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Military & Family Life Counselor (Monterey, CA)

Magellan Health

Naval Support Activity Monterey
271 Stone Road
Monterey, CA 93940
United States

Job Description

Magellan Health is seeking licensed clinicians to work as Adult, Child and Youth Behavioral and School Counselors with the Military & Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program at various military installations across the United States and overseas. The current opening at Naval Support Activity Monterey is a School Counselor position. Candidates must be licensed to work at the independent practice level in the state of California (LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, etc.). *Military spouses are eligible to work in most states under their current license for up to 1 year 

Job Summary:
Primary responsibility of providing the full breadth of MFLC counseling services to military service members and their families at military installations. These services include non-medical, short term, walk around counseling, training/health and wellness presentations, provision of health fairs, and consultation to installation command regarding behavioral health issues. The counselors work closely with the installation and military branch Points of Contact (POCs) to assure that the program is provided within scope and meets the needs of the installation.

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Psychiatry Department Administrator

Kaiser Permanente

4700 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States

Job Description

Major Responsibilities/Essential Functions: 
• Through subordinate staff, manages the delivery of timely, appropriate, cost effective and high quality services/programs

• Assures continuity of care and appropriate utilization of resources both within and outside of Behavioral Health Care.

• Assists Physicians in short and long-range planning of Psych and programs/services that meet identified needs of members and purchasers within competitive health care market.

• Integrates and coordinates psychiatry programs with other in-and out-patient departments, as well as with community resources.

• Achieves a continuum of care within Behavioral Health care Services.

• Maintains liaison with Psychiatry and CD departments at other medical centers, as well as with non-
Behavioral Health Care departments.

• Develops and maintains departmental policies and procedures to meet Behavioral Health Care and organizational operational, business and strategic goals/objectives.

• Ensures that the professional practice standards for group and/or individual therapeutic modalities and psychodiagnostic testing are maintained by clinicians.

• Evaluates the professional clinical practice of staff and provides professional staff with regular/appropriate training, direction and consultation.

• Develops systems and methodologies for continuous improvement of programs/ services.

• Evaluates effectiveness of programs and services, group therapy designs, and clinical protocols.

• Conducts on-going program evaluation in concert with the Chief(s) of Service.

• Develops/maintains systems and processes for quality and outcomes management/ improvement and for identifying the need for revised and/or new clinical programs/ services.

• Develops and implements policies, procedures and systems to ensure customer/
member/patient/purchaser satisfaction and member access within a competitive health care market.

• In concert with other personnel and physicians, responds to and resolves service, access and provider

• Manages an effective human resources management system for staff including labor contract
administration and performance evaluation of staff; hires, trains/orientates, coaches, disciplines and/or

• In concert with the Chief(s), maximizes and manages physical, fiscal and human resources and
manages/reduces associated costs.

• Analyzes departmental volume/workload indicators and evaluates/improves utilization and productivity of staff.

• Assures that staff's patient care and work is within scope of practice/licensure/ certification

Oversees the following services:
Ambulatory Psychological and Psychiatric Care for Individuals, families and groups
Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Services and Case Management programs
Outside referrals and contracts for behavioral health services
Transitions of care between levels of service for behavioral health

Via multiple sites of care:
•    4700 Sunset Medical offices
•    Pasadena Medical offices
•    2018-2019: Romaine Medical offices

Is responsible for the direct support and/or performance of the following staff:
17 Psychiatrists
6  Psychologists
49 Licensed Clinical Social Workers
2 Registered Nurse Practitioners
6 Psychiatric RNs
4 Case Managers
18 clerical staff
2 Licensed Vocational Nurses
4 Assistant Department Administrators
Annual Clinic Visit Volume:  119,178 appointments per year

Areas of responsibility include compliance with accrediting bodies including:
Joint Commission
California Children’s Services

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Personal Service Coordinator


3737 Marconi Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
United States

Job Description

Personal Services Coordinators work as part of multi-disciplinary team to provide and coordinate services and resources for TLCS clients on their caseload.  The goal of the Personal Services Coordinator is to provide referrals, crisis intervention, support and encouragement to enable the client to access and use mental health and other services that help the client chose, find and maintain permanent housing and mental health stability.  This position also assists clients with financial matters and entitlement issues as applicable.

