Prevention And Children's Section Behavioral Health Policy Lead (Mps 3/Bhr)

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98513

Posted 3 weeks ago


Prevention and Children's Section Behavioral Health Policy Lead



The ideal candidate for this position will have knowledge of behavioral health programs system of care principles and evidence based interventions. If you pride yourself on your relationship management skills, and have policy development experience for the child, youth, young adult mental health system, this opportunity may be for you!

Position Objective:

This position will be part of the Prevention and Children's behavioral Health leadership team. Responsible for the planning, policy, and coordination of statewide child, youth, and transition age youth and their family's behavioral health services. This includes organizing directing, evaluating and monitoring activities related to policy formulation, budget, procurement, contract compliance, system improvement, and promoting evidence-based practices. This includes being informed on cutting edge work in the field nationally and internationally to formulate policy recommendations on service array, evidence based practice, and available grant opportunities for executive decision.

This position, as part of the section leadership informs statewide policy formulation, fiscal developments, program needs, grant development opportunities, stakeholder and partner (providers, youth, transition age youth, family, and other state agencies) feedback.

Some of what you will do:

Ensure coordination and connection of full continuum of care in behavioral health for children, youth, transition age individuals and their families in all integrated managed care developments, cross system elements, and connect with and bring in national work and information to support development of Washington State systems with the goal of ensuring community based, quality, timely, individualized healing centered engagement across the child, youth, transition age and family serving system.

Tasks include:

Staff the Children's Mental Health Workgroup for the Health Care Authority under the direction of the Section Manager.


  • Work on all Challenge and Solutions from the Statewide Family Youth System Partner Roundtables to resolution.

  • Work on all challenges brought forward by the Multi-Acute, Resource and Solutions Team to resolution.

  • Work on and potentially lead integration of primary care and prevention, behavioral health, and mental health promotion activities for the section and division as they relate to the section's service and age array.

  • System reform opportunities as they arise such as Trauma Informed Approach, Incorporating Care for Kids, and Integrated Care with Primary and Behavioral Health among others as assigned.

Participate with the leadership team on national initiatives and opportunities

Develop charters, talking points, write papers, and data reports in partnership with all relevant parties on current, proposed, and potential projects and initiatives for consideration by senior leadership to continue to move the field forward, provide resolution to known challenges, and create opportunities for the state as it relates to the section's work goals.

Here is what we are looking for (Required Qualifications):

  • Master's degree in behavioral health/social services field or Bachelor's Degree in behavioral health/social services with 5 years of behavioral health experience, with a large focus on child, youth, young adult, and families or similar time with policy experience. Focus on policy work for these time frames can substitute for child, youth, young adult, and family expertise.

  • Established track record of innovative system development in the child, youth and family serving public system or other policy initiatives. Established track record through policy work can substitute.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Five or more years' experience in the administration of behavioral health programs and service health system or 5 years of policy experience.

  • Knowledge of federal and state behavioral health and social service laws, regulations and guidelines.

  • Experience with federal or state grants such as grant writing and development, implementation and monitoring, and/or budget development over oversite.

How to Apply:

Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their NEOGOV profile will be considered. Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification. To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile and attach:

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications for this position.

  • Current resume

  • Three professional references

If you have questions about the process, or need reasonable accommodation, please contact the recruiter before the posting closes. The candidate pool certified for this recruitment may be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to the next six months.

Washington State is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources Office at 360.725.1180 or email

  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. *
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