The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is a Joint Powers of Authority (JPA), formed in 2009 with George Hills Company, Inc. (the employer). CalMHSA is governed by a Board of Directors composed of the local county or city mental/behavioral health directors. The current membership consists of 56 total members (54 counties, 1 JPA, 1 City). Today, CalMHSA provides administrative, fiscal, and program services in support of the Members' Behavioral Health departments acting alone or in collaboration with other Counties.
CalMHSA is unique in that it was formed as a JPA, and therefore is subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) (Title 2, Division 6, California Code of Regulations) and the Ralph M. Brown Act.
Current Operating Programs include:
- Administer Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Statewide Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) services/programs.
- Contract and/or negotiate psychiatric hospital beds similar or related services on behalf of the counties.
- Serves as the contracting entity for multi-county programs, including the Central Valley and North Valley Suicide Prevention Hotlines.
- Manages Workforce Loan Forgiveness Program
- Management vehicle for the Mental Health Services Act Innovation Technology Suite, Help@Hand.
- Facilitation of AB1299 Presumptive Transfer banking pool activities.
- Contract and/or negotiate with the State or Federal government for administration of statewide, regional and/or multi-county mental health services, including but not limited to the Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program, managed mental health care, and specialty mental health services.
- Operate program risk pools.
- Provide fiscal or administrative services of value to Members such as group purchasing, contract management, research and development, data management, research depository, training, technical assistance, capacity building, education and training.
- Manage a variety of foundations and other grants.
Mission: CalMHSA is to provide member counties a flexible, efficient, and effective administrative/fiscal structure focused on collaborative partnerships and pooling efforts.
Purpose: Promoting efficiency, effectiveness and enterprise among Counties and Cities.
Vision: CalMHSA serves California Counties and Cities in the dynamic delivery of mental health and supportive services. A nationally recognized leader, CalMHSA inspires the service community through its commitment to results and values. Successful statewide and regional programs enable the voice of many to be heard.
The future of CalMHSA:
- Ensure CalMHSA's existing projects are successfully managed.
- Increase collaboration with the County Behavioral Health Director's Association of California (CBHDA) to ensure county behavioral health departments can effectively inform policy making and implementation efforts, leveraging the strength of partnerships among counties.
- Assist counties with payment and delivery systems transformation under the upcoming Medicaid Waivers and transformation efforts.
- Assist counties in developing regional partnerships and solutions.
George Hills, on behalf of CalMHSA, is seeking an innovative, resourceful and dynamic leader, who possesses effective management, communications, and relationship building skills across the organization, board and affiliated public agencies.
The successful Executive Director candidate will engage CalMHSA members and be a visionary leader with high energy and great enthusiasm who takes a hands-on, entrepreneurial approach to the position. The successful candidate must be able to perform the following functions:
- Serve as a collaborative solutions-focused leader for a member services organization with complex issues and dynamics.
- Provide executive leadership in long range and daily planning.
- Oversee direction and control of policies and procedures related to the JPA.
- Represent CalMHSA at the state level as it relates to CalMHSA activities.
- Oversee the development of CalMHSA goals, objectives, priorities, and policy direction recommendations for consideration by the CalMHSA Board of Directors.
- Be connected to each county member and its leadership to better understand how CalMHSA can support their needs and collaborate to create solutions to challenges at the local and state levels.
- Collaborate with CalMHSA partners, such as the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Mental Health Services and Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA) and California Institute of Behavioral Solutions (CiBHS).
The Executive Director is responsible for the operational management of the authority and works closely with the Chief Operating Officer to administer a $50 million budget. The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction to the program staff in advocating for the membership's policy goals and delivering a broad range of beneficial services to member counties and cities.
- Lead fund development and marketing efforts for CalMHSA, as directed.
- Organize and attend CalMHSA Board and other meetings, in coordination with the Board.
- Report out to the Board policies, appropriate staffing and service levels; the management of monitoring, evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of all service delivery methods and procedures.
- Manage and mentor staff and consultants, including the Program Director and Program Division staff.
- Arrange and oversee all program contract activities including but not limited to:
- Projects, program, and services, for board approval.
- Requests for Proposals.
- Compliance monitoring.
- The development of related reports to the Board and interested parties.
- Oversight of submissions to the MHSOAC, DHCS, and other governmental entities.
- Conduct behavioral health consumer meetings and build solid working relationships with various stakeholders.
- Oversee all mental health projects to meet the goals and objectives established by, and in accordance with, organizational policies contracts and applicable laws and regulations.
- In collaboration with the COO, assess and monitor the workload of all staff, technical support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement and directs the implementation of changes.
- Participate in board development, recruitment, orientation, and education of CalMHSA and its program to member counties.
Desired background, qualifications, experience:
The successful candidate should have a master's degree or doctorate from an accredited institution, in a related field. A minimum fifteen years of progressively higher levels of responsibility in administration of governmental or association programs and services, demonstrated supervisory and organizational development. Relevant experience with intergovernmental issues and processes, or an equivalent combination of education, skills and experience evidenced by:
- Proven integrity, ethical standards and transparent government operations, ability to sustain consistent compliance with legal requirements and establish positive working relationships with various stakeholders, including, but not limited to, county officials and the CBHDA.
- Commitment to maintaining productive working relationships with other associations and institutions, influential citizen groups and business leaders, to advance the interests of good county government.
- Demonstrated sound personnel management experience with willingness and ability to make timely and fair personnel decisions.
- George Hills Company: https://georgehills.com
- California Mental Health Services Authority: www.calmhsa.org
- County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California: www.cbhda.org
- National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors: www.nacbhdd.org
Direct any questions or inquiries to HR@georgehills.com.
Compensation and Benefits:
The Executive Director's compensation will be part of a contract which includes a severance provision. A starting annual salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate in the $135-$185K range, based upon experience and qualifications for the postion.
Excellent benefits include:
- Medical, Dental, Vision- 100% Paid for Employees
- 401K Plan, with employer match
- Life Insurance/AD&D
- Long Term Disability Insurance
- Voluntary Life Insurance
- Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical & Dependent Care)
- Paid Time Off/Holidays