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Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL, US, 32433

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Requisition No: 332401 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST - 64051895

Position Number: 64051895 

Salary:  $30,301.70 - $55,000.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 06/22/2021 

The Walton Community Health Center located in DeFuniak Springs, Florida is seeking a mental health counselor (LCSW or LMHC) to provide integrated mental health services within a primary care outpatient clinic setting. The Walton Community Health Center is a certified Patient Centered Medical Home which provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages and types. This is a fulltime position. The successful candidate will provide direct care to patients of the health center, coordinate mental health referral for patients needing expertise beyond the capacity of the health center, and serve as the mental health consultant to the primary care team in the health center. Special focus on substance use disorder and chronic pain treatment desired. Experience and proficiency with electronic medical record system and with telehealth desired.


Duties & Responsibilities:

Access, analyze, diagnose, using DSM-IV, and treat those seeking outpatient psychotherapy. Complete clinical assessment for each patient in accordance with department policy. Document progress/data in medical record utilizing objective, measurable methods.


Consult with clinical team; participates in clinical team meeting for treatment management. Actively participates in quality improvement program plan. Attends and participates in daily QI huddles and monthly QI meetings. Readily accepts assignments to QI subcommittees. Coordinates with Medical and Nursing Director in developing and updating clinical protocols. Participates in peer review as outlined in QI plan.

Provides crisis intervention as needed.

Explore local resources and meet with alternative service delivery providers to promote client access to health care through community agency collaboration. Provide linkage with appropriate community resources by maintaining knowledge of other systems, making referrals, and identifying current needs

Maintains open communication with Administration to improve efficacy and productivity in clinic operations. Collaborate with peer group to ensure schedules utilized for maximum productivity.

Develop, plan and coordinate behavioral health Medicaid programs and policies. Assist in research and grant writing. Prepare reports accordingly.

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.

Serves as field instructor for students performing educational social work internships.

Perform other related duties. Ensure accurate and timely submission of Employee Leave and Attendance Records, Employee Activity Records (EARs) and travel vouchers.


Hours: 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday (40 hours per week with some possibility for flexibility during hours clinic is open) No usual night or weekend hours. May be required to work other hours during emergencies.

NOTE:  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. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


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.”



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 Departments 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.  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. 

Nearest Major Market: Panama City