Mental Health Practitioner
Full-Time Mental Health Practitioner at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, health, Public Health
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $60,105.48 - $89,050.11 Annually
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Master's Degree
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes

Basic Function

To provide clinical assessment, diagnostic, crisis intervention and treatment services to clients and families; to participate with other mental health care professionals in the development, implementation and evaluation of client treatment plans; to provide training and guidance to other mental health care providers in the psychosocial aspects of client mental health care; and to perform related duties as assigned.   (This is the entry-level class in the Mental Health Professional series.  It differs from Mental Health Professional in that the work is performed under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional.  Work assignments provide the opportunity to refine the knowledges and skills developed through education and prior experience in order to function effectively at the full performance level, and to satisfy the experience requirement to be eligible to become a Licensed Mental Health Professional)

Flexible Workplace
This position is identified under the designation of ‘flex work eligible’, meaning that the employee can formally opt to be in-office full-time or work a flex schedule in which at least two-days per week are performed in office and other days can be performed in a remote-first environment. Regardless of selection, the position carries expectations regarding on-site responsibilities and will require schedule flexibility beyond the minimum expectations set forth in the county’s flexible workplace policy. To view Ramsey County’s Flexible Workplace policy, go to: Flexible Workplace policy.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description. 

Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:

Training and Experience Rating = 100%
The examination for Mental Health Practitioner will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating.  The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on your answers to the questions – do not mark “see resume” or “see work history” as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely.  Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.
Eligible List:  The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as a Mental Health Practitioner. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the Mental Health Practitioner Rule of Bands list, list for 3 months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.
Veteran's Preference:  This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process.  Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process.  Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.
Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
In addition, you may be subject to one or more of the following:

  • Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Check

E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs, and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, familial or marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance status, place of residence, political affiliation, or national origin. Ramsey County is deeply committed to advancing racial equity and promoting diversity and inclusion within all areas of our workforce.
To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.
For further information regarding this posting, please contact


Examples of Work Performed

  1. Conduct intake interviews with seriously and persistently mentally ill clients or their families; confer with other mental health professionals in order to assess client needs and to make appropriate referrals.
  2. As a member of the crisis outreach team, provide crisis intervention, assess dangerousness of client to self or others in a crisis situation, coordinate with police and other community service providers, recommend transportation holds and authorize placement into crisis facilities.
  3. Provide direct individual, group, couple and family psychotherapy along with other therapeutic techniques in order to provide the most appropriate and effective treatment response for clients, based on diagnosis and treatment plan.
  4. Develop and conduct short and long term mental health group therapy for specific populations in order to assist clients in coping more successfully with mental health problems and to reduce symptomology.
  5. Assist in the preparation of court ordered clinical evaluations of families and individuals in order to assist the courts in case disposition. May testify in legal proceedings in the capacity of expert witness if so designated by the court.
  6. Document case activities by charting care activities, maintaining statistics and corresponding through memorandum and letter to other service providers.
  7. Comply with state regulations by participating on an interdisciplinary team in order to evaluate the quality of mental health staff performance.
  8. Provide input into the development of needed services by serving on planning teams or various community groups.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, or other field that qualifies for designation as a Licensed Mental Health Professional under State law.


Experience:  None.


Substitution:   Bachelor's Degree in a behavioral science or related field and completion of a practicum or internship that requires direct interaction with adults or children served and is focused on behavioral sciences or related fields.


Certifications/Licensure: None.

Ramsey County

Contact: Patrick Lemmon
Phone 651-266-2700
Ramsey County Government Center East Building
160 East Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota 55101
Transit: On bus line, On the Green Line