Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Youth & Family

Community Services Board, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 18, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works within the Youth & Family Services area. Provides a broad range of behavioral health services to include case management for children and adolescents (ages 3 - 21) and their families.

With the appropriate credentialing, makes behavioral health diagnoses using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Medical Disorders. These services may include: evidence based interventions in individual, family, and group modalities to address mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders for children, adolescents, and young adults and their families; assessing client needs; service planning; linking clients to community supports, service coordination with other agencies; and participating in comprehensive services act functions.

Case management responsibilities include monitoring treatment compliance, monitoring effectiveness of medication, advocating for client's changing needs, developing a crisis plan for the client at risk, and helping older adolescents plan for transition to adult services either within the CSB or into the community. Additional duties include: monitoring consumer and family treatment plan progress; using collaborative documentation to enter clinical services notes; managing length of stay within clinical services in accordance with progress, service needs, service usage and other requirements; maintaining accurate and detailed clinical database records and other documentation according to all local, state and federal standards; performing utilization management activities relating to requirements of insurance companies, Medicaid, and CSB other policies and procedures; and providing clinical services to our community partners, possibly at different locations. Available job sites may include Merrifield Center, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, South County, or Chantilly. Supervision for licensure may be provided.

This position includes a signing bonus for new county employees into the Behavioral Health Specialist II classification only, in the amount of $2,000 (full-time).

Schedule: 40 hours per week Monday - Friday; 8:30am - 5:00pm with two evenings per week approximately 11:30am to 8:00pm; and a third evening working until 6pm.

Note: Applicants who are fluent in other languages especially Spanish are encouraged to apply and may be eligible for a language stipend.

Multiple positions may be filled from this job announcement.

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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 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.

  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment;
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Children and Adolescent (QMHP-C) (Required within 3 months)
  • Qualified Mental Health Case Manager (QMHCM) (Required within 1 month)
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, Child Protective Services Registry check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies.)

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 related field.
  • Licensed eligible or licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as one of the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Experience in case management with children and adolescents.
  • Experience working with the Children's Services Act in Virginia.
  • Experience with providing behavioral health services to youth with Mental Health Disorders, Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and/or Co-occurring disorders (COD) in a community outpatient setting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or other languages.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Ability to travel to attend meetings; communicate with others; and lift up to 15 lbs. 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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