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Mental Health Specialist

Company: Broward County
Location: fort lauderdale
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for Mental Health Specialist.

General Description
Performs a variety of limited technical health, mental health, and/or behavioral health related services within a treatment team for the care of patients.
Works under close to general supervision according to set procedures, but determines how or when to complete tasks.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Requires one (1) year working with the substance abuse/mental health population providing support services.
Must be available to work days/nights/weekends/holidays as needed.
Must possess a valid Florida Class E Driver's License.

Depending upon area of assignment, may be required to have previously been a primary consumer of mental health or behavioral health services.
Special Certifications and Licenses Required May require Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CPRS) certification, depending upon area of assignment.
Preferences Certified Behavioral Health Technician Certification (CBHT), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), and/or Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (NCPRS)
Evidence Based Practice Certification as a certified trainer in Whole Health Action Management and/or Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WHAM, WRAP)
Associates degree or higher in a related field
Bilingual English/Spanish, English/Creole, English/French, and/or English/Portuguese


The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

Assists in examination and coordination of patient schedules; assists in providing a safe and protected environment for patients and staff; checks and records patient's vital signs; monitors the behavior of patients and records pertinent behavioral progress in medical records.

Maintains patient records as required for the area of assignment; prepares reports and other documents as required, using computer-based applications.

Maintains patient confidentiality and related information as regulated under public health laws, standards, federal confidentiality laws and state regulations.

Accompanies patients to and from clinics and hospitals and recreation therapy activities; assists patients to build formal and informal support networks.

Assists in the triage of patients; assists with the program admission and discharge process; conducts periodic rounds of patient areas.

Facilitates or cofacilitates educational groups or group activities; monitors dining room during patient meal times; participates in change of shift report; performs patient personal possession searches; performs supervised case management activities.

Models self-advocacy and adaptive mediation techniques; encourages and facilitates community participation and integration; participates in team treatment planning and implementation and attends staff meetings and training as scheduled.

Provides supportive interventions; assists in carrying out individualized care, service, or treatment plan objectives; assists patients with activities of daily living and skill building, as needed; prompts patients to participate in scheduled daily program activities.

Performs related work as assigned.


Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of electronic office equipment within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.


SPECIAL INFORMATION Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with the Professional Standards/Human Rights Section.
Emergency Management Responsibilities Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned. County-wide Employee Responsibilities All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.

Keywords: Broward County, Fort Lauderdale , Mental Health Specialist, Other , fort lauderdale, Florida

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