Human Services Specialist II - Bilingual Qualified Mental Health Practioner, Child & Family Behavior

Alexandria, VA
$51,552.80 - $70,644.86 Annually
Jul 04, 2022
Jul 21, 2022
Full Time
Human Services Specialist II

Bilingual Qualified Mental Health Practioner, Child & Family Behavioral Health Services

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Bilingual Human Services Specialist II positions.

An Overview
The Bilingual Human Services Specialist II will partner with youth at risk of placement outside the home or in congregate care preparing to return to the community and their families in intensive care coordination, case management and support services that are designed to help children live and thrive in their homes and communities. As part of Alexandria’s System of Care, coordinate closely with youth, families, their natural supports and colleagues in child welfare, juvenile justice, and education to ensure that integrated services are trauma informed and prioritize family and youth voice and choice, cultural influences and equity, outcome-based work, and collaboration. The Bilingual Human Services Specialist II is committed to racial equity and strives to ensure services are responsive to the impact of generational trauma. Services are provided in the community and in offices and virtually as needed. Tasks are performed in accordance with established policies and procedures.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate will have considerable ability to work effectively with youth who have emotional, behavioral and/or substance use problems and their families; Knowledge of the theories, principles and issues surrounding child and adolescent growth and development; Knowledge of community services including but not limited to medical, mental health, legal, social and supplemental services; Skills in advocacy and interagency collaboration; Skills in engaging, building and maintaining relationships with diverse populations and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

The Opportunity
  • Facilitate High Fidelity Wraparound care coordination and provide other intensive care coordination services (planning and monitoring services for children in and at risk of residential treatment, plan for discharge);
  • Provide community- and office-based interventions that address the unique potential and needs of youth and families in support of treatment plan goals and objectives, including care during crisis;
  • Provide administrative intakes and follow up with intake contacts;
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary treatment planning meetings, court hearings, and relevant training, conferences and workshops;
  • Consultation, collaboration and close coordination with system of care stakeholders, i.e., family support partners, behavioral health providers, child welfare, juvenile justice, schools, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Guardians Ad Litem, etc.;
  • Collect outcome, research and satisfaction data with persons served;
  • Maintain medical records in accordance with accreditation body, Department policies, licensing and Medicaid regulations;
  • Follow department policies and procedures, including those related to productivity expectations, client payment issues, training and QMHP registration;
  • Perform related work as required.
About the Department
The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides programs and services for Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Child Welfare & Child Protective Services, Early Childhood and Youth Development. CCF provides compassionate, collaborative and effective person and family-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria children and all residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in psychology, social services, public health, guidance, or a related field; three years of experience in the provision of mental health and/or substance abuse treatment services, including some experience at the level of Caseworker; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the State of their residence.

Preferred Qualifications

Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills to meet needs of persons served; Ability to work some evenings; and Meet criteria to become a Qualified Mental Health Professional-Child (QMHP-C) for billing purposes; this includes at least a bachelor's degree in a human services field or in special education from an accredited college with at least one year of clinical experience with children and adolescents; Two years of experience in a mental health or substance abuse setting working with youth with serious behavioral health challenges and their families; Trained in High Fidelity Wraparound; One year of experience providing case management services such as assessment, advocacy, and coordination of services; One year of experience engaging community resources, including but not limited to medical, mental health, legal, educational social and supplemental services; and at least one year of experience with electronic health records.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; education/certifications; and driver's license.

Schedule: Monday through Friday; Flexible 40 hours per week schedule.

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