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Salary: $4,833.00 - $5,874.00
Posted: 10/17/2013

Job Description:
** Your state application must indicate you are applying for Health Program Specialist I - 098-320-8338-001. Please explain your eligibility (i.e. lateral transfer, on a list, etc.).

You must have current certification, list, lateral, or reinstatement eligibility to apply for this vacancy.

* Part- time employees shall be subject to the pay reduction on a pro-rated basis consistent with their time base. The salary listed above does not reflect this reduction.

Under the direction of the Chief Psychiatrist, Telepsychiatry Services Unit, Statewide Mental Health Program (MHP), Division of Health Care Services, the Health Program Specialist I (HPSI) is a highly skilled technical consultant of the Statewide MHP who performs the most difficult and complex analysis involving the statewide planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of mental health care delivered to the inmates in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) institutions. Some travel is required with this position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Performs the most complex MHP functions, including oversight, support, and reporting of activities relating to compliance monitoring. Serves as a team leader on studies, projects, and plans and performs staff work for advisory committees. Support recruitment and hiring processes. Coordinate and directs office technician activities, under the supervision of psychiatric leadership/managers. Leads teams of clinical and administrative staff within the unit, division, MHP, CDCR, and stakeholders to develop methodologies and plans to continuously evaluate compliance with the required elements of mental health care services. Develops, proposes, and coordinates implementation of forms, protocols, and plans across the entire spectrum of the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS). Provides technical assistance for clinical and support staff in the development of solutions for correcting identified deficiencies in the overall MHSDS or telepsychiatry services program components and reporting processes.

Monitors and prepares comprehensive management reports related to telepsychiatry program operational needs and the requirements of both clinical and administrative considerations as the plans are developed and implemented. Provides regular program updates, briefings, analysis, and interpretation of progress and compliance within the Statewide MHP to management, court appointed experts and various stakeholders. Serves as a facilitator on work groups comprised of mental health and other CDCR subject matter experts. Coordinate hiring and training of new telepsychiatry personnel. Monitor and manage personnel required paperwork.

Provides consultation on quality management concepts, processes, and other quality assessment activities related to the MHSDS. Establishes administrative support policies, procedures and systems for the MHP’s document processing, archiving, expenditure tracking, and coordinating of managerial projects. These duties are typical of the SSA/AGPA or Administrative Assistant classification. Generate related reports, on a routine and as requested basis.

Participates in special projects involving the development, modification and/or evaluation of clinical programs and services. Provides highly technical consultation for developmental, evaluation or operational implementation tasks or quality improvement plans. Maintain files, including maintaining employee files. Attend meetings and take meeting minutes; prepare agendas for meetings; arrange meetings and reminders, including scheduling participants and meeting rooms using departmentally approved software programs; ensure appropriate documents are available for meetings; and provide administrative support for unit staff, including transportation, lodging, travel advances, and travel claims.

Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: Public health, mental health and health care services programs and trends; problems and procedures involved in establishing community relationships and assessing community health program needs and resources; preparation and planning for coordinated programs with local and Federal agencies, private agencies and health care providers; principles and methods of public administration including organization, personnel and fiscal management; methods of preparing reports; research and survey methods; methods and principles of medical care administration, disease and disability prevention, health promotion and medical rehabilitation; procedures, planning, implementation and monitoring of programs; design and plan for coordination of programs with Federal and local agencies; legislative processes.

Ability to: Assist in development of public health and health care projects; apply health regulations, policies and procedures; participate in monitoring and evaluating health programs and projects; gather, analyze and organize data related to health programs; analyze administrative problems and recommend effective action; speak and write effectively; act as program liaison with staff in other programs at the Federal, State, and local level; assist in planning, conducting and evaluating of field projects; recommend and take actions on a variety of health programs, project activities, staffing and budgetary processes; analyze proposed legislation, regulations and health program standards; provide consultation and technical assistance to local agencies; serve on task forces and committees as a program representative.

This position will be located at HCSHQ offices in Elk Grove, CA.

Benefits information can be found on the Department of Personnel Administration website,, and the CalPERS website,

In order to apply and be considered for this position, all applicants must submit a completed Standard State Application Form (Std. 678)
have CURRENT CERT ELIGIBILITY(promotional OR new to civil service candidates). The STD. 678 application is available at, under “How to Apply.”

All Methods of appointment may be considered. Applications will be screened and only the most competitive will be invited for an interview.

This advertisement may be used for other vacancies that occur during this posting.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
HEALTH PROGRAM SPECIALIST I - Tele-Psych Program 095 - 320 - 8338 - 001
Location County
HCSHQ- Rancho Cucamonga SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
9272 Laguna Springs Drive
El Grove, 95758
916 691-3808

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