment. Incumbents have fiscal responsibility for the unit, including securing funding to implement program goals. A significant aspect of this work is the coordination of the unit's treatment services with other components of the continuum of treatment.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Develops and implements programming for child/adolescent mental health treatment, maintaining the integrity of the long term goals of the particular program unit.
Develops, administers and evaluates contracts for provision of mental health treatment services and monitors service delivery.
In conjunction with the statewide accountability effort, develops procedures and applies standards and measures for evaluation of program operation, and results to improve unit's effectiveness and efficiency. Takes appropriate action to correct deficiencies noted.
Trains, assigns and supervises subordinates providing direction and technical guidance.
Develops and maintains effective relationships with public and private agencies regarding the unit's treatment services.
Interprets laws, regulations and administrative decisions as they apply to the unit's services.
Prepares and administers budget for the specific program, insuring operation within budgetary constraints.
Prepares narrative, statistical and court reports, as needed, on treatment, site review and/or recommendations for further action.
Participates in meetings, task forces, etc. and speaks before public groups on behalf of the unit/division.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of mental health treatment modalities, theories and practices.
Knowledge of the principles, practices and theories of treatment program planning, development and evaluation.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of program analysis.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of contract development and negotiation.
Knowledge of the theories, practices and techniques of administration.
Skill in evaluating program effectiveness and identification of potential problem areas.
Skill in organizing, directing and coordinating people, projects and functions.
Ability to plan, develop, implement and monitor mental health treatment programs for children and/or adolescents.
Ability to initiate corrective action resulting from program evaluation.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with community organizations, contractors and associates.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Mental Health Program Administrator II
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
Six months experience in health or human services program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of health or human services programs and services; planning and establishing short and long range program goals and objectives. Providing advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
Six months experience in budget development which includes analyzing financial data and making long and short range plans and projections.
Six months experience in contract development which includes writing and negotiating contracts
Six months experience in developing policies and procedures.
Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.
Knowledge of treatment modalities and theories for mental health, drug or alcohol services.