Emergency Services Mental Health Therapist

$62,857.60 - $95,971.20 Annually
Mar 15, 2020
Apr 14, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies depending upon the needs of the department. These may include full-time, bilingual, and PRN (on-call as needed).

We currently have the following vacancies:

Overnight: Monday - Friday, 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
PRN: Nights, weekends, and holidays, and as needed

Emergency Services provide 24-hour support through full time staff whose schedule may include nights, weekends and holidays. Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity in a fast-paced setting? Do you want to use clinical and problem-solving skills to support individuals and their families through a mental health emergency? Join the Emergency Services team at Arlington County where clinicians provide crisis intervention, stabilization, and psychiatric services to individuals with imminent behavioral health crises while living, visiting, or working in Arlington County. These exciting positions are located in the Client Services Entry Bureau of the Behavioral Healthcare Division in the Department of Human Services. Direct services are provided on both an office-based and mobile outreach basis. Individuals typically treated are experiencing serious mentally illness and/or substance use issues.

Responsibilities include:
  • Providing mental status and risk assessments;
  • Performing hospital pre-admission screening, crisis intervention, support, and stabilization;
  • Coordinating services with multiple agencies (e.g., police, fire, local hospital, emergency room personnel, other human service providers, etc.); and,
  • Providing human services resource information, referral, and follow-up.
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

  • A Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Psychiatric Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing or other directly related clinical discipline which required a clinical practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic and treatment services PLUS two years of full-time post Master's Degree clinical experience providing clinical therapy and other mental health services, which included the application of diagnostic and treatment services;
  • Language proficiency: English/Spanish for designated bilingual positions; and
  • A Virginia Preadmission Screening Certification is required within 60 days of hire. See link for details: http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/behavioral-health/mental-health-services/protocols-and-procedures .
Substitution: Directly related higher level clinical degree (PhD. or PSYD.) may substitute for the Master's Degree education requirement and one year of full-time 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 in one or more of the following:
  • Virginia clinical license or license eligible as an LPC, LCSW, LCP or LMFT;
  • Providing mental health services to individuals with serious mental illness; and/or
  • Providing emergency/crisis services.

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 the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

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

An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to a bilingual position. The incumbent in the position will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours if appointed to the bilingual position.

Additional Information

Work hours: Positions include day, evening or night hours. Due to the nature of the work individuals may be requested to fill additional shifts. Work schedules may change based on needs of the organization.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process. Please do not enter "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be not be considered

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


This position requires the completion of a clinical practicum prior to graduation and two years of full-time post-degree relative experience. Please provide the following:
  • Highest level of clinical degree earned:
  • Area of concentration:
  • Date of graduation:
  • Date(s) of clinical practicum which prepared you for your degree:
  • Place (e.g. facility, clinic, hospital) of practicum:
  • Responsibilities or description of clinical practicum which focused on diagnostic, prevention, and/or treatment services.


Please check if you have any of the following clinical credentials in Virginia. Please check ALL that apply.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP)
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • I have earned licensure from another state in one of the above disciplines which is transferable to the state of Virginia
  • Prescreening certification
  • None of the above


Please ensure your application clearly supports your responses to the following.
  • I have experience providing emergency/crisis services.
  • I have experience providing mental health services to individuals with serious mental illness.
  • None of the above


Please use this space to describe your experience for all boxes checked in question #3.


I acknowledge and understand that the position requires flexible scheduling based on the needs of the organization.
  • Yes
  • No


Which shift(s) are you available to work, select all that apply:
  • Day
  • Evening
  • Overnight
  • Holidays
  • Weekend
  • PRN (on-call)


This announcement may be used to fill similar future vacancies in the County. Are you sufficiently proficient in oral Spanish to interview, assess the needs of, counsel and refer Spanish speaking individuals who have limited English proficiency and who are facing a crisis?
  • Yes
  • No

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