Date:  Nov 20, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL, US, 34983 PORT ST. LUCIE, FL, US, 34986 STUART, FL, US, 34994 STUART, FL, US, 34984

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Requisition No: 817486 

Agency: Children and Families


 Pay Plan: Temp

Position Number: 60932395 

Salary:  agency to update 

Posting Closing Date: 12/18/2023 

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Job Title: Behavioral Health Consultant OPS

Job Title: Behavioral Health Consultant


The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) will provide clinical expertise and assist with the identification of parents with behavioral health conditions in the child welfare system, with a concentrated focus on opioid use and other substance misuse disorders.  The BHC will consult and collaborate with Child Protective Investigators (CPIs) and dependency case managers to build expertise with front line staff in the identification of behavioral health disorder(s), with specific focus on those with possible substance misuse disorders, improve engagement with families, and improve access to treatment, recovery supports, and resources.


REQUIREMENT: A Florida license or registered intern in the areas of psychology, social work, mental health counseling, or family and marriage therapy is preferred.  Acceptable: LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, MCAP, Licensed Psychologist or Registered Intern in Mental Health Counseling, Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy. Experience with the child welfare system. (Knowledge of the child welfare system and motivational interviewing is preferred.)


The essential functions they will perform are as follows:


  • Actively establish relationships with CPIs in co-located office space.
  • Educate CPIs and dependency case managers on the identification of behavioral health disorders with an emphasis on opioid use.
  • Support the investigative staff and dependency case managers in understanding the effects of the behavioral health issue on parent/caregiver behavior. Assist investigative staff and dependency case managers in understanding the signs and symptoms of opioid disorders and the best practices to engage and treat.
  • Educate CPIs and dependency case managers on the use of MAT.
  • Assist in the field and provide office consultation during pre- or post-commencement when there is an open investigation with a suspected or identified behavioral health need.
  • Actively demonstrate engagement techniques with the family when in the field with investigative staff.
  • Partner with the investigative staff to provide consultations to assist in identifying danger threats, adult functioning, parental protective capacities (diminished or present), and safety management services. 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of community mental health and substance use providers.
  • Work collaboratively with community service providers and the ME to develop contacts, facilitate referrals, and assist investigative staff with engaging clients in recommended services and improving timely access to treatment.
  • Track the referrals and entry into treatment for parents with behavioral health disorders, especially with a substance misuse disorder.
  • Support investigators in mitigating behavioral issues and crises. 
  • Participate in legal, multi-disciplinary, and any other meetings that will assist the investigative staff and families.


 Travel is required throughout Broward County.


Successful completion of background screening will be required for this position.

OPS employees may participate in the State Group Insurance Program health and life insurance plans, as well as a variety of supplemental insurance plans, including vision, dental, cancer, intensive care, accident, disability, and hospitalization. OPS employee premium contributions for these plans are deducted on a pre-tax basis. Additional tax-saving benefits available to OPS employees include the dependent care flexible spending account and health savings account (if enrolled in a high deductible health plan). OPS employees found to have worked less than 30 hours per week on average over the 12-month new hire or open enrollment measurement periods, are not eligible for coverage.


OPS employees do not accrue annual, compensatory, or sick leave credits and do not receive holiday pay. They are not eligible for administrative leave or participation in the Florida Retirement System.


OPS employees are required to participate in the State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan, which is administered through VALIC, Inc. OPS employees are not subject to Social Security taxes while covered by this plan. OPS employees are exempt from this plan if they are fully eligible for, or have already started receiving, FRS benefits from other covered employment or if they are dually employed in an FRS-covered position. (OPS employees may also participate in the Department of Financial Services’ Deferred Compensation Plan, which is a voluntary option that helps individuals save and serves as a supplement to retirement income.)

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: Port Saint Lucie