Behavioral Health Senior Clinician - Forensic Discharge Planner

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
Posted
Apr 24, 2021
Closes
May 08, 2021
Ref
21-00728
Function
Administrative
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative environment providing discharge planning and intensive case management services to seriously mentally ill and co-occurring adults that are involved with the criminal justice system (court services, attorneys, probation and parole) as well as the mental health system. The primary function of the Forensic Discharge Planner is assessing, referring, and linking incarcerated and forensically hospitalized individuals to community based services and resources. Providing community outreach services to seriously mentally ill adults that have difficulty engaging in services will be an essential function of this position.

Note: Position will be based at the Merrifield Center in Merrifield, VA.

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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;
  • Recommends, monitors, and coordinates clinical care to non-Community Services Board clients;
  • 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.
  • 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 check, 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience providing discharge planning services to high risk seriously mentally ill, co-occurring and forensic adult population.
  • Experience collaborating with multiple human services systems and state program agencies, such as Jails, Hospitals, PACT, intensive case management.
  • Knowledge of community base resources and treatment services.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of the individual;
  • Experience and thorough knowledge of intake procedures, social history development, and interviewing techniques;
  • Experience and ability to formulate diagnoses for clients with acute, chronic, severe mental illness;
  • Experience and ability to diagnostically interpret data obtained from psychological test results, social histories, and interventions.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to independently drive and travel to numerous locations, including some travel throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ability to communicate with others; use keyboard driven equipment; and access, input, and retrieve computer data. 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 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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