Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Supportive Community Residential Services

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Salary
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Posted
Jun 05, 2021
Closes
Jun 19, 2021
Ref
21-01076
Function
Administrative
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Join a small team that collaborates daily to provide team-based support to adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental health, substance use, or physical health issues. This shared supportive housing program (SSHP) provides a combination of office-based services at the Gartlan Center and community-based services when beneficial to the individual's recovery. The SSHP team supports 35 male and female adults living in private homes or shared permanent housing. Serves as the primary case manager and treatment provider for less than 20 individuals. The program supports clients in achieving stability and developing recovery behaviors through the use of crisis management, collaborative assessment, and management of suicide, DBT, trauma-informed care, and other effective interventions. The shared living environments provide opportunities for clinicians to support the development of interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance skills.

The SSHP hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Note: This position includes sign-on bonus amount of $2,000 for full-time positions and $1000 for part-time positions.

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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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
  • 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 (QMHP-A) required within 1 month of hire.
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment.
  • MANDT certification required within 90 days of appointment.
  • Medication Administration Assistance (VA) required within 90 days of appointment.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, driving record check, and a sanctions screening to the satisfaction of the employer. TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

Ability to quickly respond to a crisis, physically support clients, walk stairs, lift light to moderate loads, work directly with clients teaching housekeeping, cooking and shopping skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree in social work, counseling, or a related field is strongly preferred.
  • Licensed or license-eligible 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to independently drives vehicles; climb stairs, walk, and stand and bend as needed to carry out job duties. Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs; observe client behavior/appearance; review and write progress notes in Electronic Health Record (EHR) and staff communication log. Independently travel to various sites, transport and observe clients. Ability to use keyboard driven equipment. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include 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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