Date:  May 29, 2023

TAMPA, FL, US, 33612

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Requisition No: 589882 

Agency: Children and Families


Position Number: 60933323 

Salary:  $31.25 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2023 

Behavioral Health Integration Specialist OPS
Department of Children and Families
Tampa, Florida
Open Competitive 


What you will do:

The Behavioral Health Integration Specialist position will play an integral role in promoting prevention and integration priorities within the Department by providing expertise on a Teaming Prototype focused on multi-agency collaboration to provide coordination, linkage, and support within the system of care for youth, children and their families to prevent utilization of deeper-end services. This position will work within multiple systems and with multiple stakeholders in the SunCoast Region.

How you will make an impact:

The Behavioral Health Integration Specialist (BHIS) will provide clinical expertise and assist with the identification of children and adults with behavioral health conditions in the child welfare and community system, with a concentrated focus on family behavioral health issues. The BHIS will consult and collaborate with community and child welfare providers to ensure families are being served appropriate and timely in the system of care. Specific tasks include:

  • Fostering relationships with law enforcement, community-based care (CBC) agencies, regional managing entity, managed care plans, schools, peer networks, network service providers, Department of Juvenile Justice, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and other agencies to provide ongoing technical assistance and consultation related to the identification of behavioral health conditions and best practices to engage and treat, to include the demonstration of engagement techniques with the family.
  • Develops partnerships for expedited access to needed services.
  • Case Management.
  • Linkage and Follow-up.
  • Psychoeducation.
  • Work collaboratively with community service providers and the Managing Entity (ME) to develop contacts, facilitate referrals, and assist investigative staff with engaging clients in recommended services and improving timely access to treatment. Work collaboratively with the ME and service providers to establish processes to track the referrals and entry into treatment for children and adults with disorders.
  • Facilitation of multi-agency staffings and participation in legal, and any other meetings that will assist the child and family.
  • Maintain case tracking and provide statistical data as requested.
  • Promotes improved communication, coordination, and accountability across human-service agencies.
  • Participate in ensuring the System of Care in the SunCoast Region is sustainable and working towards a reduction in Baker Acts and decreasing the utilization of higher levels of care. This will entail working closely with the crisis stabilization units and community providers.
  • Attend community meetings and other travel related activities as needed.


  • Possess licensure in social work or mental health counseling (LMHC or LCSW).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse.
  • Prior experience facilitating staffing’s for children and families.
  • Prior experience with child welfare.
  • Prior experience with case management or care coordination is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Following policy and procedures, Managing Time, Assessing, Planning, Intervening, Evaluating, Documenting, Engaging, Teaming, Mental Health, and/or Substance Abuse, Establishing Effective Relationships with Colleagues, Professional Competencies.

Candidate Profile (application) must be completed in its entirety.

  • Include supervisor names and phone numbers for all periods of employment.
  • Account for and explain any gaps in employment so that the hiring process is not delayed.
  • Experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and/or abilities as well as responses to pre-qualifying questions must be verifiable to meet the minimum qualifications. 
  • It is unacceptable to use the statement “See Resume” in place of entering work history.
  • If you experience problems applying online, please call the People First Service Center at (877) 562-7287.   

Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

No state income tax for residents of Florida;

  • State Group Insurance coverage options (for OPS employees who are reasonably expected to work 30 hours or more per week on average), including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Savings & Spending Accounts;
  • 401 (a) FICA Alternative Plan administered through VALIC
  • And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, visit

What is OPS employment?

OPS employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks.  OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment, and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee. 

OPS employees do not serve probationary periods or become permanent in their positions because they serve at the pleasure of the agency head.

Growth Opportunities:

With 12,000 employees across the state DCF promotes opportunities and training for all.  Our jobs are among the most challenging, complex, and difficult in State government. They are also among the most rewarding. All employees are encouraged to take advantage of available Department opportunities for advancement and professional development.

About Department of Children and Families:

Mission:  The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

 Vision:  We are a highly skilled workforce committed to empowering people with complex and varied needs to achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their families. In collaboration with community stakeholders, we will deliver world class and continuously improving service focused on providing the people we serve with the level and quality that we would demand and expect for our own families.

Values:  A workforce that operates with integrity maintains loyalty to a code of ethics that requires the courage to take responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the vulnerable. We are a solutions-focused learning organization built on a foundation of transparency in action and accountability of results. Both within the organization and among our stakeholders, we thrive in a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is nurtured through open communication. High performing and committed, we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving quality outcomes for those we serve. 

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If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you will be required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

The position will perform all job tasks in accordance with laws, rules, regulations, policies, and requirements applicable to state and federal laws or procedures.

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

Participation in the State of Florida Direct Deposit Program is required as a condition of employment per F.S. 110.113, and enrollment must be completed within the first 30 calendar days of your appointment

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:

BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT: It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies. 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tampa