Behavioral Health Senior Clinician

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Salary
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
Posted
Jan 02, 2021
Closes
Jan 16, 2021
Ref
21-00011
Function
Administrative
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

The primary objective of the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) is to deliver comprehensive and effective services to individuals who are diagnosed with severe mental illness and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional service delivery approaches. PACT supports personal recovery through a highly individualized approach that provides individuals with the skills and supports to obtain and maintain housing, employment, interpersonal relationships, natural supports systems, as well as illness and medication management.

The PACT Senior Clinician is responsible for reviewing referrals received by PACT, gathering and reviewing relevant clinical documentation/histories/records, and collecting additional information from family members, friends, and/or collateral contacts involved in the individuals lives to determine final admission disposition. PACT receives referrals from a variety of sources such as state and local psychiatric hospitals, jails, crisis stabilization programs, and homeless shelters. These are often the locations where initial outreach and engagement efforts take place.

The clinician in this position is part of a multidisciplinary team providing community based mental health services (i.e.: intensive case management, mental health supports, medication management, and crisis interventions) to adults with serious and persistent mental illness who often have co-occurring substance use and/or medical conditions. Works jointly with individuals to develop and revise treatment goals/plans and partners with the team and collateral contacts to implement targeted interventions to meet the individuals' needs. The team’s overall objective is to assist and support individuals in developing the personal supports, insight into recovery, and skills in all life areas needed to maintain community tenure and transition to a less intensive level of care.

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Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Performs complex evaluations and makes independent diagnoses using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders;
  • Provides individual, family and group treatment;
  • Maintains a diverse caseload of clients with acute, chronic mental illness;
  • Approves and/or implements therapeutic treatment plans;
  • Conducts intensive clinical interventions;
  • Provides family therapy in a residential setting;
  • Recommends, monitors, and coordinates clinical care to non-Community Services Board clients;
  • Prepares court-ordered diagnostic and forensic evaluations, including competency to stand trial, sexual abnormality, presentencing, and sanity at time of offense;
  • Provides discharge planning and coordination of after-care service plans for clients leaving state, local, and private psychiatric hospitals;
  • Collaborates with service professionals as participant/lead of Interdisciplinary Team (IDT);
  • Consults with professionals on a variety of problems including delivery of needed services for clinically complex cases;
  • Provides liaison to community agencies to facilitate communication and service provision for clients requiring multiple services;
  • Monitors and analyzes the impact of psychotropic medication on client's functioning and mental status;
  • Provides risk assessments for dangerousness to self and others;
  • Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of the individual;
  • Thorough knowledge of intake procedures, social history development, and interviewing techniques;
  • Thorough knowledge of major schools of treatment of emotionally and socially disturbed individuals;
  • Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;
  • Ability to conduct mental health assessments and apply treatment approaches/modalities;
  • Ability to formulate diagnoses for clients with acute, chronic, severe mental illness;
  • Ability to diagnostically interpret data obtained from psychological test results, social histories, and interviews;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private sector organizations, community groups, and the general public;
  • Ability to monitor and analyze the impact of psychotropic medications;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from an accredited college with a master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing; plus two years of clinical experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
  • Possession of a current license to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia in one of the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • A valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) maintained throughout employment with CSB.
Some positions within this classification will require additional certifications and licenses, as defined by the position description and posted in job announcements.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
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. Requires a National Provider Identifier.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Prior experience delivering community based behavioral health services
  • Experience with Medicaid Prior Authorizations
  • Experience conducting community-based risk assessments
  • Experience with delivering crisis stabilization/management services to individuals with severe mental illness and/or co-occurring (MH/SA) disorders

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to drive a car and conduct out of office visits in homes, hospitals, jails, shelters, or outdoors. Ability to communicate with clients & coworkers, observe and report on client appearance and behavior; sit, walk, stand & bend, write as needed. Ability to operate keyboard driven computer equipment, tablet device, and enter/retrieve data on electronic health record. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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