Behavioral Health Specialist II
Works as part of a treatment team within a Residential Intensive Care (RIC) program at Gartlan or Merrifield Center. The RIC program provides twelve hours of community-based support daily to male and female adults with co-occurring serious mental illness, substance abuse, and physical health disorders. Functions as one of two case managers on a team which includes nursing and psychiatric services and other support staff in the provision of services in the Alexandria and Fairfax area of Fairfax County. Provides evidence based and best practices to clients in community based sites. Requires a master's degree in social work, counseling, or a related field. Provides case management, crisis intervention, and support services; completes Medicaid and other billing documentation; manages a caseload which includes adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-occurring disorders (including substance use and mild intellectual disabilities); provides clinical assessments, treatment planning and community integration activities. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable in a residential setting.
Eight hour schedule occurs between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Position requires some weekend availability and some 24 hour on-call coverage.
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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:
- Eligible to be credentialed as a QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional);
- MANDT Certifications within first year 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.
- Must meet Medicaid documentation standards.
- Licensed or license eligible as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Independently drives vehicle and transports clients. Ability to climb stairs, walk, stand and bend as needed to carry out job duties. Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds. Visual acuity is necessary to observe client behavior/appearance, review and write progress notes in electronic health record (EHR) and staff communication log. Ability to quickly respond to a crisis, physically support clients, walk stairs, lift light to moderate loads, work directly with clients teaching housekeeping, cooking and shopping skills. All duties may be performed 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. EEO/AA/TTY.