PACT Co-Occurring Treatment Specialist - Behavioral Health Specialist II
The Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) 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. 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. Determines clients' co-occurring treatment needs and takes the lead in identifying and developing targeted interventions to address those needs. Recovery-oriented services are provided 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). Services are provided in partnership with individuals and their natural supports, in a variety of community settings with a strong emphasis on person centered planning, strength based approach to recovery, empowerment, self-determination, and independence. Knowledge of CSB, county and community resources, and ability to outreach and engage both in office and community-based services is necessary.
PACT is based in the Mount Vernon Area of Fairfax County at the Gartlan Center. Program hours 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.
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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.
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.
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.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Certain positions in this class may require: master's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field; 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.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record 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. 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.
Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing. Two or more of clinical experience in community-based treatment settings. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Able to sit, walk, stand and bend with or without reasonable accommodations.
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. EEO/AA/TTY.