REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking
qualified candidates for Mental Health Specialist.
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
Must be available to work days/nights/weekends/holidays as
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
Special Certifications and Licenses Required May require Certified
Recovery Peer Specialist (CPRS) certification, depending upon area
Preferences Certified Behavioral Health Technician Certification
(CBHT), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Addiction
Professional (CAP), and/or Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
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
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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
Maintains patient records as required for the area of
assignment; prepares reports and other documents as required, using
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
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
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
Performs related work as assigned.
WORK ENVIRONMENT Physical Demands
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
Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)
Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to
injury or health hazards even though precautions have been
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.