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Colorado State Behavioral Health Clinical Lead- Platte Valley Youth Services Center in Greeley, Colorado

Behavioral Health Clinical Lead- Platte Valley Youth Services Center



Behavioral Health Clinical Lead- Platte Valley Youth Services Center


$5,465.00 - $7,026.00 Monthly


Greeley, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IKA 02105 10/12/2020


11/3/2020 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

Any employee who must report to work in any of our facilities, including administrative offices, will receive an incentive pay of $15.00 a day on worked days.

Under the direction of Governor Jared Polis, the Division of Professions and Occupations at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has conducted a review of existing licensing exemptions that allow for individuals in the healthcare field who either hold licenses in other states or who have allowed their license to expire in Colorado to immediately resume work within their scope of practice, provided their out-of-state or expired license is/was in good standing.

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to

Our Culture & Environment

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities

  • We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

  • Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

  • We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

  • Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

  • We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

  • Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally

responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of

diverse backgrounds and abilities.

About the Division of Youth Services: The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

Division of Youth Services Mission: It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety through a continuum of services and programs that: Effectively supervise juvenile offenders, promote offender accountability to victims and communities, and build skills and competencies of youth to become responsible citizens. The Division also adheres to the concepts embodied in the Five Core Values and the Five Key Strategies, which are shown below.

Overall function of the work unit:

The overall function of the work unit is to provide behavioral health services to Division of Youth Services committed youth and their families. The unit consists of mental health professionals with competence confirmed by experience and expertise. Professionals are called upon to implement decisions, make recommendations, and evaluate treatment cases based on practice, theory, evidence-based principles, up to including experience at an advanced level confirmed by licensing, or being license-eligible. Overall service delivery includes assessment, delivery of clinical services, documentation, development of strengths-based treatment plans, individual, family, and group services, transition and integration of care within a multidisciplinary team approach.

Description of Job

Summary of the position:

TThis position exists to provide behavioral health clinical services to committed youth in the facility that experience complex mental health, trauma, substance abuse, aggression and other related issues. Services are provided consistent with DORA requirements and mental health training, services include: clinical assessment, service planning, individual, group counseling, record keeping and service coordination with a Multi- disciplinary team. Additionally, this position serves in the function of lead for treatment services. It assists in providing supervision to other Behavioral Health Specialists, it reviews treatment plans, observes groups, and consults on complex cases.

This position is expected to bring clinical direction and supervision to BHS staff, to include monitoring of documentation and suggesting current treatment curriculums with best practice and research.

This position collaborates with the Clinical Director in enhancing services for the agency; provides leadership around difficult/complex youth across the agency and consults with other Behavioral Health Specialists. This position provides direct services to youth, including individual and groups services as well as being a resource for transition planning and community re-entry. This unit understands behaviors of adolescents and is able to treat the youth from the perspective of lowering the risks and increasing protective factors the youth presents with and addressing the relationship between substance abuse issues and behavior.

This position is skilled in the use of a strength-based perspective, systems theory, trauma informed care, and behavioral approaches. As a Social Worker IV this position supports other Behavioral Health Specialists by providing enhanced services to complex youth, consulting to provide guidance on behavioral interventions for youth, and provides in the moment coaching to assist in the professional growth of less experienced behavioral health specialists.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience must be specifically documented on your application. Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current, valid, or recently expired licensure as a Professional Counseling (LPC) or current, valid licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) *

  • Two years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor.

Note, nothing in these Minimum Qualifications alleviates the criteria to transfer licensing or any requirements by the respective board under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

*A copy of licensure must be attached for verification purposes


  • Current, valid, or recently expired licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) will substitute for the Professional Counseling license (LPC) or the Clinical Social Worker license (LCSW).

  • Two years Experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Sexual Offense Management Board (SOMB) full operating license or associate level.

  • Six months of experience as a Clinical supervisor

  • Four years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Full Background - Name check, TRAILS, Drug Screen and Fingerprinting

  • Colorado Driver's License

  • Essential Services Designation: Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.

  • Transportation of youth in State vehicles, travel to assigned trainings and/or alternate work sites.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process

The Assessment Process:

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

If you have recruitment questions about this position please contact

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791

The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer