Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Intensive Community Treatment Services

Community Services Board, Virginia
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

$2,500 Sign-On Bonus*

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Vocational Specialist is expected to know and implement principles of the Supported Employment Model when assisting individuals in core vocational services such as engagement, vocational assessment, job development, job placement (including volunteering, enrolling in a training program, or returning to school), job coaching, job follow-along supports, and Social Security benefits counseling.

Delivers community-based treatment as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing rehabilitation, clinical case management, crisis intervention and stabilization, support services, as well as supportive counseling to persons with serious and persistent mental illness. Documents all delivered services in a timely manner and ensures that a well-coordinated service plan is created with input from the individual, natural supports, other team members, primary care providers, and other stakeholders in the individual's recovery.

The ACT program is designed to deliver comprehensive and effective services to individuals who are diagnosed with severe mental illness and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional service delivery approaches. Recovery-oriented services are provided by all ACT team members via individual, side-by-side, family, and group modalities in mostly non-traditional community/outreach venues (e.g., unsheltered settings, homeless shelters, jails, hospitals, homes, job sites, etc.).

This position will be assigned to a new ACT team in the Annandale/Springfield area of Fairfax County scheduled to begin delivering services this Summer. The new ACT team will be based out of the Heritage Center at 7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 200 Annandale, VA 22003. The person hired for this position will be temporarily working with the Gartlan ACT team in Alexandria until the new team at the Heritage Center begins delivering services.

The existing ACT team at the Gartlan Center is located in the Mount Vernon Area of Fairfax County at 8119 Holland Road Alexandria, VA 22306. Program hours for the current and new ACT teams are from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. This position may include on-call coverage and typically works one weekend every 4-5 weeks and one weekly p.m. shift (12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ). The Team coordinates holiday coverage on a rotating basis.

Here are some of additional benefits CSB employees enjoy:
  • *This position includes a signing bonus for fully qualified new merit county employees into the Behavioral Health Specialist II in the amount of $2,500 (full-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) 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.
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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 three months of appointment and annually thereafter;
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment;
  • Medication Administration Assistance Certification within 90 days of appointment;
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) maintained throughout employment with CSB.
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional Adult (QMHP-A) (within 1 month of hire)
  • Qualified Mental Health Case Manager (QMHCM) (within 1 month 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.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies.)

  • Experience working in an Assertive Community Treatment team.
  • Experience delivering community based mental health services to severely mentally ill adults.
  • Experience providing employment services to mentally ill adults.

Ability to drive a car and conduct out of office visits in homes, hospitals, jails, shelters or outdoors; communicate with clients & coworkers; observe and report on client appearance and behavior; sit, walk, stand & 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.

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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