Nov 23, 2018
Dec 14, 2018
Full Time
Position Information

Please note: The salary range above covers the Mental Health Therapist II position without appropriate Virginia clinical licensure. The salary range for Mental Health Therapist II (Licensed) is $61,609.60 - $94,078.00.

Do you have a passion for providing services to adults in community settings? The Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team is hiring a grant-funded Mental Health Therapist who has experience in providing co-occurring disorder treatment and community-based services including crisis intervention and intensive case management to adults who are severely-mentally ill. This Therapist is a part of multi-disciplinary team and will work primarily in the community providing an array of Mental Health/Substance Use services. The employee will spend about 75% of the time primarily providing treatment, rehabilitation, and skill building out in a community setting, with some intervention directed or performed by staff with specialty training and skills.

PACT services promote independent living in the community for persons with the most severe and persistent mental illness. These services focus on increasing client tenure in the community, stabilizing psychiatric symptoms and improving the quality of life for identified high need, high-risk consumers in the community.

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Duties include:

  • Conducting comprehensive assessments of mental health history, functioning, and service needs to evaluate the presence of mental/substance abuse disorders;
  • Performing ongoing assessments of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and providing problem solving, skill training, and supervision to assist clients with ADLs;
  • Skill building and supporting clients to obtain the necessities of daily living including personal hygiene and grooming, medical and dental healthcare, legal and advocacy services, financial support such as entitlements and housing subsidies, supported housing, money management services, and transportation;
  • Providing symptom education to enable clients to identify symptoms and teach behavioral symptom management techniques;
  • Documenting client progress and treatment plans in electronic management system;
  • Coordinating with outside inpatient services to establish linkages to outpatient treatment, self-help programs, outpatient services, and residential facilities; and
  • On-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours on a rotating basis and serving as a backup to evening and weekend staff.
The ideal candidate will be experienced in providing co-occurring disorder treatment and community-based case management services.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner.  Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria


  • Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or another directly related clinical discipline, which required a clinical practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic, treatment, and case management services;
  • Two years of post-Master's degree full-time experience providing community-based services and direct clinical social work or clinical mental health/substance services to a severely mentally ill population; and
  • Meet the criteria of a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Adult (QMHP-A) or a Licensed Mental Health Provider (LMHP) per the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations within 60 days of hire if not licensed.
Substitution: Directly-related higher level clinical degrees may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of experience. In the case of this substitution, qualifying work experience must have been gained after the acquisition of the directly related higher level clinical degree.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience or licensure in one or more of the following:
  • Virginia licensure or ability to obtain such licensure within one year of hire as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Serving clients with dual diagnosis;
  • Providing PACT services; and/or
  • Assessing emergent needs or crisis situations.

Special Requirements

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some evenings, weekends and rotating Holidays.

This is a grant-funded position and is contingent upon funding availability.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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