• Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • $57,440.00 -80,040.00/year*
  • Revere , MA
  • Healthcare - Allied Health
  • Full-Time
  • 69 Rose St

Job Description - Director of Mental Health (190004LM)
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF's vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Central Office Mental Health (MH) Director will oversee statewide development and implementation of policies, practices and trainings that support effective casework practice with Department involved children, youth and families challenged by mental health issues. The MH Director will have a deep understanding of protective child welfare practice principles and an understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences; trauma informed approaches in child welfare, the strengthening family's framework as well as the impact of secondary traumatic stress.
They will provide over-all coordination of the regional clinical mental health specialists and interface with them to meet appropriate and timely treatment and disposition planning needs of the children placed in acute care settings. They will also provide leadership in assisting the Department in advancing trauma informed practice and understanding the impact trauma can have on children who have experienced abuse/neglect as well as on adult caretaker's ability to safely care for their children.
The Mental Health Director will contribute to the development and implementation of policies, practice and training that supports best casework practices with DCF involved children, youth and families challenged by mental health issues. This will require working across DCF divisions, with field managers and staff to identify challenges and opportunities for effectively meeting the needs of DCF involved families. They will bring internal and external relationships and information to bear to provide leadership in identifying barriers, strategic approaches to improving DCF practice, and in the development of policy, training and resources. Therefore they must be able to work within micro and macro issues, transition between them smoothly and use information and experiences from each to inform their work.
The Director is responsible for working collaboratively with the mental health provider systems, health insurance systems and child and family serving state agencies on behalf of children and families involved with the Department. Therefore they must have demonstrated expertise and experience in the field of mental health and the array of behavioral health systems, services and levels of care including the Medicaid system and will oversee the statewide tracking of youth in acute care, after-care, and psychopharmacological services to these children. They will also need to be experienced at facilitating clinical team meetings, in the development and the execution of clinical treatment plans, as well as have knowledge of evidenced based interventions and coordinating appropriate discharge planning.
They will work closely with DCF Central, Regional and Area Offices in providing statewide support, tracking and identifying challenges in accessing and provision of MH consultation and care. They will also work closely with the Directors of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Units, as well as colleagues in multiple specialized areas in developing policy and practice, maintaining relationships amongst the clinical specialist teams and to ensure the ongoing development of best practices to support field staff.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
Provide leadership and coordination to the Regional Mental Health Specialists and assure individual and group clinical supervision.
Consult on case specific mental health issues with DCF Central office e.g. adoption subsidy, Foster Care Unit, Refugee Minor Program and other complex cases.
Coordinate with the Directors of the Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence Units on protocols, procedures, and policies as they relate to the behavioral health care needs/issues of children in the custody/care of the agency and to support each unit's consistency of practice in supporting DCF field staff.
Assist in the development and maintenance of state-wide tracking and data analysis, including using the virtual gateway and weekly CARD (Children Awaiting Resolution of Disposition) and TCU reporting
Coordinates and collaborates with key stakeholders in the continuum of care service delivery system, including the Department of Mental Health, Mass Health, and the Mass Health Managed Care Vendors, CBHI, etc. This involves participating in interagency teams, workgroups and committees and other relevant entities to maintain linkages and represent and advocate for quality behavioral health care services for DCF involved children and families
Involvement when there is a decision involving the expenditure of additional funds; interagency work or the situation has captured the attention of local and state politicians.
Participation in case discussions that present particularly difficult policy or practice questions. These cases often warrant further action, such as discussions with the legal department, field operations, etc.
Recommendations for new service models to meet the needs of families that are identified by field operations. Systems change often warrants the introduction of new principles and ways of practicing into the area offices. Managing change requires orientation/training, ongoing technical assistance and joint planning, evaluation, and revision
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
A Master's Degree in social work, psychology, mental health counseling, or related field and a LICSW
Robust and demonstrated understanding of child welfare practice principles and the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed approaches in child welfare, the strengthening family's framework and parental capacities, and safety and risk assessment.
Experience and understanding of the impact of secondary traumatic stress
Extensive understanding of large systems and the ability to participate in a robust systems reform process.
