San Mateo County Health is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Director of Correctional Health Servicesto plan, organize, direct and coordinate all clinical and administrative operations and services including contract monitoring for all Correctional Health Services programs within the County. The position reports to the Chief of Health, is a member of the executive team for Health and works in collaboration with leadership of the other client/patient serving divisions of Health. The services are located at two adult and one youth correctional facility and include medical, nursing, pharmaceutical and dental services, mental health and substance use disorder treatment and associated re-entry collaborative work involving multiple public agencies. There are 145 Correctional Health staff, comprised of 74.25 medical, 42.5 mental health and substance use disorder, and 28.35 administration, plus contracted medical and dental. The role includes oversight of organizational contracts for inpatient and specialty care including onsite specialized acute psychiatry services.
Strategic challenges and opportunities the new Director of Correctional Health Services will face in the next few years include: implementing improvements to the clinical assessment and triage process at booking; aligning substance use disorder services offered with best practices; partnering with other departments on reform opportunities offered by Cal-Aim to better link inmates upon discharge to community services and supports; leveraging State purchasing mechanisms to reduce pharmacy costs; transition to a new electronic health record; working with other departments to implement the Racial Equity Action Plan and continuing to improve recruitment and retention.
Plan, organize, direct and evaluate County correctional health services in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, Health--San Mateo Medical Center, Health--Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and other divisions of County Health and other partners.
Implement new programs and improvements including clinical practice guidelines designed to better meet the needs of inmates.
Direct, coordinate and participate in the development and delivery of division goals, objectives, policies and procedures and priorities; establish and monitor performance measures.
Develop the staff at all levels to reach their full capabilities and support their full engagement in the work.
Direct the preparation of the division budget; administer and monitor the division budget to ensure the accomplishment of objectives within budget restrictions.
Represent the department and County to outside groups and organizations.
Establish and monitor contracts and memoranda of understanding.
Assure staff receive training and education necessary to support compliance with all federal, state and county policy including anti-harassment and discrimination policies that support a respectful and supportive workplace for employees of all backgrounds and abilities.
Act as liaison between the Chief of Health, and division staff to ensure that the division has adequate resources to provide both mandated and expected levels of service.
Select, supervise, train and evaluate managerial, clinical, professional, technical, and clerical subordinate personnel.
Has proven success leading, inspiring, motivating and empowering a diverse, multi-disciplinary staff and forward-focused teams
Possesses a thorough understanding of providing, monitoring and improving correctional health services including medical, dental, mental health and substance use disorder treatment
Has proven success in managing health services in a correctional environment including supervising and evaluating staff work performance
Has direct experience implementing and overseeing quality and performance improvement methodologies such as Lean
Demonstrated experience collaborating effectively with staff and partners
Has excellent written and oral communication skills
Familiarity with the context influencing correctional services today including criminal justice reforms and emphasis on reducing recidivism and effective treatment for mental health and substance use disorders
Possesses a graduate degree in public administration, public health, mental health, psychology, social work, nursing or a related field and clinical licensure
Security Clearance:This position requires that the applicant obtain and maintain a security clearance as a condition of employment. Licensure/Certification:Requires possession of a California license in at least one of the following: Registered Nurse, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapy. Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, public health, mental health, psychology, social work, nursing or a related field followed by graduate education and clinical licensure. Five years of increasingly responsible experience leading to a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary correctional health or health services program, including at least two years of significant administrative experience working in a large, public agency. Knowledge of: Principles and practices of organization, public administration, budget and personnel management; principles and practices of culturally responsive health, mental health and related drug and alcohol treatment, including current trends in health and behavioral health care administration, policy, planning, quality, finance and related issues; California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15 Minimum Standard for Local Adult Facilities; community standards of healthcare, mental health and substance use disorder systems; trauma-informed treatment and systems; Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act Designated Facilities statutes and regulations; involuntary commitment procedures within the criminal justice system; changes in criminal justice policy driving the changing populations and needs now reflected in local jail populations; National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation standards; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines; and Electronic Health Record systems.
The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.