Behavioral Health Specialist I

Alexandria, Virginia
$48,364.37 - $80,606.45 Annually
Apr 13, 2019
Apr 13, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Opportunity to join the Supportive Community Residential Services division of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Provide behavioral health treatment and case management services as part of a treatment team serving adults at six scattered sites in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. Individuals served have serious mental illness and may have co-occurring substance use and physical disorders. Candidate duties will include skill building, crisis intervention, support services, and completing Medicaid and other billing documentation. Work schedules vary between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm, to include some weekend and holiday shifts. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable working as part of a treatment team in a residential setting. Applicant must have a valid license and be able to drive to various locations within the county.

Note: Salary offer will not exceed the midpoint of salary range. To learn more about careers that make a difference, watch our video " CSB: Making a Difference in Our Community ".

Illustrative Duties

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.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

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.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, sociology, nursing or a related field.

  • 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.
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP-A)-Required within 1 month of hire
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter. This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

Current QMHP-A in Virginia. Experience working with adults as the primary client who are seriously mentally ill in a residential setting.

Independently drives vehicles; ability to climb stairs, walk, and stand and bend as needed to carry out job duties. Ability to lift and carry up to 15 lbs; observe client behavior/appearance; review and write progress notes in electronic health record (EHR) and staff log. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; written exercise will be included

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.

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