Service Members, Veterans And Family Regional Navigator (behavioral Health Spec Ii)

Chantilly, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Oct 23, 2021
Nov 06, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Do you love promoting collaboration between human services agencies? Are you passionate about supporting our veterans and their families?

The Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office is seeking a highly motivated, independent, Behavioral Health Specialist who has a passion in accessing behavioral health services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). Provides dedicated capacity at the regional office to support local, regional, and state level SMVF initiatives and to serve Northern Virginia as the regional subject matter expert. Assists as a resource to regional CSBs as they prepare to meet System Transformation Excellence and Performance (STEP-VA) SMVF metrics, provides technical assistance to CSBs in the region regarding SMVF, oversee regional SMVF training and capacity-building funds, liaise with relevant partners at federal, state, and local levels, and participates in regional SMVF initiatives for suicide prevention in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern VA (SPAN), the regional suicide prevention initiative.

Assists the CSBs in serving the SMVF population by helping to determine an individual's eligibility for services, and, if necessary, linking them with the most appropriate level of services at their closest Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), Military Treatment Facility (MTF), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), or other external provider of high quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and accessible services. Develops strong partnerships with the regional DVS offices, MTFs, and VHAs, as well as CSB and private providers who have been trained in Military Cultural Competency for the purposes of cross referrals and training. Serves on SMVF work groups to enhance services/partnerships, and support and grow best practices within the region. This position may offer the opportunity for licensure supervision for LCSW or LPC candidates.

Duties include:
  • Conduct assessments of SMVF individuals identified as not meeting criteria for CSB services, in collaboration with the CSB assessment team. The purpose of the assessment is to understand the individual’s situation, potential barriers to care, the causes, and the impact of such barriers. The assessment should highlight the individual’s strengths, limitations, risk factors, and internal/external supports and service needs to optimize the individual’s ability to access and maintain Behavioral Healthcare services. Helps identify appropriate services and supports tailored to the needs and desires of the individual and works to connect the individuals to the appropriate level of services; provides navigation and/or referral services for these individuals.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative partnerships with regional DVS, MTFs, VHAs and other external providers who have been trained in Military Cultural Competence, and who provide high quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and accessible services. Create a resource list for both referral and training purposes. Collaborates with service professionals inside and outside of the Community Services Board.
  • Coordinate and host regional trainings for Regional CSB providers to increase the availability of evidence-based, trauma-focused therapy such as prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Identify and collaborate with trainers in preparing appropriate Education Curricula regarding military culture and resources available to SMFV population. Identify and provide educational materials and outreach activities to support the clinical needs of SMFV.
  • Collects, aggregates, analyzes, and presents data to comply with identified Performance Metrics. Identifies data errors that impact accurate documentation and reporting. Verifies data for accuracy and resolves data that is incorrect, incomplete, improperly formatted, or duplicated and identifies data gaps. Supports data requests from internal and external stakeholders. Provides technical assistance with the design and management of reporting and measurement processes.
  • Develop a plan to and fully implement the expansion of Lock and Talk initiatives, in partnership with Regional Suicide Prevention Area Network (SPAN), to specifically target and help prevent veteran and service member suicides. Coordinate community trainings such as Mental Health First Aid and outreach to Veteran Organizations and/or those individuals affiliated with local military bases in Region 2.

Work schedule is 40 hrs. per week, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and may require occasional weekend and evening hours. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. The position is based out of the Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office in Chantilly, VA, but will require travel throughout the Northern Virginia Region.

This position includes a signing bonus for new employees of $2,000 for full-time.

Note: New System Transformation Excellence and Performance (STEP-VA) grant funded position.

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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 or bachelor’s degree and a valid Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) certification 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 .

  • Valid Motor Vehicle Driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) maintained throughout employment with CSB.

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.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • Master's degree in social work, counseling, or a related field is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
  • Experience working with or lived experience as part of the Service Members, Veterans and Families population.
  • Experience coordinating community and/or training events.
  • 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.

Ability to self-transport to and from multiple regional and state locations, and to various DVS locations. Ability to communicate through written and spoken language. Climb stairs, walk, stand, and bend as needed to carry out job duties. Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs and observe client behavior/appearance and document interactions in writing. Ability to use keyboard driven equipment. 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 military status 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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