Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Intensive Community Treatment Services

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Salary
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Posted
Dec 03, 2022
Closes
Dec 17, 2022
Ref
22-03356
Function
Administrative
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Signing bonus in the amount of $2,500*

Working within CSB's Intensive Community Treatment Services area, you will have an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative environment providing intensive case management services to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders. You will be part of a team made up 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.

This position is responsible for assessing needs, determining the best course of treatment with the individual’s input and agreement, and delivering targeted interventions to meet needs prioritized by the individual. Community outreach and engagement to seriously mentally ill adults who have difficulty engaging in these services will be an essential function. Must be able to observe, process, and document clinical information. Must be able to work independently and/or in conjunction with other team members and external partners.

Here are some of the benefits CSB employees enjoy:
  • *This position includes a signing bonus for new county hires of $2,500 (full-time) or $1,250 (part-time).
  • The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others). CSB recognizes that staff competence speaking a variety of languages is necessary to meet client needs and encourages candidate's bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity. A foreign language skills stipend of up to $1300/year (full-time) may be given for qualified bi-lingual employees.
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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.)
  • Makes behavioral health diagnoses using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, International Classification of Diseases or other diagnostic tools as required;
  • Maintains a diverse caseload of clients with a variety of substance use, developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses;
  • Develops client and/or family centered therapeutic treatment plans, with consideration given to the nature and severity of the behavioral health problem, family, cultural and employment related circumstances, legal involvement, individual and family histories, physical condition, and other pertinent factors;
  • Implements therapeutic treatment plan under clinical supervision;
  • Conducts independent behavioral health intakes and assessments;
  • Provides individual, group, and/or family treatment under supervision;
  • Collaborates with service professionals inside and outside of the Community Services Board;
  • Adapts and modifies treatment interventions as indicated;
  • 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;
  • Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with representatives of community groups and public and private agencies;
  • Assesses and monitors the impact of medication on client's functioning and consults with medical professionals as needed;
  • Administers medication as ordered by a physician in accordance with department regulations;
  • Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management with support and supervision as needed;
  • Provides ongoing risk assessments for dangerousness to self and others with support and supervision as needed;
  • Provides entry, navigation and/or referral services for individuals, families and other concerned persons;
  • Prepares and administers behavioral health educational curricula;
  • Testifies in court to regarding client's services, progress and recommendations as required.


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 the principles, theories, and methods of behavioral health services and social development of the individual;
  • Knowledge of evidence based behavioral health treatment methods;
  • Knowledge of psychological, physiological and psychiatric terminology, theories and practices;
  • Knowledge of assessment processes, methods of gathering social history and interviewing techniques;
  • Knowledge of existing public and private agencies and community resources;
  • Ability to formulate diagnoses and appropriate treatment plan;
  • Ability to perform behavioral health and risk assessments and apply evidence based/informed treatment approaches/modalities;
  • Ability to manage a caseload;
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private
  • organizations, community groups, and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
  • MANDT Certifications within 3 months of appointment and annually thereafter;
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 3 months of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment
  • Medication Administration Assistance Certification 3 months of appointment
  • 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.
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP-A), within 1 month of appointment
  • Qualified Mental Health Case Manager (QMHCM), within 1 month of appointment

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, a 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. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies.)

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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience working with adults with SMI, Co-Occurring Disorders, and a history of homeless.
  • Experience delivering mental health services in the community, including homes, shelters, hospitals, and jails.
  • Experience with Housing First and Permanent Supported Housing models.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to drive a car and conduct out of office visits in homes, hospitals, jails, shelters, or outdoors; communicate with clients and coworkers; observe and report on client appearance and behavior; sit, walk, stand and bend; make clinical interventions in unconventional treatment settings; operate keyboard driven computer equipment, tablet device, and enter/retrieve data on electronic health record. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

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.

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