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and treatment of adult and adolescent substance use/misuse and the impact on children/child development.
Demonstrated ability to provide clinical consultation services.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in mental/behavioral health issues across all stages of development, trauma, treatment interventions, trauma informed systems of care, treatment planning, behavioral health resources/ levels of care, systems and resources, Medicaid, etc. Thorough knowledge of the system of children's mental health care and service provision
Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of children's mental health challenges and Psychopharmacology including the identified challenges around the use of psychiatric medications in Medicaid covered children and children in the foster care system.
Demonstrated knowledge in crisis prevention planning and the MA behavioral health crisis response system (MCI/ESP).
Understanding and experience in behavioral health managed care
Demonstrated ability in providing clinical consultation services and to formulate clinical treatment plans
Demonstrated skill and commitment in the ability to integrate complex issues and apply a creative, problem-solving approach in a team setting
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple disciplines and entities
Ability to work with diverse and multi-cultural populations
Demonstrated skill in collaborative problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, advocacy, and team building
Ability to prioritize and accomplish work objectives where few precedents or guidelines currently exist
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated coordination, management and administration abilities including understanding and managing with data
Willingness to travel state-wide
Please ensure that you attach a resume with your application submission to this requisition.
A criminal and tax history background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
and click on \"Information for Job Applicants.\"
* Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines
* Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-###-#### and select option #2
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF's vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous
learning.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Central Office Mental Health (MH) Director will oversee statewide development and implementation of policies, practices and trainings that support effective casework practice with Department involved children, youth and families challenged by mental health issues. The MH Director will have a deep understanding of protective child welfare practice principles and an understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences; trauma informed approaches in child welfare, the strengthening family's framework as well as the impact of secondary traumatic stress.
They will provide over-all coordination of the regional clinical mental health specialists and interface with them to meet appropriate and timely treatment and disposition planning needs of the children placed in acute care settings. They will also provide leadership in assisting the Department in advancing trauma informed practice and understanding the impact trauma can have on children who have experienced abuse/neglect as well as on adult caretaker's ability to safely care for their children.
The Mental Health Director will contribute to the development and implementation of policies, practice and training that supports best casework practices with DCF involved children, youth and families challenged by mental health issues. This will require working across DCF divisions, with field managers and staff to identify challenges and opportunities for effectively meeting the needs of DCF involved families. They will bring internal and external relationships and information to bear to provide leadership in identifying barriers, strategic approaches to improving DCF practice, and in the development of policy, training and resources. Therefore they must be able to work within micro and macro issues, transition between them smoothly and use information and experiences from each to inform their work.
The Director is responsible for working collaboratively with the mental health provider systems, health insurance systems and child and family serving state agencies on behalf of children and families involved with the Department. Therefore they must have demonstrated expertise and experience in the field of mental health and the array of behavioral health systems, services and levels of care including the Medicaid system and will oversee the statewide tracking of youth in acute care, after-care, and psychopharmacological services to these children. They will also need to be experienced at facilitating clinical team meetings, in the development and the execution of clinical treatment plans, as well as have knowledge of evidenced based interventions and coordinating appropriate discharge planning.
They will work closely with DCF Central, Regional and Area Offices in providing statewide support, tracking and identifying challenges in accessing and provision of MH consultation and care. They will also work closely with the Directors of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Units, as well as colleagues in multiple specialized areas in developing policy and practice, maintaining relationships amongst the clinical specialist teams and to ensure the ongoing development of best practices to support field staff.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
Provide leadership and coordination to the Regional Mental Health Specialists and assure individual and group clinical supervision.
Consult on case specific mental health issues with DCF Central office e.g. adoption subsidy, Foster Care Unit, Refugee Minor Program and other complex cases.
Coordinate with the Directors of the Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence Units on protocols, procedures, and policies as they relate to the behavioral health care needs/issues of children in the custody/care of the agency and to support each unit's consistency of practice in supporting DCF field staff.
