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Date:  Nov 6, 2022


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Requisition No: 588162 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST - 64051895

Position Number: 64051895 

Salary:  $54,696.46 - $62,999.82 

Posting Closing Date: 12/08/2022 

Job posting category (Open Competitivel)

Your Specific Responsibilities:

This position is under the direct administrative supervision of the Behavioral Health Program Director, and clinical supervision of the Medical Executive Director.  This position will support the patient centered care provided at DOH-Walton and Walton Community Health Center by providing counseling services. The person in this position will be performing tasks involving sensitive information and/or requiring a high level of trust. Adheres to Information Security policies and procedures, key custodian for assigned areas.  This position functions primarily at the DeFuniak Springs location but may provide services at any of the health department locations.


This position ensures that a patient-centered medical home approach to providing total health care to patients is used. Patient-centered is a way of saying that the patient is the most important person on the health care team. The patient is at the center of the health care team, which includes health care professionals, trusted friends or family members, and the patient.

  • Provide patient-centered interactions:
  • Respect patient and family values and expressed needs.
  • Encourage patients/patient guardians to expand their role in decision-making, health-related behaviors, and self-management.
  • Communicate with their patients in a culturally appropriate manner, in a language and at a level that the patient understands.
  • Provide self-management support at every visit through goal setting and action planning.
  • Obtain feedback from patients/family about their healthcare experience and use this information for quality improvement.
  • Provide care coordination:
  • Link patients with community resources to facilitate referrals and respond to social service needs.
  • Integrate behavioral health and specialty care into care delivery through co-location or referral protocols.
  • Track and support patients when they obtain services outside the practice.
  • Obtaining test and referral results and communicating with community organizations, health plans, facilities, and specialists.
  • Follow-up with patients within a few days of an emergency room visit or hospital discharge.
  • Communicate test results and care plans to patients/families.
  • Follow Walton Community Health Center Patient-Centered Medical home policies and procedures for delivering exceptional care to patients.
  • Assess, analyze, diagnose, using standard methods such as DSM-V and ICD-10, and treat those seeking outpatient psychotherapy.  Complete clinical assessment for each patient in accordance with department policy. Provide treatment to patients based on treatment plan.   Document progress/data in electronic medical record utilizing objective, measurable methods.  Provide feedback to referring providers in timely fashion using defined clinic procedures. 
  • Consult with clinical team; participate in clinical team meetings for treatment management.  Provide general mental health advice and support to clinical team for patients under team’s care.  Attend and participates in medical staff meetings.  
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed. 
  • Explore local resources and meet with alternative service delivery providers to promote client access to mental health care through community agency collaboration.  Provide linkage with appropriate community resources by maintaining knowledge of other systems, making referrals, and identifying current needs. Collaborate with clinical team to share mental health resources. 
  • Maintain open communication with Administration to improve efficiency and productivity in clinic operations. Collaborate with Medical Director to ensure schedule is utilized for maximum productivity.
  • Assist Medical and Program Director in developing, planning, and coordinating behavioral health programs and policies. Assist in research and grant writing.  Prepare reports accordingly. Coordinate with Medical and Program Director in developing and updating clinical protocols related to mental health. Cultivate and maintain professional affiliations with colleagues, other community, and state agencies.  Represent the CHD at local meeting, conferences, and workshops regarding assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Participate in peer review as specified by supervisor. Actively participate in quality improvement program plans as directed by supervisor. Serve as field instructor for students performing mental health and related internships. Perform other related duties.  Ensure accurate and timely submission of required clinical performance reports, Employee Leave and Attendance Records, Employee Activity Records (EARs) and travel vouchers.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

This is a responsible professional position that utilizes case management knowledge and skills in planning, organizing, delivering and evaluating psychosocial care provided for individuals and families with high-risk, health- related characteristics.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to function through a translator with foreign language speakers.  Ability to deescalate difficult interpersonal communication situations.  Ability to function in stressful environments.  Ability to work continuously for 8 to 10 hours with minimal breaks.  Ability to lift 25 pounds occaisionally and to sit, stand, and walk in a clinic environment.  Ability to retreive and enter clinical data from a computerized medical record and to type with significant proficiency to accomplish these tasks.  Ability to communicate via telephone and video conferencing. 



Valid Driver’s License & Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker, F.S. 491 or Florida Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist or similar credential, current BLS/CPR. Licensure is Required.


Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.


Where You Will Work:

Walton Community Health Center, Defuniak Springs Florida 32433

The 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:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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Please be advised:


Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: 


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 canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.


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


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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. 


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    


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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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