Behavioral Health Specialist II - PACT Admissions Specialist

$54,422.99 - $90,704.64 yr
Oct 02, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
Full Time

The Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) delivers 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. PACT supports personal recovery through a highly individualized approach that provides individuals with the skills and supports to obtain and maintain housing, employment, interpersonal relationships, natural support systems, as well as illness and medication management. Reviews referrals received by pact, gathers and reviews relevant clinical documentation/histories/records, and collects additional information from family members, friends, and/or collateral contacts involved in the individuals' lives to determine final admission disposition. PACT receives referrals from a variety of sources such as state and local psychiatric hospitals, jails, crisis stabilization programs, and homeless shelters. These are often the locations where initial outreach and engagement efforts take place. The clinician in this position is part of a multidisciplinary team providing community based mental health services (i.e.: intensive case management, mental health supports, medication management, and crisis interventions) to adults with serious and persistent mental illness who often have co-occurring substance use and/or medical conditions. Works jointly with individuals to develop and revise treatment goals/plans and partners with the team and collateral contacts to implement targeted interventions to meet the individuals' needs. The team's overall objective is to assist and support individuals in developing the personal supports, insight into recovery, and skills in all life areas needed to maintain community tenure and transition to a less intensive level of care.

Note: The salary offer for this position will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range.

To learn more about the Community Services Board, please click on the following link to watch the video "We are CSB".

Illustrative Duties
  • 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
  • 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 three years of relevant experience.

Certain positions in this class may require: master's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field; 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; 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.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer.

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

Bilingual (Englis/Spanish)

Able to sit, walk, stand & bend; able to make clinical interventions in unconventional treatment settings; able to operate keyboard driven computer equipment, tablet device, and enter/retrieve data on electronic health record. Annual TB test. 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?
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree
02 Is your degree in one of the following disciplines?
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Sociology
  • Other related filed
  • None of the above
03 How many full-time years of experience do you have working in a behavioral health setting?
  • 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
04 How many years of clinical case management experience do you have working directly with individuals with severe and chronic mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders?
  • 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
05 How many years of clinical experience do you have providing services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system, including in a jail setting and on probation or in a psychiatric hospital?
  • 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 Do you currently possess a valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No
07 Are you bilingual (English/Spanish)?
  • Yes
  • No
08 Which of the following assessments, case management and treatment tasks have you performed? Check all that apply.
  • Performed a full assessment of an individual's mental health, substance use, physical health, daily living skills, history of behavioral health treatment, diagnoses, needs and strengths
  • Performed a full assessment of a consumer's substance use or abuse, including history of use, treatment and legal history
  • Assisted an individual in applying for housing programs and/or financial entitlements
  • Did supportive counseling with individuals with serious mental illness/co-occurring disorders
  • Worked with individuals from diverse ethnic and racial groups
  • Worked with staff at jails, shelters, and/or hospitals to coordinate care
  • None of the above
09 Do you have knowledge of the Fairfax County Community Service Board resources and agencies that specialize in providing services to the co-occurring individuals?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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