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Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services
Want the opportunity to make a difference in your community, to work where you are truly appreciated and well compensated including comprehensive benefits?  Tompkins County is accepting applicants for Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services (aka: Director of Community Services).  Ithaca, NY is a small city with large city amenities and a small-town atmosphere. The surrounding county offers an array of carefree lifestyles and fun activities within a short distance to the city.

This prestigious position will help lead a department that provides a full range of mental health services on behalf of County government—and a community — that recognizes the value of those services. The Department operates an array of direct services, including the County mental health clinic, and manages multiple millions of dollars in contracts to agency providers.

Responsibilities include:
  • Directing, planning, and coordinating operations of the department, and serving as a key policy advisor.
  • Managing most of the day-to-day activities of the Department; the operation of the mental health,
    developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services provided to the community.
  • Extensive interaction with staff as an important part of a team committed to quality client care and to constructive change that adapts to our rapidly changing policy and regulatory environment.
  • Direct responsibility for the implementation, coordination, and supervision of the clinical services provided through the Department.
  • The Deputy may serve as the Director of Community Services.
Typical duties include:
  • Hires staff of the Mental Health Services office and supervises Direct services Directors;
  • Assists with the annual evaluation of direct and contract agencies, with attention to program effectiveness, client outcomes, use of evidence-based practices, and fiscal responsibility;
  • Researches and assists with the presentation of complex Mental Hygiene issues, including recommendations for decision making, or to facilitate policy and priority deliberations of the Mental Health Board and/or the Legislature;
  • Assists with the development of the annual Mental Hygiene local services plan,
  • May report to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature and may routinely interact with other state regulatory agencies
  • Performs public relations duties with media and with representatives of the public as necessary;
  • Represents the office of Mental Health Services in community planning for all mental health related services and pursues alternative sources of funding for mental health agencies;
  • Assists the Commissioner in the development of, and implementation, of new initiatives in the Behavioral Health Care field; and community integration of Physical Health and Behavioral Health Services;
  • Direct oversight of Continuous Quality Initiatives (CQI) for direct and contract agencies;
  • Exercises general supervision over the various programs of the Mental Health Services Department; and plans, directs and coordinates all Clinical functions of the Department;
  • Formulates policies and procedures for the Clinical Programs; and monitors clinical performance, productivity, and client outcomes;
  • Direct oversight of personnel matters.

Position: Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services
Organization: Tompkins County
Location: Ithaca,  NY 
United States
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 6/24/2020
Requirements Qualifications include:
NYS Licensed physician certified or board eligible in psychiatry, neurology or pediatrics: OR NYS licensed psychologist; OR NYS LMSW; OR NYS Licensed Registered Nurse w/Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing preferred; OR other administrative Master’s degree equivalents as described on Tompkins County website (listed below).
Must also possess five (5) years of progressively responsible clinical and/or administrative experience in a program providing services for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse. At least two of the five years must have been in a position of administrative control.

Send your resume today to pstockman@pinnacehrllc.com .
For complete information regarding this opportunity, full description of requirements and more, including to apply online visit: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/apply/4984 .
If you have any questions, please call Tompkins County Department of Human Resources Office:(607) 274-5526.

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As part of its efforts to provide employment opportunities to the physically handicapped, Tompkins County Civil Service has adopted a rule permitting the employment of qualified physically handicapped persons without competitive examination (pursuant
to Section 55 of Civil Service Law). If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position and wish to know more about this rule, please contact the Tompkins County Department of Human Resources Office.
Status: This listing expires on: 7/24/2020
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Tompkins County

Ithaca,  NY 14850
United States
(607) 274-5526 x
Patricia Stockman, Sr. Human Resources Consultant, Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC