Behavioral Health Senior Clinician

Work must be performed in or near Fairfax, VA
Published 21 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Application Deadline
June 7, 2024
Master's Degree Required
Experience Level


Do you have a passion for working in the field of children’s behavioral health? Are you extremely well organized and detail-oriented? Do you want to be part of the system that ensures the timely delivery of services and supports to children, youth, and families? The Utilization Review Analyst (URA) position will allow you the opportunity to provide access to interventions for individuals ages 0-18 and their families in Fairfax County.

The URA (Behavioral Health Senior Clinician) provides utilization reviews and authorizations of CSA-funded services for youth in need of intensive behavioral health services and supports and ensures that treatment services are therapeutically and financially appropriate. This is accomplished through the utilization review process by collecting and analyzing case specific documentation and program data to provide comprehensive monitoring and independent evaluation of the effectiveness of purchased treatment services. The URA position requires a highly organized, resourceful, and self-motivated team player with behavioral health care expertise who can partner well with members of the community and other human service agency professionals, manage competing priorities and deadlines, and thoughtfully balance policy and procedure with ensuring clinically appropriate service treatment planning and implementation to children, youth, and families.

Responsibilities include:

Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills. Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships through a Systems of Care framework.

Maintains effective working relationships with a wide range of community agency professionals including school personnel, family serving public agencies, juvenile court services, and private providers of behavioral health care, child welfare and special education services. Completes reports and maintain all clinical records and documentation according to federal state and agency policies and procedures and assure compliance with state standards. Provides written UR reports according to the Fairfax-Falls Church CSA utilization management plan. Ensures that state requirements and CSA eligibility criteria are met for documentation prior to approval of services. Monitors and evaluates treatment plans and progress of treatment goals to ensure that youth are benefiting in a timely and efficient way from the treatment. Collects data elements about provider performance and supports evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of purchases services. Helps to identify and quantify service gaps. Assists in creating a standardized, streamlined, integrated approach to service delivery. Additionally, the position requires knowledge of CSA, ethical decision-making, attention-to-details, sound clinical assessment skills, familiarity with evidence-based practices, utilization review standards within a behavioral health environment, and awareness of community resources.

Illustrative Duties

 (The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

Performs complex evaluations and makes independent diagnoses using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders;

Provides individual, family and group treatment;

Maintains a diverse caseload of clients with acute, chronic mental illness;

Approves and/or implements therapeutic treatment plans;

Conducts intensive clinical interventions;

Provides family therapy in a residential setting;

Recommends, monitors, and coordinates clinical care to non-Community Services Board clients;

Prepares court-ordered diagnostic and forensic evaluations, including competency to stand trial, sexual abnormality, presentencing, and sanity at time of offense;

Provides discharge planning and coordination of after-care service plans for clients leaving state, local, and private psychiatric hospitals;

Collaborates with service professionals as participant/lead of Interdisciplinary Team (IDT);

Consults with professionals on a variety of problems including delivery of needed services for clinically complex cases;

Provides liaison to community agencies to facilitate communication and service provision for clients requiring multiple services;

Monitors and analyzes the impact of psychotropic medication on client's functioning and mental status;

Provides risk assessments for dangerousness to self and others;

Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

 Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of the individual;

Thorough knowledge of intake procedures, social history development, and interviewing techniques;

Thorough knowledge of major schools of treatment of emotionally and socially disturbed individuals;

Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;

Ability to conduct mental health assessments and apply treatment approaches/modalities;

Ability to formulate diagnoses for clients with acute, chronic, severe mental illness;

Ability to diagnostically interpret data obtained from psychological test results, social histories, and interviews;

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private sector organizations, community groups, and the general public;

Ability to monitor and analyze the impact of psychotropic medications;

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Employment Standards


Graduation from an accredited college with a master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing; plus two years of clinical experience.


  • Possession of a current license to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia in one of the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, 
  • Clinical Psychologist, 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 
  • Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or 
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license.


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a driving record check, and a Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.


Experience in children’s behavioral health

Knowledge in evidence-based treatment practices


Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, entails walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs, reaching, and bending; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel.

Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor, digital display and audio-visual instrument. Incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer.

Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing.

Employee may be required to lift or carry up to 20 pounds occasionally.

Ability to travel to various sites.

All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 38.7% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  


Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

Do you have a passion for working in the field of children’s behavioral health? Are you extremely well organized and detail-oriented? Do you want to be part of the system that ensures the timely delivery of services and supports to children…


Full benefits including retirement.

Full benefits including retirement.


12011 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035, USA

How to Apply

Only applications submitted via the link will be considered.

Only applications submitted via the link will be considered.

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