•    Ability to communicate and interact with adults who have a psychiatric disability, as well as adults who have acute and/or chronic physical  health issues.
•    Ability to assess emergency situations and provide crisis intervention.
•    Ability to interview, assess service needs, and make an appropriate emergency plan for hard-to-reach psychiatrically disabled adults.
•    Ability to interview, screen and support clients with obtaining appropriate housing.
•    Demonstrated ability to provide and teach solvent money management practices.
•    Knowledge of, or ability to learn about, General Assistance, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance, and SSI/SSDI regulations.
•    Ability to use small group information processes.
•    Ability to coordinate and advocate for services and resources for psychiatrically disabled adults.
•    Ability to pass clearance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and/or Department of Justice (DOJ) background screenings.
•    Consumer of mental health services or a family member of a mental health consumer is desirable.

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December 07, 2017


December 07, 2017



One in six millennial caregivers cares for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, study finds

  • Research

A new report, Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the United States, released today by the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, shows that one out of six millennial caregivers cares for someone with dementia. With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias expected to reach nearly 16 million in the U.S. by 2050 from 5 million today, more millennials and young Americans are expected to face caregiving responsibilities in the future.

“Caregiving to family members with dementia can be a full-time job. Caring for the millennial caregiver is a societal investment with the potential of delaying family burdens and healthcare costs in the future,” said María Aranda, associate professor and interim executive director at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging.

With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias expected to reach nearly 16 million in the United States by 2050 from 5 million today, more millennials (those born from 1980 to 1998) are expected to face caregiving responsibilities in the future.

The analysis provides information about the characteristics of millennials caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, examines the caregiving activities they perform and the burden they experience through caregiving, and how their caregiving activities interfere with their workforce participation. The report also makes policy and programmatic recommendations for addressing these challenges.

The report analyzes data from the nationally representative study, Caregiving in the U.S. 2015, conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.

Key findings

  • Generational status: About one out of six millennial caregivers is caring for someone with dementia, with an average age of 27 years.
  • Sole caregiver: Roughly 42 percent of millennial dementia caregivers are sole caregivers and the overwhelming majority (79%) reported that accessing affordable outside help was very difficult.
  • Travel and transportation: Most millennial dementia caregivers (84 percent) do not live in the same household with the person they care for, and 16 percent had to travel more than an hour to provide care.
  • Caregiving activities: The most common caregiving activities include helping with transportation (79 percent), shopping (76 percent), and communicating with health care professionals (70 percent).
  • Emotional distress: Caregivers feel emotional distress (79 percent) was a major caregiving burden and wanted more help to deal with this hardship.
  • Interference with work: About one out of two millennial dementia caregivers said that caregiving interfered with work, and 33 percent reported consequences led to losing job benefits or being fired, among other impacts.

Policy and programming recommendations

The report outlines solutions to address the challenges faced by young adults who act as caregivers for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including:

  • Improving transportation solutions by developing in-home medical services for the patient and telemedicine options, partnerships between ride-sharing providers and medical systems, and piloting of autonomous cars to connect caregivers and care partners to medical and social services.
  • Increasing access to information through the development of tailored training programs and support groups that account for the cultural and age-specific needs of millennials, as well as developing psychosocial and emotional support interventions that address the unique challenges and needs of younger caregivers.
  • Enhancing communication with health care providers by developing online communication platforms, technologies, and tools that help young caregivers track symptoms and medications, and executing care strategies for their care partners.
  • Introducing flexible work arrangements, including flexible work hours and telecommuting to make alternative work arrangements more widely available, including at the beginning of employees’ careers. Expanding paid leave policies to support family caregiving is another critical step.
December 01, 2017

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s global immersion program in Mexico concentrates on the social, mental and physical health of immigrants.

December 01, 2017

China’s rapidly changing economy and demographics have resulted in an urgent need for social services. The China Program provides insight into the evolution of social work in the country, and the role that the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will play in charting its future.

USC social work experts help Las Vegas heal after mass shooting

  • Research

In the wake of the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history, experts from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work are helping the Las Vegas community respond to the widespread psychological impact of the incident.

