Screening Specialist (Bilingual Preferred) - Rural Mental Health


Screening Specialist (Bilingual Preferred) - Position #1505


Rural Mental Health - Multi Sites - Fresno County


40 E. Minarets Ave., Pinedale, CA 93650


David Tan, Program Director


(855) 343-1057


Monolingual: Class 115 ($17.85 - $23.48/hour)

Bilingual: Class 120 ($18.76 - $24.68/hour)


Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt





We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Screening Specialist reports to the Program Director and is responsible for screening of referrals to assign assessment appointments in accordance with program contract requirements.


1.  Screen and triage all new client referrals to the program. Assist Screening Clinician to prioritize access for intake and assessment appointments.

2.  Complete the disposition status on the Electronic Medical Record System for all referrals, after determining appropriate level of support and eligibility for services.

3.  Interact with community partners to receive and make referrals.  Links those referrals that can be served in a lower level of care in the community such as to a primary care setting. 

4.  Work with admission specialist to schedule an assessment appointment, complete intake and eligibility.

5.  Maintain a caseload of referrals.

6.  Employees shall follow the reporting requirements for incidents of Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Adult Abuse, Dependent Adult Abuse, and Tarasoff warnings per California reporting laws. 

7. Document services to meet all clinical program and state requirements, including Short-Doyle/Medi-Cal requirements, noting significant intervention and progress toward development and attainment of a treatment plan.

8. Meet with clinical mental health services staff for the purpose of reviewing client progress and to assure quality treatment planning.

9. Review client files at the time of client discharge, and evaluate for completion of documentation, making written notes of findings, and review findings with counseling staff for the purpose of quality assurance.

10. Attend and participate in staff meetings and on-site staff training.

11. Provide direct services in the clinic, and in the community, including individual and group treatment, case management, and consultation, as necessary.

12. Will drive on Agency business.

13. Will think and act quickly and efficiently in emergencies. 

14.  Complies with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, clients and others.

15.  Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each employee at Turning Point. Employees are expected to report to work as scheduled, on time and prepared to start working. Employees also are expected to remain at work for their entire work schedule. Late arrival, early departure or other absences from scheduled hours are disruptive and must be avoided.

16.  Other duties as assigned by the Program Director. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


1. Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science, Bachelor's degree in related field that is directly related to the specific responsibilities of the job.

2.  Three (3) years' experience in the mental health field, with experience with the major diagnosis listed in the DSM 5, and the ability to identify the diagnosis and severity, or a Master's Degree in a behavioral science related field (i.e., psychology, MSW, etc.).

3.  Demonstrated knowledge in mental health services with minors, adults, and/or families.

4.  Knowledge of mental illness and effective treatment approaches to mental disorders.

5.  Experience with co-occurring substance use disorders and treatment modalities.

6.  Communicate effectively in written and spoken English. 

7.  Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Spanish and/or Hmong is preferred.

8.  Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

9.  Ability to operate within Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. 

10.  Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws.  Agency insurer authorization is required. 

11.  Ability to pass a criminal background check.

12.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, general physical, and TB test.

13.  Must maintain good relationships with consumers, co-workers, government and civic representatives, as well as community members within whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.


1.  Communicate effectively in written and spoken Spanish.

2.  Required ability to communicate effectively with monolingual Spanish speaking clients and families for all clinical purposes, including therapy and assessments.

3.  Assist with phone calls for Spanish speaking clients.

4.  Required to provide language translations for case managers and Physicians on a periodic basis.

5.  Minimal adequate competency in the Spanish language as evidenced by successful passage of the TPOCC Spanish Competency Test.

6.  Other translation tasks as required.