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MHSS Specialist 

About the Organization Established June 15, 1971, Valley Community Services Board is a publicly funded organization where citizens of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta and Highland Counties can receive Behavioral Health, Substance Use and Developmental Services services. Valley Community Services Board serves as the single point of entry into publicly funded mental health, developmental, and substance use disorder services for these localities.

Valley CSB is a person-centered organization, tailoring treatment to each individual. We value competency and compassion in every service we provide. We are also a resource for educating the public about the nature of mental health, substance use, and developmental disabilities to dispel stereotypes and encourage support for individuals facing those challenges.

Valley Community Services Board is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.

Open Date 12/27/2022  
Close Date 2/28/2023  
Position MHSS Specialist  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Shift Days  
Req Number QPP-22-00001  
Number of Openings 2  
Number Filled 0  

VCSB is looking for a Specialist to join our Mental Health Skill-Building team! The Specialist provides direct, independent living skills-building services to individuals in their homes or in the community.


  • Health insurance as low as $20.00 per month for individuals. Family and dependent plans are also available.
  • Sign-on bonus of $1,500.00 included with the first paycheck.
  • Nine paid holidays.
  • Accrue up to 20 days of paid time off (PTO) per year from year one. PTO is immediately available upon accrual.
  • Participation in the Virginia Retirement System.
  • Professional development assistance provided at no cost.

Summary of Essential Functions

  • Conducts initial and ongoing assessments of clients within the program.
  • Participates in the development of individual service plans.
  • Supports clients through goal-directed skills training and advocacy.
  • Provides crisis intervention as needed.
Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Different types of assessments, including functional assessments.
  • Local community and mental health services.
  • Serious mental illness in adults and adolescents.
  • General principles of documentation.
  • Client human rights.
  • Psychotropic medications.
  • General behavioral interventions.
  • Crisis intervention techniques.
  • Treatment strategies for persons with long term mental illness.

Skills pertaining to:

  • Using assessment tools.
  • Effective written and verbal communication.
  • Provide basic independent living skills.
  • General problem-solving skills.
  • Developing and implementing services plans.

Ability to:

  • Develop and maintain a positive rapport with clients, their families, community agencies, and co-workers.
  • Exercise good judgment in crisis situations.
  • Treat consumers with dignity and respect.
  • Work independently and to work as a member of the treatment team.
  • Manage time efficiently and set priorities.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and confidentiality.
  • Complete all paperwork duties in a timely manner and to adhere to DMAS and agency documentation standards.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be considered qualified for the position:

  • An associate’s, bachelor, or master’s degree in human services or related field from an accredited program,
  • One year of direct clinical experience serving individuals with mental illness,
  • QMHP, QPPMH, or QMHP-eligible, and
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Salary Information  
EOE Statement Valley Community Services Board is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional Requirements  

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