Program Specialist II (Mental Health)

  • Program Specialist II (Mental Health)
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Class Number: 
4539
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$41,184.00 – $60,084.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,716.00 – $2,503.50
Pay Grade: 
A26

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Definition

This is senior-level professional work in developing, coordinating, and implementing regional and/or statewide programs or services for persons with mental illness, substance abuse, mental retardation, and/or developmental disabilities.

Job Duties

Assists an administrative designee with developing, coordinating, implementing, and maintaining programs and/or services through one or more of the following assignments: serving as a team leader in conducting abuse/neglect investigations or conducting licensing and certification surveys of service providers; developing and interpreting policy and procedures; and/or monitoring and reporting program accomplishments.

Supervises a team of Program Specialists conducting abuse/neglect investigations; conducts highly sensitive investigations, reports conclusions, and develops plans of action.

Conducts on-site licensing and certification surveys of service providers to assess compliance with standards and enhance program quality; reviews provider policies, procedures, treatment plans, records, and service delivery systems; conducts entrance and exit interviews; and recommends certification or denial of certification.

Reviews, approves, monitors, and/or writes grant proposals; evaluates grant applications; prepares award recommendations; and monitors and reports on grant recipient activities.

Trains departmental and vendor staff on policies and procedures related to program or service planning, evaluation, implementation, and monitoring.

Provides technical assistance to program managers by defining needs and resources, drafting service proposals, and developing contract management plans.

Assists in the design of programs and services including identifying target populations, establishing program goals and objectives, developing program policies and procedures, obtaining funding, and implementing and monitoring program activities.

Prepares reports on program accomplishments, activities, and needs; makes recommendations for program changes.

Researches and analyzes mental health, substance abuse, and/or other treatment programs in other states and jurisdictions, and makes recommendations concerning implementation of similar programs in Missouri .

Reviews and analyzes service provider budgets, service plans, and staffing levels; makes recommendations concerning service provider reimbursement.

Determines client eligibility for program services based on reviews of diagnosis and service plans.

Makes presentations to advocacy groups, civic and community organizations, and/or contractors to inform them of program goals and services, and to enlist their cooperation in program activities.

Supervises lower-level professional and technical staff in program support functions.

Exercises considerable independent judgment and initiative in accomplishing assigned objectives; receives general supervision from an administrative or program designee.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Health Care Administration; Social Service, Public Welfare & Mental Health

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One or more years of experience as a Program Specialist I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.

OR

A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Nursing, Public Health, Education, Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related field; and,

Three or more years of professional experience in mental health, public health, environmental health, education, social services, adult corrections, probation and parole, public administration, business administration, or a closely related area, including a minimum of two years in treatment, case management, abuse/neglect investigation, or preventive services for persons with mental illness or mental retardation/developmental disabilities, substance abusers, or inmate offenders; or related professional experience that primarily involved programs or services for these populations and afforded a knowledge of their special needs.

OR

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Nursing, Public Health, Education, Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related field; and,

Five or more years of professional experience in mental health, public health, environmental health, education, social services, adult corrections, probation and parole, public administration, business administration, or a closely related area, including a minimum of two years in treatment, case management, abuse/neglect investigation, or preventive services for persons with mental illness or mental retardation/developmental disabilities, substance abusers, or inmate offenders; or related professional experience that primarily involved programs or services for these populations and afforded a knowledge of their special needs.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute for one year of the required general experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of mental illness, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, and/or substance abuse, including their effects on the individual, family, community, and human services systems.

Comprehensive knowledge of interviewing techniques and forensic investigation methods.

Comprehensive knowledge of specific certification, licensing, or accreditation standards required for treatment and programs.

Comprehensive knowledge of the medical and social models of care and treatment related to mental illness, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and treatment services.

Comprehensive knowledge of the general provisions of federal and state regulations and requirements pertaining to grants and assistance in the field of mental health, substance abuse, and/or treatment services.

Comprehensive knowledge of the network of services and organizations available for persons with mental illness, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, and/or substance abusers.

Ability to assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of specialized treatment programs and services.

Ability to conduct comprehensive studies, evaluations, and/or investigations, and to prepare detailed findings and recommendations.

Ability to conduct statewide on-site licensing and certification surveys of service providers.

Ability to present ideas clearly and effectively.

Ability to consult effectively with program directors, agency staff, advisory and planning councils, community and law enforcement agencies, client advocacy groups, service providers, facility staff, and clients.

Ability to exercise sound judgment and make independent decisions in accordance with program policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other local, regional, state, and/or national agencies, professional and community groups, and the general public.

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