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Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services

Tompkins County
Ithaca, New York 14850
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time


The Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services is a senior position that encompasses both policy and operating responsibilities in a local mental health department. Duties include directing, planning, and coordinating operations of the department, and serving as a key policy advisor. The Deputy may serve as the Director of Community Services. The position will help lead a department that provides a full range of mental health services on behalf of a 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. In addition to providing policy advice, you will manage most of the day-to-day activities of the Department. You will have extensive interaction with staff and be 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. Duties include directing, planning, coordinating, and the operation of the mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services provided to the community. In addition, the incumbent has direct responsibility for the implementation, coordination, and supervision of the clinical services provided through the Department. As Deputy Commissioner, you will serve under administrative direction as designated by the County Administrator. The incumbent will perform all related duties as required.



Candidates for Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services (considered to be the Director of Community Services under NYS Mental Hygiene Law), must have obtained their degree or degrees from a regionally accredited college or university, as recognized by the New York State Education Department, or from a New York State registered institution AND the candidate shall meet the following criteria:

(a) A physician licensed to practice medicine in New York State who shall be deemed board certified or board eligible in psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics; OR

(b) A psychologist who is currently licensed as a psychologist by the New York State Education Department; OR

(c) In possession of a master's degree in social work, and currently licensed as a licensed master social worker or as a licensed clinical social worker by the New York Education Department; OR

(d) In possession of a master's degree in psychiatric mental health nursing and shall be licensed by the New York State Education Department as a registered nurse; OR

(e) The individual shall have obtained a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, social work, public health administration, public administration, hospital administration, human services administration, business administration or other equivalent degrees as determined by a curriculum reviewed and approved by the New York State Education Department; AND


In addition to the requirements in (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e) above, the individual must also possess at least five years of progressively responsible clinical and/or administrative experience in a governmental, private, not-for-profit or proprietary program providing services for people who have a diagnosis of mental illness, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse. At least two of the five years of experience must have been in an administrative capacity in which the candidate was responsible for the overall direction and control of an identifiable organizational unit or program. Such experience shall be specifically related to the powers and duties of the director of community services in accordance with section 102.7 of this Part. Please make this information clear in your application for employment.



If Tompkins County chooses to appoint a director of community services with an administrative degree as defined in paragraph (e) above, Tompkins County shall also designate a senior level clinician with responsibilities for supervision of clinical services. Such designee shall have a clinical degree and licensure or certification in addition to demonstrable clinical work experience.

The County Administrator’s appointment to the title of Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services (as our Director of Community Services) shall be subject to review and approval of the local Community Mental Health Board, the Tompkins County Legislature, and the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene.


Posted: 2019-11-05 Expires: 2019-12-05

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Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Services

Tompkins County
Ithaca, New York 14850

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