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Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Varied Settings - Full-time & Part-time Opportunities

Fairfax County Government
Community Services Board, Virginia
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Closing date
Sep 1, 2022

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Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

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Job Announcement

Sign-on BONUS in the amount of $2,000 (full-time) or $1,000 (part-time)*.

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is hiring multiple Behavioral Health Specialist IIs (BHSII) for a variety of CSB Service Areas throughout through the county including South County (Alexandria Route one), North County (Reston) and Mid county (Annandale).

This recruitment is for BHSII positions serving individuals in a variety of treatment settings to include the following Service Areas:
  • Intensive Community Treatment
  • Diversion & Jail-Based Services
  • Residential & Detox Services and
  • Supportive Community Residential Services.
To find out more about each service area please visit the CSB Service Area web page.

As a Behavioral Health Specialist II, you’ll be a part of a team of diverse professionals helping individuals transform their lives and achieve recovery. We strive to create a work environment that facilitates professional growth by broadening your skill base with extensive training and development, modeling best practices in employee relations, employee recognition programs and advancement opportunities along with providing a highly competitive wage and benefits package. Since 1969, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board has served individuals of all ages who have mental illness, substance use disorders, serious emotional and/or developmental disabilities. Our vision, aligned with the goals of One Fairfax, is that everyone in our community has the support needed to live a healthy, fulfilling life. Fairfax County is a dynamic and diverse community spanning over 400 square miles. With over 1.2 million residents, Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in Virginia. Operating as part of Fairfax County government's human services system the CSB provides a wide array of services offering opportunities for career growth and advancement.

These positions differ from the outpatient site-based behavioral health specialist II in that they provide an opportunity to support individuals in settings to include, residential treatment programs, the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and various community settings such as individual’s homes, during recreational activities and more. A candidate for these positions will enjoy an active role engaging and supporting individuals living with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and/or substance use as they are achieving recovery. Positions are fast paced and on-the-go often involving travel in a county vehicle. Though some positions are Monday - Friday daytime hours, others do offer the flexibility of weekend and evening hours.

Works with a Behavioral Health Supervisor as part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of therapist/case managers, medical staff, peer support specialists and other counselors and support staff. Provides services driven by client choice through collaborative relationships in individualized treatment planning. Specific duties may include case management, assessment, treatment planning, individual, group and family counseling, medication administration, transporting clients, facility monitoring, and substance use testing. Case management includes linking and coordination of multiple services, as well collaborating with community partners such as criminal justice system, Human Services, medical providers and community agencies. Must maintain detailed documentation in an electronic health record meeting state, local and federal performance contract and licensing expectations.

Varying by program some service areas provided an extended day and 24-hour programs; therefore, some shifts include weekend and evening hours, as well as some holidays. A commitment to offer scheduling flexibility, as program needs allow.

More information about CSB Services may be found at Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board | Community Services Board (

Here are some of the benefits CSB employees enjoy:
  • *This position includes a signing bonus for fully qualified new county employees in the amount of $2,000 (full-time) or $1,000 (part-time).
  • CSB recognizes that staff competence speaking a variety of languages is necessary to meet client needs and encourage candidates that are bilingual in English and another foreign language to apply. A foreign language skills stipend of up to $1300/year (full-time) may be given for qualified bilingual employees.
  • The CSB provides clinical supervision for employees who are registered as licensed eligible mental health in one of the following areas: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • In addition, to recognize and reinforce the importance of professional development and enhance future recruitment of licensed professionals, if approved, the licensure supervisors will receive a stipend of $1,500 paid out biweekly over a 12-month period whether for one or more Department of Health licensure candidates.

Note: Multiple positions, both part-time and full-time, in various Service Departments will be filled from this job announcement. Merit positions that are less than 40 hours per week (100% FTE) are eligible for health and prorated leave benefits.

Please indicate your specific areas of interest and related qualifications in your responses to the supplemental questions. The CSB reserves the right to extend offers based on needs of the agency.

To learn more about careers that make a difference, watch our video “CSB Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Providing Care.”

Service provisions are based on client and program need. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, some positions offer services via telehealth for non-acute services. Other positions offer limited opportunities for telework. Teleworking options may vary by service area.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Maintains a diverse caseload of clients with a variety of substance use, developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses;
  • Implements therapeutic treatment plan under clinical supervision;
  • Provides individual, group, and/or family treatment under supervision;
  • Collaborates with service professionals inside and outside of the Community Services Board;
  • Provides case management, outreach and engagement services as needed;
  • Conducts wellness and health promotion services;
  • Maintains all electronic health records according to federal, state and department regulations, ensuring that records of clients on their caseload are complete, accurate and comprehensive;
  • Advocates on behalf of clients regarding rights and needed services;
  • Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management with support and supervision as needed.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of psychological, physiological and psychiatric terminology, theories and practices;
  • Knowledge of existing public and private agencies and community resources;
  • Ability to perform behavioral health and risk assessments and apply evidence based/informed treatment approaches/modalities;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field, plus one year of clinical experience or bachelor’s degree and a valid Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) certification plus one year of clinical experience.

Some positions within this classification will require additional certifications and licenses, as defined by the position description and posted in job announcements.

  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP-A) or Child (QMHP-C) or Qualified Mental Health Case Manager (QMHP-CM), or Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), depending on service area (Required within 3 months)
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment.
In addition, the following may be required contingent upon the Service Area assignment:
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) within 1 month of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB.
  • MANDT Certifications within six months of appointment and annually thereafter;
  • Medication Administration Assistance Certification within 90 days of appointment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services Registry check, driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. A commitment to offer flexibility, as program needs allow.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field.
  • Two years' experience providing services to SED/SMI/SUD individuals in group or individual modality.
  • Experience providing treatment to individuals who have co-occurring serious mental health and substance use disorders.

Contingent upon the Service Area assignment. Ability to read data on a computer monitor. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment; communicate well with others; and to observe, process, and document clinical information and make clinical interventions. Ability to lift, up to 15 lbs. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise. Interview process may utilize use of video screening/interviewing system.

This position is listed as " open continuous ." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position(s) have been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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