Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Emergency Services And Crisis Care

Community Services Board, Virginia
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Apr 01, 2023
Apr 15, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

$2,500 Sign-On Bonus*

Exciting opportunity to be a part of the continuum of crisis services for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Positions are available to work within the Merrifield Crisis Response Center and mobile response teams in the community including co-responder teams with Fairfax County Police and Fire and Rescue Departments. Works as part of multidisciplinary team serving individuals with serious mental illness in acute crisis who are high risk, in addition to those diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disorders and substance use or co-occurring disorders.

Assesses, diagnoses, provides crisis intervention services and, when necessary, determines if an individual requires hospitalization for those individuals who are extremely high-risk in consultation with Crisis Intervention Specialist and/or supervisor on duty. As needed, provides coverage on the Community Response Team, and/or the Co-Responder Outreach Team working in the field. Recognizes and works with individuals with a wide variety of needs, including Mental Illness (MI), Substance Use, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD). Keeps abreast of civil psychiatric detention and commitment law and uses its provisions effectively to initiate involuntary hospitalization when a high-risk individual refuses, or is unable to commit to, voluntary care. Uses a comprehensive knowledge of community resources and referral agencies to connect people in crisis with appropriate ongoing clinical treatment options and with agencies that may alleviate exacerbating issues such as hunger, homelessness, medical illness, and other factors. Uses a sound understanding of psychiatric disorders, psychotropic medications, and medical conditions to connect individuals with psychiatric services, when appropriate.

Answers phones in the Emergency Services call center and provides screening, assessment, crisis intervention, and referral. When needed, serves as a Behavioral Health Liaison with Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center to assist with identifying behavioral health calls for service and linking individuals with appropriate resources. When needed, serves as the CSB Representative for civil commitment hearing and/or attends the civil commitment hearings providing expert testimony as required under 37.2-817b of the code of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This position requires shift work that will include some overnights, weekends, and holiday coverage.

Here are some of the benefits CSB employees enjoy:
  • *This position includes a $2,500 signing bonus for fully qualified new merit county employees or employees transferring from Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • 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 CSB recognizes that staff competence speaking a variety of languages is necessary to meet client needs. We encourage candidate’s bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply. A foreign language skills stipend of up to $1,300/year (full-time) may be given for qualified bi-lingual 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: This position is located at the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health (4410 Shirley Gate Rd, Fairfax, VA).

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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

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.

  • MANDT Certifications within six months of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment.
  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) and maintained throughout employment with CSB.
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP-A) (Required within 6 months of hire.)

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.

Additional Work Schedule Requirements: 24-hour shift coverage, awake overnights, weekends and holidays. This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies.)

  • Master's degree in psychology, social work, or counseling
  • Licensed eligible or currently licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia in one of the following:
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
    • Licensed Professional Counselor,
    • Clinical Psychologist,
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Certified by the Commonwealth Board of Counseling as a Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult
  • At least 1 year of clinical experience providing crisis Intervention and working with individuals having co-occurring disorders (SMI, ID/DD, and substance use).

Ability to communicate clearly with others; make clinical observations; run/climb several flights of stairs; lift up to 20 lbs.; review clinical records, write clinical notes and complete pre-detention and pre-admission evaluation forms; and use keyboard driven equipment. Ability to drive a county vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

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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