Behavioral Health Specialist II
- Full Time
Provides therapy, case management, counseling, shift coverage and crisis intervention to residents of a treatment program in Chantilly for individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Services are provided to individuals residing in both a 24 hour treatment program and aftercare transitional apartments. Works on a team consisting of therapist/case managers, medical staff, peer support specialists and other counselors and support staff. Shifts include some weekends and evenings, as well as some holidays. May include an occasional overnight shift. Duties also include, group, family and individual therapy, medication administration, transporting clients, facility monitoring, completing urinalysis, breathalyzers, and reporting to community partners such as probation and parole, court system, Department of Family Services etc. Maintains collaborative relationships with clients for all phases of assessment and treatment planning and develops detailed client centered treatment plans.
Note: The starting salary for this position will not exceed the midpoint of the advertised range. To learn more about the Community Services Board, please click on the following link to watch the video "We are CSB".
- 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; 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.
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. Must be able to observe client behavior/appearance and be able to converse with clients and co-workers.
Experience providing treatment to individuals who have co-occurring serious mental health and substance use disorders. Experience working in a residential treatment program.
Must be able to independently drive county vehicle. Ability to sit, walk, stand, bend and write as needed to complete duties of the job. All duties are perform 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.