Peer Services Director
Austin, TX, USA | DSHS - Central Office
Industry:Government / Military
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The Director of the Peer Services Unit reports to the Associate Commissioner for Behavioral Health Services (BHS). The Director represents the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in coordinating the development and implementation of HHSC agency activities and functions that pertain to services having to do with lived experience. The Director supervises a team of Program Specialists who have subject matter expertise in peer support services. This team oversees a variety of peer-involved programs and projects as prioritized by HHSC, executive leadership or as a result of legislative direction. Activities of this team may include but are not limited the following: • Peer workforce development • Technical assistance for peer support services • Peer certification and training • Liaison efforts with Medicaid and with other agencies who provide peer services; and • Provides direct oversight/support of federal and legislatively funded/directed peer programming operating under the purview of Behavioral Health Services area of HHSC The Director interfaces with external partners to coordinate policy development and analysis that involves state health and human services issues, specifically services that impact peer delivered services. The Director works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reviews proposed federal/state statutes and regulations that impact HHS agencies and provides consultation and guidance to ensure compliance. Implements initiatives and projects across agency and HHS and with external partners that support HHS agencies in achieving their goals and objectives. Provides complex executive and managerial planning, implementation and evaluation of strategies to achieve HHSC priorities, policy development and coordination. Works across HHS and in coordination with HHSC divisions, across HHS and external partners to develop policies and coordinate implementation, consultation. Represents the Associate Commissioner as requested at meetings and hearings. Initiates, develops and ensures the coordination of briefing documents, issue papers, correspondence, bill analyses and memorandums for executive management review and decision-making. Responds to legislative correspondence and requests ensuring coordination with appropriate staff. Meets with fiscal and budget staff to provide guidance and input in assessing the fiscal impact of proposed policy changes. Represents HHSC on external Councils, Committees or workgroup.
Essential Job Functions:
40% The Director provides assistance, advice and direction to the health and human services agencies to ensure policies, procedures and processes are in compliance with HHSC guidance and legal mandates as they occur. Represents the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in coordinating the development and implementation of HHSC agency activities and functions that improve and enhance collaboration and partnerships between HHSC and external partners such as, Texas academic institutions, medical institutions, professional licensing board boards such as the social work and professional counseling, non-HHS state agencies, and county and local agencies. Interfaces with external partners to coordinate policy development and analysis that involves state health and human services issues pertaining to peer services. Escalates issues to executive management as appropriate for decision making and or resolution. 20% Reviews changes in legislation affecting the health and human services agencies and coordinates with budget and fiscal departments to determine the impact on agencies. Implements initiatives and projects with external partners that support HHS agencies in achieving their goals and objectives. Provides complex executive and managerial planning, implementation and evaluation of strategies to achieve HHSC priorities, policy development and coordination. 20% Works on cross agency and HHS projects as assigned by the Associate Commissioner related to behavioral health and intellectual disabilities. Reviews proposed federal/state statutes and federal/state regulations that impacts HHS agencies and provides consultation and guidance to ensure compliance. Initiates, develops and ensures the coordination of briefing documents, issue papers, correspondence, bill analyses and memorandums for executive management review and decision-making. 10% Serves on advisory boards as requested. Attends council or committee meetings as needed. Responds to legislative correspondence and requests ensuring coordination with appropriate staff. Represents HHSC on external Councils, Committees or workgroups. Provides updates to legislative leadership, executive management. 10% Represents the BHS and HHSC as requested at legislative hearings, meetings and conferences. Testifies and may serve as a resource witness. Completes other duties as assigned in accordance with the direction of the Associate Commissioner of Behavioral Health Services or their designee.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Skilled in the provision of peer services. Skilled in the management and direct oversight of staff. Skilled in problem solving and conflict resolution. Skilled in managing multiple competing priorities. Knowledge and experience of the legislative process. Knowledge of local, state and federal laws related to behavioral health. Knowledge of the public behavioral health system in Texas including publicly funded Managed Care operations. Knowledge of peer programs and the associated policies and principles of peer services. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to deal effectively with peers and with state and local governmental officials and the public. Ability to interpret policies and develop effective clinical programs within the field of mental health and substance abuse. Ability to organize and present information effectively, both orally and in writing.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
***Must hold a certification in good standing from as either a Certified Peer Specialist, Mental Health certified by Via Hope or a Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRS) certified by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. ***
Initial Selection Criteria:
Must have a certification in accordance with the aforementioned certification standards and requirements. *Applicants selected for an interview should bring a writing sample and copy of their certification*
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