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State of Montana Regional Resources Specialist (11707) in Missoula, Montana

Who We are:

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) seeks to improve and protect the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montana.

Located within the/Developmental Services Division of DPHHS, the Children's Mental Health Bureau/administers state funded mental health services for children. Its mission is to support and strengthen Montana youth and families through Medicaid mental health services. Its vision is strong youth functioning in healthy families, living in supportive Montana communities.

*Job Overview: *This position oversees assigned statewide Medicaid and Non-Medicaid service programs for youth. Responsibilities include: managing the Supplemental Services Program (SSP) and System of Care Account (SOCA) funding; participating in youth treatment team meetings when needed and requested to assist with identifying resources for youth age 17 or older and for youth discharging from out of state Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities; and responding to public inquiries or concerns about children’s mental health services or programs by contacting caregivers, by providing information, and/or by referring as appropriate.

Major Duties or Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Provides resource information and oversight of specific CMHB programs.

  • Provides information about CMHB programs to families, providers , agencies, and Central office staff.

  • Manages SSP and SOCA funding.

  • Works with central office staff to implement rules, policies, procedures, and prioritization to contain spending within SSP and SOCA budget limits and other CMHB programs as applicable.

  • Works with stakeholders, including caregivers and treatment team members, to identify needs that can be addressed with Medicaid or Non-Medicaid funding.

  • Promotes the use of evidence-based and promising practices with Medicaid and Non-Medicaid funding to improve outcomes for youth and families.

Discharge and Transition Planning/Consultation

  • Consults with providers, caregivers and other stakeholders to identify and activate community resources needed by youth and families with complex needs in out of home placement or at risk for it.

  • Attends individual treatment plan meetings as needed, prioritizing youth age 17 or older and those discharging from facilities out of state, to assist with identification of resources.

  • Locates additional resources to support a treatment plan or discharge plan or to address significant youth or family needs.

  • Researches and identifies new resources to address specialized needs of specific populations.

Program Support

  • Responds to public inquiries and concerns about children’s mental health services by contacting caregivers, providing information, and/or referring as appropriate.

  • Investigates and prepares response to formal complaints from constituents, with assistance from other Medicaid staff as needed.__

Physical and Environmental Demands:

Typical office environment with extensive keyboarding responsibilities. Some travel with occasional overnight travel when necessary (5%).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

  • Knowledge of youth service systems and community resources.

  • Knowledge of the characteristics/symptoms of serious emotional disturbance in youth.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Skill in planning, organizing, monitoring and following up with actions to accomplish tasks.

  • Skill in analyzing and proposing creative solutions to complex program.

  • Skill in facilitating family and youth planning meetings.

  • Ability to compile and interpret child specific information and make recommendations for specific placement or service utilization.

  • Ability to operate personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions including using word processing, databases, email, internet and other computer programs.

Required Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related human service field.

  • Two years of experience in health, behavioral health, or human services field.

  • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Master’s degree preferred.

/Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply./

/To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position./

*/Materials Required of Applicants:

(To be considered in this pool, please submit the following)/*

  • /Cover Letter/

  • /Resume/

  • /References/

  • /Respond to the following Supplemental Question:/

o /What skills and abilities have made you effective in working with families and service providers on behalf of youth with high needs? Give a brief example of your previous involvement in this type of situation/.

This position is posted until filled, with a first review of applications on November 5, 2020.

Job: *Community/Social Services

Title: Regional Resources Specialist (11707)

Location: Missoula

Requisition ID: 20142400

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