Crisis Intervention Specialist - Emergency Services & Crisis Care

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$79,786.51 - $132,977.52 Annually
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

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Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

Job Details

Job Announcement

$10,000 Sign-On Bonus*
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. Provides specialized services such as assessment for temporary detention, evaluation for hospitalization, and critical stress management. Unique opportunity to serve individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures experiencing a wide range of clinical presentations and service needs. Experience with co-occurring disorders, conducting risk assessments, making rapid differential diagnosis, and providing crisis intervention from a recovery-based, trauma-informed, and person-centered lens is essential. A successful candidate will have the ability to write comprehensive clinical notes and complete pre-detention and pre-admission evaluation forms. This position requires shift work that will include some overnights, weekends, and holiday coverage.

To learn more about this position see our Crisis Intervention job preview video.

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 $10,000 (full-time).
  • In addition, to the annual environmental bonus pay of $3,600 for full-time positions.
  • 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.
  • 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 may be filled from this advertisement.

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 description.)
  • Reviews clinical records writes clinical notes, and completes pre-detention and pre-admission screening evaluation forms;

  • Performs complex, code mandated evaluations to include mental status examination, and comprehensive risk assessment;

  • Makes independent diagnosis and determines if the individual meets civil commitment criteria; When clinically indicated, recommends the issuance of an Emergency Custody Order or a Temporary Detention Order;

  • Evaluates individuals seeking voluntary admission to a local psychiatric hospital (state funded admission) or a crisis stabilization unit;

  • Provides emergency crisis intervention services to individuals who are high risk, e.g., suicidal, homicidal, experiencing symptoms of psychosis, with the goal of stabilization and finding creative and safe community treatment alternatives;

  • As needed, responds on rapid call-out (24/7) to high risk hostage/barricade situations providing on scene consultation and intervention services;

  • As needed, responds on rapid call-out (24/7) to public safety personnel other county employees, or community members who have been exposed to psychologically traumatic events;

  • Attends civil commitment and appeal hearings providing expert testimony to General District and Circuit Courts; Responds in the community to requests from individuals, friends/family, and other Fairfax County departments or community referrals to evaluate and intervene with individuals in the community who are high risk and are unwilling or unable to come voluntarily to the CSB Emergency Service for evaluation or treatment;

  • May work as part of mobile response teams when necessary;

  • Assesses the need for referral to a psychiatrist, or to a primary care physician or to a hospital emergency department; Provides expert consultation to Human Services and Public Safety agencies and the private sector regarding individuals who are clinically complex and/or high risk;

  • Works closely and collaboratively with Law Enforcement Officers and/or Sheriff’s Deputies throughout the evaluation and detention process;

  • Provides liaison to community agencies to facilitate communication and service provision for clients requiring multiple services and/or who are clinically complex and/high risk;

  • When applicable, provides clinical supervision to license eligible Crisis Intervention Specialists and/or training to newly hired staff.

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.)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Code of Virginia pertaining to Emergency Custody Orders, Temporary Detention Orders, Civil Commitment, Mandatory Outpatient Treatment, Duty to Warn, etc.;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of community resources and referral agencies to be able to connect individuals in crisis with appropriate ongoing clinical treatment and with agencies that may alleviate exacerbating issues such as hunger, homelessness, medical illness and other factors;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of the individual;

  • Thorough knowledge of intake procedures, social history development, and interviewing techniques;

  • Thorough knowledge of treatment of options for individuals with behavioral health and substance uses disorders; Knowledge of Critical Incident Stress Management techniques including psychoeducational training on psychological and stress first aid and resiliency training;

  • Knowledge in hostage/barricade negotiation techniques and incident command management (ICM);

  • Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts; Knowledge of clinical supervisory methods and techniques;

  • Ability to complete a mental status examination and comprehensive risk assessment;

  • Ability to conduct mental health assessments and apply treatment approaches/modalities;

  • Ability to formulate diagnoses;

  • Ability to work effectively with individuals in life and death situations as a routine and daily part of the job;

  • Ability to diagnostically interpret data obtained from psychological test results, social histories, and interviews;

  • Ability to prepare, produce, and conduct program presentations;

  • Ability to function independently in high-stress situations;

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, public and private sector organizations, public safety, community groups, and the general public;

  • Ability to successfully perform as a team leader/member; Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college with a master's degree in social work, psychology, or counseling, plus two years of clinical experience or a doctoral degree in social work, psychology, or counseling, plus one year of clinical experience.

Must be eligible to be 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.

  • A valid driver's license with fewer than six (6) demerit points (or equivalent in another state) and must be maintained throughout employment with CSB.
  • CPR/First Aid (Required within 3 months)
  • Certified Pre-screener as required by the Department of Behavioral Health and Disability within six (6) months of appointment.

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 and Hepatitis C screening upon hire and annually thereafter. Requires a National Provider Identifier. Must be eligible to provide services that are reimbursable by Medicaid in accordance with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services' requirements.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies). Program operates 24/7. Position requires shift work that includes overnights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a:
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW),
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),
    • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP),
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or
    • MD/OD
  • Current Pre-screener Certification as defined by the code of Virginia.
  • At least 3 years post masters 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.; use keyboard driven equipment; and drive a county vehicle. 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 job announcement is listed with a closing date of 12/29/23 and interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. 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 may close prior to the currently advertised closing date when the position has been filled.

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
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