Assist in the development and maintenance of state-wide tracking and data analysis, including using the virtual gateway and weekly CARD (Children Awaiting Resolution of Disposition) and TCU reporting
Coordinates and collaborates with key stakeholders in the continuum of care service delivery system, including the Department of Mental Health, Mass Health, and the Mass Health Managed Care Vendors, CBHI, etc. This involves participating in interagency teams, workgroups and committees and other relevant entities to maintain linkages and represent and advocate for quality behavioral health care services for DCF involved children and families
Involvement when there is a decision involving the expenditure of additional funds; interagency work or the situation has captured the attention of local and state politicians.
Participation in case discussions that present particularly difficult policy or practice questions. These cases often warrant further action, such as discussions with the legal department, field operations, etc.
Recommendations for new service models to meet the needs of families that are identified by field operations. Systems change often warrants the introduction of new principles and ways of practicing into the area offices. Managing change requires orientation/training, ongoing technical assistance and joint planning, evaluation, and revision
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
A Master's Degree in social work, psychology, mental health counseling, or related field and a LICSW
Robust and demonstrated understanding of child welfare practice principles and the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed approaches in child welfare, the strengthening family's framework and parental capacities, and safety and risk assessment.
Experience and understanding of the impact of secondary traumatic stress
Extensive understanding of large systems and the ability to participate in a robust systems reform process.
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and treatment of adult and adolescent substance use/misuse and the impact on children/child development.
Demonstrated ability to provide clinical consultation services.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in mental/behavioral health issues across all stages of development, trauma, treatment interventions, trauma informed systems of care, treatment planning, behavioral health resources/ levels of care, systems and resources, Medicaid, etc. Thorough knowledge of the system of children's mental health care and service provision
Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of children's mental health challenges and Psychopharmacology including the identified challenges around the use of psychiatric medications in Medicaid covered children and children in the foster care system.
Demonstrated knowledge in crisis prevention planning and the MA behavioral health crisis response system (MCI/ESP).
Understanding and experience in behavioral health managed care
Demonstrated ability in providing clinical consultation services and to formulate clinical treatment plans
Demonstrated skill and commitment in the ability to integrate complex issues and apply a creative, problem-solving approach in a team setting
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple disciplines and entities
Ability to work with diverse and multi-cultural populations
Demonstrated skill in collaborative problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, advocacy, and team building
Ability to prioritize and accomplish work objectives where few precedents or guidelines currently exist
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated coordination, management and administration abilities including understanding and managing with data
Willingness to travel state-wide
Please ensure that you attach a resume with your application submission to this requisition.
A criminal and tax history background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
and click on \"Information for Job Applicants.\"
* Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines
* Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-###-#### and select option #2

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF's vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning., A Master's Degree in social work, psychology, mental health counseling, or related field and a LICSW Robust and demonstrated understanding of child welfare practice principles and the impact of adverse childhood experiences. Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed approaches in child welfare, the strengthening family's framework and parental capacities, and safety and risk assessment. Experience and understanding of the impact of secondary traumatic stress Extensive understanding of large systems and the ability to participate in a robust systems reform process. Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and treatment of adult and adolescent substance use/misuse and the impact on children/child development. Demonstrated ability to provide clinical consultation services. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in mental/behavioral health issues across all stages of development, trauma, treatment interventions, trauma informed systems of care, treatment planning, behavioral health resources/ levels of care, systems and resources, Medicaid, etc. Thorough knowledge of the system of children's mental health care and service provision Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of children's mental health challenges and Psychopharmacology including the identified challenges around the use of psychiatric medications in Medicaid covered children and children in the foster care system. Demonstrated knowledge in crisis prevention planning and the MA behavioral health crisis response system (MCI/ESP). Understanding and experience in behavioral health managed care Demonstrated ability in providing clinical consultation services and to formulate clinical treatment plans Demonstrated skill and commitment in the ability to integrate complex issues and apply a creative, problem-solving approach in a team setting Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple disciplines and entities Ability to work with diverse and multi-cultural populations Demonstrated skill in collaborative problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, advocacy, and team building Ability to prioritize and accomplish work objectives where few precedents or guidelines currently exist Excellent oral and written communication skills Demonstrated coordination, management and administration abilities including understanding and managing with data Willingness to travel state-wide, The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF's vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous

and click on \"Information for Job Applicants.\", For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-###-#### and select option #2



* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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