Jail Diversion Behavioral Health Specialist Ii

Community Services Board, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Oct 05, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Positions will be supporting Diversion First efforts through partnerships with Court Services, Fairfax County Courts and community providers.
  • Provide case management, crisis intervention, and support services; complete Medicaid and other billing documentation;
  • Manage a caseload which includes adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-occurring disorders (including substance use and intellectual disabilities);
  • Provide clinical assessments, treatment planning and linking to community activities.
Work schedule is Monday - Friday. Jail Diversion staff is on schedule between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Position may require some limited evening, weekend, 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.

Note: Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

To learn more about this program view our Realistic Job Preview for Diversion & Jail-Based Services video.

Illustrative Duties

  • 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.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • 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.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field, plus one year of clinical experience.

Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification(s) prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire necessary certification(s) within a specified time period following employment. The certifications are identified in the position description and employment advertisement.
  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) and maintained throughout employment with CSB.
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP-A)-Required within 30 days of hire
  • Qualified Mental Health Children and Adolescent (QMHP-C)-Required within 30 days of hire
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driver's record check, Child Protective Services Registry check, and a sanctions screening to the satisfaction of the employer. 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).

  • Master's degree in social work, counseling, human services, community counseling, or a program related degree.
  • Experience and knowledge of stages of change, treatment, moral reconation therapy and motivational interviewing.
  • Previous experience in substance abuse treatment or mental health settings.
  • Previous experience in a jail setting.
Ability to drive county vehicle and travel to numerous locations, including some travel within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ability to use keyboard driven equipment and to communicate with others. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include 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.

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