BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALIST (ADULT SERVICES)

Location
Virginia
Salary
$69,576.00 - $106,246.40 Annually
Posted
Dec 03, 2021
Closes
Dec 17, 2021
Ref
6322-22C-DHS-CW
Function
Management
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking an experienced Behavioral Health Specialist to serve as a Critical Time Intervention Specialist to adults with serious mental illness. The position is in the Behavioral Healthcare Division of DHS and will serve as an adjunct Behavioral Health Specialist, providing assigned clients with time-limited (nine months, then these services will end for the client), direct case management services. The position will work intensively with clients transitioning from homelessness or institutional settings to overcome housing barriers and successfully integrate into their homes. This position will be a part of a team that includes a Psychiatrist, Case manager/Clinician, Peer Specialist, and Program Manager. Services take place in both the office and in the community, with a large percentage of the work being completed in the client's home.

This position will assist the assigned Case Manager and/or Therapist with case management duties that help to assist the client with obtaining/maintaining housing; apply knowledge of trauma-informed care; and have familiarity working with clients who have both mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Critical Time Case Manager also delivers assertive outreach and engagement strategies for clients and families, problem solving skills, and supportive contact. The Critical Time Case Manager is also responsible for the assessment of suicidality and for delivering basic safety and crisis prevention planning.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing direct clinical services to clients transitioning out of homelessness or institutional settings;
  • Developing treatment plans and monitoring progress toward service goals, including adjusting treatment plans as needed;
  • Determining when and how intervene in clinical or housing-related crises;
  • Accompanying the client to and advocating with providers and other supports as they develop skills to do so independently
  • Coordinating client services with mental health providers, family members and other stakeholders;
  • Assisting clients with developing functional skills such as money management and other self-help task skills;
  • Advocating for client access to resources with vendors and providing linkages to needed services;
  • And meeting all required standards for timely and accurate clinical documentation and productivity standards.
The ideal candidate will be a flexible team player who is able to work under pressure, possesses strong documentation skills and is familiar with evidence-based practices, recovery principles, and person-centered care.

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

Minimum:
  • 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, Art Therapy or other directly related clinical discipline;
  • Two years of post-bachelor's degree full-time experience providing behavioral health services including case management and/or care coordination; 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.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Experience providing case management services to seriously mentally ill adults in an outpatient setting;
  • Experience providing services to clients with co-existing mental disorders (dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse);
  • Experience providing case management services to individuals experiencing high housing barriers.
  • Bilingual - Spanish

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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