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Clinical Social Work Director

Lake Elsinore, CA
September 08, 2019

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Venise Russ

Clinical Social Work Chief I



***** ******** **** **** ********, CA 92532


Master of Social Work Degree

Concentration: Mental Health

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Double Major: Social Welfare and Psychology

University of California, Berkeley

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS 23081-9/30/21)


County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (DHS)

Clinical Social Work Chief I Rancho Los Amigos NRC Downey, CA March 2018-Present

Lead approximately 23 staff including Clinical Social Work Supervisors, Clinical Social Workers, Medical Case Workers and Intermediate Clerks in the mission of effective, trauma-informed social work intervention and patient-centered care.

Act as administrator over the department by interfacing with interdisciplinary leadership and community-based directors.

Engage with DHS Finance to monitor item control and ensure an appropriate staffing ratio.

Partner with the Director of Case Management (DCM) and Utilization Review to address compliance with Medi-Cal requirements, barriers to discharge and accountability with the managed care plans.

Perform quality assurance by reviewing medical chart documentation and weekly monitoring of the discharge planning process.

Oversee the Patient Advocate including trends in patient complaints, evaluation of patient satisfaction and family meetings structured toward resolution.

Collaborate with Human Resources to ensure mandated staff requirements and to handle any performance management concerns.

Prepare staff for Joint Commission and CARF surveys.

Emphasize cultural competency and LGBTQ sensitivity in clinical practice.

Clinical Social Work Supervisor II Downey, CA 2016-2018

Provided clinical supervision to clinical social workers and discharge planners.

Overseed social work operations related to inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient needs.

Coordinated mental health and resource-based presentations for department needs.

AB 109 Clinical Social Work Consultant Community Health 2015-2016

Collaborative Project: Los Angeles County Probation Department Alhambra, CA

Prepared for the release and transition of probationers upon re-entry.

Overseed the medical needs and housing of probationers in the community.

Empowered probationers to navigate the healthcare system so they can access appropriate medical and specialty treatment.

County of Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office Juvenile Division 2008-2015

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor Los Angeles, CA

Managed clinical social workers who advocate for juveniles in the court and in the community.

Provided clinical supervision and training to staff.

Represented the department’s position at community meetings.

Assisted with training needs of lawyers related to psychosocial stressors and adolescent development of clients.

Psychiatric Social Worker II Pomona, CA 2006-2008

Conducted biopsychosocial assessments and made treatment recommendations to attorneys.

Uncovered mitigation related to clients for purposes of legal representation.

Negotiated with community providers to ensure linkage to services.

Delivered informal and formal court testimony as to the background of clients.

Social Worker-Per Diem Citrus Valley Health Partners West Covina, CA 2005-2012

Evaluated and addressed the psychological needs of patients and their families.

Engaged in multi-disciplinary team planning regarding the treatment needs of patients.

Facilitated discharge planning and assisted with referrals to the community.

Department of Corrections, State of California 2004-2006

Psychiatric Social Worker Parole Outpatient Clinic, Los Angeles, CA

Reintegrated parolees to society through case management and advocacy.

Provided supportive psychotherapy to parolees with mental illness.

Collaborated with parole agents to enable clients’ success in the community.

County of San Bernardino, Department of Behavioral Health 2002-2004 Clinical Therapist I Phoenix Outpatient Services, San Bernardino, CA

Managed caseload of adults and children using individual, family and group psychotherapy.

Assisted clients in linkage to community resources such as housing, food and medical services.

Lead clinical component of intensive day treatment program.


National Management Association

Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare

Reaching for the TOP Leadership Training-June 27 & 28 2018


Crisis Prevention Institute Instructor-expires 8/2020

Lanterman-Petris Short Act(LPS) Authorized-expires on 10/24/21

Accredited Case Manager-Approved Application for SW Exam-American Case Management Association

Exam Scheduled for 10/4/2019

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