Beyond the obvious trauma inflicted on those in attendance when a lone gunman opened fire on thousands of concertgoers from the window of a hotel room on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others, the effects of the shooting have rippled out across the city in complex ways. USC’s David Schonfeld and Marleen Wong are helping school leaders in Las Vegas prepare to address issues like posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and grief.

“People might have trouble sleeping or feel shaken up, even if they weren’t in attendance at the concert,” said Schonfeld, a professor of social work and pediatrics and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the school. “Children might come forward with other worries or concerns spurred by exposure to death and mourning. They are still affected by hearing about what happened in their community.”

Contacted the day after the shooting to help organize the recovery process, Schonfeld and Wong have met with local school officials to offer training and guidance as they begin to develop counseling and support programs for children and community members.

The USC team is also providing guidance on how to apply for federal and philanthropic funding for those support efforts, Wong said, noting that Nevada will likely have trouble to expanding or rolling out new trauma recovery programs at the local level because its state budget is tight.

Mixed emotions

Schonfeld said he expects that Las Vegas residents will continue to experience a wide array of reactions to the shooting, from fear and anxiety to posttraumatic stress and bereavement. Some might be unsettled by news coverage of people grieving or appearing upset.

Other reactions might be surprising. Some people might be experiencing troubles unrelated to the tragedy and feel they’re unimportant in comparison or that it’s inappropriate to discuss them. They might be resentful that their concerns aren’t receiving any attention.

And many citizens will struggle with the realization that tragic events can occur at any time and outside of their control.

“Even individuals who don’t personally know anyone who was involved in the shooting might still feel pretty vulnerable,” Schonfeld said.

An essential approach for those offering support, including mental health professionals and school counselors, is not to deny those emotions, he said, but to help individuals understand what is being done to keep them safe and to acknowledge their fears and concerns. “We need to allow them to own those feelings if we are going to show them how to cope with them.”

In addition to alerting school leaders about signs of behavioral and psychological issues often seen among kids after tragedies, Schonfeld and Wong are helping them develop communication materials for children, school staff members and families about how to access help for problems like grief and anxiety. The approaching holiday season could prove challenging, especially for anyone who lost a family member.

Wong, an expert in crisis response and recovery who serves as the school’s vice dean of field education and holds the David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sachs Professorship, said community members also must confront returning to their everyday lives and trying to establish a new routine — all amid frequent reminders of the trauma they experienced.

In addition to triggers in their local community such as passing the site of the shooting or seeing memorials to those killed or injured, residents could be psychologically affected by news of other mass shootings, such as recent events in Texas and Northern California.

“Every time there was another school shooting, it was like ripping off the bandage,” Wong said, describing another community she worked with following a mass-casualty shooting. “They understood, having lived through it, what it is like to go through that experience of terror.”

Long-term vision

Wong and Schonfeld plan to offer consultation to the Las Vegas community as long as needed. Their work is covered by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at USC, which just received a new round of funding from the New York Life Foundation. In addition to a $1.5 million award to support the center for the next four years, the foundation issued a $450,000 matching challenge grant.

The center uses its funding to offer technical assistance and training following a crisis situation, including site visits, professional presentations and training sessions for school and health professionals, conferences and other resources at, all of which are provided free of charge.

“The New York Life Foundation has been a strong pillar of support, but we really need to start fundraising and developing resources to continue to provide help and grow the center,” Schonfeld said. As the lone faculty member at the center, his time is often booked for months in advance.

He encouraged anyone interested in the center’s work to visit its website, which accepts donations to the challenge grant, and an affiliated site,, which features resources to help children deal with grief.

November 30, 2017

Homeless youth have unique needs when it comes to housing programs. A doctoral candidate explains how host homes can help.

Of the 47,000 people who make up Los Angeles’s homeless population, an alarming 75 percent are without shelter — among them, a large group of homeless youth. Though each person’s path to homelessness is different, many of these youth share the same dream: to find stable housing. This age group faces a number of obstacles in seeking permanent housing, and often find that the options available to them don’t provide the safety or autonomy they need.

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