Arlington County, Virginia
$78,104.00 - $119,350.40 Annually
Jun 17, 2022
Jun 24, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS) is hiring experienced Mental Health Clinicians to serve Client Services Entry (CSE) Bureau of the Behavioral Healthcare Division (BHD). These employees will provide comprehensive crisis intervention and stabilization, to persons with serious mental illness, dual diagnoses, and acute psychiatric and substance abuse-related issues to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and lengthy emergency department stays, to de-escalate and prevent future crises. Services offered are trauma-informed, culturally competent, strengths-based, and needs-driven, and are responsive, adaptive, and respectful.

To learn more about the Department of Human Services, please visit the DHS.

* This position is considered "essential" and is part of a team that provides this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Specific duties include:

  • Providing assessments and intervention in multiple settings to include home, schools, juvenile justice settings, community organizations, and hospital inpatient units and emergency departments;
  • Developing and maintaining working relationships with BHD staff and with other agencies including police, courts, schools, magistrates, fire and rescue, Virginia Hospital Center, and other agencies involved in emergency interventions;
  • Conducting diagnostic assessments and risk analysis, utilizing a strengths-based approach;
  • Developing and implementing strategies for clients and for families to alleviate crisis to include time-limited crisis intervention, short term counseling, and/or intensive care coordination;
  • Conducting pre-admission screening for hospitalization or other diversionary services (partial hospitalization, residential, respite, intensive community services), ensuring that services are provided in the least restrictive environment;
  • Ensuring high quality and timely documentation in an electronic record management system by staff.
The ideal candidate for Emergency Services staff is patient, calm, understanding, inquisitive, convincing, while often under pressure to complete the task under the allowed time limit. The candidate will have proven experience completing documentation in a timely manner to ensure that subsequent staff has the information necessary to follow up on cases. A desire and ability to work under uncertain conditions and unknown hours is essential for the Emergency Services Clinician.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged, and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity, and awareness of factors that impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria
  • A Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Psychiatric Social Work, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline which required a clinical practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic and treatment services;
  • A minimum of two years of post-master's full-time experience providing counseling and other services, to include one-year minimum working with seriously mentally ill individuals in crisis;
  • A Clinical license in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work
Possession or obtainment of:

  • A Virginia Preadmission Screening Certification is required within 60 days of hire. See link for details: .
  • Medication Administration Certification from a CSB-approved vendor within 90 days of employment
  • TOVA training from Arlington County within one year of employment
Substitution: Directly related higher-level clinical degrees may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of experience. In the case of this substitution, qualifying work experience must have been gained after the acquisition of the directly related higher-level clinical degree.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Clinical license (LPC, LCSW, LCP, LMFT, LMHP) in the State of Virginia;
  • Providing services to individuals experiencing a behavioral health emergency;
  • Working with clients with co-occurring substance use disorders;
  • Prescreen certified; and/or
  • Collaborating with criminal justice partners (particularly law enforcement, correctional officers, and court staff).

Special Requirements
A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Covid-19: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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