Job Overview

  • Experience Level Some Experience
  • Total Years Experience 1-2
  • Education Specialized License

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Child and Family Services Behavioral Health Specialist provides consultation to caseworkers and supervisors regarding children who present with behavioral health needs of all kinds. Primary purpose is to ensure behavioral health and developmental issues are considered and addressed for children who are active with DHS Child & Family Services, in order to minimize re-traumatization and promote better outcomes for youth and families.  Behavioral Health Specialist will work closely with FACT, Foster Care Intake and Home finding departments so support placement stabilization and keep focus on the appropriate use of congregate levels of care.


  • Convenes regular, higher level of care consultation groups or individual meetings in which all HLOC placements, including Therapeutic Foster care, Group Home, and Residential Care, are considered
  • Attends meetings with residential and other service providers as requested by casework supervisors, with goal of assessing complex challenges and contributing to stabilization planning
  • Utilizes trauma-informed lens to inform service decisions
  • Completes assessments and provides technical assistance and training to other Division staff who may also be qualified to complete assessments
  • Compiles, reviews, and summarizes mental health histories for children, as requested by supervisors
  • Maintains regular presence at community meetings that address behavioral health needs of children receiving child welfare services
  • Conducts assessments with family, foster parent and relative resource discuss to support placement stabilization of youth
  • Develops expertise of community resources and interventions to support youth at risk of out-of-home placement
  • Successfully navigates cross system youth and families and leverages appropriate responses
  • Conducts specialized assessments as needed
  • Interface with Runaway and Homeless youth providers to ensure appropriate planning and prevention of foster care placements
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:  To be successful in this position, you will need to be competent in:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Building collaborative relationships
  • Valuing diversity and fostering an inclusive environment
  • Striving for self-development and taking initiative to be resourceful
  • Problem-solving both independently and with others
  • Knowledge of Child Welfare, Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Developmental Disabilities, and Juvenile Justice/Family Court systems.
  • Understanding and integration of principles of Trauma-informed care
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency including experience with information systems and database maintenance/queries.
  • Ability to engage with families positively and productively and use strategies outside parameters of standard service delivery.
  • Strong telephone skills including clarity and engagement.
  • Flexible, organized, and independent, while being amendable to supervision.


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker or other licensed mental health professional preferred, plus three years’ experience in children’s mental health, or equivalent education and work experience (see CCSI’s equivalency chart).

Additional Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of required background screenings: criminal (OMH), Sex Offender Registry, driving, drug, CPS and Probation.
  • Valid Class D New York State Driver License and access to motor vehicle to meet transportation requirements of position.
  • CCSI requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with a qualified religious or medical/disability need.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Respect the confidential nature of all CCSI and CCSI customer information you are exposed to in the course of your work performance. Staff working directly with protected health information/electronically stored protected health information, personally identifiable information, and other patient/consumer/customer data, will abide by the specific procedures and policies outlined by CCSI’s Code of Conduct and CCSI’s Privacy and Security Policies, New York State regulations and Federal regulations.

Operating Principles and Demonstrated Behaviors: 

Ability to demonstrate, understand and apply our workplace values through behaviors and actions. These operating principles are expected of all employees in all roles. All applicants (internal and external) must evidence their attitudes/behaviors as part of the application process:

  • Excellence in Customer Service
  • Collaboration
  • Honoring People and Their Work
  • Individualized Work/Life Integration
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Community Connectedness
  • Diversity & Inclusion