Behavioral Health Specialist II
Provides outreach, engagement, counseling, case management and case coordination of individuals with substance abuse or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health concerns. Provides basic care coordination and a full range of care and support that individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders required in order to live successfully in the community. Provides aggressive outreach to include personal phone calls, visits etc., to those in homeless shelters, those leaving detox without other services, or those on the waiting list for treatment who never get into further treatment due to lack of follow through, and substance users leaving treatment services against advice. Selected applicants may provide services to individuals in a residential treatment programs to include individual and group counseling and other duties as assigned.
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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.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.
MA degree in social work or related field. Prior outreach, case management and engagement experience. Two years' experience providing services to substance use dependent clients. Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) is a plus. LPC, LCSE, or LSATP licensed or licensed eligible is preferred.
Work is generally sedentary. Ability to walk, stand, bend in accordance with job duties. Ability to carry up to 10 pounds and operate desktop computer and use keyboard driven equipment. Ability to travel to multiple work sites. All duties performed 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.