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ABOLISHED 04/16/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-13 - Assistant Director, Clinical Services, CEA (7792)

ABOLISHED 04/16/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-13 - Assistant Director, Clinical Services, CEA

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SM82
  • Class Code: 7792
  • Established: 01/23/1990
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --
  • CEA Established: 01/23/1990


This specification describes a class used by the Department of Mental Health to serve as the Department's highest level medical consultant. The incumbent is responsible for developing and directing clinical policy and giving advice and guidance to senior management staff concerning new psychiatric treatment programs and mental health services provided by the State hospitals and various local and governmental agencies. Positions in the Assistant Director, Clinical Services, C.E.A., class shall only be filled by either civil service employees who have permanent status or by qualified Legislative employees.

Typical Tasks

Under administrative direction, the incumbent serves as the Department's highest level medical and psychiatric consultant; gives clinical advice and guidance concerning the scope and quality of mental health services provided under the Lanterman-Petris-Short and Short-Doyle Acts. He/she has extensive policy-making influence in all clinical areas of the Department; develops and directs clinical policies that are carried out throughout the Department and have an impact on counties and local programs; represents the Department and testifies before the Legislature on clinical mental health issues; develops and monitors systems to promote State hospital care; develops, negotiates, and implements new joint forensic programs with the Department of Corrections (these are sensitive and highly visible programs that attract interest from the public and the Legislature due to the type of service that is provided by the Department and require a great amount of expertise); develops legislation for new programs and statewide issues affecting mental health, such as clients on involuntary commitment; provides functional supervision to all State hospital medical directors; develops and monitors systems to promote quality State hospital care; organizes and leads program investigation reviews of programs in the community mental health and State hospital systems; supervises and directs development of new cross-cultural psychiatric training programs for State hospitals; represents the Department before all medical and psychiatric organizations in California; and represents the Department before the Legislature and testifies on all medical and psychiatric issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners will be admitted to the examination, but the board to which application is made must determine that all legal requirements have been met before candidates will be eligible for appointment.) and Either I Three years of experience in California state service performing the duties of a Staff Psychiatrist.



Five years of clinical experience in the practice of psychiatry, two years of which shall have been in an administrative, supervisory, or consultant capacity in a public health or welfare agency or in a medical care, treatment or rehabilitation program. and Either I Must be a civil service employee with permanent civil service status.



Must be an employee of the Legislature for two or more consecutive years.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Psychiatry; principles and practices of community organization, management and procedures; principles and practices of general medicine, psychiatric social work, and psychology; techniques and trends in the diagnosis of mental illnesses in treatment programs for such illnesses; interrelationships with Federal, State and local mental health agencies and the services of such agencies; and the principles of preventive medicine.


Ability to: Direct the work of others; instruct in the principles and practices of psychiatry; interpret and apply clinical policies, standards, rules and regulations of the Department's program; evaluate the quality and scope of mental health services provided under the Lanterman-Petris-Short and Short-Doyle Acts; write effectively; and speak effectively before professional groups and the Legislature.

Special Personal Characteristics

Sensitivity to the political arena and clinical issues that would be of interest to or affect the Department; a sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of the mentally ill and mentally disabled.

  Updated: 10/11/2017
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