Under direction, in a Department of Developmental Services or Mental Health hospital, to ensure that the hospital's programs are integrated with the mental retardation and/or mental health services in the service area of the hospital; and to do other related work.
Maintains liaison with and provides consultation to local planning groups and service agencies serving the mentally disordered and mentally retarded; participates in intra-hospital policy program formulation and provides consultation to hospital staff regarding community programs; coordinates admissions to and releases from the hospital; provides liaison with citizen groups concerned with State hospital programs; develops information and training programs for community groups; develops a system of evaluation and data collection in order to assess the effectiveness of the hospital-community relationship; represents the hospital Medical Director in interpreting hospital and departmental policies to various groups and organizations outside the hospital; interprets community agency policies and procedures to State hospital administrative staff; and consults with State hospital administrative staff regarding inter- agency matters.
Two years of clinical nursing experience in the Department of Developmental Services or Mental Health performing the duties of a class comparable in level of responsibility to those of a Senior Psychiatric Technician II or Registered Nurse III.
Two years of clinical experience as a psychiatric social worker, psychologist, rehabilitation therapist, or teacher in a mental health setting.
Knowledge of: State hospital treatment programs and their relationship to community programs; programs of mental health agencies and organizations in the State; policies and procedures of the Department of Developmental Services or Mental Health; regulations, laws, and other provisions relating to the California mental health program.
Ability to: Establish and maintain effective relationships with mental health agencies and organizations; interpret departmental and hospital policies and procedures to other agencies; understand and communicate the policies and concerns of non-State mental health agencies to hospital and departmental staff; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; speak and write effectively.
One year of experience interpreting and presenting the policies and procedures of a mental health agency to other agencies.