Behavioral Health Specialist Ii - Behavioral Health Outpatient & Case Management Services

Fairfax, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 29, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

An exciting opportunity exists to be part of a state-of-the-art clinical treatment team where integrated treatment in Behavioral Health Care is on the cutting edge. This position provides behavioral health services to adults with serious mental illness (SMI), substances use disorders (SUD), and/or co-occurring disorders (COD). These adults may also have developmental disabilities and/or medical complications. Must be able to complete complex, comprehensive assessments specific to the needs of the SMI/SUD and COD populations. Functions independently on a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, as primary case manager/therapist providing a comprehensive array of professional treatment services to diagnostically, culturally, and socio-economically diverse population. Duties include case management, conducting individual and group SUD treatment, collaborating and coordinating mental health therapeutic services, monitoring medication management and/or coordinating services with contracted providers. Additional services include providing and performing outreach, community visits, urinalysis and breathalyzer testing, linking, monitoring, and reporting to community partners such as local, state and federal probation services, the court system, the Department of Family Services, etc. Maintains collaborative relationships with clients for all phases of clinical care to include developing detailed individualized, person-centered treatment plans, and conducting individual, group, and family therapies. Expectations include working with interns. Must be computer literate and familiar with Electronic Health Records. Timely, electronic documentation that meets state local and federal performance contract expectations essential. Duties also include working a minimum of one evening per week. Up to three evenings a week may be required to meet program needs. A strong commitment to program development with an approach of "nothing is impossible" required. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

BONUS: This position includes a signing bonus for new county employees in the amount of $2,000 (full-time).

Note: This advertisement may be used to fill multiple positions, to include positions for Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse treatment and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment.

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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 with 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 .
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP-A) (Required within 1 month)
  • Qualified Mental Health Case Manager (QMHCM) (Required within 1 month)

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, 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.

  • Knowledge and experience with International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 9 /ICD 10, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) 5, diagnostic intake procedures, psychotropic medications and their effects and in-depth social history development.
  • Experience and skills in integrating combined therapies for individuals experiencing co-occurring disorders.
  • Experience in Substance Abuse Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, and Stages of Change.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Licensed or license-eligible to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a:
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
    • Licensed Professional Counselor,
    • Clinical Psychologist,
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,
    • Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Work is primarily sedentary in nature and located in the office. Ability to observe, process and document clinical information and make clinical interventions. Ability to read data on computer monitor, operate keyboard driven equipment, to include accessing, inputting and retrieving computer data. Ability to lift up to 15 pounds, communicate with others, and travel to attend meetings. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; 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 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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