Diversion First - Behavioral Health Specialist I
This posting will be used to recruit multiple qualified applicants for this position. Positions will be supporting Diversion First efforts through partnerships with Court Services, Fairfax County Courts and community providers. Candidate will provide case management, crisis intervention, and support services; complete Medicaid and other billing documentation. Manages a caseload which includes adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-occurring disorders (including substance use and intellectual disabilities). Assists with clinical assessments, treatment planning and linking to community activities (including transporting clients in county vehicles). Work schedule varies between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Position requires some evening and holiday availability. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills possess a commitment to high quality customer service and be comfortable in a jail setting.
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- 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.
- 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.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, sociology, nursing or a related field.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
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.
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, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer. Annual TB test. Communicate effectively orally and in writing and observe, process, and document clinical information. Must be able to access, input, and retrieve computer data.
Computer literacy required. Knowledge of stages of change, stages of treatment, moral recognition therapy and motivational interviewing are a plus.
Ability to drive and travel to numerous locations, including some travel within the state of Virginia. Ability to use keyboard driven equipment. Ability to communicate with others and make clinical observations. The Adult Detention Center (ADC) is not barrier free. Must be able to walk significant distances within multiple buildings, climb stairs and respond to physical requirements necessary to comply with security and safety regulations. Ability to attend offsite meetings and trainings. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview. May include a verbal/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.