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The Department of Human Services (DHS) / Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) Assistant Director for Children's Services is responsible for overseeing all mental health care services for children within the public mental health care system and ensuring resources are readily available for proper system operation. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

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Manages the decision making process for the development of the outcome of grant applications created or received by the division, including the federal mental health block grant, the data infrastructure grant, and the children’s mental health initiative grant. Develops contract performance indicators in regards to child behavioral health services for personnel working at community mental health centers to ensure compliance. Manages supervisory personnel who control the development and implementation of policies concerning Medicaid enrollment certification for mental health providers. Manages supervisory personnel responsible for monitoring numerous issues pertaining to the child mental health care system, including the interdepartmental financial impacts, the scientific clinical and programmatic outcomes, and the legislative concerns. Monitors interdepartmental collaboration, through supervisory level personnel, pertaining to child behavioral health issues, to assess need and implement improvement procedures for child behavioral health services and programs. Monitors all collaboration with Medicaid authorities pertaining to mental health service policy issues for child services, including the development and circulation of policies, the interpretation of policies for potential stakeholders, and the functioning as chairperson for the Medicaid child utilization management program oversight committee. Manages the school based mental health project and the early childhood mental health initiative project. Manages supervisory level personnel to ensure the child and adolescent service system program functions according to predetermined regulations and reports are generated for executive level personnel as scheduled. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the state legislative process. Knowledge of excellent written and verbal communication methods. Knowledge of numerous computer applications necessary for data analysis. Knowledge of evidenced-based clinical practices related to adolescent behavioral health. Knowledge of behavior dissimilarities of adolescent psychological disorders. Knowledge of techniques proven to diagnose and treat adolescent psychological disorders. Knowledge of theoretical treatment alternatives for adolescent psychological disorders. Knowledge of preventive health care methodologies for adolescent psychological disorders. Ability to maintain awareness of reactions of other individuals. Ability to understand why those particular reactions occur.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of bachelor’s degree in psychology; plus five years of experience in the adolescent mental health care field, including three years in a supervisory capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed as a Mental Health Professional by the Board of Examiners in Counseling in accordance with ACA 17-27-301 et al.


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