$33.11 - $50.56 Hourly
Jun 18, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

Please note: This position will work primarily at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Rd; Falls, Church, VA.

The Behavioral Healthcare Division is recruiting for the position of part time Behavioral Health Specialist (Adult Case Manager) to provide services and referrals to adults with serious mental illness, many whom are also dually diagnosed with co-occurring substance use disorders. This individual will act as a Discharge Planner and will be responsible for functioning as a liaison to Northern Virginia's local state psychiatric hospital, the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. The Discharge Planner will coordinate activities for clients in transition from the hospital to the community, including linkages to housing, medications, financial entitlements, and follow-up mental health care. Services are provided with an emphasis on trauma informed care and recovery principles while working in collaboration with other team members, community agencies, professionals, and family members. The population served is ethnically and culturally diverse.

To learn more about the Department of Human Services and the Behavioral Healthcare Division, please visit DHS.

Responsibilities include:
  • Assessment of clients presenting symptoms to identify service needs;
  • Participating in weekly discharge planning activities;
  • Case coordination of clients in the hospital;
  • Communicating with a variety of mental health and social service professionals;
  • Documenting treatment plans and progress to ensure compliance with clinical, funding, and program licensing regulations and standards;
  • Facilitating discharge of individuals at the state hospital to community placements; and
  • Ensuring treatment linkage off all individuals who transition from the state hospital to the community.
The employee works both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team within the Behavioral Healthcare Division.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

  • Completion of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline;
  • Two years of post-bachelor's degree experience providing behavioral health services in the legal or court systems to adults with a serious mental illness or co-occurring disorder; and
  • Meets the criteria of and register with the State as a Qualified Mental Health Professional-(QMHP-A) within 60 days of hire (ref: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/docs/ QMHP_FAQs.pdf ).
Substitution: A Master's degree may substitute for the experience requirement.

Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline;
  • Coordinating activities for clients in transition from a psychiatric hospital to the community; and/or
  • Providing case management services to adults with serious mental illness, substance use or co-occurring disorders.

Special Requirements

An online application is required.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

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