Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Intensive Community Treatment Services

Reston, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
May 01, 2021
May 15, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works as a member of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's (CSB) North County Intensive Case Management (ICM) Team. Provides comprehensive services on a 6-member interdisciplinary psychiatric outreach team. This team provides direct services, clinical and community case management, crisis intervention and stabilization, as well as support services to persons with serious and persistent mental illness. The team includes a nurse, psychiatrist, senior clinician, supervisor and behavioral health therapists/case managers. Works under supervision of the North County ICM Team Supervisor.

Works collaboratively and communicate effectively with others as part of a multidisciplinary team. The team provides engagement and treatment services in a community settings such as homes, shelters, employment sites, jails, and hospitals. Documents all services in a timely manner and ensures a tightly coordinated service treatment plan by collaborating with the individual, support systems, primary care providers/specialists, other ICM team members, and other stakeholders in the individual's recovery. Intensive case management services are highlighted by a strong emphasis on recovery, advocacy, empowerment, and partnership. The team is driven by a commitment to helping individuals gain control of their recovery by effectively managing all aspects of their lives in order to maintain community tenure.

The position is based out of the northwest center, in the Reston area of Fairfax County. Work hours for the position are 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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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 job description.)
  • 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

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • 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 bachelor'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 .

  • MANDT Certifications within six months of appointment and annually thereafter;
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment;
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) maintained throughout employment with CSB;
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP-A) - required within 1 month of hire
  • Qualified Mental Health Case Manager (QMHCM) - 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 check, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or counseling.
  • At least two years of clinical experience providing services to SED/SMI/SUD adult individuals.
  • Prior outreach, case management, and engagement experience with individuals with SMI and/or Co-occurring disorders in jails, homeless shelters, hospitals, and other non-traditional community settings is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience with community based resources and treatment services and ability to collaborate with agencies and services.
  • Experience and ability to formulate diagnosis for clients with acute, chronic, severe mental illness and substance use disorders.
Ability to drive a car, communicate with clients and coworkers, observe and report on client appearance and behavior, able to sit, walk, stand & bend, write as needed. Ability to operate keyboard driven computer equipment and read data on monitor. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

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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