Behavioral Health Specialist I

$47,300.03 - $78,832.62 yr
Sep 11, 2017
Sep 25, 2017
Full Time

Assists in providing supervision, education, counseling and support services to clients and concerned others. Provides shift coverage in a 24 hour per day program, while serving as a member of a therapeutic team. Performs shift duties and support for program clients at meetings and appointments. Co-facilitates treatment groups, assists in client intakes, obtains other materials for such groups and provides education and re-entry groups. Provides shift duties including clinical interventions and ensuring the safety of clients. Assists in training on activities of daily living, monitors and enforces program schedule of activities in and out of the facility as well as program rules, policies and procedures. Supervises client activities. Responds to crisis situations and provides appropriate clinical interventions to prevent severe situations from becoming crisis. De-escalates problem situations. Serves as emergency personnel.

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Illustrative Duties
  • Functions as an active member of a treatment team;
  • Functions as a co-leader in groups;
  • Assists with data gathering for needs assessment;
  • Contributes to the development of individual service plans, with consideration given to the nature and severity of the behavioral health and psychosocial needs, individual strengths and preferences, and support systems;
  • Makes interventions as outlined in the service plan;
  • Brings forward timely information on individuals' progress and evolving needs to the treatment team;
  • Provides individual supportive counseling and skill-building involving specific concerns;
  • Conducts admission and orientation into the program/services;
  • Provides individual and group psycho-educational sessions for clients, family members, and significant others;
  • Maintains and updates information on community resources for individuals, families, and other concerned persons;
  • Provides skill building to clients in developing and practicing daily living, recovery, and self-advocacy skills;
  • Observes client behavior and provides de-escalation techniques;
  • Maintains client records in accordance with state and department regulations;
  • Maintains all appropriate program logs and information;
  • Provides program coverage and supervises program activities;
  • Transports and accompanies individuals to various appointments.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of individuals;
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders and the physiological, psychological and social impacts;
  • knowledge of public and private community based resources;
  • Knowledge of social history development and interviewing and treatment techniques appropriate for individuals with substance use and/or mental illness/ serious emotional disturbance (SED);
  • Ability to recognize behavioral symptoms of mental illness/ serious emotional disturbance (SED) and substance use, and developmental disabilities;
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
  • Ability to assist with initial screening of the severity of individuals' substance use/mental health symptoms, treatment, and support needs.
Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, sociology, nursing or a related field.

Certain positions in this class may require: First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment; MANDT Certifications within six (6) months of appointment and annually thereafter; 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) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB. CDL license 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, a driving record, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer. Must be able to observe client behavior/appearance and be able to converse with clients and co-workers. Tb test required annually

At least two years experience providing services to both substance use dependent clients and clients diagnosed with mental issues.

Independently drive county vehicle. Ability to sit, walk, stand, bend, and write as needed to complete duties of the job. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview, may include written exercise

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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.

Fairfax County is proud to offer employees an attractive and comprehensive benefits program, including the following:
  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Programs
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Leave (Sick and Vacation)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees' Child Care Center and Fitness Center
  • Flexible Schedule and Telework Options
  • Transportation Subsidy
  • Discount Educational Programs
For additional details please visit the County's benefits webpage.
01 What is the highest level of education that you have completed?
  • Less than 12th grade
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree
02 Is your degree in one of the following disciplines?
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Other related field
  • None of the above
03 If you selected "Other related field" for the previous question, describe the field. If not applicable to you, type N/A.
04 Do you currently possess a valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No
05 How many years of experience do you have in the human services field working with adult clients who have co-occurring disorders (both substance abuse and mental illness?)
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four or more years
06 How many years experience do you have working in a residential substance abuse and/or mental health treatment facility?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four or more years
07 Are you able to work various shifts (day, evening, overnights and weekends, holidays) and to provide emergency service coverage?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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